Spotlight Friday (54)

I’M BAAAACK!!  I promise you, I am working on getting some reviews up soon…as soon as college classes stop kicking my butt.  I should definitely have a new book review up this weekend (and it’s an ARC!)  So look forward to that.  Also, I am taking a YA lit class this semester, so be looking for many new reviews from books I read in that class!  In the meantime, here are 3 books to look for in the future!

Through To You by Emily Hainsworth

Release Date: October 2, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Camden Pike has been grief-stricken since his girlfriend, Viv, died. Viv was the last good thing in his life: helping him rebuild his identity after a career-ending football injury, picking up the pieces when his home life shattered, and healing his pain long after the meds wore off. And now, he’d give anything for one more glimpse of her. But when Cam makes a visit to the site of Viv’s deadly car accident, he sees some kind of apparition. And it isn’t Viv.

The apparition’s name is Nina, and she’s not a ghost. She’s a girl from a parallel world, and in this world, Viv is still alive. Cam can’t believe his wildest dreams have come true. All he can focus on is getting his girlfriend back, no matter the cost. But things are different in this other world: Viv and Cam have both made very different choices, things between them have changed in unexpected ways, and Viv isn’t the same girl he remembers. Nina is keeping some dangerous secrets, too, and the window between the worlds is shrinking every day. As Cam comes to terms with who this Viv has become and the part Nina played in his parallel story, he’s forced to choose—stay with Viv or let her go—before the window closes between them once and for all.

What’s To Like: Ok, so normally, parallel universes and all that jazz really confuse me.  So I’m really hoping this can go past that.  What I’m most interested in is the choice Cam has to make.  I mean, what would you do in his place?  Would you go to see her even though she’s not the girl you remember and you aren’t the guy she knows?  It’s an interesting conundrum and I want to see it played out.

Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson

Release Date: October 9, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Nothing ever happens in Norway. But at least Ellie knows what to expect when she visits her grandmother: a tranquil fishing village and long, slow summer days. And maybe she’ll finally get out from under the shadow of her way-too-perfect big brother, Graham, while she’s there. 

What Ellie doesn’t anticipate is Graham’s infuriating best friend, Tuck, tagging along for the trip. Nor did she imagine boys going missing amid rumors of impossible kidnappings. Least of all does she expect something powerful and ancient to awaken in her and that strange whispers would urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, there’s suddenly a lot for a girl from L.A. to handle on a summer sojourn in Norway! And when Graham vanishes, it’s up to Ellie—and the ever-sarcastic, if undeniably alluring Tuck—to uncover the truth about all the disappearances and thwart the nefarious plan behind them.

Deadly legends, hidden identities, and tentative romance swirl together in one girl’s unexpectedly-epic coming of age.

What’s To Like: What isn’t to like with this?  I don’t think I’ve ever read a book set in Norway, so I’m looking forward to that.  I’m also looking forward to this Tuck.  I get the feeling I’m going to swoon hard over him.  Sarcasm?  My kryptonite.  And Norse mythology?  I have like, no background in that, so I’m pumped to see what that’s all about.  It’s going to be so much fun!

My review of Valkyrie Rising.

Velveteen (Velveteen, #1) by Daniel Marks

Release Date: October 9, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads)Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.


Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.

It’ll be brutal… and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules… or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.

What’s To Like: So, I read like the 1.5 in this series in an anthology over the summer.  Which was great in that it got me interested in the characters, but not so great in that I know who this said coworker is and all about him.  Sigh.  Still, I plan on reading it.  My morbid curiosity won’t allow otherwise.


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