Spotlight Friday (92)

Hey guys!  So I recently did a huge search for books that were coming out in 2014, so I have plenty to do Spotlights on over the next couple of months.  And let me tell you, a lot of these look simply amazing.

A Breath of Frost (The Lovegrove Legacy, #1) by Alyxandra Harvey

Release Date: January 7, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads)In 1814, three cousins-Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope-discover their unknown family lineage of witchcraft. Beyond the familiar manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, a dangerous, alluring new underworld visible only to those with power is now open to the cousins. 
But unbeknownst to them, by claiming their power, the three cousins have inadvertently opened the gates to the Underworld. 
Now the dead, ghouls, hellhounds-and the most terrifying of all: the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters-are hunting and killing young debutante witches for their powers. 
And, somehow, Emma is connected to the murders…because she keeps finding the bodies. 
Can the cousins unravel the clues and mystery behind their heritage and power before their gifts are stripped away …or even worse, another witch is killed?

What’s To Like: First of all, Harvey is a brilliantly funny writer.  I read her books for the humor most of the time.  (And the romance for the other, but this looks to have little or no romance in it.)  I’m really interested in this for its historical aspect.  I freaking love historical fictions set in London.  I’m a total geek when it comes to this stuff.  Some people get star struck by celebrities…I get star struck by a city.  Anyway, who doesn’t love a good dose of magic thrown into their historical fiction?

My review of A Breath of Frost

The Killing Woods by Lucy Christopher

Release Date: January 7, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads)Ashlee Parker is dead, and Emily Shepherd’s dad is accused of the crime. A former soldier suffering from PTSD, he emerges from the woods carrying the girl’s broken body. “Gone,” he says, then retreats into silence.

What really happened that wild night? Emily knows in her bones that her father is innocent — isn’t he? Before he’s convicted, she’s got to find out the truth. Does Damon Hilary, Ashlee’s charismatic boyfriend, have the answers? Or is he only playing games with her — the kinds of games that can kill?

What’s To Like: If anyone can write this story, it’s Lucy Christopher.  This woman knows how to write a story and turn it on its head.  I’ve only read one of her other books (Stolen), but it was so freaking amazing.  I have a feeling we’re going to find ourselves, at one point, inadvertently rooting for the killer.  Because that’s how great of a writer she is.

Defy (Defy, #1) by Sara B. Larson

Release Date: January 7, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads)A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and a thrilling love triangle.

Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?

What’s To Like: While I’m really over the whole love triangle thing, I know it’s not going away.  And besides…it kind of sounds interesting here.  I mean, a prince wants her?  Cool.  I also really like the whole Mulan vibe I get from this.  A girl dresses as a boy to be a soldier and has to keep her identity a secret.  That’s what I really want to read about.

My review of Defy

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