Spotlight Friday (64)

Hey guys!  It’s Friday once again!  You know what that means…more books!  Also, if you guys have not seen, I’ll make a note here: this blog now as a Twitter, which I update regularly with notices about new posts and sometimes about the books I’ll be reading soon.  If you’re interested, please follow!  And now, on to the books!

The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter, #1) by Megan Shepherd

Release Date: January 29, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads): Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father’s gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father’s handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father’s madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island’s inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father’s dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it’s too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father’s genius—and madness—in her own blood.

What’s To Like: I know this is supposed to be based on H.G. Wells’s The Island of Dr. Moreau, but as I have never read that and I grew up in the ‘9os, this really reminds me of Spy Kids 2. The island with animals being experimented on, its remoteness, the fact that kids are on their way to stop it all…am I the only one who sees this?  Anyway, even though I see a love triangle already starting, I’m excited to see what the experiments are and who Juliet is as a girl.  It’ll be interesting.

My review of The Madman’s Daughter

Perfect Scoundrels (Heist Society, #3) by Ally Carter

Release Date: February 5, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting–or stealing–whatever they want. No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. So instead of being the heir–this time, Hale might be the mark. Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she’s willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy.

What’s To Like: What’s great about this series is that it is witty and sharp and just so cool.  Every time, there’s a new mark, but it never ends up being formulaic.  Which I like.  It’s also really cool that this is going to center around one of their own instead of valuable art or something.  I’m excited to see what happens.

My review of Perfect Scoundrels

The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines, #3) by Richelle Mead

Release Date: February 12, 2013

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Summary (from Goodreads): In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.

What’s To Like: Seriously, do I have to say anything about this?  Richelle is my favorite author and you have no idea just how bloody excited I am to have this book come out.  I freaking love these characters and the humor and the plot and everything.  Literally, everything.  Just go catch up on the series and see if you don’t agree with me.

My review of The Indigo Spell.

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