Spotlight Friday (135)

Hello my lovelies!  It’s kind of a rainy, dreary day where I am, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited about new books, right?  Right!  So let’s get cracking!  (…honestly, you’d swear by the way that I sometimes talk that I’m much older than I am.)

Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat

Release Date: June 16, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads): When Ivy Emerson’s family loses their house—complete with her beloved piano—the fear of what’s to come seizes her like a bad case of stage fright. Only this isn’t one of her single, terrifying performances. It’s her life.

And it isn’t pretty.

Ivy is forced to move with her family out of their affluent neighborhood to Lakeside, also known as “the wrong side of the tracks.” Hiding the truth from her friends—and the cute new guy in school, who may have secrets of his own—seems like a good idea at first. But when a bad boy next door threatens to ruin everything, Ivy’s carefully crafted lies begin to unravel . . . and there is no way to stop them.

As things get to the breaking point, Ivy turns to her music, some unlikely new friends, and the trusting heart of her disabled little brother. She may be surprised that not everyone is who she thought they were . . . including herself.

What’s To Like: I really like stories about music.  There’s something about music that, no matter what we listen to or enjoy, we always feel a kinship to other music lovers.  I’m very excited to see how Ivy deals with her troubles, but I’m also wanting to see how she overcomes them with music.  Oh, and isn’t that cover gorgeous?

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Release Date: June 23, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads): Emmy’s best friend, Oliver, reappears after being kidnapped by his father ten years ago. Emmy hopes to pick up their relationship right where it left off. Are they destined to be together? Or has fate irreparably driven them apart?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life.

She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents’ relentless worrying. But Emmy’s parents can’t seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart.

He’d thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing and his thoughts swirling.

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy’s soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

What’s To Like: My heart already goes out to Oliver.  I’m very much looking forward to this book because I think it’s kind of a unique tale.  True, there are other books out there about kids being kidnapped by a parent and returned, but they’re still pretty rare.  And I like that this has thrown into it the BFF/fated love angle.

Tangled Webs (Tangled Webs, #1) by Lee Bross

Release Date: June 23, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads): London, 1725. Everybody has a secret. Lady A will keep yours—for a price. This sumptuous, scandalous YA novel is wickedly addictive.

Lady A is the most notorious blackmailer in the city. With just a mask and a gown to disguise her, she sweeps into lavish balls and exclusive events collecting the most valuable currency in 1725 London—secrets.

But leading a double life isn’t easy. By day Lady A is just a sixteen-year-old girl named Arista who lives in fear of her abusive master, Bones, and passes herself off as a boy to move safely through the squalor of London’s slums. When Bones attempts to dispose of his pawn forever, Arista is rescued by the last person she expects: Jonathan Wild, the infamous Thief Taker General who moves seamlessly between the city’s criminal underworld and its most elite upper circles. Arista partners with Wild on her own terms in the hopes of saving enough money to buy passage out of London.

Everything changes when she meets Graeden Sinclair, the son of a wealthy merchant. Grae has traveled the world, has seen the exotic lands Arista has longed to escape to her whole life, and he loves Arista for who she is—not for what she can do for him. Being with Grae gives something Arista something precious that she swore off long ago: hope. He has promised to help Arista escape the life of crime that has claimed her since she was a child. But can you ever truly escape the past?

What’s To Like: Now we’re talking!  I love a good historical novel, and this has intrigue written all over it.  I mean, a teenaged professional blackmailer?  How cool is that?  And I already have a favorite of these two gentlemen, though I will definitely have to read it to see if the one I like best is worth liking!  (Sometimes they sound great on the jacket, but are jerks.  You know what I mean.)

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