Spotlight Friday (109)

Hello my friends!  So sorry I’m a day late on this!  Summer mentality is kicking in and it just dawned on me that today is Saturday and I was supposed to have this up yesterday… *facepalm*  Well, new books are new books regardless of when you hear about them, right?

Now and Forever by Susane Colasanti

Release Date: May 20, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads):

What if your boyfriend was the world’s biggest rockstar?

Sterling is crazy in love with Ethan. Not only is he the sweetest boy she’s ever met, but he’s an incredibly talented guitarist, singer, and songwriter. And since forever, he’s believed he has what it takes to be a star.

When Ethan becomes an overnight sensation, he’s thrown head-first into the glam world of celebrity-and so is Sterling. Before she knows it, she’s attending red-carpet premieres, getting free designer clothes, and flying around the country to attend Ethan’s monumental sold-out concerts.

It’s a dream come true…but whose dream is Sterling living? And what do you do when “forever” comes to an end?

What’s To Like: As usually, I’m a sap for love stories, music, and hard life lessons.  I learned this one first hand just a month ago: when it comes to your dreams or your love’s dreams, whose are you going to follow?  Because there is definitely a line there.  Anyway, I like that it’s going to tackle the harder topics as well as being cute.  And I kind of already love Ethan for his name alone.

My review of Now and Forever.

#scandal by Sarah Ockler

Release Date: June 17, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads):

Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation.

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love…

What’s To Like: In all honesty, I haven’t read anything by Sarah Ockler since Twenty Boy Summer came out.  But there’s something about this one that stands out to me more than the others.  I think it’s because it’s a case of cyber-bullying where the victim fights back.  There are so many stories where someone is a victim and stays the victim, but Lucy obviously doesn’t want to do that.  I like her spunk.  And I’m already kinda in love with Cole because of his name too…curse these writers and their ability to pick swoon-worthy names.

Dark Metropolis (Dark Metropolis, #1) by Jaclyn Dolamore

Release Date: June 17, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads):

Cabaret meets Cassandra Clare-a haunting magical thriller set in a riveting 1930s-esque world.

Sixteen-year-old Thea Holder’s mother is cursed with a spell that’s driving her mad, and whenever they touch, Thea is chilled by the magic, too. With no one else to contribute, Thea must make a living for both of them in a sinister city, where danger lurks and greed rules.
Thea spends her nights waitressing at the decadent Telephone Club attending to the glitzy clientele. But when her best friend, Nan, vanishes, Thea is compelled to find her. She meets Freddy, a young, magnetic patron at the club, and he agrees to help her uncover the city’s secrets-even while he hides secrets of his own.

Together, they find a whole new side of the city. Unrest is brewing behind closed doors as whispers of a gruesome magic spread. And if they’re not careful, the heartless masterminds behind the growing disappearances will be after them, too.

What’s To Like: Um, 1930s and magic?  Count me in!  I’m such a fan of these historical fictions anyway; magic is just the cherry on top.  I already have so many questions about this story, like why Thea’s mom is cursed in the first place.  And what this club is like.  And what Freddy’s hiding?  This is going to be delicious fun, I can tell.

My review of Dark Metropolis

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