Spotlight Friday (15)

Hey guys!  I know you love upcoming books just as much as I do, right?  Right!  So let’s get started, with books that won’t be coming out until December.  Save the gift cards you get over the holidays!  You may want to buy these with them.

Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne

Release Date: December 20, 2011

Summary (from Goodreads)Hannah can’t wait to sneak off for a romantic weekend with her boyfriend, Colin. He’s leaving for college soon, and Hannah wants their trip to the lake house to be one they’ll never forget.

But once Hannah and Colin get there, things start to seem a bit…off. They can’t find the town on any map. The house they are staying in looks as if someone’s been living there, even though it’s been deserted for years. And Colin doesn’t seem quite himself. As he grows more unstable, Hannah worries about Colin’s dark side, and her own safety.

Nothing is as perfect as it seems, and what lies beneath may haunt her forever.

What’s To Like: Hello, creeptastic psycho thriller!  Or at least, that’s what I see happening in this summary.  I’m totally one of those freaks that love messing with people’s heads.  It’s so fun.  Naturally, I’m drawn to stories where there is someone who is no longer “quite himself”.  I’m pretty pumped for this!

Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Release Date: December 27, 2011

Summary (from Goodreads): Every other day, Kali D’Angelo is a normal sixteen-year-old girl. She goes to public high school. She attends pep rallies. She’s human. 

And then every day in between . . .She’s something else entirely. 

Though she still looks like herself, every twenty-four hours predatory instincts take over and Kali becomes a feared demon-hunter with the undeniable urge to hunt, trap, and kill zombies, hellhounds, and other supernatural creatures. Kali has no idea why she is the way she is, but she gives in to instinct anyway. Even though the government considers it environmental terrorism. 

When Kali notices a mark on the lower back of a popular girl at school, she knows instantly that the girl is marked for death by one of these creatures. Kali has twenty-four hours to save her and, unfortunately, she’ll have to do it as a human. With the help of a few new friends, Kali takes a risk that her human body might not survive. . .and learns the secrets of her mysterious condition in the process.

What’s To Like: Jennifer writes amazing stories where girls aren’t quite normal and carry on another life outside their human one.  I’m very excited to see how this turns out.  I’m also curious to see how much it parallels her previous stories.  But hey, demon hunters I can go for.

My review of Every Other Day

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Release Date: January 2, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads):Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. She’s stuck at JFK, late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s in seat 18B. Hadley’s in 18A. 

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

What’s To Like: Of all the upcoming stand-alone books on my list for the next year, this is the one I’m the most excited about.  I’m a complete sucker for love at first sight and hot British guys, particularly ones named Oliver (like Oliver Wood *swoon*).  The fact that this seemingly is going to take a mathematical/scientific approach to it makes it all the more interesting.  This will be on my shelf, I guarantee it.

My review of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight.

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