Sunday, October 19, 2014

Magic Lamp Sunday 10/19/14

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. 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 I had spent some time in California as a young adult. Inspired by Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater.

Julie: I wish Mr. Freeman's weird, focus on one item (a tree) in all your artwork for a year, art class was 1) real, and 2) that I could be in it. Inspired by Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.  

Andrea: I wish that I could write a best-selling YA series like Locked. Inspired by Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Book Review & Giveaway: Sweet Unrest

Sweet Unrest
Published By: Flux
Publication Date: October 8, 2014
Page Count: 336
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via NetGalley
Audience: Young Adult - Paranormal

I'm excited to be the tour stop today for Lisa Maxwell's Sweet Unrest Tour!

I was drawn to this one because of the southern gothic vibe that I got from the cover and summary. I went to New Orleans for the first time a few summers ago and every since I have been captivated by the city. It is one of those places were its possible to believe that the impossible could exist. It is the perfect setting for Lisa Maxwell's gothic tale that is laced with forbidden romance, dark magic, and murder most foul.

The Shopping Lark #139

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 10/13-10/19:

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Book Review: Girls Like Us

Girls Like Us
Published by: Candlewick Press
Release date: May 27, 2014
Genre: YA contemporary
224 pages
Source: hard copy kindly provided by publisher

 Several years ago I read and enjoyed another title by this author: What Happened to Cass McBride?  When this title came up, I grabbed it, anticipating that I would get more of the great writing I remembered from the other book. I was both wrong and right.

I was wrong in thinking that this book would be any sort of repeat of the story from Cass McBride. They are completely different books. I was right, though, because they are both very enjoyable and well-written.

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: The Coming Woman

Top Five Reasons This Novel is Intriguing:
1. I know virtually nothing about Victoria Woodhull.
2. I am interested in learning more about the women's suffrage movement and its participants.
3. I am drawn to historical fiction.
4. I love reading historical fiction that gives a voice to the previously unheard.
5. I am inspired by historical figures who fought against unfair practices.

"The Coming Woman" is a novel based on the life of feminist Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for U.S. President, 50 years before women could even vote! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Excerpt & Giveaway: Compulsion

Reading Lark thrilled to be apart of the tour to celebrate the upcoming release of Martina Boone's debut, Compulsion. Martina is one of our favorite authors!

Check out Paula's review of Compulsion

Check out Paula's interview with Martina Boone

Be sure to keep up with all the tour stops so you don't miss author guest posts, excerpts, and the tour giveaway.


Book Review: The Queen of the Tearling

The Queen of the Tearling
(The Queen of the Tearling #1)
Author: Erika Johansen
Published By: Harper
Publication Date:  July 8th, 2014
Page Count:  434 pages
Source: Book Kindly Provided by the Publisher
Audience:  New Adult Fantasy, Dystopian


So as I was saying, The Queen of the Tearling was not really what I was expecting.  I noted similarities to Cinda Williams Chima’s Seven Realms series, but The Queen of the Tearling was surprisingly quite good and unique in its own right.  And what really had me intrigued was the fact that it was classified as a dystopian, but really had the feel of a medieval, high fantasy story.  And somehow, the author successfully meshed these two elements together in a most interesting way.

Waiting on Wednesday: Get Happy

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. . . 

Get Happy
By: Mary Amato
Publisher: Egmont USA
Release Date: October 28, 2014

In this poignant, realistic, contemporary YA by a state master list star, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Gayle Forman, a young songwriter builds a substitute family with her friends in place of the broken family she grew up with.

A hip high school girl who loves music, writes songs, and is desperate for a ukelele, learns to her shock that her father did not abandon her years ago and has been trying to keep in touch. She begins to investigate him, only to discover that he has a new life with a new family, including the perfect stepdaughter, a girl who Minerva despises

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Reading Lark is very excited to participate in this fun giveaway hop hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer. The giveaway runs October 15-31. Our Rafflecopter form opened a little bit early - so you can enter now. The winners will be contacted on November 1 via email and will be listed on the giveaway page. 

 Tons of great blogs are participating in this hop, so be sure to check out what's being given away at each blog. You have a ton of chances to win some really great books! Most importantly...have fun! 

Here at Reading Lark we are giving FOUR winners the choice of ONE of the books on our spooky lit list. TWO of the winners will be residents of the US. TWO  of the winners will be INTERNATIONAL entrants. If the book is in a series, the winner may choose any book in the series. US winners may choose an eBook or print copy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.  International winners will receive a print copy from The Book Depository. Both giveaways require the winner to be 13+ years of age.  If you are under the age of 18, you must have parental permission to enter.

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