Spotlight Friday (95)

Hey everyone!  I hope no one was too frozen this week with this polar vortex that hit the US.  That said, here are some new books that are guaranteed to warm your heart!  🙂  Sorry, really bad attempt at humor.

Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout

Release Date: February 4, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads)Never was there a tale of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo…But true love never dies. Though they’re parted by the veil between the world of mortals and the land of the dead, Romeo believes he can restore Juliet to life, but he’ll have to travel to the underworld with a thoroughly infuriating guide.

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, may not have inherited his father’s crown, but the murdered king left his son a much more important responsibility—a portal to the Afterjord, where the souls of the dead reside. When the determined Romeo asks for help traversing the treacherous Afterjord, Hamlet sees an opportunity for adventure, and the chance to avenge his father’s death.

In an underworld filled with leviathan monsters, ghoulish shades, fire giants and fierce Valkyrie warriors, Hamlet and Romeo must battle their way through jealousy, despair, and their darkest fears to rescue the fair damsel. Yet finding Juliet is only the beginning, and the Afterjord doesn’t surrender souls without a price…

What’s To Like: I can readily admit that I’m a bona fide English nerd.  When I saw that this had to do not only with Romeo but with Hamlet too, I geeked out.  They’re both two of my favorite Shakespearean plays.  But I absolutely love this twist on it with the underworld and (apparently) some Norse mythology thrown in as well.  Can this possibly be bad?  I don’t think so.

The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe

Release Date: February 6, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads)For sixteen years, Daisy has been good. A good daughter, helping out with her autistic younger brother uncomplainingly. A good friend, even when her best friend makes her feel like a third wheel. When her parents announce they’re sending her brother to an institution—without consulting her—Daisy’s furious, and decides the best way to be a good sister is to start being bad. She quits jazz band and orchestra, slacks in school, and falls for bad-boy Dave. 

But one person won’t let Daisy forget who she used to be: Irish exchange student and brilliant musician Cal. Does she want the bad boy or the prodigy? Should she side with her parents or protect her brother? How can she know when to hold on and when—and how—to let go?

What’s To Like: I’m always drawn to these stories, partly because I think they resonate in some way with everyone.  We’ve all had moments where we felt like our parents were treating us like children, even though we felt like adults.  We all want to try to be someone else, but we may not go the same way Daisy does and completely abandon our old personalities.  Still, this already feels real and I want to see what Daisy goes through.

All That Glows by Ryan Graudin

Release Date: February 11, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads): Emrys—a fiery, red-headed Fae—always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city’s draining technology, until she’s sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. But this isn’t any normal assignment—she’s sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain’s notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be King. The prince’s careless ways and royal blood make him the irresistible for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, disheveled, and alive with adventure—Richard is one charge who will put Emrys’s magic and heart to the test.

When an ancient force begins preying on the monarchy, Emrys must hunt through the London’s magical underworld, facing down Banshees, Black Dogs and Green Women to find the one who threatens Richard’s life. In this chaos of dark magic, palace murders and paparazzi, Emrys finds herself facing an impossible choice. For despite all her powers, Emrys has discovered a force that burns brighter than magic: love.

What’s To Like: I’m drawn to this book for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that it’s written by a guy.  Did you catch that?  I honestly think this is the first YA book about faeries that I’ve ever seen written by a guy.  That’s absolutely fascinating, and I’m excited to see what he brings to the table.  I also like how this includes not only fae, but the British monarchy.  It sounds like it’s going to combine adventure, romance, old-fashioned times with modern technology (the combination of fae and the prince), and hopefully some really good sass.  I can’t see someone like Emrys being a pushover.

My review of All That Glows.

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