Spotlight Friday (24)

Oops, I’m a day late!  Blame it on school.  Classes have already loaded me up on boatloads of reading and short papers.  But hey, better a day late than not at all, right?

Getting Over Garrett Delaney by Abby McDonald

Release Date: January 24, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Seventeen-year-old Sadie is in love: epic, heartfelt, and utterly onesided. The object of her obsession – ahem, affection – is her best friend, Garrett Delaney, who has been oblivious to Sadie’s feelings ever since he sauntered into her life and wowed her with his passion for Proust (not to mention his deep-blue eyes). For two long, painful years, Sadie has been Garrett’s constant companion, sharing his taste in everything from tragic Russian literature to art films to ’80s indie rock
– all to no avail. But when Garrett leaves for a summer literary retreat, Sadie is sure that the absence will make his heart grow fonder – until he calls to say he’s fallen in love. With some other girl! A heartbroken Sadie realizes that she’s finally had enough. It’s time for total Garrett detox! Aided by a barista job, an eclectic crew of new friends (including the hunky chef, Josh), and a customized selfhelp
guide, Sadie embarks on a summer of personal reinvention full of laughter, mortifying meltdowns, and a double shot of love.

What’s To Like: Unrequited love is such a weakness of mine because that was my life in high school.  Didn’t everyone fall for their best friend and he/she was completely oblivious?  I certainly knew someone that would fit Garrett’s description.  So yeah.  I kinda really want to read this.  See what happens.

My review of Getting Over Garrett Delaney.

Balthazar by Claudia Gray

(NOTE: This isn’t an Evernight novel, but it will have the some of the same characters, such as Balthazar.  It probably will help to have read the series first.)

Release Date: March 6, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Haunted by memories from his first days as a vampire, Balthazar has spent hundreds of years alone—without allies, without love. When he emerges from his isolation to help Skye Tierney, a human girl who once attended Evernight Academy, Balthazar has no idea how dangerous it will be. Skye’s psychic powers have caught the attention of Redgrave, the cruel master vampire responsible for murdering Balthazar and his family four centuries ago. Having learned of Skye’s powers and the remarkable effect her blood has on vampires, he plans to use her for his own evil purposes. As they stand together to fight the evil vampire, Balthazar realizes his lonely world could finally be changed by Skye…just as Redgrave realizes that he can destroy Balthazar once and for all by taking her for his own.

What’s To Like: In case you didn’t get enough Evernight, this certainly can feed that.  I always had a weakness for Balthazar because he was such a sweetie that kept being overlooked.  So I’m looking forward to seeing how he does in this one.  Hopefully better than he did in the series.

My review of Balthazar.

Illuminate (Gilded Wings, #1) by Aimee Agresti

Release Date: March 6, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Haven Terra is a brainy, shy high school outcast. But everything begins to change when she turns sixteen. Along with her best friend Dante and their quiet and brilliant classmate Lance, she is awarded a prestigious internship in the big city— Chicago—and is sent to live and work at a swanky and stylish hotel under the watchful eyes of a group of gorgeous and shockingly young-looking strangers: powerful and alluring hotel owner Aurelia Brown; her second-in-command, the dashing Lucian Grove; and their stunning but aloof staff of glamazons called The Outfit.

As Haven begins falling for Lucian, she discovers that these beautiful people are not quite what they seem. With the help of a mysterious book, she uncovers a network of secret passageways from the hotel’s jazz-age past that leads her to the heart of the evil agenda of Aurelia and company: they’re in the business of buying souls. Will they succeed in wooing Haven to join them in their recruitment efforts, or will she be able to thwart this devilish set’s plans to take the souls of her classmates on prom night at the hotel?

What’s To Like: The amount of history that I can sniff out already has me captivated. I love history.  Also, though, I’ve recently fallen in love with reaper stories.  This is close enough.  It seems that maybe this summary has already told us how it’ll end, but I’m hoping there’s more of a surprise in it.

My review of Illuminate.

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