Friday, October 24, 2014

Book Review & Giveaway: Atlantia

Welcome to Reading Lark. We're honored to feature today's stop on the Atlantia Tour. #AtlantiaBelow

Published By: Dutton Children's
Publication Date: October 28, 2014
Page Count: 368
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Young Adult - Fantasy

Atlantia is a lush and imaginative tale fraught with peril and hope. At its core, Atlantia is the story of two twin sisters - Bay and Rio. These two are vastly different, but they have a connection which can transcend space and circumstances. Bay is the one who has always been destined to work in the temple; she loves helping others and she has a heart for sacrifice and service. Bay loves the city of Atlantia with ever fiber of her being and never wishes to live beyond her home under the sea. Rio, on the other hand, is a headstrong dreamer who can't wait for her chance to leave behind her world of the Below and head to the Above. She longs to feel the sand beneath her toes and the wind against her cheeks. Rio longs to escape her watery confines to live a life where she can always see the stars. Both the Below and the Above are beautiful and sinister.

The Shopping Lark #140

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 10/20-10/26:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Book Review: Two-Faced

Two-Faced (The Mask Series #2)
Published By: Evatopia Press
Publication Date: October 9, 2014
Page Count: 279
Buy it at Amazon or Barnes & Noble
Source: Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Young Adult/New Adult - Fantasy

Two-Faced picks up right where True Colors ended. Caitlyn and Eric are both students at UCLA. Caitlyn is excited about starting her Freshman year in college and having a wonderful experience with Eric by her side. Unfortunately, her first semester starts off a little rocky. 

 Caitlyn is rooming with Nicole, a girl she met in high school and who made a brief appearance in True Colors. Unfortunately, it turns out the two of them don't get along very well. Nicole is a neat freak. Caitlyn isn't all that messy, but she's not nearly clean enough for Nicole's high standards. The two of them avoid each other as much as possible and merely co-exist in their dorm room when they are together. 

Throwback Thursday: The Choose Your Own Adventure series

Throwback Thursday is a new feature at Reading Lark. We'll still be doing some Book Boyfriend posts and Book BFF posts on Thursdays as well, but the larks wanted a little variety on Thursdays. Throwback Thursday will allow us to celebrate some of the reads we loved way back when. . . 

The Choose Your Own Adventure series
By: Edward Packard
Release Date: 1979 +


I was in about fourth or fifth grade when I started picking these books up. I didn't get far into the series- it only took me about three books to realize that I wanted to read every page- but these little gems were fun while they held my attention. They were one of a few of my reading choices that I could discuss with most classmates; most kids didn't read like I did, but a lot of kids were reading these.

"You're The Star! 40 Thrilling Endings!" 
"Will You Become Trapped In Time" ? 
You are hiking in Snake Canyon when you find yourself lost in the strange, dimly lit Cave of Time. Gradually you can make out two passageways. One curves downward to the right; the other leads upward to the left. It occurs to you that the one leading down may go to the past and the one leading up may go to the future. Which way will you choose? 
If you take the left branch, turn to page 20. If you take the right branch, turn to page 61. If you walk outside the cave, turn to page 21. Be careful! In the Cave of Time you might meet up with a hungry Tyrannosaurus Rex, or be lured aboard an alien spaceship! 
What happens next in the story? It all depends on the choices you make. How does the story end? Only you can find out! And the best part is that you can keep reading and rereading until you've had not one but many incredibly daring experiences!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Book Review: Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go
By: Kazuo Ishiguro
Published By: Vintage Books
Publication Date: March 14, 2006
Page Count: 288
Source: audiobook via library
Audience/Genre: Adult Fiction
 Buy it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Indiebound.

Never Let Me Go is lovely and subtle and perfect and wonderful. I adore Kazuo Ishiguro for trusting his readers to pick up on the nuances and details he weaves into this tragic story of love, friendship, sacrifice, and humanity. Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy are all vivid and real, as is the fantastic and elite word of Hailsham, the boarding school where they're raised along with other children just like them. 

Author Interview & Giveaway: Robin Talley

We're excited to welcome the author of Lies We Tell Ourselves, Robin Talley, to Reading Lark today. 

Andrea @ Reading Lark: What sort of research went into the creation of this novel? 

Robin: Quite a lot. Lies We Tell Ourselves is set at the height of the school desegregation crisis in 1959 Virginia, so I read everything I could get my hands on about that period ― news articles, nonfiction accounts, and most importantly, memoirs and oral histories from the students who lived through it. I also poured over old yearbooks to get a feel for what day-to-day teen life was like in the late 1950s. 

Waiting on Wednesday: The Last Time We Say Goodbye

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:
The Last Time We Say Goodbye
By: Cynthia Hand
Publisher: Harper Teen


Pretty book, you had me at "new Cynthia Hand". I love her Unearthly series, so I'm eager to see what she has in store for us next. This looks like a terrific contemporary, and I've come to appreciate them.

There's death all around us.
We just don't pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn't look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she's just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that's all she'll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there's a secret she hasn't told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex's brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn't have to be real to keep you from moving on.

From New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand, The Last Time We Say Goodbye is a gorgeous and heart-wrenching story of love, loss, and letting go.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Review: True Colors

True Colors (The Mask Series #1)
Published By: Evatopia Press
Publication Date: February 16, 2014
Page Count: 370
Source: Kindly Provided by Publisher
Audience: Young Adult - Fantasy
*Stop back on 10/23 to see Pyper's review of Book #2*

I had never heard of Melissa Pearl until this year. I happened upon a new book of hers called I Know Lucy and she has quickly become one of my favorite YA authors. Of course, I jumped at the chance to review True Colors, the first book in The Mask series. 

Caitlyn is a popular girl who is the ultimate people pleaser. She hates conflict and does whatever she can to avoid contention. However, after a troubling encounter with a homeless man, she discovers that she now has a power which will make her unable to avoid conflict any longer. Caitlyn can see behind the masks that others put in place to hide their true feelings. This causes major problems with her boyfriend Chase and her best friend Stella. 

Book Spotlight & Giveaway: Baudelaire's Revenge

Top Five Reasons This Novel Intrigues Andrea:
1. The Cover
2. I know little about the Franco-Prussian War and this seems like a good place to start learning.
3. Historical Fiction + Serial Killer = Interesting Reading
4. I love the connection to poetry.
5. Mental field trip to 19th century France

02_Baudelaire's Revenge

Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Pegasus Books
Formats: eBook, Hardcover

Genre: Historical Mystery/Thriller

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 It is 1870, and Paris is in turmoil.

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