Spotlight Friday (99)

Happy Valentine’s Day!!  Sorry I didn’t post one of these last week, but things got crazy.  But that’s ok, because today’s a new day and it brings with it three new books!

Searching for Beautiful by Nyrae Dawn

Release Date: March 4, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads)Before, Brynn had a group of best friends, a loving boyfriend, a growing talent for pottery. She had a life. And after…she had none.

When Brynn lost the boyfriend who never loved her, the friends who feel she betrayed their trust, and the new life just beginning to grow inside her, she believes her future is as empty as her body. But then Christian, the boy next door, starts coming around. Playing his guitar and pushing her to create art once more. She meets some new friends at the local community center, plus even gets her dad to look her in the eye again…sort of.

But can Brynn open up her heart to truly find her life’s own beauty, when living for the after means letting go of the before?

What’s To Like: What I really want to know with this book is what happened.  Why did Brynn’s life “collapse”?  Why do her friends feel betrayed?  And I’m all about books that push people to create art.  I sometimes get the impression from the world we’re living in that people don’t think art (of any kind) is important.  But it totally is.  My gut instinct is that this will be a worthwhile read.

Half Bad (Half Life, #1) by Sally Green

Release Date: March 4, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads)In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and fifteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his sixteenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?

In the tradition of Patrick Ness and Markus Zusak, Half Bad is a gripping tale of alienation and the indomitable will to survive, a story that will grab hold of you and not let go until the very last page.

What’s To Like: Does this not scream awesome read?  Yes, yes it does.  I’m very interested to see exactly what these witches are like.  They differ in every story.  But I like the idea of Nathan being half good and half bad.  It’ll bring in the conversation of whether we’re born bad or if it’s a choice.  And I really like those.  (Wicked is a good example of that.)

My review of Half Bad

Wayfarer (Tales of Beauty & Madness, #2) by Lili St. Crow

Release Date: March 6, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads)Ellie Sinder is a Charmer—the most powerful of her age that St. Juno’s Academy has ever seen. But Ellie’s stepmother, Laurissa, wields manipulation and abuse to force Ellie to work her spells ever more intensely, for Laurissa’s profit.

Then a train from over the Wastelands arrives in New Haven, bearing on it golden boy Avery Fletcher, newly returned from prep school, wearing a sweater Ellie’d love to bury her face in and a smile as bright as his blond hair. Avery’s arrival sets Laurissa off on a dark and dangerous scheme—and this time the soul up for grabs is Ellie’s.

What’s To Like: I know I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book in this series, but I’m hoping that now that I’m more familiar with the world, this will be better.  This is a twist on Cinderella, if you couldn’t tell.  It follows a new character (though she was well-known in the last book).  Still, I think this could be really interesting.  You know, if I could figure out what exactly a Charmer is.


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