Spotlight Friday (2)

Alright guys!  Here’s another go at seeing what looks awesome in the world of upcoming releases.  Trust me, I always find far too many, some that won’t be out until late next year, but I won’t be including those until closer to that time.

Eve (The Eve Trilogy, #1) by Anna Carey

Release Date: October 4, 2011

Summary (from Goodreads): The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her. 

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust…and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

What’s To Like: Dystopias are huge right now.  What I like about this is that right from the get-go, Eve seems willing to run away from whatever this “horrifying fate” is.  Some girls in dystopias spend half the book warring with themselves over what they believe should be happening and what actually is.  Eve seems to be more fiery than others.  Plus, this Caleb character?  He sounds really amazing.

Fateful by Claudia Gray

Release Date: September 13, 2011

Summary (from Goodreads): It’s about a servant girl named Tess in 1912, who wants to escape from the house where she works, and most particularly the lecherous young lord of the manor. But that’s not her biggest problem. While on a voyage to America, where she plans to escape and start a new life, she meets Alec, who’s ruggedly handsome, fabulously wealthy, intelligent and yet so clearly troubled that she’d rather not fall for him, but she does. That also is not her biggest problem. Alec, it turns out, is a werewolf … one cursed to change every night, unless and until he surrenders his independence and joins the Brotherhood, a pack of violently misogynistic werewolves who have been tracking him for months. You’d think that would be their biggest problem, wouldn’t you? 

But no. Their biggest problem — though they don’t know it yet — is that they’re aboard the RMS Titanic.

What’s To Like: I actually want to say that I’m a bit leery.  I’ve never seen Titanic messed with like this.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m actually a bit excited for it too.  I just wonder what’s going to be the same with the historical event and what’s going to be changed because Alec is a werewolf.  But it should definitely be interesting.

My review of Fateful.

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna Dressed in Blood, #1) by Kendare Blake

Release Date: August 30, 2011

Summary (from Goodreads)Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas’s life.

What’s To Like: Who doesn’t love a good ghost story?  These are probably the most brutal ghosts I’ve ever heard of in a book.  Ghosts that kill?  Awesome!  (Yes, I know I have issues.)  Already, I feel like I have some kind of connection with Anna.  I can’t even explain it, but something about the description just pulls me in to her.  It should be great fun to read.

**Now that I’ve finished writing this, I just realized that every cover has the back of a girl in a dress on it.  Funny, I hadn’t even set out to do that when I started.

My review of Anna Dressed in Blood.

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