Spotlight Friday (21)

This week, I’ve been sifting through a huge number of upcoming books to find the best ones to anticipate for next year.  And I must say, it’s going to be a fabulous year.  There are so many!  And they all look fantastic.  I haven’t even gotten through all the ones I wanted to read this year.

The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation, #1) by Avery Williams

Release Date: January 3, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)After spending six hundred years on earth, Seraphina Ames has seen it all. Eternal life provides her with the world’s riches, but at a very high price: innocent lives. Centuries ago, her boyfriend, Cyrus, discovered a method of alchemy that allows them to swap bodies with other humans, jumping from one vessel to the next, taking the human’s life in the process. No longer able to bear the guilt of what she’s done, Sera escapes from Cyrus and vows to never kill again. 

Then sixteen-year-old Kailey Morgan gets into a horrific car accident right in front of her, and Sera accidentally takes over her body. For the first time, Sera finds herself enjoying the life of the person she’s inhabiting—and falls for the human boy who lives next door. But Cyrus will stop at nothing until she’s his again, and every moment she stays, she’s putting herself and the people she’s grown to care for in great danger. Will Sera have to give up the one thing that’s eluded her for centuries: true love?

What’s To Like: It sounds cute and ungodly dark at the same time, which, if you haven’t figured out by now, is exactly what I love.  I’m very interested in this human boy and exactly how evil Cyrus is.  He’s probably going to be the most intriguing character in the whole story.  Great, now I’m sitting here trying to figure out his motives without even having read the book.  Yay me.

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) by Veronica Rossi

Release Date: January 3, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Aria is a teenager in the enclosed city of Reverie. Like all Dwellers, she spends her time with friends in virtual environments, called Realms, accessed through an eyepiece called a Smarteye. Aria enjoys the Realms and the easy life in Reverie. When she is forced out of the pod for a crime she did not commit, she believes her death is imminent. The outside world is known as The Death Shop, with danger in every direction. 

As an Outsider, Perry has always known hunger, vicious predators, and violent energy storms from the swirling electrified atmosphere called the Aether. A bit of an outcast even among his hunting tribe, Perry withstands these daily tests with his exceptional abilities, as he is gifted with powerful senses that enable him to scent danger, food and even human emotions. 

They come together reluctantly, for Aria must depend on Perry, whom she considers a barbarian, to help her get back to Reverie, while Perry needs Aria to help unravel the mystery of his beloved nephew’s abduction by the Dwellers. Together they embark on a journey challenged as much by their prejudices as by encounters with cannibals and wolves. But to their surprise, Aria and Perry forge an unlikely love – one that will forever change the fate of all who live UNDER THE NEVER SKY.

What’s To Like: Personally, I think it should be “what’s to fear”.  The creepy thing about dystopias is that they seem like exactly where our world is headed if we don’t change our way.  With Aria’s “Smarteye” (sounds like “smartphone” and every other “smart” technology we have now) and the Realms, we’re already on our way to making Reverie a real place.  And that is a very, very scary thought.

My review of Under the Never Sky

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Release Date: February 14, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Posing as one of Robin Hood’s thieves to avoid the wrath of the evil Thief Taker Lord Gisbourne, Scarlet has kept her identity secret from all of Nottinghamshire. Only the Hood and his band know the truth: the agile thief posing as a whip of a boy is actually a fearless young woman with a secret past. Helping the people of Nottingham outwit the corrupt Sheriff of Nottingham could cost Scarlet her life as Gisbourne closes in. It’s only her fierce loyalty to Robin—whose quick smiles and sharp temper have the rare power to unsettle her—that keeps Scarlet going and makes this fight worth dying for.

What’s To Like: Thanks to the BBC Robin Hood series, I am completely smitten with the legend of Robin and his Merry Men.  Or…maybe not men, as this version would have it.  That’s the most exciting part, that there’s a girl incorporated into the story.  I’m very interested to see what her story is.  I’m also very VERY interested to see what Robin’s like.  He had so better live up to my expectations.

My review of Scarlet.

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