Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Review: Blackbird

Published By: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 16, 2014
Page Count: 256
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Young Adult - Thriller

Blackbird is the story of a teenage girl who wakes up with no memory on the train tracks in Los Angeles. She survives the train barreling towards her with only minor injuries, but what follows is a dangerous journey for her to discover who she is, how she got there, and why people are trying to kill her. 

 She takes on the name of Sunny and finds a friend in Ben, a boy she literally runs into in the supermarket. It takes some time for her to trust him, but he helps her to discover new information about herself. Sunny keeps a notebook with her to write down all bits of information that come to her so she can try to put the pieces of her life back together. 

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Inglorious Royal Marriages

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Publication Date: September 2, 2014
NAL Trade
Formats: eBook, Paperback; 400p
Genre: History/Non-Fiction/Royalty

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Why does it seem that the marriages of so many monarchs are often made in hell? And yet we canĂ­t stop reading about them! To satisfy your schadenfreude, INGLORIOUS ROYAL MARRIAGES offers a panoply of the most spectacular mismatches in five hundred years of royal history.... some of which are mentioned below.

Book Spotlight & Excerpt: Day 21

No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.

It's been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They're the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries...or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.

In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan's The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can -- together.

Teaser Tuesday: Exquisite Captive, Reluctantly Charmed, Beware the Wild, If I Stay, & A Sudden Light

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

What is it with these humans? They find out they've got a jinni to do their bidding and they suddenly think it's Aladdin, like I could snap my fingers and shazam! - instant gratification.

~ Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios, Kindle Location 135 (ARC)

But for me, he is that guy. The one who pops up now and again. The one who flashes back. The one I've tried to forget about but found his smile tattooed on the inside of my eyelids. The one that I've embarrassingly googled a lot, and facebooked, and when I hear his name spoke. I still blush. He's the one that I can't help wondering about. He's my what if guy and I can't shake him.

~ Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O'Neill, Kindle Location 344-347

Monday, September 15, 2014

Book Review: Cop Town

Cop Town
Published By: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: June 24, 2014
Page Count: 416
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Audience: Adult - Mystery/Thriller

Cop Town was a slightly unusual book from Karin Slaughter. It shared some similarities with Criminal, which I whole heartedly welcomed. I really enjoyed the historical setting, and I found it really interesting to think how difficult it must have been for the first women to join the police force. 

 Through the eyes of Kate and Maggie, we learned about the motivations of some of these groundbreaking young women, who most would dismiss to the secretarial pool. I really enjoyed following Kate's struggles to make something of herself, when all around her, including her fellow women, were expecting her to run home in tears, never to appear again. She wore the ill-fitting uniform, she bore the nicknames, and she came out kicking ass. 

Rooms Blog Tour: Author Interview

We're excited to welcome the author of Rooms, Lauren Oliver, to Reading Lark today. She's her to dish on her new adult novel.

Andrea @ Reading Lark: How do you go about finding the different voices for your characters? 

Lauren: That's the fun part. That's a question of really playing around on the page, listening, generating memories and watching the character materialize. It's kind of like meeting someone on a misty marsh--the voice and character might at first be ill-defined but eventually, as you approach, the outlines take shape. 

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Madame Picasso


In the bestselling tradition of The Paris Wife, Z, and The Aviator’s WifeMadame Picasso illuminates the untold story of the powerful woman behind one of the most famous men in history. A veteran writer and historian, Anne Girard takes readers from the salon of Gertrude Stein to the glamorous Moulin Rouge and inside the studio and heart of history’s most influential artist. Part love story, part history, Madame Picasso is perfect for book clubs and reading groups.

Cover Crazy: The Lonesome Young

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 sucks you in and makes you want to know these people. I love the sense of urgency and romance that this cover exudes. I also think it's neat that there is landscape scenery in the background since the setting is important to this story. The combination of strength and vulnerability makes for an intriguing read. I think this cover perfectly captures the novel. On another note, I want that dress!

What are your thoughts on this cover?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Magic Lamp Sunday 9/14/14

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 I had Phin's old Chevelle- inspired by Into the Wild by Natalie C. Parker.

Michele: I wish I was musically inclined and passionate about playing an instrument like a cello. Ispired by If I Stay by Gayle Forman.  

Nicole: I wish I could visit Dublin again. Inspired by Reluctantly Charmed by Ellie O'Neal.    

Julie: I wish I had the ability to play matchmaker among my high school students. Inspired by Complete Nothing by Kieran Scott.   

Andrea: I wish that I owned a bed and breakfast in the Blue Ridge Mountains- inspired by Down by the River by Lin Stepp.  
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