Spotlight Friday (12)

Looky here!  It’s week 12 of new, awesome books that will shortly be released!  (That’s pretty much 3 months of books.)  And it’s such a nice Friday, since I only had 1 class today!  Yay me!

Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe

Release Date: October 13, 2011

Summary (from Goodreads): When high school junior Sara wins a coveted scholarship to study ballet, she must sacrifice everything for her new life as a professional dancer-in-training. Living in a strange city with a host family, she’s deeply lonely-until she falls into the arms of Remington, a choreographer in his early twenties. At first, she loves being Rem’s muse, but as she discovers a surprising passion for writing, she begins to question whether she’s chosen the right path. Is Rem using her, or is it the other way around? And is dancing still her dream, or does she need something more? This debut novel in verse is as intense and romantic as it is eloquent.

What’s To Like: I’m a dancer, so I love reading about other dancers.  Plus, it’s so artsy sounding, I’m excited.  To dance or to write?  That is the question.  It just sounds like a cool story to me.  I like the struggle she’s facing.

Wherever You Go by Heather Davis

Release Date: November 14, 2011

Summary (from Goodreads): Seventeen-year-old Holly Mullen has felt lost and lonely ever since her boyfriend, Rob, died in a tragic accident. The fact that she has to spend most of her free time caring for her little sister and Alzheimer’s-stricken grandfather doesn’t help. But Holly has no idea that as she goes about her days, Rob’s ghost is watching over her. He isn’t happy when he sees his best friend, Jason, reach out to help Holly with her grandfather—but as a ghost, he can do nothing to stop it. Is his best friend really falling for his girlfriend?
     As Holly wonders whether to open her heart to Jason, the past comes back to haunt her. Her grandfather claims to be communicating with the ghost of Rob. Could the messages he has for Holly be real? And if so, how can the loved ones Rob left behind help his tortured soul make it to the other side?
     Told from the perspectives of Holly, Jason, and Rob,Wherever You Go is a poignant story about making peace with the past, opening your heart to love, and finding the courage to move forward into the light.

What’s To Like: I LOVE ghost stories and stories about life going on.  They fascinate me, seeing what everyone believes, because it’s all different.  So this is pretty much a no-brainer that I’m going to read this.  The only thing is that I haven’t been thrilled with any Heather Davis book yet.  Perhaps this will change that.

My review of Wherever You Go.

Illuminated by Erica Orloff

Release Date: December 8, 2011

Summary (from Goodreads): Some loves are not made to last . . . Like Romeo and Juliet, Heloise and Abelard were doomed from the start, and their romance was destined to pass into history. Yet when sixteen-year-old Callie Martin discovers a diary hidden within an antique book, their story—and hers—takes on another life. For the diary leads Callie to the brilliant and handsome August, who is just as mysterious as the secret the diary hides. Their attraction is undeniable. As the two hunt down the truth behind the diary—and that of Heloise and Abelard’s ancient romance—their romance becomes all-consuming. But Callie knows it can’t last . . . love never does. Will their love that burns as bright as a shooting star flame out, or will these star-crossed lovers be able to defy history?

What’s To Like: Again, I’m a complete sucker for star-crossed lovers stories.  I’m 100% a romantic at heart, even though people argue Romeo & Juliet is more tragic than romantic (and it kind of is, but that’s a bigger argument than I want to get into).  The point is that, as the summary says, love really doesn’t last.  Star-crossed lovers are like soulmates, I suppose, so it’s very interesting for me to see how their story goes.

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