Sunday, July 5, 2015

Magic Lamp Sunday 7/5/15

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 lived in where there was woods running all through town, making for good creepy storytelling. Inspired by The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy.

Michele: I wish I had a fraction of the courage, strength, and determination that Kelsea had in facing overwhelming situations. Inspired by The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen.  

Andrea: I wish that I could visit the Florida Keys. Inspired by Under a Dark Summer Sky by Vanessa Lafaye.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Book Review: Sisterhood is Deadly

Sisterhood is Deadly
Published By: Witness Impulse
Publication Date: July 7, 2015
Page Count: 288
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Adult - Mystery

Every now and then I crave a read that is pure fun. As a kid, I would often reach for a mystery or an R.L. Stine book. As an adult, I find that fun reads take many forms, but I still am always up for a mystery. I liked that this one was silly and fluffy as well as a strong mystery. It was the perfect read after a string of some darker, serious novels.

Margot Blythe is one of those twenty somethings that can't seem to let her college glory days go. Her sorority, Delta Beta, has been her family since her freshman year at Sutton. Margot would do anything to keep the name Delta Beta above reproach. She has been working for the national office since college graduation; her job is to travel to various Delta Beta chapters around the country helping them fix minor issues and improve their efficiency. Margot loves her job, but everything changes while on a routine visit to Sutton, her alma mater, when the chapter advisor drops dead. Things spiral out of control when the police label the death as suspicious. Before Margot can do the secret sorority sign, she finds herself smack in the middle of a murder investigation.

What's Your Status? 7/4/15

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Book Review: The Lives Between Us

The Lives Between Us
Published By: Rizzo Publishing
Publication Date: July 1, 2015
Page Count: 441
Buy it at Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Source: Kindly Provided by Author
Audience: Adult - Womens Fiction

The Lives Between us is a wonderful book by Theresa Rizzo. This book does have some romance, but it's so much more than a romance novel! It delves into the political and ethical debate of stem cell research. Add a little mystery to that and you have the recipe for a fantastic novel. 

 Skylar Kendall is a sometimes reporter/sometimes bartender in Detroit, MI. She is devastated by the death of her niece Niki. She is convinced Niki could have been saved by stem cell therapy, if only Michigan Senator Hastings hadn't blocked the type of therapy that could have saved her. 

The Shopping Lark #176

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 6/29-7/5:

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Book Review: Under a Dark Summer Sky

Under a Dark Summer Sky
Published By: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Page Count: 400
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Adult - Historical Fiction

I'm always attracted to historical fiction that exposes me to new events and locations. Under a Dark Summer Sky takes place in 1935 in The Florida Keys. The Great Depression is in full swing, but ultimately the residents in the Keys did not feel the brunt force of the Depression. Food was plentiful due to the ocean. Life certainly isn't easy in Heron Key - especially for its African American citizens - but it's better than life in the Northern cities and dust laden Midwest.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Book Review: No Parking at the End Times

No Parking at the End Times
By: Bryan Bliss
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Release date: February 24, 2015
Genre: YA contemporary
272 pages
Source: hard copy kindly provided by publisher

This book is one that I probably would no have picked up on my own. I'm glad that it was sent to me for review, because I think I will be better able to relate to kids who are feeling out of control because their parents are making unhealthy choices.

The central character, Abigail, shares her observations as she travels with her parents and her twin brother in the family van toward whatever comes after the great moment of Salvation fails to come to pass. Her father has lead the family to a life without most material possessions, dependent on the kindness of others for food, because he's convinced that Brother John will lead them all to a better understanding of the Lord.

Waiting on Wednesday: Six of Crows

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. . . 

Six of Crows
By: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Release Date: October 6, 2015

Game of Thrones meets Ocean's Eleven in this brand-book in the world of the Grisha by New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Book Review: The Invasion of the Tearling

The Invasion of the Tearling
(The Queen of the Tearling #2)
Author: Erika Johansen
Published By:  Harper
Publication Date: June 9th, 2015
Page Count: 515 Pages
Source:  ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience:  New Adult Fantasy/Dystopian
Mature Themes

As I write my review, I am still shaking my head on what I just read.  I had no real idea on just where the sequel to The Queen of the Tearling would go, but I certainly didn't see most of this coming.

Yes, we knew that the story would pick up where the first left off, with an imminent invasion on the doorstep of the Tear courtesy of the Red Queen and her Mort army.  This invasion was a slow burning reminder throughout most of this book, but several other sub-plots were developing alongside.  I will say that few authors can handle these complexities but Ms. Johansen did so extremely well, in my opinion.

I said this before in my review for The Queen of the Tearling (here), that somehow, the author successfully meshes two genres--fantasy and dystopian--into one very original story.  This entire story takes place in the future.  Three to four centuries in the future to be exact.  But in Kelsea's world with Keeps and castles, and guards with swords, and has all the feels of a medieval fantasy.  But there was an in-between that we had a brief glimpse of in the debut novel.  In this second installment, we learn much more of the (dystopian) world that predated--and precipitated--The Crossing, which is maybe 40 years ahead of our (the reader's) present day.

Teaser Tuesday: Under a Dark Summer Sky, Among Others, & An Abundance of Katherines

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

The humid air felt like water in the lungs, like drowning. A feeble breeze stirred the washing on the line briefly but then the clothes fell back, exhausted by their exertion. Despite the heat, the refused to dry. 

~ Under a Dark Summer Sky by Vanessa Lafaye, Kindle Location 24 (ARC)

Interlibrary loans are a wonder of the world and a glory of civilization.

~ Among Others by Jo Walton, pg. 59

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