Saturday, January 31, 2015

Book Review: The Galaxy Game

The Galaxy Game
Published By: Del Rey
Publication Date: January 6, 2015
Page Count: 336
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Young Adult/Adult - Science Fiction

I was completely enthralled by the first 75% of this book, but the last quarter really didn’t work for me which makes this a difficult review to write. I will try not to reveal too much, but be warned: there will be two minor spoilers in the 4th paragraph of this review. 

Rafi is a psy-gifted young man in a society that doesn’t really know how to handle citizens with that type of talent. We meet him as he is escaping the strictures of a school for similarly “gifted” students and going on the run from the planetary government. His best friend, Ntenman, joins him as he heads across the galaxy to a more accepting planet called Punartam. The story follows Rafi and Ntenman as they negotiate their places in a society where political and social relationships are currency and potent forces are in play that may change the balance of power in the galaxy. 

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Book Review: Snake Eyes

Snake Eyes (The Mask Series #3)
Published By: Evatopia Press
Publication Date: January 30, 2015
Buy it at Amazon, Smashwords, iBooks, or Barnes & Noble
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Author
Audience: Young Adult/New Adult - Paranormal Mystery

Snake Eyes is the third book in Melissa Pearl's Masks' series. And what a rollercoaster of a ride it was to read this book! About halfway through the book, I wanted to throw my iPad across the room. I was so angry with what was happening to the characters in the book! But I knew Melissa would not let me down. By the time I finished the book, all I could say was, "Holy Crap on a Cracker!" 

 Caity and Eric just finished a wonderful summer together, which they deserved after what they went through in Two-Faced. They are back at UCLA and it's the beginning of Caity's sophomore year. She and Nicole are roommates once again and things are looking great! The year looks to be even better when Eric and Dale end up with an empty bedroom in their house and ask Caity and Nicole to move in with them. 

The Shopping Lark #154

Each Friday, Reading Lark is going to feature some new releases each week to help give you some ideas of what to buy next. This is not an exhaustive list of this week's releases - just some novels that caught our eye. Feel free to share what books you're excited about that came out this week in our comments section.

YA Releases for the week of 1/26-2/1:

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Book Review: Embers

Embers (The Wings of War #1)
Published By: Karen Ann Hopkins
Publication Date: October 21, 2014
Page Count: 357
Buy it at Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Source: Kindly Provided by Author
Audience: Young Adult - Paranormal

I am a huge fan of Karen Ann Hopkins' Amish YA series so when she approached me about reading this series I couldn't say no. The Wings of War is a far cry from the Amish community in the rural midwest. I was interested to see how Hopkins would tackle the paranormal.

Ember is one of those characters I do not envy. The story begins soon after her parents were killed in a car wreck that left her without a scratch. There is no rational explanation for Ember's survival; she should have been burned alive like her parents. Ember's situation doesn't improve much when her aunt and her aunt's loser boyfriend move into her house to be her guardians. The loser boyfriend sexually harasses Ember and compels her to move to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee to live with a guardian.

Author Q&A and Giveaway: Perdita

Top Five Reasons This Novel Should Be on Your TBR List:
1. The Cover
2. The merging of past and present always makes for an intriguing read.
3. Lighthouses are beautiful and fascinating.
4. This sounds like it has magical realism elements.
5. Classic novels such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights inspired the writer.

Be sure to stop back on 2/3 to check out Aimee's review of this one!

Tell us who you are. 

 I am a lover of books and a writer who has been inspired by the beauty of Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada. I am also a wife, mother and professor of cultural anthropology. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Book Review: Intangible

Intangible (Piercing the Veil, Book 1) 
Author: C.A. Gray 
Published By: C.A. Gray 
Publication Date: May 22, 2014 
Page Count: 311 
Buy it at Amazon or Barnes & Noble (Free as an eBook at the moment)
Source: eBook sent from author 
Audience: Young Adult – Fantasy, Arthurian Mythology  

I have always loved mythology, legends, fairy tales, fantasy and Arthurian stories, so when this book was brought to my attention I was intrigued. I especially love stories that take those same tales we have heard our whole lives and twist them just a little bit to make an entirely new story. C.A. Gray's Intangible takes the legend of King Arthur, Excalibur, and Camelot to an entirely new and unique level joining magic and science that works incredibly well. It was hard to put the book down once I started reading it.

Waiting on Wednesday: Rogue

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where she spotlights upcoming releases.

This week I am waiting on...

Rogue (Talon #2)
By:  Julie Kagawa
Harlequin Teen
April 28th, 2015

Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can't forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he'd signed his own death warrant.

Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order's headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember's own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George.

A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Book Review: A Ghostly Undertaking

A Ghostly Underaking (Ghostly Southern Mysteries #1)
Published By: HarperCollins
Publication Date: February 24, 2015
Page Count: 288
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Audience: Adult - Paranormal Mystery

Things in the town of Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky have always been pretty slow. The small town has seen its share of gossip, but nothing more serious has happened in the collective memory of the townsfolk, but all that changes when Ruthie Sue Payne is found at the bottom of her stairs. Everyone thinks she fell, but Emma Lee Raines knows something is amiss. 

Emma Lee has been cursed with the ability to see the dearly departed after an unfortunate run in with a large plastic Santa. It's not the sort of thing you want to happen when you run a funeral home. Emma Lee can't escape the agitated spirit of Ruthie Sue. Ruthie Sue wants Emma Lee to find out who killed her so that she can cross over to the great beyond.

Teaser Tuesday: Embers, My True Love Gave to Me, Sinner, Arkie's Pilgrimage to the Next Big Thing, At the Water's Edge, Perdita, & Snake Eyes

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

A couple more minutes passed and the rain turned to a reluctant sprinkle. I took a peek and the storm clouds were racing off to the east as quickly as they had arrived. When I finally sat up, the gusting wind had lessened to a stiff breeze and I turned into it to dry my face.

~ Embers by Karen Ann Hopkins, Kindle Location 361-364

"It's going to get worse," he said. "You're going to keep changing."
"Well, so are you," she said.
"I never change."
Mags laughed. "You're a kaleidoscope. You change every time I look away."
"Don't you hate that?" he asked.
Mags shook her head. Her nose rubbed against his. "I love it."

~ "Midnights" by Rainbow Rowell from My True Love Gave to Me, pg. 17

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