Spotlight Friday (27)

Hey guys!  Did you think I forgot again this Friday?  I did not!  Let’s look at three more amazing beauties to keep an eye out for in March!

The Savage Grace (The Dark Divine, #3) by Bree Despain

Release Date: March 13, 2012

*Final in a Trilogy.  Summary contains spoilers for previous books.*

Summary (from Goodreads)Wrestling with the werewolf curse pulsing deep inside of her, Grace Divine was finally able to find her brother, but it nearly cost her everything. 

With her boyfriend, Daniel, stuck in wolf form and Sirhan’s death approaching, time is running out for Grace to stop Caleb Kalbi and his gang of demons. If she fails, her family and hometown will perish. Everything rests on Grace’s shoulders. 

The final installment in The Dark Divine trilogy brings Daniel and Grace’s love story to a breathtaking conclusion.

What’s To Like: It’s such an engaging series.  You just feel for Grace and Daniel the whole time.  I love that.  And hello, werewolves!  I’m not about to turn a book about werewolves down when it looks as good as this series is.

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

Release Date: March 13, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)It all begins with a stupid question: 

Are you a Global Vagabond? 

No, but 18-year-old Bria Sandoval wants to be. In a quest for independence, her neglected art, and no-strings-attached hookups, she signs up for a guided tour of Central America—the wrong one. Middle-aged tourists with fanny packs are hardly the key to self-rediscovery. When Bria meets Rowan, devoted backpacker and dive instructor, and his outspokenly humanitarian sister Starling, she seizes the chance to ditch her group and join them off the beaten path. 

Bria’s a good girl trying to go bad. Rowan’s a bad boy trying to stay good. As they travel across a panorama of Mayan villages, remote Belizean islands, and hostels plagued with jungle beasties, they discover what they’ve got in common: both seek to leave behind the old versions of themselves. And the secret to escaping the past, Rowan’s found, is to keep moving forward. 

But Bria comes to realize she can’t run forever, no matter what Rowan says. If she ever wants the courage to fall for someone worthwhile, she has to start looking back. 

Kirsten Hubbard lends her artistry into this ultimate backpacker novel, weaving her drawings into the text. Her career as a travel writer and her experiences as a real-life vagabond backpacking Central America are deeply seeded in this inspiring story.

What’s To Like: In the midst of all the YA books being set in glamorous Paris or other parts of France or England, this stands out like a beacon.  We’re going to see Central America!  I love the stories of the Mayans and I would really love to see some of these things come to life.  Also, I think most readers can relate to Bria.  You just want to shed your old persona every once in a while.  I’m really interested to see Bria and Rowan together.

My review of Wanderlove

When You Open Your Eyes by Celeste Conway

Release Date: March 20, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Tessa’s head over heels for Lucien, the son of a French diplomat. Sexy, artistic, and daring, he brings out a completely new side of her. With him, Tessa feels beautiful and exotic. So when Tessa’s strict father forbids her to see Lucien, she’s determined to keep their relationship a secret.

But as Tessa gets caught up in Lucien, he becomes increasingly volatile. What she once found alluring about him now feels alarming. Tessa must figure out how far she’ll go for Lucien before she risks losing not just him, but everything she loves.

What’s To Like: And here we go back with the sexy Frenchmen.  But this one has a twinge of danger about him.  I can’t really tell how this one’s going to go.  I kind of want to see if Tessa just ditch him at the end of the book.  That would be awesome. Mostly, I just want to see her grow as a person.

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