Spotlight Friday (145)

Hello my lovelies!  I’m writing this while trying to learn the lyrics to Hamilton (which feels like a full-time job as I try to follow along with the rap and the 3 hours of music, but I do not regret it).  So in honor of that, my theme for this week is strong and fearless women–just like Eliza.  (Those of you familiar with the musical will understand that.)

riders-cover-galleycatRiders (Riders, #1) by Veronica Rossi

Release Date: February 16, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen–Conquest, Famine, and Death–are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now–bound, bloodied, and drugged–Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for–not to mention all of humankind–he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him?

What’s To Like: THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE?!  SOLD.  And the fact that it’s Veronica Rossi writing this, who never failed me during the Under the Never Sky series, this seems sure-fire.  I can’t imagine her writing something that has huge fantasy elements and it not being a good story.

the-girl-from-everywhereThe Girl From Everywhere (The Girl From Everywhere, #1) by Heidi Heilig

Release Date: February 16, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons, and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer.

Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times – although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix’s father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix’s existence rather dangerously in question…

Nix has grown used to her father’s obsession, but only because she’s convinced it can’t work. But then a map falls into her father’s lap that changes everything. And when Nix refuses to help, her father threatens to maroon Kashmir, her only friend (and perhaps, only love) in a time where Nix will never be able to find him. And if Nix has learned one thing, it’s that losing the person you love is a torment that no one can withstand. Nix must work out what she wants, who she is, and where she really belongs before time runs out on her forever.

What’s To Like: Ever since I got hooked on Outlander, I’m in love with time travel stories.  And the stranger the setting, the better.  Honolulu in 1868 is definitely a strange time that I never would have expected, but it must be absolutely fabulous.  I’m really curious about that.  I actually have an ARC of this that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet.  Maybe I need to bump this up.

shadow-queenThe Shadow Queen (Ravenspire, #1) by C.J. Redwine

Release Date: February 16, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

What’s To Like: You know, it’s surprising how few Snow White retellings I ever see in books.  Movies, they come up a lot.  But books?  Not nearly as much.  This one totally has my attention because of C.J. Redwine and this summary.  It reminds me a lot of Princess of Thorns, and the way that book blended a lot of magic and folklore with a fairytale.  I really like that because it keeps it from being the same story you know like the back of your hand.  Familiar elements, just twisted and modified.

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