Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Book Review: Compulsion

By: Martina Boone
Published by: Simon Pulse
Release date: October 28, 2014
Genre: YA paranormal
448 pages
Source: ARC kindly provided by publisher

That gorgeously lush cover is a perfect companion to the story on the inside; it's complexity masquerading as simplicity. The story reveals danger pretending to be innocence as well, as all good Southern Gothic does. If you've ever enjoyed a book in this genre, you are likely to love this book as much as I did.

Author Interview & Giveaway: Martina Boone

We're excited to welcome the author of Compulsion, Martina Boone, to Reading Lark today. She's here to answer a few questions and give our readers a chance to win an awesome prize pack.

Paula @ Reading Lark: I always wonder what authors were like when they were children. Were you the kid in school who was always telling stories, or did writing come to you later? 

Martina: I was the kid who was always reading. Literally. I would have books open inside my textbooks in class, I read under the covers with a book light or flashlight until my parents when to bed, then I turned the light back on. I went to the library three or four times a week. As for telling stories? Oh, yeah. And half the time I believed them. I was also the kid who turned Edgar Alan Poe into ghost stories at girl scout camp. You haven’t lived until you’ve scared the crap out of twelve-year-olds by telling them "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Fall of the House of Usher,” or “The Tell-Tale Heart." 

Waiting on Wednesday: No Place to Fall

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. . . 

No Place to Fall
By: Jaye Robin Brown
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: December 9, 2014

Amber Vaughn is a good girl. She sings solos at church, babysits her nephew after school, and spends every Friday night hanging out at her best friend Devon’s house. It’s only when Amber goes exploring in the woods near her home, singing camp songs with the hikers she meets on the Appalachian Trail, that she feels free—and when the bigger world feels just a little bit more in reach.

When Amber learns about an audition at the North Carolina School of the Arts, she decides that her dream—to sing on bigger stages—could also be her ticket to a new life. Devon’s older (and unavailable) brother, Will, helps Amber prepare for her one chance to try out for the hypercompetitive arts school. But the more time Will and Amber spend together, the more complicated their relationship becomes . . . and Amber starts to wonder if she’s such a good girl, after all.

Then, in an afternoon, the bottom drops out of her family’s world—and Amber is faced with an impossible choice between her promise as an artist and the people she loves. Amber always thought she knew what a good girl would do. But between “right” and “wrong,” there’s a whole world of possibilities.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Book Review: Lailah

Published By: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Page Count: 416
Source: ARC won at YA Lit Panel at DragonCon
Audience: Young Adult - Paranormal

I know that vampires have been done to death in YA literature, but I still can't help feeling a bit giddy when I hear about a new one. I have been and will always be a vampire girl. Between the awesome cover and the vampire aspect, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. Fate intervened on my behalf and I won a copy while attending DragonCon. I couldn't wait to crack this beauty open.

Lailah begins with the main character, Francesca, not knowing who she is or where she comes from. A chance meeting with a handsome vampire, Jonah, will bring her into a supernatural world that hides from human eyes. Jonah is convinced that Francesca is not human, but he can't figure out what she truly is. Things change even more when Francesca learns that the guy she's been dreaming of, Gabriel, is actually an angel and that her name is Lailah. Lailah's dreams begin to unravel the secrets of her past, but will she find out the truth before its too late? An evil vampire cadre is out to get her and the Archangels want her dead. Lailah must decide who to trust and learn to fight before she's erased from the world.

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Desecration

DESECRATION, Book One in the Wizard Queen at Sixteen Series.

In a hidden world of wizards where only men hold the power of magic, one girl arises with the power to change everything, if she isn't killed first… 

Adriana Victoriana Evangelista (Addie), daughter to the High Chancellor of the Wizard’s Council, has always been the perfect wizard girl. She never questions why men possess magical powers and women have no power at all, magical or otherwise. Male wizards blend into the modern human world, leading huge corporations while wizard women are sequestered away. 

Teaser Tuesday: Lailah, The Girl Next Door, Sideswiped, Outlander, & Compulsion

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

Seeing Jonah battle against the evil nature that had been bestowed upon him through no choice of his own, unwilling to accept it, I first came to appreciate that there was no such thing as good and evil, it could never be that simple. Somewhere between black and white, there were shades of gray. I wondered if given the complexity of my own existence, perhaps I belonged somewhere in among the spectrum of the in between, right next to the likes of Jonah.

~ Lailah by Nikki Kelly, pg. 28-29 (ARC)

As you get older, you forget names: those you studied with, worked with, lived next door to, the people who came to your wedding, your doctors, your accountant, and those who have cleaned your house. Of these people's names, you forget perhaps half, perhaps three-quarters. Then whose names do you never forget because they are incised on the rock of your memory? Your lovers (unless you have been promiscuous and there are too many) and the children you went to your first school with.

~ The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell, Kindle Location 270-274

Monday, September 29, 2014

Book Review: The Falcon Throne

The Falcon Throne
Published By: Hachette Australia
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Page Count: 512
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher
Genre: Adult Fantasy

The Falcon Throne is described as an epic fantasy, and epic it is in scope and size. This first book in The Tarnished Crown series follows the fortunes of the would-be-rulers of the former kingdom of Harcia, now split into two Duchies – Harcia and Clemen. Although at peace, tensions run high between the two lands, and the border between them, known as the Marches, sees its share of skirmishes. 

 As the story begins, the lords of Clemen are tired of the excesses of their Duke, Harald, and are gathering behind his illegitimate cousin, Roric, to stage a coup. Duke Aimery of Harcia still mourns the loss of his eldest son and heir, Malcom, and worries that his second son, Balfre, is not suited to the role. His youngest son Grefin shows much more promise, but won’t usurp his brother’s inheritance. Berardine of Cassinia seeks a royal match for her young daughter, but as a woman she is subject to the whims of the Regents who rule the island. In the Marches, and innkeeper takes in a desperate young girl and her infant brother, not knowing that the boy is the rightful Duke of Clemen and will turn her life upside down. 

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Best of Me

About The Book

Starring Michelle Monaghan, James Marsden, Luke Bracey, and Liana Liberator

"Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She'd believed in it once, too, back when she was eighteen."

In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.

Cover Crazy: The Last Time We Say Goodbye

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.

Cynthia Hand's Unearthly series is a favorite in my reading circle. I'm excited that she has another offering lined up for us soon, even if it's a different story.

This cover, though simple, keeps drawing my eye. It's as if something is about to appear in the mirror, and I don't want to miss it. That sticky note is such a common item in daily life- one that is usually disposable. What if the last time you got a message from that important person was on a sticky note, or was equally forgettable? 

Please leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts on this cover.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Magic Lamp Sunday 9/28/14

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

If we had a Magic Lamp, we'd wish:  

Paula: I wish that my own sweetie always knew how to give me exactly what I want. Inspired by Compulsion by Martina Boone.

Andrea: I wish that I could visit Wales- inspired by Lailah by Nikki Kelly.
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