Spotlight Friday (153)

Hello my lovelies!  We’re almost done with #IReadYA week, and what would a YA week be without a new Spotlight?  Also, did you see that Megan Crewe (author of The Way We Fall) started following me on Twitter?!  *faints*

22297294Girl Against The Universe by Paula Stokes

Release Date: May 17, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): Maguire is bad luck.

No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the rollercoaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.

It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid meeting new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away is harder than she thought.

What’s To Like: I actually have this as an ARC, so I’ll be reading it soon.  But I was interested in this because it looks like it’s going to be one of those books that can easily maneuver between being poignant (like with Maguire’s family tragedy) to being funny.  (Hey, not all that bad luck can actually be deadly, right?)  It looks rather cute, and I’d really like to meet this Jordy.

PNOK Final Cover 101515.inddPlaces No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff

Release Date: May 17, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): Waverly Camdenmar spends her nights running until she can’t even think. Then the sun comes up, life goes on, and Waverly goes back to her perfectly hateful best friend, her perfectly dull classes, and the tiny, nagging suspicion that there’s more to life than student council and GPAs.

Marshall Holt is a loser. He drinks on school nights and gets stoned in the park. He is at risk of not graduating, he does not care, he is no one. He is not even close to being in Waverly’s world.

But then one night Waverly falls asleep and dreams herself into Marshall’s bedroom—and when the sun comes up, nothing in her life can ever be the same. In Waverly’s dreams, the rules have changed. But in her days, she’ll have to decide if it’s worth losing everything for a boy who barely exists.

What’s To Like: Yovanoff has a way of always writing books that are just a little bit…off.  And I mean that in the best way.  They’re fairly centered in reality, but there’s some element that lends itself to the paranormal or the bizarre.  That makes her books so interesting.  I really want to know what this dream entails and what happens.

26156203The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game, #1) by Evelyn Skye

Release Date: May 17, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

What’s To Like: Two things: Imperial Russia and court backstabbing.  That’s really all you need to know, right?  I have this as an ARC too, and I’m thinking this needs to be bumped up on my to-read list, because who doesn’t love stories where only one can live and the loser must die?  That in itself is exciting, but factor in the court politics and it’s diabolical.

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One thought on “Spotlight Friday (153)

  1. Girl Against the Universe is immediately going on my TBR list. Intriguing magical doom and, you’re right it seems like it might be humorous, too. Thanks for the recommendation!

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