Woah, can you believe we’ve done 150 of these?! How exciting! And I have a good mix for today’s Spotlight. Are you ready?
Love, Lies & Spies by Cindy Anstey
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): Juliana Telford is not your average nineteenth-century young lady. She’s much more interested in researching ladybugs than marriage, fashionable dresses, or dances. So when her father sends her to London for a season, she’s determined not to form any attachments. Instead, she plans to secretly publish their research.
Spencer Northam is not the average young gentleman of leisure he appears. He is actually a spy for the War Office, and is more focused on acing his first mission than meeting eligible ladies. Fortunately, Juliana feels the same, and they agree to pretend to fall for each other. Spencer can finally focus, until he is tasked with observing Juliana’s traveling companions . . . and Juliana herself.
What’s To Like: Pretending I’m not fanning myself over here behind the potted plant in the ballroom. But woah, does this sound good! I love Juliana’s interests and drive to do what she wants. And Spencer…swoon. I have so gotta find out what happens in this book and why Spencer needs to watch Juliana. Is her ladybug research really that vital to national security?
Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw
Release Date: April 19, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): Meet Scarlett Epstein, BNF (Big Name Fan) in her online community of fanfiction writers, world-class nobody at Melville High. Her best (read: only) IRL friends are Avery, a painfully shy and annoyingly attractive bookworm, and Ruth, her weed-smoking, possibly insane seventy-three-year-old neighbor.
When Scarlett’s beloved TV show is canceled and her longtime crush, Gideon, is sucked out of her orbit and into the dark and distant world of Populars, Scarlett turns to the fanfic message boards for comfort. This time, though, her subjects aren’t the swoon-worthy stars of her fave series—they’re the real-life kids from her high school. Scarlett never considers what might happen if they were to find out what she truly thinks about them…until a dramatic series of events exposes a very different reality than Scarlett’s stories, forever transforming her approach to relationships—both online and off.
What’s To Like: This is one of those things where you’ve always kind of wanted to try it, but never really did because you were worried about the consequences. And now Scarlett’s here to show you just how bad it can be! I’ve seen this compared to Amy Shumer’s humor and Rainbow Rowell’s style. So, we’ll totally have to see what this is like.
The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Summary (from Goodreads): Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?
Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…
But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.
A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-Touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.
What’s To Like: I love diverse literature like this. I don’t know much about Indian folklore, so this story is completely new to me. And it looks so interesting! An arranged marriage, magic, and multiple worlds/realms? Dude. This is going to be so much fun.