Spotlight Friday is a weekly segment where I pick three books I’m looking forward to coming out and discuss why. It’s super fun and you should totally check out the others while you’re here.
A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Summary (from Goodreads): On the night of Skye’s seventeenth birthday, she meets two enigmatic strangers. Complete opposites–like fire and ice–Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair and aloof. Their sudden appearance sends Skye’s life into a tailspin. She has no idea what they want, or why they seem to follow her every move–only that their presence coincides with a flurry of strange events. Soon she begins to doubt not just the identity of the two boys, but also the truth about her own past.
In the dead of a bitingly cold Colorado winter, Skye finds herself coming to terms with the impossible secret that threatens to shatter her world. Torn between Asher, who she can’t help falling for, and Devin, who she can’t stay away from, the consequences of Skye’s choice will reach further than the three of them could ever imagine.
What’s To Like: The love triangle! I think I speak for every girl when I say that we’ve all met boys like Asher and Devin. Asher is the stereotypical boy we know we shouldn’t like because he’s going to break our hearts and Devin, who is the kind of guy who slowly worms his way into our hearts until we don’t want to be without him. Also, this cover is simply gorgeous. I have no idea what actually happens in this story, but I’m definitely interested in finding out.
Goliath (Leviathan, #3) by Scott Westerfeld
Release Date: September 20, 2011
**Keep in mind ,this is the final book in the trilogy, so if you haven’t read the first 2, the summary may be confusing/give away points in the story. So just skip it and go to “What’s To Like.”
Summary (from Goodreads): Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek’s throne as prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war (and crown). And the love thing would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl. (She has to pose as a boy in order to serve in the British Air Service.) And if they weren’t technically enemies.
The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic on board: secrets suddenly unravel, characters reappear, and nothing is at it seems in this thunderous conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s brilliant trilogy.
What’s To Like: If you keep up with my Next Big Thing segment, I mentioned Goliath in my latest installment because of the super awesome illustrations in it. I’m fascinated by this story because it’s a historical fiction/sci-fi that takes place in WWI. And one of our main characters, Deryn, is a girl disguised as a boy to serve in the army. If that wasn’t awesome enough, the other main character, Alek, is an Austrian prince. I love seeing what kinds of trouble they get into and I’m very excited to see how this saga ends.
Bloodlines (Bloodlines, #1) by Richelle Mead
Release Date: August 23, 2011
Summary (from Goodreads):
The first book in Richelle Mead’s brand-new teen fiction series – set in the same world as Vampire Academy.
When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning.
Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive – this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.
What’s To Like: Vampire Academy fans rejoice! The wait is almost over! So, VA was like my life for a few years there and when Last Sacrifice came out, it was like Harry Potter ending all over again. But we have a spin-off series that will (hopefully) feed our VA addiction. The same great characters are back (I’ve heard Adrian plays a larger part in this one, but I can’t say whether or not that’s actually true or just rumor), but there’ll also be a whole new cast of characters to fall in love with. I’m so excited!