Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Book Review: How It Feels To Fly

How It Feels To Fly
Published By: HarperTeen
Publication Date: June 14, 2016
Page Count: 368
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Audience: Young Adult - Contemporary

Samantha has always wanted to become a professional ballerina. She can't remember a time when this wasn't her dream. In fact, it's become her mother's dream as well. Samantha has thrown her entire life and every bit of passion into making this happen, but things change when her body does. Suddenly, Samantha doesn't fit the body type for a ballerina anymore. She hates the curves that taunt her every time she looks in the mirror. How is she supposed to compete with the thin girls at her studio? How is she supposed to make her dreams come true when her body turns on her? 

Waiting on Wednesday: A Week of Mondays

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. . . 

A Week of Mondays
By: Jessica Brody
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Release Date: August 2, 2016

When I made the wish, I just wanted a do-over. Another chance to make things right. I never, in a million years, thought it might actually come true... 

Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball try-outs and her class election speech (note to self: never trust a cheerleader when she swears there are no nuts in her bake-sale banana bread), and to top it all off, Tristan, her gorgeous rocker boyfriend suddenly dumps her. For no good reason!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Book Review: Me Before You

 Me Before You
By: Jojo Moyes
Published By: Pamela Dorman Books
Publication Date: December 31, 2012
Page Count: 369
Source: Personal Copy
Audience/Genre: Adult Fiction
Buy it at Indiebound, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble!

 First, I'll say that this book was not the sob-fest I had been warned it would be, especially for me, who cries at Hallmark and diaper commercials on a semi-regular basis. So if it's reputation as a tear-jerker is what's keeping you from picking it up, know it's not as bad as all that.

Secondly, know that this book is worth the hype surrounding it (and the movie adaptation that comes out next weekend). I'll admit that several times I've seen a movie version without/before reading the book, but I need to humbly tell you that THIS BOOK IS ONE YOU MUST READ FIRST so you can savor the story, the writing, and the characters at your own pace. I'm absolutely seeing the movie next weekend, but this story deserves more than two hours in a dark theater. ;) 

Teaser Tuesday: The Forbidden Orchid & Ivory and Bone

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

She kissed the top of my head. "I tell you, daughter, do not fall in love with an adventurer. Your heart will never stop breaking."

~ The Forbidden Orchid by Sharon Biggs Waller, pg. 30

"There is strong danger in a person who can create such powerful deceit they can no longer distinguish their own lies from the truth."

~ Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh, Kindle Location 1976 (ARC)

Monday, May 23, 2016

Book Review: Lost & Found

Lost & Found
Author: Brooke Davis
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: 26 January 2016
Page Count: 272
Buy it at Barnes & Noble or Amazon
Source: e-book provided by author
Audience: Adult - Contemporary

When I first read the synopsis of Lost & Found, I thought I would be reading a children's book, one suitable for kids ages 7-12, but as I began to read the story, I realized that adults, and even older teens, would appreciate it more.

Lost & Found is about Millie Bird, a seven-year-old who is obsessed with dead things; Karl, an 87-year-old man who has been lost since his wife died; and Agatha Pantha, an 82-year-old woman who hasn't left her house since her husband died.  Millie's father recently died from cancer.  Her mum, unable to deal with his death and raise a child on her own, leaves Millie one day in the women's underwear section of a large department store.  She tells Millie to wait there and she'll back, but she never reappears.  Millie bides her time by hiding in the middle of an underwear wrack, hiding behind ginormous women's underwear and exploring the store at night when it's closed and everyone has gone home.  During the second day, she meets Karl in the cafe.  Millie is just like any normal seven-year old, full of questions.  After a night of boredom and too much mischief: opening board games, trying on clothes, opening make-up containers, painting on the windows, Millie is caught by the security guard.  Not wanting the police to take her away, she escapes and gets Karl to run with her. They grab the mannequin, Mannie, who has become Millie's friend and race away.  Millie heads back home to find her mum, but when she gets there, she soon realizes her mum is truly gone, her closet empty.  Millie goes across the street to the house where she sees a woman at the window.  Millie soon works her magic on Agatha and Agatha agrees to help her find her mum.  Millie, Karl, and Agatha set out across Australia to find Millie's mum and reunite them.  Along the way, they meet many different people, ride on and drive a bus, ride a train, steal a car, get in fights, and have more adventure than they've ever had in their entire lives.

Cover Crazy: Like a River Glorious

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

Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson

I am in love with this cover! The gorgeous, rich hues of blue and gold are perfect for the title and series. The font is majestic and powerful, like a river. The main character is so small in contrast to the open country around her, just perfect for the spirit of the book. It's exactly what this book needs, and will demand that readers pull it off the shelf, just as a cover is supposed to do.

Leave us a comment and share your thoughts on this cover.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Magic Lamp Sunday 5/22/16

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'd read Pride and Prejudice before starting this book. Inspired by Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh.

Andrea: I wish that I could learn to control my anxiety better. Inspired by How it Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Book Review: Born to Treason

Born to Treason 
Published By: Cedar Fort
Publication Date: May 10, 2016
Page Count: 240
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Young Adult - Historical Fiction

The reign of Elizabeth I is not a good time to be either Catholic or Welsh; Joan Pryce knows by experience that it’s even harder to be both. When her father dies after being tortured for his beliefs, Joan is forced by her Protestant cousins to move in with her godparents. Eager to honor her faith and wanting to do what she can for her people, young Joan agrees to deliver some pages of a Welsh translation of the Bible to an illegal Welsh press. Further steps into the world of political and religious intrigue quickly follow the first until Joan is confronted with a life or death choice for herself and others. 

The Shopping Lark #217

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 5/16-5/22:

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