Spotlight Friday (11)

Hey guys!  I’ll have a review of a pretty awesome book out later today, so stop back to check that out!  Here’s the spotlight for the week!

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1) by Michelle Hodkin

Release Date: September 27, 2011

Summary (from Goodreads): Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

What’s To Like: Heck of a description, isn’t it?  It sounds a little trite, reading through it, but I’m curious.  Mara doesn’t have any memory of what happened.  Cool, I can work with that.  What I really want to know is what’s up with this person she falls in love with.  I want to know who they are!

My review of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer.

Carrier of the Mark (Carrier, #1) by Leigh Fallon

Release Date: October 4, 2011

Summary (from Goodreads)Their love was meant to be.

When Megan Rosenberg moves to Ireland, everything in her life seems to fall into place. After growing up in America, she’s surprised to find herself feeling at home in her new school. She connects with a group of friends, and she is instantly drawn to darkly handsome Adam DeRís.

But Megan is about to discover that her feelings for Adam are tied to a fate that was sealed long ago—and that the passion and power that brought them together could be their ultimate destruction.

What’s To Like: Hello, tied fates that bring them together and destroy them?  I’m sold!  Normally, this kind of stuff is about Greek mythology, but I’m really hoping this has some heavy Irish, Welsh, or Celtic mythology.  Fun stuff.  Crossing my fingers.

There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones

Release Date: October 4, 2011

Summary (from Goodreads):  In a small cottage house in rural Ireland, Finley discovers she can no longer outrun the past.

When Finley travels to Ireland as a foreign exchange student, she hopes to create a new identity and get some answers from the God who took her brother away and seems to have left her high and dry.

But from the moment she boards the plane and sits by Beckett Rush, teen star of the hottest vampire flicks, nothing goes according to Finley’s plan.

When she gets too close to Beckett, a classmate goes on a mission to make sure Finley packs her bags, departs Ireland-and leaves Beckett alone.

Finley feels the pressure all around. As things start to fall apart, she begins to rely on a not-so-healthy method of taking control of her life.

Finley tries to balance it all-disasters on the set of Beckett’s new movie, the demands of school, and her growing romance with one actor who is not what he seems. Yet Finley is also not who she portrays to Beckett and her friends.

For the first time in her life, Finley must get honest with herself to get right with God.

What’s To Like: Actually, a lot.  I’m quite drawn to the idea that a normal girl can end up in a relationship with a movie star (gee, I wonder why).  I also like the Irish setting for the story, which really doesn’t get as much recognition as it deserves.  Plus, Finley’s a wounded girl and I always want to see them win in the end.

My review of There You’ll Find Me.

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