Friday, October 9, 2015

The Shopping Lark #188

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 10/5-10/11:

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Book Review: Velvet Undercover

Velvet Undercover
Published By: Balzer & Bray
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Page Count: 336
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Audience: Young Adult - Historical Fiction

I love sinking my teeth into historical fiction whenever possible. There are a ton of titles hitting the shelves in the next few weeks that had my history nerd all a flutter. I was attracted to this one because WWI is not an area of expertise. I enjoy reading about time periods and events I know a lot about, but it's even more fun to learn something new. I also picked this one up because I have read Teri Brown in the past and enjoyed her work.

Velvet Undercover focuses on spies in WWI - particularly female spies. I know virtually nothing about espionage so I have no idea how much of this novel was based on historical fact and how much was fabrication. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this one. The main character, Samantha, is still reeling from the disappearance of her father, when she is recruited by British intelligence to work with La Dame Blanche, a famous female spy group. Samantha is brilliant and she fights against the traditional gender roles of her time period. She loves math, science, and breaking codes. Samantha wants to do more for her country than smile and knit socks for the soldiers. In addition, Samantha's spy service means that her recruiter will look into her father's disappearance. Samantha has to know what happened to her beloved father and she embarks on a perilous journey.

Author Interview & Giveaway: The Sisters of Versailles

We're excited to welcome the author of The Sisters of Versailles, Sally Christie, to Reading Lark today. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: Why is French royalty and scandal so fascinating to read and write about? 

Sally: I think in general monarchs and the people around them hold a lot of fascination for readers. Power and the funny (and not so funny) things it does to people is always interesting, and of course they are also the group of people about which we have the most information. 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Book Review: Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not (Ceruleans Book 2) 
Author: Megan Tayte 
Published By: Heaven Afire 
Publication Date: 20 February 2015 
Page Count: 338 
Buy it on Amazon 
Source: e-book provided by author 
Audience: Young Adult - Paranormal

Megan Tayte has once again delivered a powerful story about life and death in the second book of her Cerulean series. I will try not to give away any spoilers for this story, but if you have not read the first book, I highly recommend you stop reading this review because it will definitely give many things away.

Forget Me Not picks up very soon after Death Wish, the first in the Cerulean series. Now that Scarlett knows about her powers, realizes she is dying and will become a Cerulean upon her death, she takes the little time that she has left to be with those she loves. She struggles throughout the entire story, trying to decide whether or not she should tell her mom, her boyfriend, and her best friend the truth. Her sister is not dead as she thought, but taken by the Fallen, the enemies of the Ceruleans, and Scarlett will do whatever it takes to get her back, which includes accepting her fate. However, deciding this and actually doing it are two different things, it’s much harder than she realizes because Death seems to be stalking her. Scarlett is plagued by near fatal accidents and if Jude, her Cerulean guide, is not by her side when she dies then she won’t come back as a Cerulean. It also becomes increasingly more difficult to keep the fact that she is dying from those closest to her as she gets sicker and sicker. Soon however, that decision is taken from her and she must pick up the broken pieces of her life before it’s too late to do so. And in the end she understands why her sister, Sienna, chose to go the way she did.

Waiting on Wednesday: Seven Black Diamonds

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:
Seven Black Diamonds
By: Melissa Marr
Publisher: HarperCollins


Melissa Marr was one of the first authors to really get me hooked on YA reading for fun. I enjoyed her earlier works, so I'll be back for more. This synopsis (great) + this cover (gorgeous) = I am really excited to dive into this new adventure.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Book Review: The Fate of Ten

The Fate of Ten (Lorien Legacies #6)
Published By: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 1, 2015
Page Count: 416
Source: Purchased by Reviewer
Young Adult - Fantasy

The Fate of Ten is another great addition to the Lorien Legacies series. It picks up right after the previous book in the series, with barely a breath taken between the two. This is actually a bit of an issue for me as I needed a recap! I think this series will be best read when complete, and I can't wait for that day - I expect to zoom through it on a really fun reread. Until then, I will continue to piece together the events of the previous books! 

Teaser Tuesday: These Shallow Graves, Persuasion, The Actor and the Housewife, & The Silent Girls

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.

She wasn't holding her tears back; she had none. She desperately wanted to cry, but couldn't.

It was as if her heart, corseted as tightly as her waist, could not find its shape again.

~ These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly, Kindle Location 266 (ARC)

"I like my desserts more layered and subtle. I think we've discussed this before. Someday, I'll give you a rundown on my philosophy about cakes, women, and complexity."

~ Persuasion (The Heirs of Watson Island #2) by Martina Boone, Kindle Location 744 (ARC)

Monday, October 5, 2015

Book Review: What We Left Behind

What We Left Behind
Author: Robin Talley
Published By:  Harlequin Teen/Harlequin Teen Australia
Publication Date: October 27th/November 1st, 2015
Page Count: 416 pages
Source:  Advanced review copy courtesy of the publisher
Audience: Contemporary/LGBTQIA

For Toni and Gretchen it was love at first sight at the junior prom and they'd been together ever since. But the end of High School brings more challenges then they'd expected. 

Cover Crazy: Riders

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.

I love the fiery horse! I want to know how the horse fits into the story. I love Veronica Rossi's writing so I can't wait to get this one in my hands. The colors of the cover make me think of Fall so this was the perfect Cover Crazy choice to open up October.

What are your thoughts on this cover?

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Magic Lamp Sunday 10/4/15

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 had book three of The Heirs of Watson Island series in my hands right now!! Inspired by Persuasion by Martina Boone.

Aimee: I wish that I could have known my candy-making, immigrant great-grandfather. Inspired by The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman. 

Andrea: I wish that I could visit London. Inspired by Velvet Undercover by Teri Brown.
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