Spotlight Friday (35)

Hey guys!  I’m a day late–again–I know.  My apologies.  But a day late is better than never at all, right?  And we’re looking at some very exciting upcoming books today, too!  May is going to be the month of girlish squees for books.

Bitterblue (Graceling Realm, #3) by Kristin Cashore

Release Date: May 1, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past. 

Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

What’s To Like: I got hooked on this series just after Fire came out.  So I have been waiting a long time for this one.  I loved the idea of Graces and I’m really ready to see Bitterblue kick some butt and become this awesome queen.  So fun.

My review of Bitterblue.

Black Dawn (Morganville Vampires, #12) by Rachel Caine

Release Date: May 1, 2012

*Warning: Series Spoilers ahead*

Summary (from Goodreads): In Last Breath, the rain brought a new and dire threat to Morganville and its vampires… their ancient enemies, the draug. Now, the vampires are fighting a losing war, and it will fall to the residents of the Glass House: Michael, Eve, Shane and Claire, to take the fight to an enemy who threatens to destroy the town, forever. 

What’s To Like: As usual, it’s up to the members of the Glass House to save the town from whatever evil has come.  I love all the fights and the romance and the characters.  They all know how to kick butt, so that’s never a bad part of the story.  And there’s so much love in the air (and I expect much more as well, given how the last one ended!).  Oh, and the characters.  Please let there be some Myrnin in this one…with his adorable slippers.

My review of Black Dawn.

Insurgent (Divergent, #2) by Veronica Roth

Release Date: May 1, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love. 

Tris’s initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so. 

What’s To Like: Hello, if you’ve read the first one, you know what there is to like: everything!  I read an article on the Huffington Post where one writer said, ‘I would sell my soul to get my hands on Insurgent.’  That’s how in demand this series is.  I expect a lot of action to come from this one, a lot of political wash for Tris to wade through that will eventually come back to be a major plot point, and some romance.  I’m really banking on the romance.

My review of Insurgent.

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