Spotlight Friday (81)

Hey everyone!  It’s been a crazy busy week for me, but I have gotten through a couple of books!  So I’m hoping that this weekend I’ll actually have time to post some of them, as soon as I can get half an hour to myself.  Is summer treating everyone well?  I hope so.  Here are some new books you may want to add to your summer reading list, before summer ends.

Speak Easy (Speak Easy, #1) by Melanie Harlow

Release Date: July 22, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads): Temptation is everywhere.

It’s July, 1923. By day twenty-year-old Tiny O’Mara works for her father’s smalltime bootlegging operation. By night she craves the roll-your-stockings-down lifestyle of a flapper, but with her mother gone, she’s usually stuck at home with two younger sisters—until her father is kidnapped by a mobster in Detroit’s exploding organized crime scene, and it’s Tiny who has to come up with the ten-thousand-dollar ransom.

In one week.

Enzo DiFiore’s screen-idol looks and dangerous charm leave her breathless, even though he’s the son of the mobster holding her father hostage. But when the forbidden spark between them refuses to burn out, she tries to use their powerful attraction to buy more time.

And then there’s Joey Lupo, the irritatingly handsome pest from her childhood who’s got the street smarts Tiny needs to smuggle enough booze to make a quick ten grand. But he’s got his own agenda where gang rivalries are concerned, and despite his promise to protect her, Tiny isn’t sure she can trust Joey—or stop her growing feelings for him.

To save her father’s life, she’ll have to choose between them. But deciding whom to trust isn’t easy in a world where everyone wants something—be it booze, money, power, or sex—and no one cares what it takes to get it.

What’s To Like: Ok, so this isn’t exactly a YA book, but it is New Adult, and I expect it to be very similar to a normal YA book, just with a main character that’s a little older.  I’m still trying to figure out this NA movement, because most of the books seem to just be romance novels targeted at people in their 20s.  Anyway, I think this book will pack a lot of action and excitement because of the mobsters in the story.  I haven’t read many stories like this, but it looks interesting.  Even if I don’t like the ’20s.

My review of Speak Easy

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay

Release Date: July 23, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)In the domed city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra, a Smooth Skin, is raised to be a human sacrifice whose death will ensure her city’s vitality. In the desert outside Yuan, Gem, a mutant beast, fights to save his people, the Monstrous, from starvation. Neither dreams that together, they could return balance to both their worlds.

Isra wants to help the city’s Banished people, second-class citizens despised for possessing Monstrous traits. But after she enlists the aid of her prisoner, Gem, who has been captured while trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, she begins to care for him, and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

As secrets are revealed and Isra’s sight, which vanished during her childhood, returned, Isra will have to choose between duty to her people and the beast she has come to love.

What’s To Like: So, in case you haven’t learned this about me, I’m pretty drawn to anything Beauty and the Beast related.  It is kind of my favorite fairy tale.  So when I saw this, I knew I wanted to read it.  I like the idea of having a blind narrator.  I think it’s an interesting challenge as a writer and reader to understand that world.  I’m also very interested in seeing this dynamic between Isra and Gem.

My review of Of Beast and Beauty.

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (Between, #1) by April Genevieve Tucholke

Release Date: August 15, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand…

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery…who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

What’s To Like: I am incredibly interested in this.  I love the idea of making the devil a teenage boy…or at least, we’re led to believe he could be the devil.  I just really want to see what this story does.  The description helps, but it does nothing to answer my questions, which is kind of a good thing, right?  It’ll be fun.  And a dark read.

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