Spotlight Friday (84)

Hey everyone, all 100+ of you!  🙂  As you can tell, I’m still kind of excited about this.  And it’s FRIDAY! Which means more book awesomeness!  A few new ones have actually come to my attention, so without further ado, let’s check them out!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Release Date: September 10, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan . . .

But for Cath, being a fan is her life — and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

What’s To Like: Technically, this is a New Adult book.  Just thought I’d make that clear.  Ok.  So this may come as a surprise to some of you (or not), but I used to write fan fictions in high school.  Harry Potter ones.  Most of them were awful, I can admit it.  But I really like that Ms. Rowell has actually written a book about this culture because it’s insanely popular right now.  Fan fictions are our own way of interacting with the characters, and I like that I can immediately relate to Cath in that way.  I think this’ll be a lot of fun to read.

My review of Fangirl

Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles, #2) by Gena Showalter

Release Date: September 24, 2013

*Possible Series Spoilers Ahead*

Summary (from Goodreads): Inspired by the childhood classic Alice in Wonderland, this harrowing and romantic story features teen zombie slayer Alice Bell who has lost so much—family, friends, her home. After a strange new zombie attack, Alice fears she may be losing her mind as well. A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do wicked things. The whispers of the dead assault her ears and mirrors seem to come frighteningly to life. She’s never needed her team of zombie slayers more—including her boyfriend, Cole—than she does now. But as Cole strangely withdraws and the zombies gain new strength, Ali knows one false step may doom them all.

What’s To Like: This is just such an interesting take on Alice in Wonderland.  It’s a complete twist on the story, with a few similarities in plot.  And these zombies are just so cool!  I really loved how adventurous this was when I read the first book.  I’m really interested to see where this book goes.

My review of Through the Zombie Glass.

Where The Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller

Release Date: September 24, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)Stolen as a child from her large and loving family, and on the run with her mom for more than ten years, Callie has only the barest idea of what normal life might be like. She’s never had a home, never gone to school, and has gotten most of her meals from laundromat vending machines. Her dreams are haunted by memories she’d like to forget completely. But when Callie’s mom is finally arrested for kidnapping her, and Callie’s real dad whisks her back to what would have been her life, in a small town in Florida, Callie must find a way to leave the past behind. She must learn to be part of a family. And she must believe that love–even with someone who seems an improbable choice–is more than just a possibility.

What’s To Like: I think this sounds incredibly interesting, in a sad kind of way.  Because you know there are actually kids out there who are living lives like these.  And yeah, part of the reason I want to read this is because I want to empathizes with them.  But I also want to see Callie get a happy ending.  I want to see how she overcomes these obstacles.  She basically has to learn how to fit in with a family and everything, which should be interesting.

My review of Where The Stars Still Shine

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