Spotlight Friday (73)

It’s a new weekend and summer’s here for me!  So let’s see what we can find in new book releases, yeah?

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

Release Date: May 7, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)Stephen has been invisible for practically his whole life — because of a curse his grandfather, a powerful cursecaster, bestowed on Stephen’s mother before Stephen was born. So when Elizabeth moves to Stephen’s NYC apartment building from Minnesota, no one is more surprised than he is that she can see him. A budding romance ensues, and when Stephen confides in Elizabeth about his predicament, the two of them decide to dive headfirst into the secret world of cursecasters and spellseekers to figure out a way to break the curse. But things don’t go as planned, especially when Stephen’s grandfather arrives in town, taking his anger out on everyone he sees. In the end, Elizabeth and Stephen must decide how big of a sacrifice they’re willing to make for Stephen to become visible — because the answer could mean the difference between life and death. At least for Elizabeth.

What’s To Like: Awww!   This just looks so cute!  It’s got the romance and magic that I want to find, and it’s also go a sense of danger to go with it.  And really, has David Levithan ever come out with a bad book collaboration?  I didn’t think so.

The Savage Blue (The Vicious Deep, #2) by Zoraida Cordova

Release Date: May 7, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)A storm is coming…

The ocean is a vicious place. Deeper and darker than Tristan could have imagined. Beneath its calm blue surface, an ancient battle is churning —and no one is safe.

In the quest for the Sea Throne, Tristan has already watched one good friend die. Now he must lead the rest on a dangerous voyage in search of the trident that will make him king. But while Tristan chases his destiny, the dark forces racing against him are getting stronger, and the sea witch of his nightmares is getting closer.

Battling sea dragons and savage creatures of the deep, Tristan needs his friends’ support. But they each have their secrets, and a betrayal will force Tristan to choose between his crown and his best friend Layla — the only girl he’s ever loved.

What’s To Like: So I remember really liking the first book.  It was different than most mermaid stories, partly because it’s about a guy, so it’s really a merman story.  Anyway, it was really exciting and interesting.  With this being only the second book in what I assume is a series of 3, this should be very exciting, with some awesome kind of ending.

My review of The Savage Blue

Maid of Secrets (Maid of Honor, #1) by Jennifer McGowan

Release Date: May 7, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)Seventeen-year-old Meg Fellowes is a wry, resourceful thief forced to join an elite group of female spies in Queen Elizabeth’s Court. There she must solve a murder, save the Crown, and resist the one thing that will become her greatest freedom–and her deadliest peril. 

For Meg and her fellow spies are not alone in their pursuit of the murderer who stalks Windsor Castle.

A young, mysterious Spanish courtier, Count Rafe de Martine, appears at every turn in the dark and scandal-filled corridors of the Queen’s summer palace. And though secrets and danger are Meg’s stock-in-trade, she’s never bargained on falling in love…

What’s To Like: Ok, yes, I’m a total sucker for books like this.  You put tough, powerful girls who can handle themselves in a time period pretty well known for having submissive, powerless women and see what happens.  This will be fun to read, given that I’m also a big fan of Queen Elizabeth stories.  And I love that Robin Lafevers is quoted as “Winning” on the top because Lafevers has a series very similar to this.  Hopefully that means the two are quite similar, in which case I will just LOVE this.

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