Spotlight Friday (133)

Hello my lovelies!  It is once again Friday (and for those of you who are still in school like me…well, we’ll enjoy the weekend!  As for you out of school…*glares*)  Let’s ring in this (nearly) summer vacation with some new books!

Like It Never Happened by Emily Adrian

Release Date: June 2, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads): When Rebecca Rivers lands the lead in her school’s production of The Crucible, she gets to change roles in real life, too. She casts off her old reputation, grows close with her four rowdy cast-mates, and kisses the extremely handsome Charlie Lamb onstage. Even Mr. McFadden, the play’s critical director, can find no fault with Rebecca.

Though “The Essential Five” vow never to date each other, Rebecca can’t help her feelings for Charlie, leaving her both conflicted and lovestruck. But the on and off-stage drama of the cast is eclipsed by a life-altering accusation that threatens to destroy everything…even if some of it is just make believe.

What’s To Like: I’m a big fan of these stories that take high school staples (like The Crucible) and turn them into truly interesting stories.  (No offense, Arthur Miller–I enjoyed the play!)  But there’s something to be said about modernizing a well-known tale.  And something tells me that “life-altering accusation” is going to be very similar to a witch hunt…

The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler

Release Date: June 2, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads): The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .

What’s To Like: Ok, yes, I have recently joined the Sarah Ockler fan club.  But I’m super excited for this one.  I love the way mermaids are going to be pulled into this.  (Ok, yes, that is a massive part of the draw toward this book.)  But also, I’m really interested to read about a character who can’t speak.  I’m excited to see that play out.

The Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter, #1) by Virginia Boecker

Release Date: June 2, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads): Your greatest enemy isn’t what you fight, but what you fear.

Elizabeth Grey is one of the king’s best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is arrested and sentenced to burn at the stake.

Salvation comes from a man she thought was her enemy. Nicholas Perevil, the most powerful and dangerous wizard in the kingdom, offers her a deal: he will save her from execution if she can break the deadly curse that’s been laid upon him.

But Nicholas and his followers know nothing of Elizabeth’s witch hunting past–if they find out, the stake will be the least of her worries. And as she’s thrust into the magical world of witches, ghosts, pirates, and one all-too-handsome healer, Elizabeth is forced to redefine her ideas of right and wrong, of friends and enemies, and of love and hate.

What’s To Like: I’m very curious about this book.  Goodreads says it’s Graceling meets Game of Thrones…which has me a little nervous.  (Let’s just say the first episode of Game of Thrones did not inspire me to watch more.)  But I’m kind of fascinated to see how this fantasy plays out…and it sounds like it’s a high fantasy at that.  It’s been a while since I’ve read a solid high fantasy, and I’m kind of looking forward to the chance.

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