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An Exaltation of Larks

(Venery #1)

4.50  ·  Rating details ·  1,592 ratings  ·  534 reviews
September 11, 1973: Eleven-year-old Alejandro Penda watches from his apartment window as Santiago, Chile falls to a military coup, destroying his family and his childhood. Arriving alone in America, he’s taken in by the Larks: a prominent family in the town of Guelisten. Though burdened by unresolved grief for his disappeared parents, he becomes fiercely loyal to the Larks ...more
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Published November 22nd 2016 by Cathedral Rock Press
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This book was absolutely spectacular! I am in awe of this author's abilities. 'An Exaltation of Larks' was the first book I've read by Ms. Suanne Laqueur, but it certainly will not be the last. I'll be adding all of her books to my TBR list ASAP!

From the opening lines, I knew that this was going to be a story that would stick with me...and it has. The writing is flawless and incredibly poetic. I could not pull myself away from this story, ev
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! An Exaltation of Larks (stand-alone). Friendship, lust, betrayal, tragedies, forgiveness & love following three friends!

“Is not the Larks that kill you. It’s the exaltation.”

Books in Venery series are stand-alones, but most enjoyed if read in order:
Book 1: An Exaltation of Larks
Book 2: A Charm of Finches

An Exaltation of Larks (stand-alone, book 1) is an epic saga following three friends Alex (Alejandro Gabriel Eduardo Penda Vilara aka Alejandro Lark-Penda), V
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
**ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

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Omigosh..omigosh...Who do I thank?....First, I would like to thank my Lord and Saviour, without whom I'd not be alive to read An Exaltation of Larks. Thank you Lord!
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And thank you to my kindergaten Teacher, who taug
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
*A forever grateful thank you to NetGalley and “Cathedral Rock Press” for providing a free ARC*

”They shared breath, poised on a shared edge, shaking all their separate pieces into one.”

Do you know the kind of book that swallows you whole? That makes you want to pick it up even though it’s in the middle of the night and you just closed it. The sort of story that takes over your mind, body and soul? The kind that makes you restless and achy with the need to continue? This special sort of book that
5+ Stars.

Straight on my favourite shelf.One of my top two reads this year!

This book is special,I mean really special.
I loved everything about it and just didn't want it to end.
This Author's writing is stunning.Her words,her story telling,her characters-to say I was blown away is an understatement.

The story follows the lives of three characters,Alex,Val, and Jav.Introduced when they are young and spanning over three decades it's a truly amazing story of how their lives cross paths.

-it's about fam
Where are you? What did they do to you? What became of you?
Why am I alive and you are disappeared?

To say I LOVED this book is the understatement of the year. I FREAKING LOVED IT!


I am so 2 years late to the party but so happy I finally arrived.


I was afraid of reading this one because I thought it was a sad depressing book. Yes I love some pain but too much sadness is a no go for me. To my surprise i wasn't even sad. The book is so well written with so much love that I got lost in the story a
Hulya Kara Yuksel
“I want to wake up every morning and listen to your heart. I want to be the last man you slept with. When you say it’s been a long time since you made love, I want that time to be a matter of hours. Because I loved you last night. And I’m going to love you again tonight.”

WOW what a story!!! There should be a warning for this book, maybe like "This is going to hurt like bitch" but still that note couldn't stop me from reading this amazing book... Because this book belongs to my latest crush.
Review update:15/08/2020
Re-read. Even better than the first time!

I swear, what this lady writes resonates in a spoken language channelled straight to my heart. There is a lot to take in here, a heavenly, "too much feelz" for an angst lover like me. Besides, talent. An overdose of it, some kind of spell, voodoo or some shit in her writing. SL tosses words around turning them into emotions. You don't know what's going to hit you and where it's coming from. And there lies the magic, an effortless i
Jx PinkLady Reviews ♡ bookwormthoughts
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A Beautiful and Richly Layered Story that Explores Love, Friendship & Sexuality.
“What I want is nothing I am.”

There is no doubt that An Exaltation of Larks will join my favourite ever book list in terms of its epic depth, glorious cast of characters, vivid writing, story development and the way it all made me feel. I savoured every word, my mind overwhelmingly content
Suanne Laqueur
Mar 28, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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“Look at the nose on this guy,” Alex said, stopping by Roger’s chair to top off his wine glass.

Roger tipped his profile up to the ceiling, showing off both sides of his prominent nose.

“I swear it’s getting bigger in your old age,” Alex said.

