Spotlight Friday (83)

Hey everyone!  It’s the weekend again!  I hope everyone’s still having a good summer (even though I’m aware schools in different areas are starting back up in the next week or two).  I’ve been reading books like crazy lately, and that also means finding new books.  Let’s see what I have for this week!

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Release Date: September 3, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)“You have to kill him.” Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside. 

Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was. 

All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.

What’s To Like: I actually just found this book like 10 minutes ago.  What drew me to it was the fact that Marina’s tried to make a time machine multiple times and she keeps ending up in the same place.  It feels slightly reminiscent of Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall.  I’m not totally sure why, but I like that comparison all the same.  Maybe it’s because the last line of the summary says something about the “infinite implications of our every choice”, which is very true of Oliver’s story too.

My review of All Our Yesterdays

The Wicked Within (Gods & Monsters, #3) by Kelly Keaton

Release Date: September 17, 2013

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Summary (from Amazon)Her fate is not set in stone.

Having temporarily defeated Athena, Ari races to break the gorgon curse that has plagued the women in her family for centuries. Her one lead sends her on a quest for the Hands of Zeus, an ancient relic last seen in the charge of New 2’s ruling elite, the Novem. But if there is one thing that Athena desires as much as revenge, it’s the Hands of Zeus—and Athena always gets what she wants.

Before either can locate the Hands, the statue goes missing, and a trail of blood follows those who once protected the relic’s secrets. Ari knows that her city, her friends, Sebastian—her life—depend upon her finding the statue before Athena. And with rumors an ancient power is on the rise, that may not be her only concern…

What’s To Like: I love Greek mythology (as you will see again in about 4 days when I get more reviews up).  And this series is just so wickedly cool.  Ari is a completely different breed of mythology than you usually find in books.  It’s creative, it’s addicting, and it’s exciting.  I’m not sure whether this is the last book in the series or not.  But it’s going to be fantastic.

My review of The Wicked Within

The Falconer (The Falconer, #1) by Elizabeth May

Release Date: September 19, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads): Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.

Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.

But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?

What’s To Like: Um, what isn’t to like?  I’m already in love with Aileana…in like a BFF kind of way.  I love that it throws historical fiction and debutantes in with faeries.  It’s a fantastic twist.  I expect lots of action and intrigue from both sides of the story.  It’s going to be good, I bet.

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