Spotlight Friday (144)

Hello my lovelies!  I know it’s been a little bit of a dry spell with my posting in the past week (especially compared to how I was posting daily earlier this month!) and I promise that I’m working on it.  I have another review just waiting to be posted.  But in the meantime, let’s look at some new books, shall we?  Apparently the theme for today is ships and pirates.  Which is kind of awesome.

salt-to-the-seaSalt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

Release Date: February 2, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are  Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.

Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

What’s To Like: I feel almost like I’m asking a rhetorical question with “What’s to like.”  Because seriously?  I don’t care if Ruta Sepetys is writing about the Napoleonic wars, the history of pennies, or life for a slug.  I’m reading it.  I have been dying to read another one of her books since Out of the Easy.  And the fact that she’s going back to World War II with this one only has me drooling more.  I’m just hoping this book doesn’t turn into some YA version of The Old Man and the Sea.  That’s all I ask.

unhooked-lisa-maxwellUnhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Release Date: February 2, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): For as long as she can remember, Gwendolyn Allister has never had a place to call home—all because her mother believes that monsters are hunting them. Now these delusions have brought them to London, far from the life Gwen had finally started to build for herself. The only saving grace is her best friend, Olivia, who’s coming with them for the summer.

But when Gwen and Olivia are kidnapped by shadowy creatures and taken to a world of flesh-eating sea hags and dangerous Fey, Gwen realizes her mom might have been sane all along.

The world Gwen finds herself in is called Neverland, yet it’s nothing like the stories. Here, good and evil lose their meaning and memories slip like water through her fingers. As Gwen struggles to remember where she came from and find a way home, she must choose between trusting the charming fairy-tale hero who says all the right things and the roguish young pirate who promises to keep her safe.

With time running out and her enemies closing in, Gwen is forced to face the truths she’s been hiding from all along. But will she be able to save Neverland without losing herself?

What’s To Like: I’ve always been drawn to the story of Peter Pan, especially as I started feeling like Wendy when I started growing up and things started changing.  But taking a darker spin on things and throwing dangerous fey into the mix?  Yeah, I think that may be a selling point.  Who doesn’t love stories of pirates and heroes and magic?  I really want to know who this fairy-tale hero is (if it’s actually Peter) and who the young pirate is (if he may be Captain Hook?  The titled is Unhooked).

blackhearts-nicole-castromanBlackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Release Date: February 16, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

What’s To Like: A little known fact about me is how much I love researching pirates.  I went to a naval/ocean museum when I was like 13 with my family and they actually left me behind because I was taking so long reading the plaques about pirates and cannons and buried treasure.  (They actually do this whenever they take me to any museum.  It’s their own fault, really, expecting that I can just look at the artifacts and move on.)  Anyway, Blackbeard has been on my radar for years.  He has such a fascinating story, and it see it fictionalized in a YA story totally has me bouncing with excitement.  I cannot wait to see how this turns out!


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