Spotlight Friday (78)

It’s getting to the point where I feel I need theme music for this post.  And with the number 78 in this particular post, all I can think of is that old game show Match Game, which sometimes had years after it, like ’78.  (What?  I was a game show junkie as a kid.  The ones from the 70s were the best.)  Anyway, it’s Friday and the beginning of vacation for many more kids, so let’s see what summer reading we have today!

Dance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #2) by Bethany Griffin

Release Date: June 11, 2013

*Potential Series Spoilers in Summary*

Summary (from Goodreads)In Dance of the Red Death, Araby’s world is in shambles—betrayal, death, disease, and evil forces surround her. She has no one to trust. But she finds herself and discovers that she will fight for the people she loves, and for her city.

Her revenge will take place at the menacing masked ball, though it could destroy her and everyone she loves…or it could turn her into a hero.

With a nod to Edgar Allan Poe, Bethany Griffin concludes her tragic and mysterious Red Death series with a heroine that young adult readers will never forget.

What’s To Like: I’m a big Edgar Allan Poe fan, and the fact that this is based on his short story quickly grabbed my attention.  And I’ve read the first book.  While it wasn’t perfect, it was still pretty interesting.  It’s kind of steampunk in its setting.  So that’s always fun.  I’m excited to see where this story goes.

Spies and Prejudice by Talia Vance

Release Date: June 11, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)Fields’ Rule #1: Don’t fall for the enemy.

Berry Fields is not looking for a boyfriend. She’s busy trailing cheaters and liars in her job as a private investigator, collecting evidence of the affairs she’s sure all men commit. And thanks to a pepper spray incident during an eighth grade game of spin the bottle, the guys at her school are not exactly lining up to date her, either. 

So when arrogant—and gorgeous—Tanner Halston rolls into town and calls her “nothing amazing,” it’s no loss for Berry. She’ll forget him in no time. She’s more concerned with the questions surfacing about her mother’s death. 

But why does Tanner seem to pop up everywhere in her investigation, always getting in her way? Is he trying to stop her from discovering the truth, or protecting her from an unknown threat? And why can’t Berry remember to hate him when he looks into her eyes?

With a playful nod to Jane Austen, Spies and Prejudice will captivate readers as love and espionage collide.

What’s To Like: This is a trend, yes?  Another book based on a classic work, at least a little.  Now, I’ve never read Pride and Prejudice, but I have seen the movie…I think.  (Sorry, not a big Jane Austen fan.)  But I wanted to read this initially because of the spies.  I haven’t read too many series about spies.  So this seemed like fun.  And now, I’m really interested in this Tanner fellow.  I want to know why he keeps popping up in Berry’s world.

Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #2) by Jessica Spotswood

Release Date: June 18, 2013

*Potential Series Spoilers in Summary*

Summary (from Goodreads)With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate’s friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

Cate doesn’t want to be a weapon, and she doesn’t want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood’s schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she’ll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess’s quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England.

What’s To Like: It’s been a while since I read the first book, but I remember really liking it.  Well, I liked Finn, mostly.  But that’s beside the point.  Anyway, I like how this does show magic and what it might have looked like if it were real in New England, which has a history of persecuting witches.  It’s interesting and I’m sure this one will have a lot of action.

My review of Star Cursed.


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