Spotlight Friday (45)

Whoop!  We’ve made it to our 45th Spotlight!  How awesome is that?  When I started this last summer, I never thought I’d make it this far.  But here we are!  Has it been helpful to you at all in your book searching ventures?  Leave me a comment or just like the post to let me know!

Dark Companion by Marta Costa

Release Date: July 3, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads): When foster teen Jane Williams is invited to attend elite Birch Grove Academy for Girls and escape her violent urban neighborhood, she thinks the offer is too good to be true. She’s even offered her own living quarters, the groundskeeper’s cottage in the center of the birch grove.

Something’s not quite right about the school — or is it Jane? She thinks she sees things in the birch grove at night. She’s also beginning to suspect that the elegant headmistress and her sons are hiding secrets. Lucky is the gorgeous, golden son who is especially attentive to Jane, and Jack is the sardonic puzzling brother.

The school with its talented teachers and bright students is a dream for a science and math geek like Jane. She also loves her new friends, including hilarious poetry-spouting rich girl, Mary Violet. But the longer Jane stays at Birch Grove, the more questions she has about the disappearance of another scholarship girl and a missing faculty member. 

Jane discovers one secret about Birch Grove, which only leads to more mysteries. What is she willing to sacrifice in order to stay at this school…and be bound to Birch Grove forever?

What’s To Like: As we all know, I have a thing for dark paranormal stories and I have a feeling that’s the way this is going to go.  I’m kind of excited about it.  I mean, it sounds a bit like Lani Woodland’s Intrinsical, which I was surprised to find I really liked.  I’m also interested to see what to make of these brothers, particularly the one named “Lucky” and whether or not his name is ironic.

Dark Destiny (Dark Mirror, #3) by M.J. Putney

Release Date: July 3, 2012

*Warning: Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Summary (from Goodreads)Tory and her friends are celebrating the success of a second mission to aid WWII Britain when an urgent summons calls them back to their own time: Napoleon is on the brink of invading England. Can a handful of young mages stop an army? In desperation, Merlin’s Irregulars ask Rebecca Weiss, an untrained telepath from 1940, to come back to 1804 and change Napoleon’s mind before it’s too late. As Tory and Allarde make a commitment that will cost him his inheritance, Rebecca promises to do what she can to stop Napoleon even though she is unsure of her magical abilities.  But Tory and her friends saved the Weiss family from Nazi imprisonment, and Rebecca will risk anything, even her life and her budding relationship with Nick Rainford, to repay them. A daring mission takes Tory and Rebecca and their friends into the heart of the Army of Boulogne, where Napoleon is plotting invasion.  But while their success may save England, they must still face the bittersweet consequences of their decisions when they return home.

What’s To Like: This series is way more captivating that I ever thought it would be.  I really liked the first book, but I wasn’t sure the second could top it.  Oh, did it ever.  And now that we really know the characters, I expect this to be quite enjoyable and awesome as well.  I love the time jumps and the relationships between the characters.  And that I turn into a pile of mush whenever the characters get all lovey-dovey together.

Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Release Date: July 3, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair. . . .

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell.

Peter is unlike anyone she’s ever known. Impetuous and brave, he both scares and enthralls her. As the leader of the Lost Boys, the most fearsome of Neverland’s inhabitants, Peter is an unthinkable match for Tiger Lily. Soon, she is risking everything—her family, her future—to be with him. When she is faced with marriage to a terrible man in her own tribe, she must choose between the life she’s always known and running away to an uncertain future with Peter.

With enemies threatening to tear them apart, the lovers seem doomed. But it’s the arrival of Wendy Darling, an English girl who’s everything Tiger Lily is not, that leads Tiger Lily to discover that the most dangerous enemies can live inside even the most loyal and loving heart.

What’s To Like: I’m so excited about this book that I could just stand here and jump up and down.  I never really found myself a Tiger Lily fan when I watched the Disney version of Peter Pan, probably because of how flat of a character she is.  So I’m terribly excited to see a romance between her and Peter.  And more of Neverland.

My review of Tiger Lily.

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