Spotlight Friday (37)

Hello my pretties!  It’s a new Friday and we’re looking at 3 more books coming out very soon.  Don’t you just love Fridays?  Let’s have some fun!

Wrecked by Anna Davies

Release Date: May 1, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Ever since the death of her parents, Miranda has lived on Whym Island, taking comfort in the local folklore, which claims a mysterious sea witch controls the fate of all on the island and in its surrounding waters. Sometimes it’s just easier to believe things are out of your control.  But then a terrible boating accident takes the lives of several of her friends, and Miranda is rescued by a mysterious boy who haunts her dreams. Consumed by guilt from the accident, she finds refuge in late-night swims—and meets Christian, a boy who seems eerily familiar, but who is full of mystery: He won’t tell her where he is from, or why they can only meet at the beach. But Miranda falls for him anyway…and discovers that Christian’s secrets, though meant to protect her, may bring her nothing but harm.  Seductive and compelling, Wrecked brings a contemporary, paranormal twist to a classic enchanting tale.

What’s To Like: Yeah, yeah, I’m a sucker for these kinds of stories where the couple really can’t be together and we know that going into it.  I’m actually thinking this sounds vaguely like The Little Mermaid, but with the dude being the mermaid.  Also, merpeople are still really popular in YA lit.

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Release Date: May 8, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.

When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland—and a man Sunday’s family despises.

The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past – and hers?

What’s To Like: I love me my fairy tales and this looks awesome.  It’s not your typical “Let’s retell Sleeping Beauty” story or anything.  It’s the Frog Prince meets Romeo and Juliet.  I’m so going to read this.  Plus, you have to admit it will be really easy to remember the names of all of Sunday’s siblings.

My review of Enchanted.

Hemlock (Hemlock, #1) by Kathleen Peacock

Release Date: May 8, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.

Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

What’s To Like: There are a lot of vampire or zombie novels where normal people become monsters after infected by a disease.  This is probably the first book I’ve seen with a werewolf virus.  So I’m interested because of that.  Oddly, there aren’t many books where werewolves are um…”out of the closet” shall we say.  I’m interested to see how this goes.

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