Spotlight Friday (17)

It’s Friday!  You know what that means.  (Well, obviously, especially if you looked at the title of this blog post.)  We’re ready for three more upcoming books filled with awesomeness!

Tempest (Tempest, #1) by Julie Cross

Release Date: January 17, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads): The year is 2009.  Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler.  Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.

What’s To Like: Well, first of all, there’s the girlfriend’s name.  Holly is such a rare name in books, it seems.  If I ever find it, most of the time they’re horrible, blond cheerleaders.  Talk about stereotyping there.  Anyway, you can’t help but like a guy who’s risking everything to save his girl like this.  Time travel is very in now too.  Have I already done a Next Big Thing on that?…hmmm.

My review of Tempest.

Unraveling Isobel by Eileen Cook

Release Date: January 3, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads): Isobel’s life is falling apart. Her mom just married some guy she met on the internet only three months before, and is moving them to his sprawling, gothic mansion off the coast of nowhere. Goodbye, best friend. Goodbye, social life. Hello, icky new stepfather, crunchy granola town, and unbelievably good-looking, officially off-limits stepbrother.

But on her first night in her new home, Isobel starts to fear that it isn’t only her life that’s unraveling—her sanity might be giving way too. Because either Isobel is losing her mind, just like her artist father did before her, or she’s seeing ghosts. Either way, Isobel’s fast on her way to being the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons. 

What’s To Like: The cover is downright beautiful, the way the swirls encircle her.  Alright, let’s go through the checklist.  Gothic mansion?  Got it.  Ghosts?  Awesome.  Possible insanity?  Now we’re talking.  It should be good fun, but very serious at the same time.  I get the vibe from it that it’s going to tackle heavy subjects, so we’ll see.

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Release Date: January 10, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads): Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now. 

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. 

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

What’s To Like: We can start with how amazing John Green is.  He manages to tackle very serious subjects in a thoughtful, moving way while making them funny and entertaining.  The first chapter is online, if you’d like to read it.  (Go here.)  It’s pretty amazing and makes me want to read more.  Also, ALL preorders are signed by John Green, so that’s good incentive to do that.

My review of The Fault in Our Stars.

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