Friday, March 24, 2017

Book Review: The Bone Witch

The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1)
Published By: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 7, 2017
Page Count: 400
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via NetGalley
Young Adult - Fantasy

Tea lives in a land where magic is commonplace. Many witches deal in the four elements of wind, earth, water, and fire. On rare occasions, other forms of magic manifest. Tea finds out at a young age that she is one of these rare sorts; she is a necromancer, a bone witch. Her kind is both revered and feared. Her village shuns her when she raises her older brother, Fox, after dies in battle. Her parents and siblings are horrified by what she has done, but her brother was a willing participant. 

Tea's magic calls the powerful Lady Mykaela to her. Lady Mykaela plans to teach Tea how to control her powers and use them against the beasts that terrorize the lands and kill those who attack them like Fox. Tea isn't thrilled by this as she's always expected to find more acceptable magic running through her veins like her older sisters. Tea has no desire to leave home, but she has no choice as she must be trained to control the dark side of her nature. It also wouldn't do any good to remain at home where the villagers would throw their discriminatory glares in her direction and shudder each time Fox passed. The bond between Tea and Fox transcends death; the loyalty and love between these two was one of the things I loved about this novel The pair follows Lady Mykaela and Tea's adventure begins. 

The Shopping Lark #247

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 3/20 - 3/26:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Book Review: Hunted

Published By: HarperTeen
Publication Date: March 14, 2017
Page Count: 352
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Young Adult - Fantasy, Fairy Tale Inspired

Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite Disney film. I'm excited to see the new live action version soon. I was excited when I learned about this title; I had high hopes that Meagan Spooner would take the original story and breathe new life into it. She delivers a novel that is equal parts nostalgia and new creation. I loved every minute, in spite of the lengthy amount of time it took me to read this one. Health issues kept me from being able to read for several weeks, but as soon as I was feeling a bit better, I dove into this one with a fury.

Waiting on Wednesday: Missing

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: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 18, 2017

The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.

The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.

But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Spindle Fire

There is an old saying in these parts: "Never trust a faerie with something to gain." But sometimes, there is no other choice.

~ Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer, Kindle Location 827 (ARC)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

What's Your Status? 3/19/17

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Book Review: Undertow

By: Michael Buckley
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release date: May 5, 2015
Genre: YA science fiction
376 pages

Guess what?  Another sentient humanoid species has been sharing the Earth with us for centuries.  They call themselves the First Men; we call them Alphas.  Thirty thousand of them came out of the sea and have been living on the beach at Coney Island. Tomorrow is the start of experimental school integration.

Waiting on Wednesday: Remind Me How This Ends

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. . . 

Remind Me How This Ends
By: Gabrielle Tozer
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date: March 27th, 2017

It's the summer after high school ends and everyone is moving on. Winning scholarships. Heading to uni. Travelling the world. Everyone except Milo Dark. Milo feels his life is stuck on pause. His girlfriend is 200km away, his mates have bailed for bigger things and he is convinced he's missed the memo reminding him to plan the rest of his life. Then Layla Montgomery barrels back into his world after five years without so much as a text message. 

As kids, Milo and Layla were family friends who shared everything - hiding out in her tree house, secrets made at midnight, and sunny afternoons at the river. But they haven't spoken since her mum's funeral. Layla's fallen apart since that day. She pushed away her dad, dropped out of school and recently followed her on-again-off-again boyfriend back to town because she has nowhere else to go. Not that she's letting on how tough things have been. 

What begins as innocent banter between Milo and Layla soon draws them into a tangled mess with a guarantee that someone will get hurt. While it's a summer they'll never forget, is it one they want to remember? 

A boy-meets-girl-again story from the award-winning author of The Intern and Faking It. 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Magic Lamp Sunday 3/12/17

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:  

Nicole: I wish I could see my friends and family in the afterlife. Inspired by Lifeblood by Gena Showalter.

Andrea: I wish that I owned a cabin in the woods. Inspired by Hunted by Meagan Spooner.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

What's Your Status? 03/11/17

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