Spotlight Friday (31)

Well hello, old friends!  It’s that time of the week again, isn’t it?  I’m so far behind on my posts, it’s incredible.  I should have plenty of time in the next few days to get back on track.  Please be patient with me until that time!  Thanks, and enjoy the next 3 books!

The Last Echo (The Body Finder, #3) by Kimberly Derting

Release Date: April 17, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet’s talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it’s Violet’s job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by “the girlfriend collector” she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new “relationship” and Violet may have caught his eye….

What’s To Like: If you’ve ever read any of Kimberly Derting’s books, you know how suspenseful and mysterious they can be.  I love her writing style.  I also love mysteries, but I haven’t found any really good ones in the past few years except for this series.  It really holds the true essence of a mystery novel, but with a teenage and supernatural twist.  Love it.  This is sure to be just as amazing.

My review of The Last Echo.

The Springsweet (The Vespertine, #2) by Saundra Mitchell

Release Date: April 17, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Heartbroken over the tragic death of her fiancé, seventeen-year-old Zora Stewart leaves Baltimore for the frontier town of West Glory, Oklahoma, to help her young widowed aunt keep her homestead going. There she discovers that she possesses the astonishing ability to sense water under the parched earth. When her aunt hires her out as a “springsweet” to advise other settlers where to dig their wells, Zora feels the burden of holding the key to something so essential to survival in this unforgiving land.  Even more, she finds herself longing for love the way the prairie thirsts for water.  Maybe, in the wildness of the territories, Zora can finally move beyond simply surviving and start living.

What’s To Like: I liked The Vespertine.  It was historical, dark, and supernatural.  That’s always a fun combination.  I’m interested to see where this one goes.  Amelia was the main character of the last one, so this has a new narrator.  That always makes it seem more like a stand-alone novel than one in a series, which may or may not be a good thing.  We shall see.

My review of The Springsweet

The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats

Release Date: April 17, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Cecily’s father has ruined her life. He’s moving them to occupied Wales, where the king needs good strong Englishmen to keep down the vicious Welshmen. At least Cecily will finally be the lady of the house. 

Gwenhwyfar knows all about that house. Once she dreamed of being the lady there herself, until the English destroyed the lives of everyone she knows. Now she must wait hand and foot on this bratty English girl. 

While Cecily struggles to find her place amongst the snobby English landowners, Gwenhwyfar struggles just to survive. And outside the city walls, tensions are rising ever higher—until finally they must reach the breaking point.

What’s To Like: You wouldn’t believe how long I flip-flopped, trying to decide whether or not to add this to my to-read list.  This is set around turn-of-the-millenium-1000 Wales, about 1293 if a review is to be trusted.  I know nothing of this period, so I was hesitant to add it.  But what won me over was that it was A) a historical fiction about the English and B) the upcoming struggle/battle the summary alludes to.  I’m just a sucker for things like this.

My review of The Wicked and the Just.

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