Friday, May 26, 2017

Book Review: Everything All At Once

Everything All at Once
Published By: HarperCollins Children's Books
Publication Date: June 6, 2017
Page Count: 360
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Young Adult - Contemporary

Grief is one of those things that is universal. It crosses all ethnicities, faiths, and cultures. It doesn't distinguish based on skin color, place of worship, or language spoken. Humanity lives knowing that some day our time will come to an end. For many of us, this means that we try to make the most of our time. We spend it with those we love, we make memories, and we soak up goodness whenever possible. It doesn't mean that aside from grief life is a cakewalk. It's difficult at times - especially when stress invades or like the main character in this novel, Lottie, you suffer from anxiety.

The Shopping Lark #256


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 5/22 - 5/28:




Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Wild Beauty


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. . . 

Wild Beauty
By: Anna-Maria McLemore
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends 
Release Date: October 3, 2017


Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Book Review: Alex and Eliza

Alex and Eliza 
Published By: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Page Count: 336
Source: Kindly Provided by Publisher
Young Adult - Historical Fiction

Alexander Hamilton is a historical figure that has a firm hold on the current collective imagination after the smash Broadway hit brought his story to life. While I must admit that I haven't seen the musical and am largely ignorant to most of the songs from the production, as a history teacher I am familiar with Hamilton and his contributions to the Revolutionary War effort and our fledgling country. While I know the historical details, I am largely ignorant to the personal intricacies of his life which include his upbringing, self doubts, and romance with Eliza Schuyler. I also had never heard of Eliza before picking up this novel, but now that I have made her acquaintance I long to learn more about the intelligent and vivacious woman who preferred to use her mind instead of her beauty while holding firmly to her beliefs.

Teaser Tuesday: Everything All at Once



But it was impossible to watch someone you love die and not let it consume you. It was impossible not to go home from the hospital and look into my own face and wonder if my own body held the same secret disease that Aunt Helen's had. There were countless types of cancer. There were countless ways your body could go wrong and turn against you and eat itself up from the inside.

~ Everything All at Once by Katrina Leno, Kindle Location 447-452 (ARC)


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Magic Lamp Sunday 5/21/17

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:  

Aimee: I wish I had Bardic magic. Inspired by The Bone Queen by Alison Croggon.

Andrea: I wish that I could have met Eliza Schuyler Hamilton. Inspired by Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz.

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Shopping Lark #255


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 5/15 - 5/21:




Thursday, May 18, 2017

Book Review: The Fire Child

The Fire Child
By: S.K. Tremayne
Published By: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: March 28, 2017
Page Count: 391
Source: Kindly Provided by Publisher via NetGalley
Adult - Mystery, Thriller

The Fire Child is a psychological thriller that takes place in Cornwall, UK. Rachel marries a widower named David, who also has an 8 year old son named Jamie. She leaves her poor life in London to move to the enormous estate of Carnhallow House, which has been in David's family for generations, which is something he is very proud of and talks about quite often. His mother, Juliet, also lives on the estate in a granny flat. She is suffering from Alzheimer's. 

 Shortly after Rachel arrives at Carnhallow, strange things begin to happen. Jamie begins to see visions of his dead mother, Nina, and he also begins predicting dire things having to do with Rachel. So Rachel starts to do some investigating around the house to try and figure out what is going on with David and Jamie. David is gone on business quite often so that leaves Rachel and Jamie alone at Carnhallow a lot. 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Book Review: The Bone Queen


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The Bone Queen
By: Alison Croggon
Published by: Candlewick Press
Release date: June 13, 2017
Genre: YA fantasy
Source: e-ARC kindly provided by publisher


Cadvan, a disgraced Bard living in exile, now cobbles shoes in a small mining town.  Haunted by one tragically malevolent act and continually tormented with the consequences of what he has done, Cadvan must reunite with those he hurt the most and face the evil forces that he let into the world.  
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