Spotlight Friday (115)

Hello lovelies!  It’s Friday again!  I think this week, I have a very interesting mix of books.  Hopefully you find something that you like!

Ghost House (The Ghost House Saga, #1) by Alexandra Adornetto

Release Date: August 26, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads)After the loss of her mother, Chloe Kennedy starts seeing the ghosts that haunted her as a young girl again. Spending time at her grandmother’s country estate in the south of England is her chance to get away from her grief and the spirits that haunt her. Until she meets a mysterious stranger…

Alexander Reade is 157 years dead, with secrets darker than the lake surrounding Grange Hall and a lifelike presence that draws Chloe more strongly than any ghost before. But the bond between them awakens the vengeful spirit of Alexander’s past love, Isobel. And she will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who threatens to take him from her.

To stop Isobel, Chloe must push her developing abilities to their most dangerous limits, even if it means losing Alex forever… and giving the hungry dead a chance to claim her for their own.

What’s To Like: Alright, I’m a sucker for a ghost story, and it’s been a long time since I’ve read one.  I just haven’t found lately that caught my attention.  Until now.  First of all, it’s set in England.  Can’t go wrong there.  And I’m kind of digging this idea that somehow Chloe and Alexander accidentally awaken Isobel.  That just feels original to me.  Also, what does it mean to be the “hungry dead?”  Are there zombies?

Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

Release Date: September 2, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads)Fall’s buzzed-about, in-house favorite. Outside, Anika Dragomir is all lip gloss and blond hair—the third most popular girl in school. Inside, she’s a freak: a mix of dark thoughts, diabolical plots, and, if local chatter is to be believed, vampire DNA (after all, her father is Romanian). But she keeps it under wraps to maintain her social position. One step out of line and Becky Vilhauer, first most popular girl in school, will make her life hell. So when former loner Logan McDonough shows up one September hotter, smarter, and more mysterious than ever, Anika knows she can’t get involved. It would be insane to throw away her social safety for a nerd. So what if that nerd is now a black-leather-jacket-wearing dreamboat, and his loner status is clearly the result of his troubled home life? Who cares if the right girl could help him with all that, maybe even save him from it? Who needs him when Jared Kline, the bad boy every girl dreams of, is asking her on dates? Who?

What’s To Like: Goodreads calls this a mix between Mean Girls and Perks of Being a Wallflower, which is such a weird combination.  I hate the first and love the second.  So I’m sure that means there will be lots of girl drama as Anika tries to navigate the popular world.  But I already like Logan.  If I met a guy like Logan in my high school, I’d be flirting with him.  I like smart guys.  And who is this Jared?

My review of Anatomy of a Misfit

Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson

Release Date: September 2, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads)Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. Touch another person’s skin, and Dad’s gone for good.

Caddie can’t stop thinking that if she keeps from touching another person’s skin, her parents might get back together… which is why she wears full-length gloves to school and covers every inch of her skin.

It seems harmless at first, but Caddie’s obsession soon threatens her ambitions as an actress. She desperately wants to play Ophelia in her school’s production of Hamlet. But that would mean touching Peter, who’s auditioning for the title role—and kissing him. Part of Caddie would love nothing more than to kiss Peter—but the other part isn’t sure she’s brave enough to let herself fall.

What’s To Like: I like that this is going to delve into some very serious topics.  I think a lot of us can relate to Caddie’s thinking.  Like, if I wear my lucky socks in this softball game, then we have to win.  We just usually don’t go to Caddie’s extreme.  And I am such a big fan of Hamlet that this is going to be so fun to read.  I want to see Caddie overcome her struggles and get the role, hopefully with a little help from Peter.

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