Spotlight Friday (38)

Hey, my peeps!  🙂  It’s Friday and I’m in a really good mood!  So let’s look at some new, upcoming books, shall we?  Most of them come out in less than two weeks.

In Honor by Jessi Kirby

Release Date: May 8, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads): Hours after her brother’s military funeral, Honor opens the last letter Finn ever sent. In her grief, she interprets his note as a final request and spontaneously decides to go to California to fulfill it.

Honor gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn’s best friend since third grade and his polar opposite. She hasn’t seen Rusty in ages, but it’s obvious he is as arrogant and stubborn as ever—not to mention drop-dead gorgeous. Despite Honor’s better judgment, the two set off together on a voyage from Texas to California. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn’s memory—but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences?

What’s To Like: I really like stories of journeys because they are so metaphorical.  Honor is so going to grow as a person, along with Rusty, while they are traveling.  Plus, I’m really draw to the fact that Honor comes from a military family.  That seems like a rare thing in stories (maybe I’m just not reading them), so I’m interested in that as well.

My review of In Honor

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

Release Date: May 8, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Taylor’s family might not be the closest-knit – everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled – but for the most part, they get along fine. Then they get news that changes everything: Her father has pancreatic cancer, and it’s stage four – meaning that there is basically nothing to be done. Her parents decide that the family will spend his last months together at their old summerhouse in the Pocono Mountains.

Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven’t actually gone anywhere. Her former summer best friend is suddenly around, as is her first boyfriend. . . and he’s much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.

As the summer progresses, the Edwards become more of a family, and closer than they’ve ever been before. But all of them very aware that they’re battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance – with family, with friends, and with love.

What’s To Like: Over every summer, there needs to be books about summer.  This is mine this year.  Now, my family is really close knit, so it’s kind of hard for me to imagine having a family that doesn’t have time for each other.  Apparently, I like reading sad stories, considering this is the 2nd one on the list.  Anyway, I’ve read another story by Morgan Matson and I know she’s a phenomenal writer.  This’ll be brilliant.

My review of Second Chance Summer.

Struck (Struck, #1) by Jennifer Bosworth

Release Date: May 8, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.

What’s To Like: A dystopia!  And a cool one at that.  Like Mia, I’m really drawn to thunderstorms.  I’ve never been struck (nor do I ever want to be), but I suppose, for someone like Mia, I can see the allure.  Anyway, I like that there’s this tension between Mia and everyone else.  It wouldn’t be a dystopia if there wasn’t that tension.

My review of Struck


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