Friday, April 17, 2015

Book Review: The Cage

The Cage (The Cage #1)
Published By: Balzer & Bray
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Page Count: 400
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Audience: Young Adult - Science Fiction

Megan Shepherd's Madman's Daughter series is one of my favorites. I was excited to see her venturing away from the gothic classic inspired path to do something completely different. I'm not always attracted to science fiction novels, but I decided if anyone could lure me in, it would be Megan Shepherd. The Cage is an inventive and chilling read. This is one of those beauties that is so engrossing I read the bulk of it in one sitting.  The Cage  has a Lord of the Flies vibe mixed with a hint of The Stepford Wives and a dash of The Hunger Games

Cora, the daughter of a powerful politician, wakes up to find herself in the middle of a desert. She has no recollection of how she came to be lost in the sand - especially because her last coherent memory is of being in a Jeep with her older brother. Cora's exploration of her surroundings reveals that the desert is bordered by forest, ocean, and snow covered mountains. These terrains shouldn't be possible in such close proximity. Her anxiety reaches off the chart levels as she tries to find a rational explanation for what she is seeing. Things get even odder when she realizes that she is not alone in this strange place. Four others will inhabit her new home as well - Lucky, Leon, Nok, and Rolf. The characters in this one are diverse in both ethnicity and culture. 

Author Interview & Giveaway: Jan Moran

We're excited to welcome the author of Scent of Triumph, Jan Moran, to Reading Lark today. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: If this book was a perfume, what scents would dominate it? 

Jan: Scent of Triumph takes place in the 1940s, so vintage perfumes are threaded throughout the novel. The heroine holds Mitsouko by Guerlain in high regard, and her grandfather worked with the Guerlain found (fiction, not fact). Other perfumes mentioned in the book include Shalimar, Chanel No. 5, Jicky, Floris Lavender, Geo. F. Trumper Spanish Leather, Tabac Blond, among others. These were the luxury perfumes of the era. The French characters tend more toward French perfumes, while the English characters choose English fragrances. If this novel had an overall scent, I imagine it might be roses, with a warm, ambery wooded finish to reflect the elegance, resolve, fortitude, and love inherent in the saga. 

The Shopping Lark #165

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 4/13-4/19:

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cover Reveal: Bounce

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Book Review: Wait for You

Wait for You
(Wait for You #1)
Author: J. Lynn
Published By:  William Morrow Paperbacks
Publication Date: September 3rd, 2013
Page Count:  384 Pages
Source:  Purchased by Reviewer
Audience:  New Adult Contemporary Romance

This story was a definite favourite...and a nice break from my usual fantasy, dystopian and paranormal reads.  It was a deliciously sexy, hot, heart-breaking and triumphant story about two people—one who was incredibly patient, and one who tried to escape her past—trying to overcome bad places in their lives and searching for that trust…that leap of faith…into happiness.

This contemporary, new adult romance was centered around two characters…Avery Morgensten and Cam Hamilton.  Avery has moved clear across the country in hopes of a fresh start, hoping to leave painful memories and the mess that was her life behind her.  About to start her freshmen year in college far away from home, with a new apartment all to herself, with new furnishings, and with the hope of making new friends, she thinks she has set herself on the right path.  However, as you probably guessed it, you can’t run from your troubles and your past.  They always have a way of catching up with you…and they certainly did in a big way for Avery.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Book Review: The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak

The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak
Published By: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: May 19, 2015
Page Count: 336
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Audience: Young Adult - Contemporary

I'm a sucker for setting and there was no way I could leave this ARC unread. Not only does is it set in my favorite city, Seattle, but is also takes place at a Con. I'm not one who attends a vast array of cons throughout the year, but there is one that I feel is beautiful and brighter than some of the others that I look forward to every August. It's the gem in my end of the summer plans. I have so many memories of costumes, sessions, games, and people watching from my Con experiences. I wanted to see if those same experiences could be found with Ana and Zak.

Waiting on Wednesday: Hold Me Like a Breath

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:
Hold Me Like a Breath
By: Tiffany Schmidt
Publisher: Bloomsbury


Tiffany Schmidt is one of the reasons I love being a book blogger. I was very excited to have discovered her when I reviewed Send Me a Sign, and even more psyched when her second book baby, Bright Before Sunrise, was also made of awesome. I don't understand why she's not crazy-famous yet, because her books are on my Favorites shelf. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Book Review: Shelter

Shelter (Mickey Bolitar Series, # 1) 
Published By: Penguin Young Readers Group 
Publication Date: 6 September 2011 
Page Count: 288 (hardcover), 336 (paperback) 
Source: ebook purchased from Barnes & Noble 
Audience: Young Adult – Mystery 

One of the first books I ever reviewed was Harlan Coben's Tell No One for my college newspaper twelve years ago, it was also the first book I had ever read by him. When I began reading his teen series to review, it brought back fond memories. I became a fan with that first book and have read many more of his since; and when Shelter was first released I was curious to see how he did with a teen audience. I think for his first book, he did a pretty decent job.

Shelter, the first book in the Mickey Bolitar series, is about Mickey Bolitar, a fifteen-year-old boy who feels like he has lost everything and his life has been turned upside down. His dad died, his mom is in rehab, he is at a brand new school living with an uncle he never knew, and now his girlfriend has disappeared.

Teaser Tuesday: The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak, Sabriel, & Wuthering Heights

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

All is lost.

The beautiful day mocks me. The slightly-less-gray-than-usual sky laughs in my face. I'm in a foul mood. I want to punch a hobbit.

~ The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak, Kindle Location 321 (ARC)

The chanting was even worse, for very few of them had functioning mouths. Touchstone had never seen or heard a shipwreck - now he knew the sound of a thousand sailors drowning, all at once, in a quiet sea.

~ Sabriel by Garth Nix, Kindle Location 3362-3363

Monday, April 13, 2015

Book Review: Galgorithm

Published By: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Page Count: 320
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Audience: Young Adult - Contemporary

Galgorithm was a fun book to read. I chose this book because the synopsis sounded like it would enjoyable. Little did I know it would also be similar to my favorite movie, Hitch! 

 Shane has had a bad breakup and decides to devote his time to helping other boys in high school avoid his same fate. He developed what he likes to call the Galgorithm, a formula designed to help the average guy get the girl of his dreams. 

Unfortunately, Shane's plans do not always go smoothly. Mr. Kimbrough, one of Shane's former math teachers, hears rumors of Shane's dating advice and comes to him for help with another teacher. Shane doesn't really want to help an adult, but doesn't see a way out of the situation. 
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