Thursday, August 25, 2016

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)
Published By: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: July 1999
Page Count: 317
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Middle Grades/Young Adult - Fantasy

Reading this series is like snuggling under a blanket when its cold outside. I find it immensely comforting. 

 This time around I read with a slightly better attention to detail, I think, and found myself posing all sorts of questions to mull over when I couldn't read the books... Are all departments at Hogwarts staffed by just one teacher? How do they cope with all the marking? Do they have automatic marking quills, like Rita Skeeter's Quick Quotes Quill? If Prof. McGonagall has to come into Gryfindor Tower in her nightgown, where does she sleep and how does she make sure the Gryffindors ever get to sleep? Maybe they don't... Why on Earth would anyone let such a bright student as Hermione burn herself out that much? These are the musings, obviously, of a teacher. (I would give body parts to be able to teach at Hogwarts.) Let's be fair, Hogwarts would be amazing and the best teacher there (this year) is Prof Lupin, stealing the crown from Prof McG. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Book Review: Show Me How

Show Me How (Thatch #3)
Published By: William Morrow Impulse
Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Page Count: 243
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Audience: New Adult - Contemporary

I'm a huge McAdams fangirl and I have loved the previous novels in the Thatch series. I couldn't wait to jump into Charlie and Deacon's story. Do NOT read past this tiny intro if you haven't read the previous novels in the series. It's impossible to talk about this one without spoiling elements from the other novels.

Waiting on Wednesday: Aerie

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:
By: Maria Dahvana Headley
Publisher: HarperCollins

This is book 2 of a series, and I have been anxiously awaiting the day I can dig into it. The premise of the series is so crazily original, and the writing so well-paced, that it's a must-read. I dearly loved book 1, Magonia. I am so very excited to jump back into this world and see what becomes of Aza and Jason and their two worlds.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Teaser Tuesday: Show Me How & Occupied Earth

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature, hosted by Jenn at Books and a Beat.

I didn't care that I would be dead on my feet for my shift the next morning. Who needed sleep when there were other worlds to get lost in? Made-up lives that you wished could be your own? 

~ Show Me How (Thatch #3) by Molly McAdams, Kindle Location 833 (ARC)

Down, but not defeated. Resistance is all.

~ Occupied Earth edited by Richard Brewer & Gary Phillips, Kindle Location 53

Monday, August 22, 2016

Book Review: Three Dark Crowns

Three Dark Crowns
By: Kendare Blake
Published by: HarperTeen
Release date: 9/20/16
Genre: YA fantasy
416 pages
Buy it at Amazon, IndieBound, Book Depository, or Barnes & Noble
Source: galley kindly provided by publisher

There is a lot going on in this book, with three main characters in three different cultures. It's a lot to keep track of, but it's certainly worth the trouble.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Magic Lamp Sunday 8/21/16

We discovered this feature at Ya-Aholic, where it ran on Fridays. It sounded like a fun addition to our lineup, but fits better here on Sundays. It's based on the basic Magic Lamp = 3 wishes idea. Since there are so many of us, though, we're just taking one wish each per week. 

If we had a Magic Lamp, we'd wish:  

Paula: I wish I had the powers of a Naturalist, able to spur plant growth and influence animal behavior. Inspired by Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake.

Aimee: I wish I could meet an alien. Inspired by Occupied Earth, edited by Richard Brewer and Gary Phillips.

Andrea: I wish I could live in Scotland. Inspired by Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Book Review: The Girl From the Savoy

The Girl From the Savoy
Published By: William Morrow
Publication Date: June 7, 2016
Page Count: 448
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Audience: Adult - Historical Fiction

Hazel Gaynor is one of my favorite historical fiction writers. I love immersing myself in her characters. She tends to focus on the early half of the 20th century which always leads me down new paths of knowledge. This novel is no exception and focuses on multiple narrators who are living in the aftermaths of World War I. While the war ended prior to the novel's beginning, the experiences of that tragic event left their traces on the souls of the characters. Each one of them has been changed as a result and is trying to figure out how to live in their post-war reality.

Dolly Lane works as a maid in the famous Savoy hotel in London. She's close enough to the lights and glitz of the theaters to taste stardom on her tongue. Catering to the needs of the world's richest clientele also don't do much to dampen her dreams. Dolly can only hope that one day she can make her dreams a reality. On the other hand, Loretta May, has already made it in showbiz, but her life isn't the posh exterior she shows her fans. Her makeup and smile hide grief and secrets. I loved watching as post-war life unfolded for both of these ladies. Lastly, we get to see the perspective of an injured soldier as Teddy takes charge of the narrative from time to time. Teddy was Dolly's sweetheart before the war, but they have been torn apart and Teddy has no memories of their love to help stitch the pair back together. 

The Shopping Lark #228

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 8/15-8/21:

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