Spotlight Friday (138)

Hello, my lovelies!  I’m back for another edition of Spotlight Friday!  This is a class of books that I am SUPER EXCITED about.  Sequels, new series, and just overall *squee* worthy books.  Let’s check them out!

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

Release Date: September 15, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads): For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find.

Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she’s been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.

Beautifully written, and richly imaginative, The Weight of Feathers is an utterly captivating young adult novel by a talented new voice.

What’s To Like: I truly love stories with rivals families and teenagers who fall in love.  Call it a remnant of Romeo and Juliet or the Hatfields and McCoys, but it’s just so much fun to read about.  And this is such an interesting twist!  Circus performing rival families?  I’ve read a lot of variations to this; circus performers are a first.  I think there’s going to be a lot of cuteness here and a lot of wisdom.

Beastly Bones (Jackaby, #2) by William Ritter

Release Date: September 22, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads): “I’ve found very little about private detective R. F. Jackaby to be standard in the time I’ve known him. Working as his assistant tends to call for a somewhat flexible relationship with reality.”

In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England, things are never quite what they seem, especially when Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer R. F. Jackaby are called upon to investigate the supernatural.

First, a vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens, and a day later, their owner is found murdered with a single mysterious puncture wound. Then in nearby Gad’s Valley, now home to the exiled New Fiddleham police detective Charlie Cane, dinosaur bones from a recent dig mysteriously go missing, and an unidentifiable beast starts attacking animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Charlie calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.

What’s To Like: For those who forget, this series was originally described as “Sherlock meets Doctor Who,” and I firmly attest that they were 100% right on that one.  The first book was a solid, unexpectedly twisted mystery filled with the paranormal.  I foresee this one being the same way.  The mystery left me guessing last time until nearly the very end, and I’m so excited to read another clever undertaking in this world.

Walk on Earth a Stranger (The Goldscryer Saga, #1) by Rae Carson

Release Date: September 22, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads): Lee Westfall has a secret. She can sense the presence of gold in the world around her. Veins deep beneath the earth, pebbles in the river, nuggets dug up from the forest floor. The buzz of gold means warmth and life and home—until everything is ripped away by a man who wants to control her. Left with nothing, Lee disguises herself as a boy and takes to the trail across the country. Gold was discovered in California, and where else could such a magical girl find herself, find safety?

Walk on Earth a Stranger, the first book in this new trilogy, introduces—as only Rae Carson can—a strong heroine, a perilous road, a fantastical twist, and a slow-burning romance. Includes a map and author’s note on historical research.

What’s To Like: Let’s all take a moment to hyperventilate as Rae Carson–Rae The Girl of Fire and Thorns Carson–has written a new book.  […]  Ok, I’m back.  And still freaking out.  If there was ever a book I wished would magically pop into my hands, this would be it.  Historical AND a fantasy?  Sign me up for this fan club!

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