Spotlight Friday (151)

Hey, my lovelies, it’s another Friday in the springtime!  It’s finally warming up, flowers are beginning to bloom, and the world feels new.  It’s a fun time, and even better?  NEW BOOKS.  (You knew it was coming.)  So here we go, three beauties to look forward to!

9781619634473A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: May 3, 2016

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Summary (from Goodreads): Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

What’s To Like: The first book in this series was really good.  This series is clever and complicated.  I truly have no idea what the Fae are going to do to Feyre or what she’s going to have to do to stay safe.  I get the impression the tone of this book is going to be very different from the first book.  Darker, more sinister.  And while I’m kind of digging that, I’m also really hoping for some levity with Feyre and Tamlin.  Because I need that too.

ruined-amy-tinteraRuined (Ruined, #1) by Amy Tintera

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.

But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.

In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.

Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.

What’s To Like: I have this as an ARC, but I haven’t read it yet.  (You’d know if I had!)  Anyway, I think this just got moved up to my next-in-line read.  Seriously, she pretends to be the Prince’s betrothed and marries him, even though it means death?  Dude.  That’s hard-core.  I like Em’s courage already.

51mqbioyc3l-_sy291_bo1204203200_ql40_Shuffle, Repeat by Jen Klein

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): June wants high school to end and real life to begin. Oliver is soaking up senior year’s glory days. They could have coasted through high school, knowing about—but not really knowing—each other.

Except that their moms have arranged for Oliver to drive June to school. Every. Single. Day.

Suddenly these two opposites are fighting about music, life . . . pretty much everything. But love is unpredictable. When promises—and hearts—get broken, Oliver and June must figure out what really matters. And then fight for it.

What’s To Like: Billed as When Harry Met Sally for YA, I’m expecting big things from this book.  That’s my favorite movie.  So I’m definitely expecting a huge clash in personalities, a subtle softening, and then a cute love story.  Oh, it’s going to be adorable!  I’m swooning already.


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