Spotlight Friday (36)

It has been a slow week in the world of my blogging, friends.  I’ve been busting my butt trying to get ready for the end of the semester (because college students are lucky that way), so my free time has become an endangered species.  However, I should have time this weekend to update you on the fascinating things I have been watching/reading.  Until then, have fun with more new, upcoming books!

Shine (Shade, #3) by Jeri Smith-Ready

Release Date: May 1, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Life can change in an instant, and no one understands that better than Aura. It’s been almost a year since her boyfriend tragically died. She’s finally letting go of Logan’s violet-hued ghost, but not her search to uncover the truth about her past.

As the first in a generation that can see ghosts, Aura is convinced she has a connection to the Shift. She’s trusted Zachary, ever patient and ever by her side, with all that she knows. But when the government threatens his life in an attempt to learn Aura’s secrets, she will stop at nothing to protect herself and the one she loves…even if that means betraying her own heart.

What’s To Like: This series is stellar.  Last summer, I found the first two books on the library shelf and ate them whole.  I lived and breathed this series.  It is that good.  So I’m really looking forward to the finale that is Shine.  I’m expecting a whole lot of crazy cool action, some very sweet moments, and a lot of humor.  I think I read a snippet or something when Aura was competing in a YA Heroine tournament, and that was just awesome as well.

My review of Shine.

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Release Date: May 1, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences? This is life for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil.

Tenderhearted Southern girl, Anna Whitt, was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

A cross-country trip to meet her father forces Anna to face the reality that hope and love are not options for her kind. When she confronts her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

What’s To Like: First of all, I’m a fan of the cover.  I love that dress.  Also, I like the idea that this presents.  This is a slightly different take on angel stories, which is always fun.  I’m already drawn to Anna’s plight…ok, and I’m drawn to Kaidan.  Bad boys are always awesome in stories (not so much in real life).  I’m also liking the idea of Anna going on a journey.  Those are always loaded with symbolism.

My review of Sweet Evil.

When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

Release Date: May 1, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)In this intensely romantic, modern recounting of the greatest love story ever told, Romeo’s original intended—Juliet’s cousin Rosaline—tells her side of the tale. What’s in a name, Shakespeare? I’ll tell you: Everything.     Rosaline knows that she and Rob are destined to be together. Rose has been waiting for years for Rob to kiss her—and when he finally does, it’s perfect. But then Juliet moves back to town. Juliet, who used to be Rose’s best friend. Juliet, who now inexplicably hates her. Juliet, who is gorgeous, vindictive, and a little bit crazy…and who has set her sights on Rob. He doesn’t even stand a chance.     Rose is devastated over losing Rob to Juliet. This is not how the story was supposed to go. And when rumors start swirling about Juliet’s instability, her neediness, and her threats of suicide, Rose starts to fear not only for Rob’s heart, but also for his life. Because Shakespeare may have gotten the story wrong, but we all still know how it ends….

What’s To Like: I’m a sucker for stories about Shakespeare or his works.  It’s bad.  It’s like being in love with fan fictions, because that’s really all these are.  But I’m drawn to this one because it’s Rosaline’s side of the story.  She’s a character we never actually see in the play, but she’s the reason Romeo meets Juliet.  I’m a little cautious about the modernizing of the story and changing Romeo’s name to Rob.  We’ll see how it goes.  I think it’ll be really good.

My review of When You Were Mine.

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