Spotlight Friday (142)

Welcome to 2016, where we will continue to talk about a lot of books and excitedly freak out about our favorite series.  (And maybe this year I’ll start posting some more pictures and possibly even a video book review!  I’M THINKING BIG!)  Anyway, when January gets you down, here are some books to cheer you up!

endure-sara-b-larsonEndure (Defy, #3) by Sara B. Larson

Release Date: January 5, 2016

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Summary (from Goodreads): The remarkable third novel in Sara B. Larson’s bestselling Defy series!

At last, Alexa and King Damian are engaged to be married. But their lives are far from safe. The kingdom of Antion is under siege, and Rylan is a prisoner of the enemy. Even worse, Alexa remains at the mercy of the evil Dansiian Rafe, who controls her mind and can force Alexa to kill or harm Damian at any moment. Despite this, Alexa is determined to rescue Rylan, which soon leads her far from Damian and deep into enemy territory.

When she arrives, what awaits her is deadlier than anything she could have ever imagined: an army of black sorcerers, and a horrifying plot to destroy the world as Alexa knows it. Will she be able to gather the strength to free herself, protect the love of her life, and save the land? Will there ever be true peace?

What’s To Like: This is a total guilty pleasure read.  It’s predictable, it’s sometimes cliche, but IT’S STILL SO GOOD.  I ate the first two up.  And now that I’m about to have the end of the trilogy?  Yup, I’m setting aside a Saturday just for it.

passenger-alexandra-bracken-book-review-e1449529874428Passenger (Passenger, #1) by Alexandra Bracken

Release Date: January 5th, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever

What’s To Like: You know, I’m still not entirely sure I know what this book is about, but I still want to read it.  Is it a time travel story?  Is it a fantasy novel?  I can’t really tell.  But that cover is gorgeous.  And I really want to know more about this stolen object and just how bad the Ironwoods really are.

21018154Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

Release Date: January 12, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?

What’s To Like: How cute is this?!  I love that we’re going to be looking at life through the lens of a book…which is what we’re also doing as the reader.  Kind of meta, if you think about it.  Anyway, Phoebe sounds like she’s going to be an interesting narrator.  And I really want to see how she tries to turn herself into her favorite heroines.  This sounds like a romantic comedy, the way this is sure to turn out.


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