Hey guys! Look at me go! Two Spotlights on back to back weeks! I know I keep saying this, but I really hope I can get a review up this weekend. My homework load is a little lighter this weekend, so I’m hoping I can squeeze it in. Let’s see!
The Essence (The Pledge, #2) by Kimberly Derting
Release Date: January 1, 2013
*DEFINITE series spoilers ahead! Proceed with caution!*
Summary (from Goodreads): At the luminous conclusion of The Pledge, Charlaina defeated the tyrant Sabara and took her place as Queen of Ludania. But Charlie knows that Sabara has not disappeared: The evil queen’s Essence is fused to Charlie’s psyche, ready to arise at the first sign of weakness.
Charlie is not weak, but she’s being pushed to the brink. In addition to suppressing the ever-present influence of Sabara, she’s busy being queen—and battling a growing resistance determined to return Ludania to its discriminatory caste system. Charlie wants to be the same girl Max loves, who Brook trusts, but she’s Your Majesty now, and she feels torn in two.
As Charlie journeys to an annual summit to meet with leaders of nearby Queendoms—an event where her ability to understand all languages will be the utmost asset—she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. And the only person she can turn to for help is the evil soul residing within.
What’s To Like: There’s something about this series (and really, all of Kimberly Derting’s works) that draws me in. She could probably write the phone book and I would read it. This series just has so much action and emotion poured into a couple hundred pages. I love it. I’m really looking forward to seeing what’s in store for Charlie.
Splintered by A.G. Howard
Release Date: January 1, 2013
Summary (from Goodreads): This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
What’s To Like: Ok, so I’m not the biggest fan of Alice In Wonderland, but I love the concept of it all, which is why I’m really excited for this. Like seriously, you have no idea. I love that it throws in the new twist of Alice Liddell and mental health. I love that she’s supposed to fix Alice’s mistakes. That’s pretty different. And I really want to meet this Morpheus. Really badly.
The Madness Underneath (Shades of London, #2) by Maureen Johnson
Release Date: March 28, 2013
*Potential series spoilers ahead*
Summary (from Goodreads): After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance. But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she’s become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades— the city’s secret ghost-fighting police—are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before it’s too late.
What’s To Like: As one of those weird people that likes to be creeped out by books, this series is fantastically up that dark and twisted alley. I hope it’s something really creepy and grabbing. I’m really intrigued by this new mystery and what it means for Rory. Plus, I’m just excited to get back to London and see what’s new there. It’s fun to see Rory’s perspective on what life’s like there.