Sunday, April 20, 2014

Magic Lamp Sunday 4/20/14


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 I had Tana's luck; she's had run-ins with more than one vampire, and lived to tell the tale. Inspired by The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black.      

Nicole: I wish I could have awesome, carefree holidays with my friends like I did when I was 18 and had just finished high school. Inspired by Losing Kate by Kylie Kaden. 

Andrea: I wish that I could see The Archive- inspired by The Unbound by Victoria Schwab. 


 

Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Review: Nantucket Red

Nantucket Red (Nantucket #2)
Published By: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Page Count: 288
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via NetGalley
Audience: Young Adult - Contemporary

I honestly thought Nantucket Blue was a standalone novel so I was surprised to see this one pop up on NetGalley. I enjoyed the first one so much I knew that I needed to continue with Cricket's story. Nantucket Red is a little odd because unlike the first novel, this one begins in Rhode Island and not at the beach. Cricket has just had one of the best summers of her life: she fell in love, worked for a talented writer, made new friends, and began to mend some old fences. As summer fades away and real life invades, Cricket realizes that sometimes perfect summers do not translate when the crisp fall air begins to blow. Everything seems to be changing and Cricket isn't sure she likes that, but the worst possible thing happens when Zack decides to go away to boarding school. Cricket can't stand the thought of not being with him, but she isn't sure a long distance relationship is a great idea. She convinces Zack that they need to take a "pause" in their relationship. She doesn't realize that might mean that the two of them will grow apart.

The Shopping Lark #114


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 4/14-4/20:




Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book Review: Bright Before Sunrise

Bright Before Sunrise
Published By: Walker Childrens
Publication Date: February 28, 2014
Page Count: 288
Source: Library
Audience: Young Adult - Contemporary

Tiffany Schmidt has done it again…written a book that has completely entranced me! I loved her first book, Send Me a Sign, and was thrilled when I found out she had another book out. Bright Before Sunrise is just as wonderful! 

Brighton is a Junior in high school who is coming up on her father’s memorial service. She is a nice girl that everyone likes. Everything about her is nice – the way she dresses, her house, her personality, etc. Enter Jonah. He’s a transfer student from Hamilton, a school from “the other side of the tracks”. Brighton tries to be nice to Jonah, but he’s not having any of it. But a twist of fate in the nail salon begins a spiraling chain of events that will connect Brighton and Jonah in ways they never would have imagined. 

Throwback Thursday: Julie of the Wolves



 Throwback Thursday is a new feature at Reading Lark. We'll still be doing some Book Boyfriend Posts and Book BFF Posts on Thursdays as well, but the Larks wanted a little variety on Thursdays. Throwback Thursday will allow us to celebrate some of the reads we loved way back when...


Julie of the Wolves
By: Jean Craighead George
Release Date: 1972



With the popularity of books like The Hunger Games, Divergent, and the Harry Potter series, there is no shortage of strong, smart, and independent young female leads in books these days, but as a young reader in 1979 my options were more limited. Nancy Drew and Anne Shirley were pretty much all I had (I was never a Little House on the Prairie fan, I hadn't been introduced to Jo March just yet, and I was too young for Lizzy Bennet), until I read Julie of the Wolves.  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Book Review: The Art of Lainey

The Art of Lainey
Published By: HarperTeen
Publication Date: May 20, 2014
Page Count: 384
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Audience: Young Adult - Contemporary

I had no idea when I first snagged my e-ARC of this one that Paula Stokes was the same person as Fiona Paul. I haven't finished the Secrets of the Eternal Rose series, but I did enjoy the first novel, Venom. Once I made the connection I was even more excited to read this one. I was interested to see how Stokes would tackle a contemporary romance after writing such a vivid historical fiction. I found in many ways that I enjoyed The Art of Lainey even more than Venom. I think contemporaries are a great place for Stokes to spend her time; the characters are complex, the romance is realistic and sweet, and the relationships are multi-faceted. I devoured The Art of Lainey and was left wanting to spend more time with Lainey, Micah, and Bee.

Waiting on Wednesday: Goodnight June


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. . . 

Goodnight June
By: Sarah Jio
Publisher: Plume
Release Date: May 27, 2014


The New York Times bestselling author of Blackberry Winter imagines the inspiration for Goodnight Moon 

 Goodnight Moon is an adored childhood classic, but its real origins are lost to history. In Goodnight June, Sarah Jio offers a suspenseful and heartfelt take on how the "great green room" might have come to be. 

 June Andersen is professionally successful, but her personal life is marred by unhappiness. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby’s estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children’s bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s. Amidst the store’s papers, June stumbles upon letters between her great-aunt and the late Margaret Wise Brown—and steps into the pages of American literature.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book Review: Half Bad

Half Bad
Published By: Viking Juvenile
Publication Date: March 4, 2014
Page Count: 380
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Audience: Young Adult - Fantasy, Magical Realism

Half Bad was a lot more engaging than I expected it to be. From reading the blurb, I expected a run of the mill tale of a boy search to figure out who he is - a good witch or a bad witch. This was the basic premise of the book, but there were a lot of thought-provoking Nature vs Nurture moments. 

 Nathan is treated horrendously by his white witch community. They call themselves the good guys, but honestly, with friends like that, who needs enemies?! He is shunned his entire life, by almost everyone - bullied, and even tortured by some. He is increasingly persecuted by the white witch governing body, and he finds himself imprisoned in a cage as the book begins. His recaps of failed escape attempts and how he came to be there were a little heart breaking. 

Teaser Tuesday: The Unbound, Pawn, Bright Before Sunrise, & Girl Interrupted


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


Da thought of people as books to be read, but I've always thought of them more as formulas - full of variables, but always the sum of their parts. That's what their noise is, really: all of a person's components layered messily over one another. Thought and feeling and memory and all of it unorganized, until that person dies. Then it all gets compiled, straightened out into this linear thing, and you can see exactly what the various parts add up to.

~ The Unbound (The Archived #2) by Victoria Schwab, Kindle Location 270




There is only so much food and drinking water. There are only so many teachers, so many doctors, and so many scientists. The mediocre and dim vastly outnumber the intelligent, and it has been that way for far too long. We outgrew ourselves. Our economy suffered, and so did our people.

~ Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebellion #1) by Aimee Carter, pg. 123


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