Spotlight Friday (140)

Hello my lovelies!  I’m taking the night off from grading for mental health (ok, not really with that mental health comment, but I do need to feel like I have a night off), so one of the first things I decided to do?  Talk about books!  (My mental health improves with books.)  So let’s get to it!

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Release Date: October 6, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads): Grace Mae knows madness.

She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.

When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.

In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.

What’s To Like: I really like this idea of looking at madness, though I can’t tell if this is a historical fiction or some kind of alternate universe.  I really do think we’re all a little mad (some days more than others).  But Grace seems like an interesting lead with a mysterious past.  And look at that cover!  Why is there a hand grabbing her foot through the floorboards?

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

Release Date: October 6, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads): Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time.But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

What’s To Like: I’m really drawn to retellings of classic stories, and this is one that is still fairly rare so retellings always feel new.  And it’s such an interesting story!  No wonder it’s a story that’s been told for as long as it has.  But the best part?  It’s being published by Disney-Hyperion and the story Aladdin comes from the original tale of 1,001 Nights.  It’ll be fun!

First & Then by Emma Mills

Release Date: October 13, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads): Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

What’s To Like: Ok, first of all, describing this as Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights has my undivided attention.  I love this premise.  I’m a football girl all the way, but I love a good unexpected love story.  I really just want to know what happens in this.  It’s bound to be interesting, right?

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