Spotlight Friday (25)

Hey guys!  Wow, I really haven’t posted anything in a while!  My apologies.  I’ve been reading Le Morte d’Arthur and I’m getting close to finishing, but it’s been keeping me from reading other books in the meantime.  After that, though, I’ve got some good books waiting.  Promise.  Now, on to your 3 upcoming books!

*EDIT* What?  I totally posted this on time yesterday, I swear!

Pandemonium (Delirium, #2) by Lauren Oliver

Release Date: February 28, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Lauren Oliver captivated readers with Delirium, the first book in a thrilling dystopian trilogy in which Lena Haloway dared to fall in love with Alex and escape the cure, the government-mandated procedure that renders a person immune to the disease of love. Lena and Alex staked their lives on leaving their oppressive society, but only Lena broke free. 

Pandemonium continues Lena’s gripping story. After escaping from Portland, Maine, Lena makes it to the Wilds and becomes part of an Invalid community, where she transforms herself into a warrior for the resistance. A future without Alex is unimaginable, but Lena pushes forward and fights, both for him and for a world in which love is no longer considered a disease. Swept up in a volatile mix of revolutionaries and counterinsurgents, Lena struggles to survive—and wonders if she may be falling in love again. 

Full of danger, forbidden romance, and exquisite writing, Lauren Oliver’s sequel to Delirium races forward at a breathtaking pace and is sure to appeal to fans who crave the high-stakes action of The Hunger Games and the bittersweet love story of Romeo & Juliet.

What’s To Like: Who, having read the first book, isn’t looking forward to the sequel? I admit, the first book was not my favorite, but all the same, I’m going to read this.  It just looks so awesome.  She’s a warrior chick!  I’ll enjoy reading about that.

My review of Pandemonium.

Where It Began by Ann Redisch Stampler

Release Date: March 6, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads): Gabby Gardiner wakes up in a hospital bed looking like a cautionary ad for drunk driving—and without a single memory of the accident that landed her there. But what she can recall, in frank and sardonic detail, is the year leading up to the crash.

As Gabby describes her transformation from Invisible Girl to Trendy Girl Who Dates Billy Nash (aka Most Desirable Boy Ever), she is left wondering: Why is Billy suddenly distancing himself from her? What do her classmates know that Gabby does not? Who exactly was in the car that night? And why has Gabby been left to take the fall?

As she peels back the layers of her life, Gabby begins to realize that her climb up the status ladder has been as intoxicating as it has been morally complex…and that nothing about her life is what she has imagined it to be.

What’s To Like: I enjoy stories like this, where the main characters have to unravel what lead them to that moment in their lives.  It’s usually pretty interesting.  Plus, you already feel sympathy for Gabby since she’s A) been in a drunk driving accident and B) started out as the Invisible Girl.  Also, this cover is gorgeous.

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1) by R.L. LaFevers

Release Date: March 7, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others. 

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

What’s To Like: It’s the story of a female assassin in times of old!  What more is there to like?  I mean, I’m currently reading tales of King Arthur, so that probably speaks to my love of battles in that era.  Also, the conflict, Ismae having to probably kill the person she loves, while cliche is so good.  Every time, I’m pulled back to books like that.

My review of Grave Mercy.

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