“It’s not the size of the honker, it’s what’s in it that counts.” Roger grinned at Ari then. “You’re no slouch in the schnozz department, either, kid. Let me see.”

Ari turned his head good-naturedly.

“You got the chin to pull it off,” Rog said. “When you go
Jennifer Kyle
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

”Figures you’d turn out to be my best friend.”

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Suanne Laqueur sure is a talented writer and this book displays a poetic and beautiful writing style. Even her sex scenes were unlike any I have read before. I’m definitely interested in exploring more of her work in the future. As for this story, I had my moments of loving it, then I found myself really bored, then within a bunch of pages I was back on board. I think she writes stellar in depth characters and though I wasn’t
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Suanne Laqueur's novel was an multi-layered, enjoyable and entertaining re-read, a moving story of trauma, grief, loss, pain and love. In 1973, with all the dangers posed by the military coup in Santiago, Chile, 11 year old Alejandro Penda is taken to live with his uncle in the United States. Haunted by the loss of his disappeared parents, Alejandro becomes Alex and close to the warm and all encompassing Lark family, with his relationship to Valerie Lark becomes something more later as the two g ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Under normal circumstances, it's easy for me to write a review directly after I've read a novel. Occasionally, the book is so strong, I need time to think about what I want to say. I only finished An Exaltation of Larks, the first in the Venery series by Suanne Laqueur, last night but feel compelled to get some of my thoughts down before I have so many, I can't organize a review. This book was recommended to me by a very generous blogger who wrote a stellar review of one of my books. Given how m ...more

This 'review' is 100% spoiler-free. Technically, it's not really a review but a bunch of ways of me telling you to 'read this book ... NOW!'

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I was engrossed in this glorious novel for the last three days. The minute this pre-order hit my Kindle early Tuesday morning, I dove right in and didn't come up for air till I was done. Done with a story I NEVER wanted to end.

I don't know about you but very few books leave me feeling like this:

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but this was exactly how I felt, from the moment I started till
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5+ Masterful and Intoxicating Stars!

How does one describe the indescribable? A Suanne Laqueur novel is one you need to be immersed in to enjoy the exhilarating journey she takes you on and experience all the intense emotions she will invoke. I could go on and on with descriptive, adjectives and adverbs, but they are just words ...... and words cannot possibly do justice.

But of course, a review needs words, so here goes ......

Let me first tell you, it has been hours since I finished reading, and
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 Golden Stars

Well, this story was one of my unusual reads. Actually I don’t really enjoy stories like this but I LOVED this one. My brain screamed please don’t read it but like other times who’s listening to it! Haha! So let me tell you why it was unusual; I don’t read book more that 400-450 and I don’t really enjoy them but short chapters were in my favor here. I really really really don’t like triangle love stories, scratch that I hate them because most of the time I feel sorry for the other
Em Lost In Books

A little too sweet and overdramatic for me.

3.5 Stars

In the 1973 Chilean coup d'état, Santiago, Chile falls on September 11th, and eleven year-old Alejandro Penda’s life begins to take a drastic turn. His father has been gone, and when they come banging on the door for his mother, she hides Alejandro in the closet. He stays hidden except to sneak quietly out for food or the bathroom. Occasionally peering out a window to see the destruction and wreckage which is everywhere.

He arrives in America, and eventually finds a h
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
All The Stars in the Universe!

5 "Fucky" Stars

Review @ Vanilla & Spice Books

"I'd like to be faithful to you for another year. (It's hard this year.)"

This book. OH THIS BOOK! I have never read anything like it.
I have made a new shelf and tag this year and called it "All The Stars In The Universe". It is reserved for books which even stand out among the 5 stars. Only very special stories go on that shelf. I knew when I was halfway through the book that it would get this tag.

The plot is
Robin Hill
I wouldn't call An Exaltation of Larks an epic "romance" like The Fish Tales, but it is epic. And it's romantic. At its core, it's about love, but it's also about family and how those ties that bind grab hold of the three MCs and refuse to let go.

From the blurb:
Alex, Valerie and Jav meet first in their twenties, with a sudden attraction each finds strange and compelling. When they meet again in their forties, they discover not only is their bond still strong, but their life experiences are stran
Jeannine Allison

Rating this is easy, reviewing it is hard as fuck. The writing was absolutely spellbinding, even completely innocuous descriptions (like describing soup) had me enraptured. Here are a couple random sentences that had me stopping and staring at a wall for five minutes, trying to figure out how such simple sentences made such a big impact on me...
"I went up to the roof a boy, and got thrown down the stairs a man."
"She reminded Javi of Naroba, who apologized to the oxygen in the room for bre
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story wrecked and resurrected me over and over.

