Spotlight Friday (30)

It’s Friday!  Time to do a happy dance…all the way to the library!  What’s new, you ask?  Well, let’s take a look!  Of course, you’ll be waiting until April for these books, but you can wait patiently until then.  What am I saying?  Readers are never patient when it comes to new books.

The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman

Release Date: April 10, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)It was like a nightmare, but there was no waking up.  When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love.  When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands and an echoing scream that stopped only when the tranquilizers pierced her veins and left her in the merciful dark. 

But the next morning, it was all still true: Chris was dead.  His girlfriend Adriane, Nora’s best friend, was catatonic. And Max, Nora’s sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also—according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone—a murderer.

Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora follows the trail of blood, no matter where it leads. It ultimately brings her to the ancient streets of Prague, where she is drawn into a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. For buried in a centuries-old manuscript is the secret to ultimate knowledge and communion with the divine; it is said that he who controls the Lumen Dei controls the world. Unbeknownst to her, Nora now holds the crucial key to unlocking its secrets. Her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.

What’s To Like: This story has everything.  There’s mystery, the supernatural, and a trip that takes her to Europe.  I’m really interested to see who is guilty and to see this scene where the attack happens.  Is that gruesome of me?  I blame years of CSI for that one.  It just sounds like there’s going to be a lot of action and a lot of questions to be answered.  I’ll be surprised if this remains a stand alone novel and not turned into a series.

The Calling (Darkness Rising, #2) by Kelley Armstrong

Release Date: April 10, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads): Maya Delaney’s paw-print birthmark is the sign of what she truly is—a skin-walker. She can run faster, climb higher, and see better than nearly anyone else. Experiencing intense connections with the animals that roam the woods outside her home, Maya knows it’s only a matter of time before she’s able to Shift and become one of them. And she believes there may be others in her small town with surprising talents. 

Now, Maya and her friends have been forced to flee from their homes during a forest fire they suspect was deliberately set. Then they’re kidnapped, and after a chilling helicopter crash, they find themselves in the Vancouver Island wilderness with nothing but their extraordinary abilities to help them get back home. Plentiful action and romance in this second installment in the Darkness Rising series will keep readers enthralled to the very last page!

What’s To Like: Oh Kelley Armstrong, you keep creating series that I just can’t stop reading!  This is like a spin-off series of a series called Darkest Powers, but it’s not necessary to read it first.  There are always characters that can kick ass and a ton of action in these books.  I just love seeing how supernatural kids who are just coming into their abilities escape life-threatening situations.  Call it a weakness.

My review of The Calling.

The Vicious Deep (The Vicious Deep, #1) by Zoraida Cordova

Release Date: May 1, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)When an unnatural riptide sweeps lifeguard Tristan Hart out to sea for three days and then dumps him back on the shore of Coney Island, it’s the start of the Sea Court claiming its own. Suddenly, Tristan’s girlfriend dramas and swimming championship seem like distant worries as he discovers the truth: he’s a Merman. Now Tristan must fight for his life, the lives of his friends, and his humanity (if he still wants it), while competing in a race for a throne as ancient as the gods. 

Seductive, duplicitous, and with an agenda of their own, these are not the mermaids you know.

What’s To Like: A tale about a Mer-dude!  Oh, that was full of so many bad puns right there.  Anyway, I’m excited because when we have stories about “mermaids”, it’s always girls!  But this is different.  And these are like “The Little Mermaid” mermaids either.  These sounds downright vicious.  Another bad pun.  I’m on a roll today apparently.  I’m quite excited to see what Tristan goes through in this.  Should be exciting to say the least.

My review of The Vicious Deep.

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