Spotlight Friday (159)

Hey guys!  So I know I haven’t done one of these in a while and I thought it was definitely time to talk about what’s coming out this month.  You ready for this?  We’re going to get dark and creepy in preparation for Halloween next month.

a-shadow-bright-and-burning-by-jessica-cluessA Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1) by Jessica Cluess

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads)Henrietta Howel can burst into flames.
Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.
As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

What’s To Like: I always love a good twist on history.  Some books do it really well, which leads me to be hopeful that this one can as well.  And it’s also pretty rare to read about characters who can spontaneously combust.  So I’m really interested to see how that turns out.

28962906Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1) by Kerri Maniscalco

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads)Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

What’s To Like: I’ve always been weirdly drawn to the mystery of Jack the Ripper, perhaps the most sensationalized serial killer in history.  I think this book could be really interesting because A) famous serial killer, B) we’re talking about the early history of forensic sciences, which could be super interesting, and C) we’re stepping back into the Victorian era with is full of oddities.  No matter what, I really can’t see this being bad.

the-female-of-the-species-mindy-mcginnisThe Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

What’s To Like: If you remember, I’ve already read this book.  You can find my review here, but I can assure you it’s a dark read with characters that you’ll come to enjoy even if their circumstances are horrible and tragic.

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