There is nothing I could write that could possibly do this book justice. Susanne Laquer is the very definition of a writer. Simply said, she was born to write.

Her prose flows like a magical elixir leaving you no choice but to lay back and let it pour all over you.

"Jav’s face was numb. Fingertips ice cold. His shirt stuck to his back with sweat and every square inch of skin prickled and tingled. He could feel his heart breaking down, dropping of
Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
5 MustRead Stars
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Magnificently Brilliant......
A story that spans 35 years.......
A story that weaves families together by coincidence or by fate.......
A story of love, loss, turmoil, sexuality, friendship, marriage and happiness........
A story that creeps into your soul and becomes ingrained....
A story of epic proportions.........

This story is one of those epic reads that totally grabs you and takes you on a journey of feels. It evokes all emotions. You will ache, you will cry, you will sigh,
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
An Exaltation of, so many five star reviews from my Goodreads friends and worthy of every star. 5 stars from me, too! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

In 1973, on September 11, Alejandro (Alex) Penda is a child living in war torn Chile, when his city, Santiago, is taken over in a military coup. Everything he knows is lost and destroyed, and his parents disappear.

Alex finds himself in the United States all alone where he is given shelter with the Larks, a wealthy family. Alejandro later marries one of
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 stars

Could have, should have, would have been a solid FIVE stars but that "twist" at the end did absolutely nothing for me. It actually took away from the book for me ... I mean, come fucking on ... too much of a coincidence ... I know the book was based on coincidences, for the most part but that was a bit OTT for me. I know, I know, it is fiction ... poetic license and all that!!! You guys know me at this stage, it is easy to annoy me. LOL.

Apart from that I loved the book. I felt ever word
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
ETA: after much debate I've decided to withdraw my star rating, mostly because I don't want to Jedi mind trick myself in a few years into thinking I "really liked" it.

This is difficult to rate and review for a many reasons. Mostly because I am a squishy marshmallow that doesn’t enjoy reading books chock-a-block with emotional pain and suffering. So be forewarned, much rambling lies ahead.

Suanne Laqueur has crafted an exquisite Pain Cake with anguish filling and agony frosting in An Exaltation of
Shabby  -BookBistroBlog
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As I jump from book to book in Venery series, my heart drums hard in my chest. I know it's going to be EPIC This book is Grand Winner in Writers Digest Book Awards 2017. So I know it's going to be a momentous experience, merely by opening this book.


Suanne's writing reminds me of how Léon Uris used to write. Chronicling human tragedies against the backdrop of historical events, perpetuated by social evils and how it all effects the characters and ultimately the readers. she expertly braids import
Danielle ❤️ Pretty Mess Reading ❤️
I don't know if this is a good post or not but it was difficult and I need to do some self-reflection.

Here it is... https://prettymessreading.wordpress.c...

I don't know if you would call this a review so I'm not really going to post it here but you can find it on my blog. The link is at the top.

Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Saga lovers
Genre: Fiction/Saga
Type: Standalone Book 1 of Venery series
POV: Third Person

Alejandro (Alex) Penda was only 11 years old when a coup ripped apart his country and his family. Safe in a new country, he befriended and became close to the Larks especially their daughter Valerie and formed a lifelong connection with them.

Javier Gil de Soto learned at a young age life is all about every man for himself. He barricaded his heart from any feelings that would make him weak. Ironically, he's in t
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rosalinda *KRASNORADA* by: Jan
Yo, this was EPIC!

I finished this Friday night and I can’t get my mind off this story and its characters. I have been listening to this song NON STOP because it fits perfectly

When I first read the blurb I was like ‘thanks but no, thanks’ because... vaginas! Boy, I was wrong! Jan made me read it and I am so bloody happy she did because this is going straight into my favourites. The feelings are all over the place with this one <3

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A former professional dancer and teacher, Suanne Laqueur went from choreographing music to choreographing words. Her work has been described as "Therapy Fiction," "Emotionally Intelligent Romance" and "Contemporary Train Wreck."

Laqueur's novel An Exaltation of Larks was the Grand Prize winner in the 2017 Writer's Digest Awards, and won first place in the 2019 North Street Book Prize. Her debut nov

Other books in the series

Venery (3 books)
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