Spotlight Friday (40)

Wow, can you believe this is the 40th one?  We’re creeping up on a whole year of this now!  As per usual, I’ve got 3 new books you might enjoy…adding to your to-read list, since they aren’t out yet!  Still, have fun!

Adorkable by Sarra Manning

Release Date: May 24, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads): Jeane Smith is seventeen and has turned her self-styled dorkiness into an art form, a lifestyle choice and a profitable website and consultancy business. She writes a style column for a Japanese teen magazine and came number seven in The Guardian’s 30 People Under 30 Who Are Changing The World. And yet, in spite of the accolades, hundreds of Internet friendships and a cool boyfriend, she feels inexplicably lonely, a situation made infinitely worse when Michael Lee, the most mass-market, popular and predictably all-rounded boy at school tells Jeane of his suspicion that Jeane’s boyfriend is secretly seeing his girlfriend. Michael and Jeane have NOTHING in common – she is cool and individual; he is the golden boy in an Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirt. So why can’t she stop talking to him?

What’s To Like: I’m really not sure where this falls in the market.  Parts of it seem like it’s not really a YA, but then you have parts where it seems it can’t be anything but that.  But anyway, Jeane reminds me a little of Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door with her individualistic style and go-get-it-ness.  I’m actually pretty interested already in Jeane’s character.

Darkness Before Dawn (Darkness Before Dawn, #1) by J.A. London

Release Date: May 29, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads): This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.

Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters….

Darkness Before Dawn is a fresh new story with captivating characters, unexpected plot twists, a fascinating setting, and a compelling voice. Written under the name J. A. London by a talented mother-son team, the trilogy is perfect for fans of True Blood and the House of Night and Morganville Vampires series.

What’s To Like: Ok, you blend the hot trend of dystopias with my personal favorite mythical creatures, vamps, into one book and you have me jumping up and down.  I’m not quite sold on the statement at the end that it’s like True Blood and Morganville, but I can see where they would draw those comparisons.  I’m assuming A) the human falls in love with the vamp (not really a stretch, given the summary already) and B) the world is ruled by vamps, like Morganville is ruled by vamps.  So I can see where that comes from, but I hate when people say that because you love these, you’ll love this book.  It’s not always true.

Dreamless (Starcrossed, #2) by Josephine Angelini

Release Date: May 29, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Helen needs to get through hell in two ways: by night they reflected the underworld, even worse torments her day that Lucas and they may possibly love. In the underworld, Helen meets Orion. The more time they spend together, the closer they come to. Then something totally unexpected happens, the forces calculated for holding and Lucas Orion: The four houses are combined and Scion, a new Trojan war seems inevitable!

What’s To Like: Greek mythology!  Ok, so this isn’t exactly the kind of Greek mythology I’m a big fan of, but still.  And oddly, I’m not as drawn into this series as other people seem to be.  I keep getting too mad at the characters.  But I think I’ll like this one because of its ties to the Underworld (Hades or his equivalent, could you please make an appearance??).


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