Spotlight Friday (41)

It’s Friday!  And it’s going to be a gorgeous Friday at that.  Oh, and it’s getting dangerously close to Memorial Day weekend!  Lakes, cookouts, swimming, the whole nine yards.  Ah.  And lakeside/poolside reading!  Anyway, we’ve got 3 new books to look at today!

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

Release Date: June 5, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Whitley Johnson’s dream summer with her divorced dad has turned into a nightmare. She’s just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée’s son? Whitley’s one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin’ great. Worse, she totally doesn’t fit in with her dad’s perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn’t even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she’s ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn’t “do” friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn’t her stepbrother…at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

What’s To Like: Besides the title steal from Shakespeare, it sounds like one of those books that makes you feel infinitely better about your own life and/or family.  I’ve seen it get good reviews elsewhere from those who received ARCs, so that’s a good sign.  Whitley sounds like a relatable character, one who even if you don’t agree with what she does, you can at least still understand it.  And given its summer theme, it feels like it’d be a good fit in your beach bag.

Arise (Hereafter, #2) by Tara Hudson

Release Date: June 5, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Amelia—still caught between life and death—must fight for every moment of her relationship with the human boy Joshua. They can hardly even kiss without Amelia accidentally dematerializing. Looking for answers, they go to visit some of Joshua’s Seer relatives in New Orleans. But even in a city so famously steeped in the supernatural, Amelia ends up with more questions than answers…and becomes increasingly convinced that she and Joshua can never have a future together.Wandering through the French Quarter, Amelia meets other in-between ghosts, and begins to seriously consider joining them. And then she meets Gabrielle. Somehow, against impossible odds, Gaby has found a way to live a sort of half-life…a half-life for which Amelia would pay any price. Torn between two worlds, Amelia must choose carefully, before the evil spirits of the netherworld choose for her.

What’s To Like: I liked Hereafter.  I mean, it wasn’t my favorite ghost story by any means, but it was still intriguing and a fast read.  This looks to be really interesting because it takes place in the French Quarter.  What better place to take a ghost story, right?  I’m surprised I haven’t read more books that have a premise like this.  It sounds so completely fascinating.  I just love this already.

My review of Arise.

Flirting In Italian by Lauren Henderson

Release Date: June 12, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Four girls. One magical, and possibly dangerous Italian summer. Family mysteries, ancient castles, long hot nights of dancing under the stars . . . and, of course, plenty of gorgeous Italian boys!

What’s To Like: Well, I hope you liked that summary because that is literally all Goodreads would tell me about this book.  I even tried manipulating a few things and this was it.  Ok.  I know it’s not a lot to go on, but this still looks interesting.  It had me at “plenty of gorgeous Italian boys!”  Really, it had me at “ancient castles”.  I’m such a history buff.  But anyway, it has that slight feel of like a trashy summer read, but not… if you know what I mean.  I’m almost more intrigued because I have no idea what this is really about.


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