Spotlight Friday (53)

Hello my lovelies!  It’s Friday again!  Funny how that seems to happen every so often, you know?  Anyway, girlie here is quite busy today moving into her dorm.  It’ll be fun to get back into the swing of things at school, catch up with friends I haven’t seen in 3.5 months, but it’ll be rough on me too to be away from home.  Maybe some new, awesome books will help.

League of Strays by L.B. Schulman

Release Date: October 1, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)This suspenseful debut follows a group of teenage misfits in their delicious quest for revenge on those who have wronged them at their high school. When a mysterious note appears in Charlotte’s mailbox inviting her to join the League of Strays, she’s hopeful it will lead to making friends. What she discovers is a motley crew of loners and an alluring, manipulative ringleader named Kade. Kade convinces the group that they need one another both for friendship and to get back at the classmates and teachers who have betrayed them. But Kade has a bigger agenda. In addition to vandalizing their school and causing fights between other students, Kade’s real intention is a dangerous plot that will threaten lives and force Charlotte to choose between her loyalty to the League and her own conscience.

What’s To Like: Well, Belle here got herself an ARC of this, so look for a review in the coming week or so.  I think what I like most is that I could probably pretty easily put myself in Charlotte’s shoes.  I mean, it isn’t easy to choose between friendship and what’s right.  That’s what got Neville those House Points.  I’m interested to see what her story is.

My review of League of Strays.

Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

Release Date: October 1, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She’s on her way to becoming valedictorian at Hundred Oaks High, she’s made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends. Then her mother’s scandal rocks their small town and suddenly no one will talk to her.

Now Parker wants a new life.

So she quits softball. Drops twenty pounds. And she figures why kiss one guy when she can kiss three? Or four. Why limit herself to high school boys when the majorly cute new baseball coach seems especially flirty?

But how far is too far before she loses herself completely?

What’s To Like: Miranda Kenneally’s writing in Catching Jordan was pretty amazing, in my opinion.  But I’m a little nervous with this one because well, I can’t really relate to Parker right now.  Jordan, totally.  What’s amazing about Kenneally is that I will totally see Parker’s side of things by the time I’m finished, I’m sure.

My review of Stealing Parker

Ironskin (Ironskin, #1) by Tina Connolly

Release Date: October 2, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Jane Eliot wears an iron mask. 

It’s the only way to contain the fey curse that scars her cheek. The Great War is five years gone, but its scattered victims remain—the ironskin. 

When a carefully worded listing appears for a governess to assist with a “delicate situation”—a child born during the Great War—Jane is certain the child is fey-cursed, and that she can help. 

Teaching the unruly Dorie to suppress her curse is hard enough; she certainly didn’t expect to fall for the girl’s father, the enigmatic artist Edward Rochart. But her blossoming crush is stifled by her own scars, and by his parade of women. Ugly women, who enter his closed studio…and come out as beautiful as the fey. 

Jane knows Rochart cannot love her, just as she knows that she must wear iron for the rest of her life. But what if neither of these things is true? Step by step Jane unlocks the secrets of her new life—and discovers just how far she will go to become whole again.

What’s To Like: What’s great about this one is that even the summary throws me for a loop.  This so rarely happens anymore.  I love that fey are making a small comeback.  I love that this is mixed with a dystopia.  I’m very interested in this man and what exactly he’s doing to these ugly women.  And I’m very interested in what Jane is going to do about it.  It’s exciting.  This is unlike most of what I’ve seen so far this year.

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