Spotlight Friday (125)

Hello my lovelies!  Look at me, being a super blogger this week!  So, as it is once again Friday (and February is full of awesome titles coming out soon), I definitely have to stay on top of my Spotlights if I want you guys to know about any awesome new books!  Sally forth, my friends!  (…WHERE did that come from…?…)

Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly

Release Date: February 10, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

The city of Bryre suffers under the magic of an evil wizard. Because of his curse, girls sicken and disappear without a trace, and Bryre’s inhabitants live in fear. No one is allowed outside after dark.

Yet night is the only time that Kymera can enter this dangerous city, for she must not be seen by humans. Her father says they would not understand her wings, the bolts in her neck, or her spiky tail—they would kill her. They would not understand that she was created for a purpose: to rescue the girls of Bryre.

Despite her caution, a boy named Ren sees Kym and begins to leave a perfect red rose for her every evening. As they become friends, Kym learns that Ren knows about the missing girls, the wizard, and the evil magic that haunts Bryre.

And what he knows will change Kym’s life.

What’s To Like: Ok.  So when I originally read the synopsis before the cover came out, I was all about this.  It almost sounds something like a reverse of Beauty and the Beast.  Character with beast-like qualities, red roses, a curse…it’s all there.  And then the cover came out and I thought I had sorely misjudged this book’s audience.  But it seems to be Middle Grade, and as a middle school teacher, I feel like I need to at least be aware of what’s coming out in the MG world.  And this looks like as good as any way to get into it.

A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab

Release Date: February 24, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London – but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.

What’s To Like: It’s just strange enough that I think I might just like it.  I’m sometimes leery about parallel universes (it’s just not really my thing), but it involves magic and London, so…basically, I have to give this a shot.  It sounds like maybe it’s also a historical fiction of sorts because as far as I know, “mad King George” is King George III, who was king during the American Revolution.  Like I said, it’s just weird enough that this could be really cool.

Burning Kingdoms (The Internment Chronicles, #2) by Lauren DeStefano

Release Date: March 10, 2015

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Summary (from Goodreads):

After escaping Internment, Morgan and her fellow fugitives land on the ground to finally learn about the world beneath their floating island home.

The ground is a strange place where water falls from the sky as snow, and people watch moving pictures and visit speakeasies. A place where families can have as many children as they want, their dead are buried in vast gardens of bodies, and Internment is the feature of an amusement park.

It is also a land at war.

Everyone who fled Internment had their own reasons to escape their corrupt haven, but now they’re caught under the watchful eye of another king who wants to dominate his world. They may have made it to the ground, but have they dragged Internment with them?

What’s To Like: The world DeStefano created in the first book was pretty amazing, and from there, I’m really interested to know where this book takes us.  Clearly, that seems to be the 1920s if the speakeasies are any indication.  I’m always fond of books that satirize our culture (a la the “dead are buried in vast gardens of bodies”) because they always make me see the world in a new light.  And I love that.  So I’m really interested to see what’s in store here.

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