Spotlight Friday (1)

Spotlight Friday is a weekly segment I’d like to start where I pick 3 books that are coming out sometime in the near future and why I’m excited for them.

 Ripple by Mandy Hubbard

Release date: July 21, 2011

Summary (from Goodreads): Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. Each day she goes to school like a normal teenager, and each night she must swim, or the pain will be unbearable. She is a siren – a deadly mermaid destined to lure men to their watery deaths. After a terrible tragedy, Lexi shut herself off from the world, vowing to protect the ones she loves. But she soon finds herself caught between a new boy at school who may have the power to melt her icy exterior, and a handsome water spirit who says he can break Lexi’s curse if she gives up everything else. Lexi is faced with the hardest decision she’s ever had to make: the life she’s always longed for – or the love she can’t live without?

What’s To Like: Well, there’s the gorgeous cover for starters.  Plus, water creatures (mermaids, sirens, etc) are on their way to becoming the next big thing, given enough time.  For now, I’ll enjoy it because it’s a new frontier.  I haven’t read many mermaid/siren books.  I’m interested to see what happens.

My review of Ripple.

 The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1) by Maureen Johnson

Release date: September 29, 2011

Summary (from Goodreads): The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago. 

Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn’t notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

What’s To Like: Isn’t that cover totally creeptastic?  I love that vague outline of a man on it.  I’m very familiar with Maureen Johnson’s works and I think she’s fantastic.  Also, it takes place in London, which rocks.  And it’s about Jack the Ripper.  Much like Titanic and Anastasia, it is one of my guilty pleasure history bits.  I actually wrote a term paper on him once.  So I’m really excited to see what this copycat does.

My review of The Name of the Star.

Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry, #3) by Simone Elkeles

Release date: August 16, 2011

Summary (from Goodreads)Luis Fuentes is a good boy who doesn’t live with the angst that his big brothers, Alex and Carlos, have always lived with. Luis is smart, funny, and has big dreams of becoming an astronaut. But when he falls for the wrong girl, Luis enters a dark world he’s never known, and just when he thinks he’s got life all figured out, learns some disturbing news about his family that destroys his positive outlook on life. Will that Fuentes bad boy streak come out with a vengeance and lure Luis to live on the edge like his new girlfriend and his own father?

Continuing all the steamy romance of the first two books, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Simone Elkeles gives fans one more satisfying taste of the irresistible Fuentes boys.

What’s To Like: It’s the last in the series!  Simone Elkeles writes some of the most beautiful YA romances I’ve ever read.  They always tackle tough questions and situations.  Plus, these Fuentes boys are just so hot.  I want to see how their story ends.  Another series to cross off my list.

My review of Chain Reaction.

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