Spotlight Friday (119)

Hello my lovelies!  It’s that time of the week again, isn’t it?  And it’s now OCTOBER!  You do not understand the level at which my giddiness now frolics.  Leaves changing colors, cool breezes, apple everything, and Halloween movies!  October has got to be one of the best months of the year.  So let’s look at some October releases!  Yay!

The Fall by Bethany Griffin

Release Date: October 7, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads):

Madeline Usher is doomed.

She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.

Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.

In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down? The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.

What’s To Like: I love taking an old story and making it something new.  And Poe is one of my favorite classic American authors because of his beautiful prose.  It’s so gorgeous.  And morbid.  I really want to see this story told from Madeline’s eyes, since the original story is told through an unnamed narrator who only vaguely knows the family.  I think this will be super interesting.

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins

Release Date: October 14, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads)If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins.

What’s To Like: Normally, I’m not going to list an anthology here, but I have a weakness for Christmas stories and stories written by my favorite authors.  So this has me in spades.  How can you go wrong with the likes of Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, David Levithan, Rainbow Rowell, and Kiersten White?  Not to mention our lovely editor, Stephanie Perkins.  Fun fact, see all those couples on the ice?  Every single one of them matches up with a couple in the stories.  Eep!  It’s not even Halloween and I’m giddy about a Christmas book.

My review of My True Love Gave to Me

Sublime by Christina Lauren

Release Date: October 14, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads):

When Lucy walks out of a frozen forest, wearing only a silk dress and sandals, she isn’t sure how she got there. But when she sees Colin, she knows for sure that she’s here for him.

Colin has never been captivated by a girl the way he is by Lucy. With each passing day their lives intertwine, and even as Lucy begins to remember more of her life—and her death—neither of them is willing to give up what they have, no matter how impossible it is. And when Colin finds a way to physically be with Lucy, taking himself to the brink of death where his reality and Lucy’s overlap, the joy of being together for those brief stolen moments drowns out everything in the outside world. But some lines weren’t meant to be crossed…

What’s To Like: Ok, you have to admit that that cover is pretty compelling.  Like, whoa.  It’s somewhat cute and creepy at the same time.  So, the reason I really like this story (so far) is that it’s a ghost story with a romantic twist…which is done a lot, I know, and I just can’t get enough of them.  There’s something about them, and if I could pinpoint it, I would share with you why I like them.  Maybe because they flirt with danger.  I don’t know.  But this looks awesome.


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