Spotlight Friday (55)

Hello, my lovely followers!  It’s been a pretty dry week here, hasn’t it?  Turns out Junior year of college is NOTHING like the first two.  Wish someone had told me that ahead of time.  I do have a review that will be coming, likely tomorrow, and another a few days after that.  I hope.  I have to finish that book by Wednesday, so before that, I think.  Anyway, enjoy your holiday weekend and check out these three new books!

Crewel (Crewel World, #1) by Gennifer Albin

Release Date: October 16, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.

Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.

What’s To Like: I am so interested in this.  I mean, I love the idea of it all.  It’s like the Fates.  Greek mythology reference!  Nah, really, this world just seems totally amazing, from how awesome it is to be a Spinster to the incredible difference in status between a Spinster and a secretary (which sound like the only two things women can be.)  I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on this.

My review of Crewel.

The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski

Release Date: October 16, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.

Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible. But Conn’s interest in her is confusing. It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her.

As if she were his enemy.

When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can’t rely on anything—not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him. Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades’ latest terrorist plot. What she finds out will change her world forever . . .

In this smart, compulsively readable novel, master storyteller Marie Rutkoski has crafted an utterly original world, characters you won’t soon forget, and a tale full of intrigue and suspense.

What’s To Like: Apparently, I’m really interested in the concept of time this week.  What intrigues me the most about this is the whole parallel universes thing, and that it deals with the Great Chicago Fire.  I’m also interested in the Conn and why Darcy is his enemy.  I love mystery.

My review of The Shadow Society.

Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles, #4) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Release Date: October 23, 2012

*Series Spoilers Ahead*

Summary (from Goodreads)Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?

Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.

Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan’s return, vowing to do whatever it takes — even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect.

What’s To Like: With the movie of the first book in the works, there’s been a lot of new interest generated in this series.  And from what I hear, this is the final book in the series.  I just love being able to cross another series off my list, especially if it lives up to my expectations.  This series has gotten a little weird at times, but I generally like it.  I’m excited to see where this ends!

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