Happy Holidays! Even though it’s been an amazing, busy week, I haven’t forgotten to post a new Spotlight! With the holidays coming, I’m even more excited to get some new books, even if these don’t come out until January or later.
Enshadowed (Nevermore, #2) by Kelly Creagh
Release Date: August 28, 2012
**It’s the 2nd in a very dramatic series. Spoilers ahead.**
Summary (from Goodreads): While Varen remains a prisoner in the dream-world, Isobel is haunted by his memory. He appears to her in her dreams and soon, even in her waking life. But is she just imagining it? Isobel knows she must find a way back to Varen. She makes plans to go to Baltimore. There, she confronts the figure known throughout the world as the Poe Toaster—the same dark man who once appeared to Isobel in her dreams, calling himself “Reynolds.”
Isobel succeeds in interrupting the Toaster’s ritual and, in doing so, discovers a way to return to the dream-world. Soon, she finds herself swept up in a realm which not only holds remnants of Poe’s presence, but has also now taken on the characteristics of Varen’s innermost self. It is a dark world comprised of fear, terror, and anger.
When Isobel once more encounters Varen, she finds him changed. With his mind poisoned by the dream world, he becomes a malevolent force, bent on destroying all—even himself. Now Isobel must face a new adversary, one who also happens to be her greatest love.
What’s To Like: My apologies on listing this one even though it’s 9 months away. I was so drawn into the first one that it’s still sticking with me. I love Poe and it’s so great to see so much of his lore and mystery included in a story. And I love how psychological this story is. So much takes place in the mind and you have to decipher what’s real.
Forbidden by Syrie James and Ryan M. James
Release Date: January 24, 2012
Summary (from Goodreads): The book is about a 16-year-old girl who comes into unusual powers, only to discover that she’s half-angel… and her entire existence is forbidden.
Alec MacKenzie is fed up with his duties to watch and, when necessary, eliminate the descendants of his angelic forefathers. He chose Emerson Academy as the ideal hiding place where he could escape and be normal for once. He hadn’t factored Claire Brennan into his plans…
Their love is forbidden, going against everything Alec has been taught to believe. But when the threat to Claire’s life becomes clear, how far will Alec go to protect her?
What’s To Like: Complain about forbidden loves all you want, I love them just the same. Romeo and Juliet, Tristan and Isolde. Everyone loves a forbidden match. And since angels are still a relatively new area for novelists to pursue, I’m interested to see what the watchers do.
The Way We Fall by Megan Crewe
Release Date: January 24, 2012
Summary (from Goodreads): It starts with an itch you just can’t shake. Then comes a fever and a tickle in your throat. A few days later, you’ll be blabbing your secrets and chatting with strangers like they’re old friends. Three more, and the paranoid hallucinations kick in.
And then you’re dead.
When a deadly virus begins to sweep through sixteen-year-old Kaelyn’s community, the government quarantines her island—no one can leave, and no one can come back.
Those still healthy must fight for dwindling supplies, or lose all chance of survival. As everything familiar comes crashing down, Kaelyn joins forces with a former rival and discovers a new love in the midst of heartbreak. When the virus starts to rob her of friends and family, she clings to the belief that there must be a way to save the people she holds dearest.
Because how will she go on if there isn’t?
What’s To Like: It’s a dystopia much like The Hunger Games. Kaelyn’s community is going crazy and she could be the only one left if everyone else gets sick. Plus, there’s someone she loves in the middle of all that tragedy. It could be me, but I’m willing to put a small bet on her new love getting sick with the disease and her having to heal him. I have not heard anything revealing about the book, so I can’t say for sure that this will happen. Just reading between the lines.