Spotlight Friday (10)

Yay!  We’ve reached the 10th installment of this awesome little segment!  That’s quite a milestone…well, sort of.  It only means I’ve been doing this for 10 weeks.  But it’s still cool!  As always, 3 book that are coming soon.  Have fun!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Release Date: September 27, 2011

Summary (from Goodreads)Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself? 

What’s To Like: Demon are hot right now.  That’ll probably be my next segment of Next Big Thing.  Anyway, demons.  Nearly always evil, as they should be, which is just refreshing sometimes when you read stories where the bad guys are just misunderstood and whatnot.  Bleck.  Give me a couple stories with bad-to-the-bone villains any day.  This sounds like fun.

My review of Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

My Beating Teenage Heart by C. K. Kelly Martin

Release Date: September 27, 2011

Summary (from Goodreads)Ashlyn Baptiste is falling. One moment she was nothing—no memories, no self—and then suddenly, she’s plummeting through a sea of stars. Is she in a coma? She doesn’t remember dying, and she has no memories of the life she left behind. All she knows is that she’s trapped in a consciousness without a body and she’s spending every moment watching a stranger.

Breckon Cody’s on the edge. He’s being ripped apart by grief so intense it literally hurts to breath. On the surface, Breckon is trying to hold it together for his family and his girlfriend, but underneath he’s barely hanging on.

Even though she didn’t know him in life, Ashlyn sees Breckon’s pain, and she’s determined to find a way help him. As her own distressing memories emerge from the darkness, she struggles to communicate with the boy who can’t see her, but whose life is suddenly intertwined with hers. In alternating voices of the main characters, My Beating Teenage Heart paints a devastatingly vivid picture of both the heartbreak and the promise of teenage life—a life Ashlyn would do anything to recover and Breckon seems desperate to destroy—and will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, John Green, and David Levithan.

What’s To Like: I haven’t read any books by this author yet, although I know there are a lot that look really good.  The fact that the summary tells me it’s like Sarah Dessen’s writing and John Green’s really makes me want to pick it up.  Oh, and it totally helps that we’re dealing with a ghostly main character.  I love stories like that.

My review of My Beating Teenage Heart.

The Mephisto Covenant (The Mephisto Covenant, #1) by Trinity Faegan

Release Date: September 27, 2011

Summary (from Goodreads): Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that puts her in grave danger—Sasha is Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and Eryx’s biggest threat. 

A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha. 

With the threat of Eryx looming, Jax has to keep Sasha safe and win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal life?

What’s To Like: The love story sounds just a bit trite to me, but I’ll probably end up loving it when I read it.  I always get sucked into love stories that are supposed to be fated and whatnot.  And, again we have demons in a story on this list.  Really, they are quite popular.  Must do a segment on it, if I have not already.  I honestly can’t remember…

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