Friday, September 23, 2016

Book Review: The Rift Uprising

The Rift Uprising 
Published By: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: October 4, 2016
Page Count: 368
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Young Adult - Science Fiction

Ryn Whittaker, young and enhanced both physically and mentally, deals with whatever the Rift in the multiverse sends her way. Sometimes it’s sentient lizards, sometimes it’s the warlike Karekin, and sometimes it’s just the cute boy from the world next door. But something isn’t right. What is happening to these Rift refugees after they arrive? Why do we have to humanize them at all costs? And why aren’t the soldiers on the front lines allowed to have the comfort of serious attachments? 

I will tell you upfront that I basically swallowed The Rift Uprising whole. Foster’s writing puts the reader in a head lock and does. Not. Let. Go. The only reason I didn’t finish it in a single sitting is because I have kids who want help with homework, clean underwear and, you know, food and stuff. Responsibility, yay. 

The Shopping Lark #232

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 9/19-9/25:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Book Review: Labyrinth Lost

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas #1)
Published By: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Page Count: 336
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via NetGalley
Audience: Young Adult - Paranormal

Alejandra Mortiz (aka Alex) comes from a long line of brujos and brujas. The powerful beings have various forms of magic, but Alex wants no part of her family heritage. She fears the power that runs through her veins. As the ceremony to celebrate her Deathday looms, Alex knows she must find a way to rid herself of the power that threatens to hurt those she loves. Her spell goes horribly wrong and sends her entire family into the dark land of Los Lagos.

Alex is joined on her journey by two companions who provide various insights and skills along the way. Alex must find a way to save her family before the Devourer, a dark force in Los Lagos feeds off their souls and energy, leaving nothing behind.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Book Review: Aerie

Aerie (Magonia #2)
By: Maria Dahvana Headley
Published by: HarperCollins
Release date: October 4, 2016
Genre: YA fantasy
320 pages
Source: galley kindly provided by publisher

Read my review of book 1 here.

Let's be honest: this book was blurbed by Neil Gaiman. If that isn't enough to make people pick it up, I don't even know what is going on in this crazy, mixed up world.

But just in case you feel like my opinion might make more of a difference to you than his, here's my review.

Waiting on Wednesday: Shutter

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: Laurie Faria Stolarz
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: October 18, 2016

• Julian Roman, age sixteen, is an escapee from the Fairmount County Juvenile Detention Facility.
• His parents, Michael Roman and Jennifer Roman, are dead.
• Julian is wanted for murder.

• Why is Julian Roman on the run?
• Just how dangerous is he?
• And who did kill Michael and Jennifer Roman, if not Julian?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Book Review: The Time Key

The Time Key
Published By: Cedar Fort
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Page Count: 344
Source: Kindly Provided by Publisher 
Audience: Adult - Fantasy

The Time Key was a wonderfully engaging novel by debut author Melanie Bateman. This book had me fully engaged in the first couple chapters and I was anxious to know Stanley's complete story. 

 Stanley Becker was at the end of his rope and contemplating suicide after the disastrous death of his wife and daughter. He had become an alcoholic and was unable to cope with the despair. However, an interesting turn of events led him to saving another man's life instead of taking his own. This act would direct Stanley down a road of extraordinary adventures he never could have imagined. 

Teaser Tuesday: Labyrinth Lost

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

Nothing says "happy birthday" like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

~ Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova, Kindle Location 146 (ARC)

Monday, September 19, 2016

Cover Crazy: As I Descended

The purpose of Cover Crazy is to feature a cover each week for us  to admire its beauty. I really like this idea since there are so many great covers out there! Cover Crazy is a meme that was started by The Book Worms.

This week I'm featuring

As I Descended by Robin Talley

The first thing that struck me about this cover was the font. Followed by the beautiful blue colour with the vignette effect in the corners. Then when you look closer, you see what appears to be a tree and greenery in the silhouette. It really makes me want to know more. 

Leave us a comment and let us know what you think of this cover.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Magic Lamp Sunday 9/18/16

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 everyone in a first-world country could spend a day in a dystopian novel, to help them apppreciate what they have. Inspired by Found and Spare Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin.

Aimee: I wish I could make dinner with Lucy and Tram. Inspired by Pen and Palate by Lucy Madison and Tram Nguyen.

Andrea: I wish that I owned a flat in Dublin. Inspired by Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy.
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