Spotlight Friday (147)

Hello my lovelies!  It’s another Friday and I should be able to post a few reviews this weekend, so that’s something to get excited about!  So let’s have a little fun, relax, and start dreaming about what to spend a little money on.  🙂

23272028A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes, #1) by Brittany Cavallaro

Release Date: March 1, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

What’s To Like: As some of you may recall, I’ve already read this book.  But I just wanted to bring it back up because A) it’s official release date is next week and B) it’s actually pretty awesome.  You guys should totally give into to your Sherlockian side and dig into this.

the-steep-and-thorny-way-cat-wintersThe Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters

Release Date: March 8, 2016

Summary (Goodreads): A thrilling reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Steep and Thorny Way tells the story of a murder most foul and the mighty power of love and acceptance in a state gone terribly rotten.

1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. She has almost no rights by law, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear and hatred in even Hanalee’s oldest friendships. Plus, her father, Hank Denney, died a year ago, hit by a drunk-driving teenager. Now her father’s killer is out of jail and back in town, and he claims that Hanalee’s father wasn’t killed by the accident at all but, instead, was poisoned by the doctor who looked after him—who happens to be Hanalee’s new stepfather.

The only way for Hanalee to get the answers she needs is to ask Hank himself, a “haint” wandering the roads at night.

What’s To Like: Whoa, back up the school bus.  A reimagining of Hamlet with racial tension?  How does this not just scream awesomeness?  I have been madly in love with all of Cat Winters’s previous books, so I’m sure this will be just as amazing.  Throw in some Shakespeare and I’m already seriously afraid that I’m not going to be able to put this down.

a-drop-of-night-by-stefan-bachmannA Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

Release Date: March 15, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): Seventeen-year-old Anouk has finally caught the break she’s been looking for—she’s been selected out of hundreds of other candidates to fly to France and help with the excavation of a vast, underground palace buried a hundred feet below the suburbs of Paris. Built in the 1780’s to hide an aristocratic family and a mad duke during the French Revolution, the palace has lain hidden and forgotten ever since. Anouk, along with several other gifted teenagers, will be the first to set foot in it in over two centuries.

Or so she thought.

But nothing is as it seems, and the teens soon find themselves embroiled in a game far more sinister, and dangerous, than they could possibly have imagined. An evil spanning centuries is waiting for them in the depths. . .

What’s To Like: I love how ambitious this is.  It reminds me a lot of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (or, as it was originally titled, Ten Little Indians).  So it’s got that kind of mystery/horror/suspense feel to it, especially with the whole madness in the French Revolution.  Which is where the history element gets added that I truly love.  But I’m also wondering if maybe this book is a bit too ambitious.  Can it really pull all of this off?  I guess we’ll see!

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