Spotlight Friday (33)

Hey guys!  Oh, I have been looking forward to this particular list of 3 books for quite some time!  I hope you enjoy it!  I know I will once I actually have these books in my hands!

Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Release Date: April 24, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Everything is in ruins. 

A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them. 

So what does Araby Worth have to live for? 

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all. 

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does. 

And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.

What’s To Like: I love the Poe short story that this is based on.  It’s so gothic and bizarre, but all of Poe’s stories are like that, so I’m not surprised.  I’m quite thrilled to see how this will compare.  I like the take on it that she might find something to fight for, but not just to live for.  Those are two different things and I like the distinction.

My review of Masque of the Red Death.

Purity by Jackson Pearce

Release Date: April 24, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Before her mother died, Shelby promised three things: to listen to her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restraint. Those Promises become harder to keep when Shelby’s father joins the planning committee for the Princess Ball, an annual dance that ends with a ceremonial vow to live pure lives — in other words, no “bad behavior,” no breaking the rules, and definitely no sex. 

Torn between Promises One and Three, Shelby makes a decision — to exploit a loophole and lose her virginity before taking the vow. But somewhere between failed hookup attempts and helping her dad plan the ball, Shelby starts to understand what her mother really meant, what her father really needs, and who really has the right to her purity.

What’s To Like: First of all, I have this obsession with old fashioned locks and keys, so this cover is right up my alley.  I love it.  Also, I think this is a very timely novel, given the current political debate over contraception.  It’s not quite the same thing, but it’s close enough that I drew comparisons.  It probably wasn’t meant to be that way, though.  Oh well.  Still, you have to admit, the concept is intriguing to girls.  And in case you were wondering, Jackson Pearce is a girl.  Woman.  Lady.  Whatever.

The Selection (The Selection, #1) by Kiera Cass

Release Date: April 24, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in the palace and compete for the heart of the gorgeous Prince Maxon. 

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks. 

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself- and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

What’s To Like: It’s being marketed as a dystopian’s version of The Bachelor.  I mean, from that alone, you’re like, “Wait a minute.  It’s what?”  The premise reminds me a little of Wither, but that’s just me.  The book is getting a lot of mixed reviews so far from ARC readers, some saying it’s really good and some saying it’s awful.  Even if the book sucks, the CW is already well into the works of turning this into a TV series for next fall.  Move aside Vampire Diaries, time to meet The Selection!

My review of The Selection

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