Spotlight Friday (152)

Hello my lovelies!  It’s a new Friday and that means we are ONE WEEK CLOSER to school being out for the summer!  (I’m almost certain I want out of there more than my students do.)  Oh, and yeah, more new books!


Traitor Angels by Anne Blankman

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): Six years have passed since England’s King Charles II returned from exile to reclaim the throne, ushering in a new era of stability for his subjects.

Except for Elizabeth Milton. The daughter of notorious poet John Milton, Elizabeth has never known her place in this shifting world—except by her father’s side. By day she helps transcribe his latest masterpiece, the epic poem Paradise Lost, and by night she learns languages and sword fighting. Although she does not dare object, she suspects that he’s training her for a mission whose purpose she cannot fathom.

Until one night the reason becomes clear: the king’s man arrive at her family’s country home to arrest her father. Determined to save him, Elizabeth follows his one cryptic clue and journeys to Oxford, accompanied by her father’s mysterious young houseguest, Antonio Vivani, a darkly handsome Italian scientist who surprises her at every turn. Funny, brilliant, and passionate, Antonio seems just as determined to protect her father as she is—but can she trust him with her heart?

When the two discover that Milton has planted an explosive secret in the half-finished Paradise Lost—a secret the king and his aristocratic supporters are desperate to conceal—Elizabeth is faced with a devastating choice: cling to the shelter of her old life or risk cracking the code, unleashing a secret that could save her father…and tear apart the very fabric of society.

What’s To Like: I have this as an ARC (it’s next on my to-read list) so we’ll soon find out how good it is!  But I’m excited because this deals with a more obscure piece of history.  I love historical fictions like that.  But Blankman also knows how to write the most fascinating characters.  (Her debut series about Nazi Germany has the most haunting depiction of Hitler I’ve ever read: brilliant, charming, and yet just unstable enough to make you feel uneasy.  But definitely not the monster we’ve come to think of him as.)  I’m incredibly hopeful that this book will follow in the same vein, with the awesome characters, I mean.

41tfnv8j0fl-_sy291_bo1204203200_ql40_The Countdown (The Taking, #3) by Kimberly Derting

Release Date: May 10, 2016

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Summary (from Goodreads): In the concluding book in the otherworldly Taking trilogy, Kyra struggles to understand who she is as she races to save the world from complete destruction.

Ever since Kyra was abducted by aliens and then returned to earth, she has known there was something different about her. Now she knows the truth: she is an alien too. Her alien captors replaced all her human DNA with their own—gifting her with supernatural powers like incredible healing, enhanced eyesight, and telekinesis. But when she’s captured by an unexpected enemy, Kyra begins to wonder if her abilities are also a curse. And is she, as her enemies believe, meant to play some key role in helping an impending alien invasion? Is it programmed into her, something inescapable? Or can she fight that destiny?

No matter what the truth is, Kyra is sure of one thing: She just rescued the love of her life, Tyler, and she is not going to stand by and let anyone hurt him or her friends. Whatever it takes, Kyra will do everything in her power to save the world…even if it means making the ultimate sacrifice.

What’s To Like: Normally, the subject of this book (aliens) would be the kiss of death for me wanting to read this.  The seller was that it was Derting’s book and I’ve yet to pass up on one of hers.  And truly, it’s really good.  Kyra and Tyler are adorable and the first book completely won me over.  I’m actually really excited to see how this book wraps everything up.

the-unexpected-everythingThe Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing – if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?

What’s To Like: I’ve already read this, you guys, and I can assure you it’s cute.  I totally fell head over heels for Clark.  And it’s timely too, given all the politics on the news right now.

My review of The Unexpected Everything

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