Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Book Review: The Recruit

The Recruit
Published By: Escape Publishing
Publication Date: May 2014
Page Count: 189
Buy it at Amazon
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via NetGalley
Audience: Young Adult - Adventure, Romance

Seventeen year old Jaz Thomas is a champion fencer, a more than competent boxer, and pretty good at yoga. She thinks nothing of putting herself in danger to help others, even Minka, the meanest girl in school. Other than that, Jaz is your average school girl, hanging out with her best friends Anna and Taylor (on whom she has a massive crush). That is until Ryan Fletcher walks into her life.  

Ryan Fletcher is a sometimes-bouncer who turns up at the gym, and several other places Jaz finds herself. She’s starting to wonder whether he’s stalking her when he saves her from a sticky situation and she discovers some of his well-kept secrets. Ryan offers Jaz the opportunity to join his organization which will mean a life of excitement and danger, but she won’t be able to share the truth with her friends. Jaz must make a choice, and soon. 

Waiting on Wednesday: Only Everything

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. . . 

Only Everything 
By: Kieran Scott 
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers 
Release Date: May 6, 2014 

High school romance is tough—even for a bona fide love goddess. Can Cupid succeed as a mortal matchmaker? 

When Eros (aka Cupid) is expelled from Olympus for defying Zeus after falling in love with Orion, she is banished to what she believes to be hell. We call it New Jersey. If she ever wants to go back to the comforts of her old life, she will have to find love for three couples—without using her powers. 

Eros, now calling herself True, immediately identifies her first project in Charlie and believes finding him love will be a piece of cake. Charlie is new at school and eager to break out of his old image of band geek, so it’s lucky for him when he falls in with the right crowd on his first day. But music is still his passion. That is, until he meets Katrina... 

Katrina is floundering after the death of her father and takes refuge with a boy who, while not entirely supportive, will be there when she needs him, unlike her mother. Too bad True thinks any girl Charlie talks to is perfect for him. Can she get out of her own way and help Charlie and Katrina connect, or will she be stuck in New Jersey forever? 

Summary via Goodreads 

Read Julie's review of Only Everything on Reading Lark. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Novella Review: Howling For You

Howling for You (Chicagoland Vampires #8.5)
Published By: NAL
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Page Count: 88
Buy it at Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Audience: Adult - Urban Fantasy

It's no secret that I am a HUGE fangirl when it comes to the Chicagoland Vampires series. I LOVE and ADORE these novels and the characters that inhabit them. While Merit will always be my favorite character in the series, I do appreciate the supporting characters as well. I was excited to see that Jeff was going to get his own novella. Jeff is such an endearing character with a big heart. His nerdiness and geeky humor also keep me smiling anytime I spend time with Chicagoland.

Teaser Tuesday: Wild Things, Losing Kate, & The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

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

Our friendship wasn't limited to habits, to circumstances, to neighborhoods. We were friends because we were connected together, because something in our souls called to each other, understood each other. That connection, that spark between us, would remain even if our lives had changed completely.

~ Wild Things (Chicagoland Vampires #9) by Chloe Neill, pg. 39

"Where's Kate?" I cross my arms. The suspense rattles me. "Did you do it?" I look to make sure the others are still comatose. "Like we talked about..."

~ Losing Kate by Kylie Kaden, Kindle Location 1172-1174

Monday, April 21, 2014

Book Review: Vengeance

Vengeance (Fracture #2)
Published By: Walker Childrens
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Page Count: 352
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Audience: Young Adult - Paranormal, Thriller

Vengeance was a bit of a let down after the brilliance of Fracture. I was so looking forward to Decker and Delany gracing the pages before me again, and the disappointment I felt when they spent most of the book ignoring each other was bitter. 

Vengeance sees the death of Carson overshadow virtually everything. All that the characters can see is those they have lost; a friend, a brother, a loved one. Everyone is hurting, and everyone chooses to blame Delaney. Whether it is because they think she is cursed, or that they know better, and have some idea of her abilities, she suffers. But while she suffers, she is understanding and quite un-teen-like. She doesn't get mad, she just bears everyone's resentment. 

Cover Crazy: The Geography of You and Me

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 feature that was started by The Book Worms.

This cover feels perfect for a contemporary romance. It makes me feel hopeful and light-hearted. I love the city skyline in the background; it is a critical element to the story as well. The roof becomes a special place for the two main characters. I also love the stars; these are also important to the story. I'm also a fan of the fonts used for the title and author name. 

What do you think about this cover?

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:

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