Spotlight Friday (7)

Hello lovelies!  Did you think I’d forgotten about this?  Not a chance.  I’ll explain through one word: college.  Busy busy.

Spotlight Friday is a segment of my creation in which I talk about 3 upcoming books that have my attention.  I hope you find something here you’ll enjoy!

Clockwork Prince (Infernal Devices, #2) by Cassandra Clare

Release Date: December 6, 2011

*Potential Spoilers if you haven’t read Clockwork Angel*

Summary (from Goodreads): In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends. 

With the help of the handsome, self-destructive Will and the fiercely devoted Jem, Tessa discovers that the Magister’s war on the Shadowhunters is deeply personal. He blames them for a long-ago tragedy that shattered his life. To unravel the secrets of the past, the trio journeys from mist-shrouded Yorkshire to a manor house that holds untold horrors, from the slums of London to an enchanted ballroom where Tessa discovers that the truth of her parentage is more sinister than she had imagined. When they encounter a clockwork demon bearing a warning for Will, they realize that the Magister himself knows their every move—and that one of their own has betrayed them. 

Tessa finds her heart drawn more and more to Jem, but her longing for Will, despite his dark moods, continues to unsettle her. But something is changing in Will—the wall he has built around himself is crumbling. Could finding the Magister free Will from his secrets and give Tessa the answers about who she is and what she was born to do? 

As their dangerous search for the Magister and the truth leads the friends into peril, Tessa learns that when love and lies are mixed, they can corrupt even the purest heart.

What’s To Like: Uh…Jem and Will?  Is that good enough?  I know I didn’t fall in love with the first book like I’d wanted to, but I’m so interested in the characters that I want to keep reading to see what happens to them next.  I don’t even really care about the steampunk or the mysteries.  Just give me some sarcasm and these characters and I’m set.

My review of Clockwork Prince.

Crossed (Matched, #2) by Ally Condie

Release Date: November 1, 2011

Summary (from Goodreads): In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky – taken by the Society to his certain death – only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander – who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart – change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

What’s To Like: Again, another book where I sort of liked the first one and I’m just interested in seeing where the 2nd goes.  I’m kind of on dystopia burnout right now, but I love this cover.  It’s a bit like breaking the glass ceiling, you know?  And that symbolism alone is enough to get me interested.

My review of Crossed.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Release Date: November 15, 2011

Summary (from Goodreads): Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. 

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now. 

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior. 

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting asThe Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices,Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.

What’s To Like: What isn’t there to like?  Juliette sounds like an incredibly strong heroine, so I’m excited just to see that.  Plus, evil dudes in government?  Juliette’s awesome/horrifying power?  There’s so much that’s going to happen and so much excitement already building.

My review of Shatter Me.


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