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.  

Waiting on Wednesday: Lord of Shadows


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. . . 

Lord of Shadows
By: Cassandra Clare
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: May 23rd, 2017



Sunny Los Angeles can be a dark place indeed in Cassandra Clare’s Lord of Shadows, the sequel to the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling Lady Midnight.

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she’d be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again?

And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters’ demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear—before it’s too late.
 


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Book Review: Romancing the Throne

Romancing the Throne
Published By: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Page Count: 400
Source: ARC Kindly Provided by Publisher via Edelweiss
Young Adult - Contemporary

Charlotte (aka Lotte) and Elizabeth (aka Libby) are as close as two sisters can possibly be. They have been best friends as long as they can remember as the year separating them in age seems miniscule. While the girls have vastly different personalities, they have always been constant companions and best friends. Their lives have been a roller coaster since their mother's shoe company took off and thrust them out of their comfortable middle class life into the upper echelon of British society. The girls appreciate the privileges that come with wealth, but they are not always equipped to handle the pressures of being among the elite and famous all the time. To make matters worse, some view the sisters as lower because they come from new money and don't have a title. Lotte and Libby are determined to wage war against the archaic social structure of the upper class.

Teaser Tuesday: Alex & Eliza



"Pretty clothes are like the colors of a flower's petals. They tell the bee where to land. After that, it's what's inside that holds his interest," said Peggy, still quoting their mother.

Eliza rolled her eyes.

~ Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz, pg. 13


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