Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Book Review: Dare You

Dare You (Nikki Kill #2)
By: Jennifer Brown
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: February 14, 2017
Genre: YA speculative thriller
480 pages
Buy it at Amazon, IndieBound, Book Depository, or Barnes & Noble
Source: Galley kindly provided by publisher

Read my review of book 1 here.

Nikki Kill just can't stay out of trouble. Even when the tempting forbidden boy is gone, and his menace of a sister is locked up. Even when her own long lost sister is dead and buried, and high school has wrapped up forever. Nikki finds herself drawn into situations where her synesthesia and her need to have things explained team up to create more trouble than she might be able to handle.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Ship Beyond Time

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 Ship Beyond Time
By: Heidi Heilig
Publisher: Greenwillow Books


This author's debut was magnificent, and this is the sequel. I love the combination of pirates and time travel in this series. I really enjoy the nontraditional female lead, and the exploration of her solitude even when she is surrounded by others. Her exploration of her own identity is not to be missed.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: American Street & The Wish Granter

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature, hosted by The Purple Booker.

Nothing here is alive with color like in Haiti. The sun hides behind a concrete sky. I search the landscape for yellows, oranges, pinks, or turquoises like in my beloved Port-au-Prince. But God has painted this place only gray and brown. Only a thin white sheet of snow covers the burnt-out houses and buildings. The flakes seem to appear from out of nowhere, like an invisible hand sprinkling salt onto zombies.

~ American Street by Ibi Zoboi, Kindle Location 542 (ARC)

"Come to the kitchens tonight. It's dessert baking day, so there will be something special on the table." He dusted crumbs from his hands. "I'm fine. I don't like the kitchens." She threw her hands into the air. "Why not?" "Because there are people there." "Yes, there's also pie."

~ The Wish Granter (Ravenspire #2) by C.J. Redwine, Kindle Location 1537 (ARC)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Book Review: The Wish Granter

The Wish Granter
By: C.J. Redwine
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Release date: February 14, 2017
Genre: YA fantasy
432 pages
Source: Galley kindly provided by publisher

Read our review of book 1 in the series here.

The Wish Granter is the second novel in a set of related fairy-tale retellings by Redwine. Though not a traditional sequel, there are pieces of book 1 interwoven in this story, which is set in a neighboring kingdom. As much as I enjoyed The Shadow Queen, I believe that I like The Wish Granter even more.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Magic Lamp Sunday 1/15/17

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:  

Paula: I wish that no one's desperation was ever taken advantage of. Inspired by The Wish Granter by C.J. Redwine. 

Andrea: I wish that I could teach at Hogwarts. Inspired by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling.

Friday, January 13, 2017

The Shopping Lark #245

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 1/9-1/15:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Book Review & Giveaway: Release

Release (Submerged Sun #3)
By: Vanessa Garden
Published by: Vanessa Garden
Release date: September 27th, 2016
Genre: YA fantasy
280 pages
Source: Purchased by reviewer

This review contains spoilers for the first two books in the series.

It has been a long road to release for Release, but Vanessa Garden has self-published this final instalment in the Submerged Sun trilogy. The first two books have also been re-released, which is good news for those who picked up the first and couldn't find the others in their territory.

The underwater city of Marin is much changed from when we first encountered it in Captivate. Marko and Miranda are stranded in Bob's Bay, constantly checking for a pod to enable them to return. Miranda is concerned about her sister Lauren's welfare, and with mutilated girls washing up randomly on beaches, it's clear Damir is up to his old tricks.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Book Review: Unbreakable

Unbreakable (The Cupid Chronicles #1)
Author: Kallie Ross
Published by: 
Publication Date: 14 November 2016
Page Count: 313
Buy it at Amazon or Barnes and Noble
Source: ebook provided by author
Audience: Young Adult - Paranormal

In Unbreakable, Kallie Ross addresses the loss of true love, helping others find it, and starting over, all in a new and unique story about the "real" cupids.

Evelyn died at the age of 19 by pushing her boyfriend out of the way of a speeding trolley.  Giving up her own life for his caused her to become a Cupid, rather than moving on to Heaven.  Now instead of going to college, she uses bow and arrow to pierce hearts with true love.  She soon realizes, however, that she is different from the other cupids.  She can also pierce the hearts of immortals: vampires, werewolves, gargoyles, fairies, other cupids, and more.  She is suddenly known throughout the supernatural world, and everyone wants her.  On assignment with her mentor, Andel, in New York City, Evelyn must not only get her targets to fall in love, she also has to fight for her life and those of her new friends.

Teaser Tuesday: American Street

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly feature, hosted by The Purple Booker.

She repeats what she said, but I only hear sending her back to Haiti over and over again.

If there were no blood vessels, no rib cage, no muscles holding up my heart to where it beats in my chest, it would've fallen out onto the floor.

~ American Street by Ibi Zoboi, Kindle Location 168 (ARC)

Monday, January 9, 2017

Book Review: How Will I Know You?

How Will I Know You?
Published By: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: December 6, 2016
Page Count: 407
Source: Kindly Provided by Publisher
Adult - Mystery/Thriller

How Will I Know You? is an amazing mystery novel and an intense character study. Teenager Joy Enright is found murdered and a 24 yo graduate student is arrested for the crime. It is told from the points of view of 4 different characters - Harper, Joy's best friend; Susanne, Joy's mother, Tom, the son-in-law of the interim police chief, and Martin, the accused killer. 

 The author weaves a complicated tale of deceit and intrigue. So many people in the small town of Chilton are connected in some way. And all of their choices, whether good or bad, have consequences that affect so many others in the town. 
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