Spotlight Friday (127)

Hello my lovelies!  I’m going to try to make this fast because I’m sick…again.  Ugh.  Sometimes, I think this is the worst part about being a teacher.  I need to take out stock in tissues…

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Release Date: March 31, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads)It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

What’s To Like: This is basically everything I look for in a contemporary book.  It has a sympathetic lead, a plan that goes awry unexpectedly, and a lot of heart.  And probably some super nerdy jokes along the way.  (…I hope there are super nerdy jokes.)  But really, it’s the heart in this that will get me to read it.  I love stories about facing fears and second chances.

My review of The Start of Me and You

Nobody’s Goddess (The Never Veil, #1) by Amy McNulty

Release Date: April 21, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

In a village of masked men, magic compels each man to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.

Seventeen-year-old Noll isn’t in the mood to celebrate. Her childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her.

Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither is willing to lose.

What’s To Like: When I first read this description, it reminded me of something similar to a flipped version of what happens in the Middle East (to my admittedly limited knowledge).  But it’s so original too!  The women totally have the power here, which I love.  I’m already interested in what Noll discovers and how she plans to fight against whatever has her down.  This will definitely make its way to my reading pile.

Miss Mayhem (Rebel Belle, #2) by Rachel Hawkins

Release Date: April 7, 2015

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Summary (from Goodreads):

Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and best friend Bee has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can return her focus to the important things in life: school, canoodling with David, her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie, and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.

Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her . . . or connect her to David for life.

What’s To Like: Rachel Hawkins could write the phone book and I’d read it.  Her writing style is so witty and funny that there’s never a dull moment.  The action is always moving, and I have no doubt that this will do the same.  Also, cute boys and adorable “canoodling” will help turn this story into something to make me feel all warm and fuzzy while I’m laughing at Harper’s antics.

My review of Miss Mayhem

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