Spotlight Friday (149)

I am OFFICIALLY on Spring Break, my lovelies!  And in honor of that, I’m hoping that all this week, I can get new posts up to you and make up for lost time.  I am going to update so much that you’re going to be sick of me…or find a few new books to add to your shelves!  So let’s take a look at some new beauties that are coming out, shall we?

dreamers-often-lie-jacqueline-westDreamers Often Lie by Jacqueline West

Release Date: April 5, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): Jaye wakes up from a skiing accident with a fractured skull, a blinding headache, and her grip on reality sliding into delusion. Determined to get back to her starring role in the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Jaye lies to her sister, her mom, her doctors. She’s fine, she says. She’s fine. If anyone knew the truth – that hallucinations of Shakespeare and his characters have followed her from her hospital bed to the high school halls – it would all be over. She’s almost managing to pull off the act when Romeo shows up in her anatomy class. And it turns out that he’s 100% real. Suddenly Jaye has to choose between lying to everyone else and lying to herself.

Troubled by the magnetic new kid, a long-lost friend turned recent love interest, and the darkest parts of her family’s past, Jaye’s life tangles with Shakespeare’s most famous plays until she can’t tell where truth ends and pretending begins. Soon, secret meetings and dizzying first kisses give way to more dangerous things. How much is real, how much is in Jaye’s head, and how much does it matter as she flies toward a fate over which she seems to have no control?

What’s To Like: First of all, unreliable narrators are one of my favorite things when it comes to literature.  It keeps you off-balance as a reader.  And this book reminds me so much of Made You Up, which was one of my favorite books from last year.  Also, SHAKESPEARE.  Can you imagine walking through the halls and seeing Puck or Hamlet or Benedick and Beatrice?  I’m having an English major-nerd moment.  Give me a minute to stop swooning over 400+ year old literature.

lady-renegadesLady Renegades (Rebel Belles, #3) by Rachel Hawkins

Release Date: April 5, 2016

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Summary (from Goodreads): Just as Harper Price starts coming to terms with her role as David Stark’s battle-ready Paladin, protector, and girlfriend—her world goes crazy all over again.

Overwhelmed by his Oracle powers, David flees Pine Grove and starts turning teenaged girls into Paladins—and these young ladies seem to think that Harper is the enemy David needs protecting from.  Ordinarily, Harper would be able to fight off any Paladin who comes her way, but her powers have been dwindling since David left town, which means her life is on the line yet again.

Now, it’s a desperate race for Harper to find and rescue David before she backslides from superhero to your garden-variety type-A belle. 

What’s To Like: I love Rachel Hawkins’s writing style.  It’s so humorous and action-packed.  Harper is hilarious, but I can tell she’s going to be far more serious this time around, though I’m sure it’ll still be loaded with one-liners.  I’m really interested to see how this series ends, as this is the finale.  Harper’s not the same girl she was at the beginning of the series anymore…

the-passion-of-dolssaThe Passion Of Dolssa by Julie Berry

Release Date: April 12, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): Buried deep within the archives of a convent in medieval France is an untold story of love, loss, and wonder and the two girls at the heart of it all.

Dolssa is an upper-crust city girl with a secret lover and an uncanny gift. Branded a heretic, she’s on the run from the friar who condemned her mother to death by fire, and wants Dolssa executed, too.

Botille is a matchmaker and a tavern-keeper, struggling to keep herself and her sisters on the right side of the law in their seaside town of Bajas.

When their lives collide by a dark riverside, Botille rescues a dying Dolssa and conceals her in the tavern, where an unlikely friendship blooms. Aided by her sisters and Symo, her surly but loyal neighbor, Botille nurses Dolssa back to health and hides her from her pursuers. But all of Botille’s tricks, tales, and cleverness can’t protect them forever, and when the full wrath of the Church bears down upon Bajas, Dolssa’s passion and Botille’s good intentions could destroy the entire village.

From the author of the award-winning All the Truth That’s in Me comes a spellbinding thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final page and make you wonder if miracles really are possible.

What’s To Like: Ok, what does this story not have?  It’s got history, witch hunts, bad guys in the guise of clergy (well, in this case, they really are clergy and evil), lies, and apparently a lot of action.  This sounds amazeballs.  I mean, I wish the names sounded a bit more normal, but hey, I’ll take what I can get.  I’m really interested in the tricks they use to keep the clergy off their tracks.



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