Spotlight Friday (155)

Hello my lovelies!  It’s Friday once again, which means more new books!  I’m hoping I can have a very special post tomorrow or Sunday, but we’ll see, won’t we?  For now, enjoy!

29222548All The Feels by Danika Stone

Release Date: June 7, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.

Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.

What’s To Like: You know what this is?  Fangirl with an extrovert as a heroine.  While nothing is going to match Fangirl for me, I also like that this has the twist of adding cosplay.  That’s different.  I don’t think I’ve read a book that looks at cosplay without looking down its nose at it, you know?  Anyway, we’ve all been where Liv is, dealing with the death of a favorite character.  I’m interested to see what she does.

book-cover-how-it-feels-like-flyHow It Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes

Release Date: June 14, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): The movement is all that matters.

For as long as Samantha can remember, she’s wanted to be a professional ballerina. She’s lived for perfect pirouettes, sky-high extensions, and soaring leaps across the stage. Then her body betrayed her.

The change was gradual. Stealthy.

Failed diets. Disapproving looks. Whispers behind her back. The result: crippling anxiety about her appearance, which threatens to crush her dancing dreams entirely. On her dance teacher’s recommendation, Sam is sent to a summer treatment camp for teen artists and athletes who are struggling with mental and emotional obstacles. If she can make progress, she’ll be allowed to attend a crucial ballet intensive. But when asked to open up about her deepest insecurities, secret behaviors, and paralyzing fears to complete strangers, Sam can’t cope.

What I really need is a whole new body.

Sam forms an unlikely bond with Andrew, a former college football player who’s one of her camp counselors. As they grow closer, Andrew helps Sam see herself as he does—beautiful. But just as she starts to believe that there’s more between them than friendship, disappointing news from home sends her into a tailspin. With her future uncertain and her body against her, will Sam give in to the anxiety that imprisons her?

What’s To Like: I like that this feels real, even just from this.  I think all girls, whether they’re training to be ballerinas or not, have to deal with unrealistic body standards.  Sometimes those we love and trust push those on us, sometimes we push them on ourselves.  So I like the premise of this and how it seems to be pushing not only a female’s perspective, but maybe also a male’s?  (Boys have these standards too.  Every wrestling season at school, I wince when the boys talk about not eating in order to make weight.)

covers_371395Ivory and Bone by Julie Eshbaugh

Release Date: June 7, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.

What’s To Like: This book had me a “prehistoric”.  Then my next thought was “Bring on the cavemen.”  I’m weird.  But you’ve got to admit that there are very few books out there with a setting like this.  I’m already in love with this.  I’m desperately hoping it lives up to my expectations, because this had the potential to be absolutely amazing.

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