Spotlight Friday (50!)

Look at this!  Look at this!  We’ve made it to our 50th installment!  Yay!!  I started this over a year ago now (I missed a few weeks here and there), and it’s pretty incredible how this has hung on this way.  Let’s see if maybe this week I can’t get out a Next Big Thing as well, in honor of this 50th installment.  Anything else you guys want to see in its honor?  Drop a comment and I’ll see what I can do!  For now, enjoy my 3 upcoming picks to watch for!

The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long

Release Date: August 16, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads): A darkly compelling mix of romance, fairy tale, and suspense from a new voice in teen fiction

The trees swallowed her brother whole, and Jenny was there to see it. Now seventeen, she revisits the woods where Tom was taken, resolving to say good-bye at last. Instead, she’s lured into the trees, where she finds strange and dangerous creatures who seem to consider her the threat. Among them is Jack, mercurial and magnetic, with secrets of his own. Determined to find her brother, with or without Jack’s help, Jenny struggles to navigate a faerie world where stunning beauty masks some of the most treacherous evils, and she’s faced with a choice between salvation or sacrifice–and not just her own.

What’s To Like: It’s been a while since I’ve seen a faerie book that looks like it would swallow me whole (in an amazingly awesome way).  This cover is so freaking gorgeous, I pretty much want a poster of this to hang on my wall.  I’m so envious.  Gah.  Anyway.  I’m really intrigued to see how Jenny has dealt with her brother’s disappearance up to the point she discovers the fae.  And this Jack is certainly alluring.  Secrets, secrets, as far as the eye can see…

The Blood Keeper (The Blood Journals, #2) by Tessa Gratton

Release Date: August 28, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Paranormal romance fans who are looking to up the ante will be drawn to this tale of horror, fantasy, and romance. For Mab Prowd, the practice of blood magic is as natural as breathing. It’s all she’s ever known. Growing up on an isolated farm in Kansas with other practitioners may have kept her from making friends her own age, but it has also given her a sense of purpose—she’s connected to the land and protective of the magic. And she is able to practice it proudly and happily out in the open with only the crows as her companions. Mab will do anything to keep the ancient practice alive and guard its secrets. But one morning while she is working out a particularly tricky spell she encounters Will, a local boy who is trying to exorcise some mundane personal demons. He experiences Mab’s magic in a way his mind cannot comprehend and is all too happy to end their chance meeting. But secrets that were kept from Mab by the earlier generations of blood magicians have come home to roost. And she and Will are drawn back together, time again by this dangerous force looking to break free from the earth and reclaim its own dark power.

What’s To Like: So, this installment in the series seems to have no connection whatsoever to the first blood besides the magic itself.  Interesting.  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the main character is named Mab and one of the most famous faeries in literature is also named Mab.  I know she’s not a faerie, but faeries have their own magic.  I’m really interested in seeing this community of magicians…er, practitioners.  It just looks interesting.  I may not fall in love with it, but I’m definitely still going to read it.

Entice (The Violet Eden Chronicles, #2) by Jessica Shirvington

Release Date: September 4, 2012

**Caution: Potential Series Spoilers in Summary**

Summary (from Goodreads)Violet Eden is Grigori – part angel, part human. Her destiny is to protect humans from the vengence of exiled angels. 
Knowing who to trust is key but, when Grigori reinforcements arrive, it becomes clear everyone is hiding something. Even Lincoln. The only thing Violet does know: Phoenix’s hold over her is more dangerous than ever. 
The race to find the one thing that could tilt the balance of power brings them all to the sacred mountains of Jordan, where Violet’s power will be pushed to the extreme. And the ultimate betrayal exposed.

What’s To Like: Is it sad if I say I’m practically bouncing right now to get my hands on this?  I mean, my God, the first book was impossible to put down.  Violet’s whole world is so captivating.  And I’m really really really really really really really curious to see what this “ultimate betrayal” is.  I suppose if you’re in/from Australia, you already know the answer to this (since it was published there last year).  You lucky ducks!

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