Spotlight Friday (100)

Oh. My. Gosh.  We’ve made it!  It’s the 100th installment of this little segment!  Yay!  And I apologize for not having put this up over the last couple of weeks.  I’m planning ahead and writing this on Thursday because I know that Friday is going to be busy.  Yay planning!  Now on to the yummy books!

Off the Record (Record, #1) by K.A. Linde

Release Date: March 11, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads): Liz Dougherty has no idea a single question is about to change her life.

Her first big reporting assignment for her North Carolina college newspaper has her covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference. Brady Maxwell may have everything it takes to be a politician—a winning pedigree, devastating good looks, a body made to wear suits—but his politics rub Liz the wrong way. When Liz’s hard-hitting question catches the upstart senator off-guard, it impresses Hayden Lane, Liz’s editor who feels she’s headed for a promising career as a reporter.

But Liz is also headed into a secret romance with Brady that could destroy both their ambitions. Though he’s a bachelor, potential voters might frown on Brady cozying up to a reporter. And Liz isn’t sure sneaking around is enough for her—especially when things between her and Hayden might be less platonic than she thought.

Sleek, sexy, and smart, Off the Record ventures into a high-stakes campaign and an even higher-stakes affair to answer the question: When politics and love collide, can there ever be a winner?

What’s To Like: Ok, I know this is NA rather than YA, but I still like the idea of this. I think it shares a few similarities to contemporary YA romances.  I like that Liz is a strong heroine, and while I’m not exactly a fan of love triangles, I think this one could play out well.  I actually already have one that I think I like over another.

The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark, #1) by Bree Despain

Release Date: March 11, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads)Haden Lord, the disgraced prince of the Underrealm, has been sent to the mortal world to entice a girl into returning with him to the land of the dead. Posing as a student at Olympus Hills High—a haven for children of the rich and famous—Haden must single out the one girl rumored to be able to restore immortality to his race.

Daphne Raines has dreams much bigger than her tiny southern Utah town, so when her rock star dad suddenly reappears, offering her full tuition to Olympus Hills High’s prestigious music program, she sees an opportunity to catch the break she needs to make it as a singer. But upon moving into her estranged father’s mansion in California, and attending her glamorous new school, Daphne soon realizes she isn’t the only student in Olympus who doesn’t quite belong.

Haden and Daphne—destined for each other—know nothing of the true stakes their fated courtship entails. As war between the gods brews, the teenagers’ lives collide. But Daphne won’t be wooed easily and when it seems their prophesied link could happen, Haden realizes something he never intended—he’s fallen in love. Now to save themselves, Haden and Daphne must rewrite their destinies. But as their destinies change, so do the fates of both their worlds.

What’s To Like: Ok, so obviously this is a very thinly veiled allusion to Greek mythology.  I mean, Haden?  Please.  One letter doesn’t change him from being Hades.  And Daphne was a nymph who met with a lot of trouble when a god fell in love with her.  So I really like that aspect of the story.  I’m a little leery about the whole “rock star father” and the uber rich high school aspect, but I think Despain can sell it.  Really, I’ll take anything Greek mythology-related I can take.

Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule

Release Date: March 11, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads)A young soprano enrolls in a remote music academy where nothing, not even her mysterious young vocal coach, is as it seems.

Outside Dunhammond Conservatory, there lies a dark forest. And in the forest, they say, lives a great beast called the Felix. But Sing da Navelli never put much faith in the rumors and myths surrounding the school; music flows in her blood, and she is there to sing for real. This prestigious academy will finally give her the chance to prove her worth—not as the daughter of world-renowned musicians—but as an artist and leading lady in her own right.

Yet despite her best efforts, there seems to be something missing from her voice. Her doubts about her own talent are underscored by the fact that she is cast as the understudy in the school’s production of her favorite opera, Angelique. Angelique was written at Dunhammond, and the legend says that the composer was inspired by forest surrounding the school, a place steeped in history, magic, and danger. But was it all a figment of his imagination, or are the fantastic figures in the opera more than imaginary? 

Sing must work with the mysterious Apprentice Nathan Daysmoor as her vocal coach, who is both her harshest critic and staunchest advocate. But Nathan has secrets of his own, secrets that are entwined with the myths and legends surrounding Dunhammond, and the great creature they say lives there.

Lyrical, gothic, and magical, Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule will captivate and enchant readers.

What’s To Like: Ok, so I’m not really sold on our main character being named Sing.  I think maybe it has something to do with the world the story creates that we don’t know about yet, so I’ll let it slide.  Otherwise, I think this looks really cool.  As a singer myself, I enjoy reading about other singers.  And this has the vague feeling of being like Phantom of the Opera, which is a musical I quite enjoy.  I really want to see where this story goes.  I think it could be really good.

My review of Strange Sweet Song.

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