Spotlight Friday (22)

My apologies, friends!  Apparently, when a college girl goes on break, so does her mind.  I keep losing track of the days, especially with the holidays thrown in, for some reason.  So, to make it up to you, I will make this an exciting DOUBLE post!  Instead of 3 books I’m looking forward to, we’ll do 6!

Article 5 (Article 5, #1) by Kristen Simmons

Release Date: January 13, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., have been abandoned.

The Bill of Rights has been revoked, and replaced with the Moral Statutes.

There are no more police—instead, there are soldiers. There are no more fines for bad behavior—instead, there are arrests, trials, and maybe worse. People who get arrested usually don’t come back.

Seventeen-year-old Ember Miller is old enough to remember that things weren’t always this way. Living with her rebellious single mother, it’s hard for her to forget that people weren’t always arrested for reading the wrong books or staying out after dark. It’s hard to forget that life in the United States used to be different.

Ember has perfected the art of keeping a low profile. She knows how to get the things she needs, like food stamps and hand-me-down clothes, and how to pass the random home inspections by the military. Her life is as close to peaceful as circumstances allow. 

That is, until her mother is arrested for noncompliance with Article 5 of the Moral Statutes. And one of the arresting officers is none other than Chase Jennings…the only boy Ember has ever loved.

What’s To Like: Dystopias are hot.  This reeks of the Districts in the Hunger Games, which we didn’t get to see much of in the books.  Plus, I’m very interested in what’s going to happen with Ember and Chase.  Hello, it’s pretty hard to forgive someone who just arrested your mother (who you may never see again now), even if you love them.  Makes me wonder if Chase knows Ember loves him.

My review of Article 5

Wings of the Wicked (Angelfire, #2) by Courtney Allison Moulton

Release Date: January 31, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Balancing real life with the responsibility of being Heaven’s warrior is a challenge for Ellie. Her relationship with Will has become all business, though they both long for each other. And now that the secret of who she really is has come out, so have Hell’s strongest reapers. Grown bold and more vicious, the demonic threaten her in the light of day and stalk her in the night. 

Cadan, a demonic reaper, comes to her with information about Bastian’s new plan to destroy Ellie’s soul and use an ancient relic to wake all the souls of the damned and unleash them upon humanity. As she fights to stay ahead of Bastian’s schemes , the revelations about those closest to her awaken a dark power within Ellie that threatens to destroy everything—including herself. 

Treachery comes even from those whom she loves, and Ellie is broken by the deaths of those who stood beside her in this Heavenly war. Still, she must find a way to save the world, herself, and her love for Will. If she fails, there will be hell to pay. 

What’s To Like: I’m not exaggerating at all when I say Angelfire was one of the best books I read all year.  So I’m very interested to see what happens next…and to reread Angelfire, but that’s besides the point.  Anyway, this should be an amazing, thrilling sequel.  I hope.

My review of Wings of the Wicked

The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen

Release Date: February 16, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads):Ella is nearly invisible at the Willing School, and that’s just fine by her. She’s got her friends – the fabulous Frankie and their sweet cohort Sadie. She’s got her art – and her idol, the unappreciated 19th-century painter Edward Willing. Still, it’s hard being a nobody and having a crush on the biggest somebody in the school: Alex Bainbridge. Especially when he is your French tutor, and lessons have started becoming, well, certainly more interesting than French ever has been before. But can the invisible girl actually end up with a happily ever after with the golden boy, when no one even knows they’re dating? And is Ella going to dare to be that girl?

What’s To Like: It sounds like Anna and the French Kiss, which was awesome.  Actually, this sounds a little quirkier, for some reason.  Ella sounds quirky, I guess.  Anyway, I’m all for a book with a cute guy and a gorgeous cover.  I mean, look at that thing!

A Beautiful Evil (Gods & Monsters, #2) by Kelly Keaton

Release Date: February 21, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)When Ari first arrived in the dilapidated city of New 2, all she wanted was to figure out who she was. But what she discovered was beyond her worst nightmare. Ari can already sense the evil growing inside her—a power the goddess Athena will stop at nothing to possess. 

Desperate to hold on to her humanity and protect her loved ones, Ari must fight back. But Athena’s playing mind games, not just with Ari but with those she cares about most. And Athena has a very special plan for the brooding and sexy Sebastian. 

Ari is determined to defeat Athena, but time is running out. With no other options, Ari must unleash the very thing she’s afraid of: herself.

What’s To Like: I read the first book in one sitting.  It was that good and gripping.  I like it when characters don’t shy away from cursing, because in books like this, I think it’s totally justified.  Life is hard.  This series is the perfect mix of action, dystopia, and Greek mythology (that’s my favorite part).  I believe the cover is an allusion to Medusa, with the hair turning into a snake.

My review of A Beautiful Evil.

Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2) by Lauren DeStefano

Release Date: February 21, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago – surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness. 

The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous – and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion…by any means necessary. 

In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price – now that she has more to lose than ever.

What’s To Like: This is such a dangerous world, one where technology has become the enemy.  I find aspects of it fascinating and horrifying.  I’m not exactly sure how this one’s going to turn out without the sister wives and not taking place at the mansion.  I hope it’s just as good or better, but I’ll have to see.  I’m leery about sequels by debut authors.

My review of Fever

The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg

Release Date: February 21, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Dying of a broken heart is just the beginning…. Welcome to forever. 

BRIE’S LIFE ENDS AT SIXTEEN: Her boyfriend tells her he doesn’t love her, and the news breaks her heart—literally. 

But now that she’s D&G (dead and gone), Brie is about to discover that love is way more complicated than she ever imagined. Back in Half Moon Bay, her family has begun to unravel. Her best friend has been keeping a secret about Jacob, the boy she loved and lost—and the truth behind his shattering betrayal. And then there’s Patrick, Brie’s mysterious new guide and resident Lost Soul . . . who just might hold the key to her forever after. 

With Patrick’s help, Brie will have to pass through the five stages of grief before she’s ready to move on. But how do you begin again, when your heart is still in pieces?

What’s To Like: I’ve always been fascinated by ghost stories and this definitely fits the bill, but from the ghost’s perspective as she tries to make sense of what happened.  I think it’ll be a very serious story, full of advice and truths.  It just has that vibe to it.  And those are always great to have on your shelf when you need someone who understands what you’re feeling.

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