Spotlight Friday (61)

Ok so…wow, I haven’t done one of these in two months.  Holy crap.  Since it is the holiday season (and winter break), I am able to give you a new Spotlight!  Yay!  Let’s see what new books are coming out very soon, shall we?

Just One Day (Just One Day, #1) by Gayle Forman

Release Date: January 8, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)When sheltered American good girl Allyson “LuLu” Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

What’s To Like: Ok, so anyone who’s read If I Stay knows that this author is a master at making a story believable and emotional.  She is one of the few writers who doesn’t write supernatural that I always look forward to reading.  I’m really excited to see what this story brings.  Also, I want to see how Shakespeare is used in this.

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

Release Date: January 8, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.

For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.

What’s To Like: Ah, a dark new mystery that has ghosts and a serial killer.  Is it seriously sad if I look forward to reading books like these?  They’re just so much more gripping than other books.  I always want to know who the killer is.  While it’s not a totally accurate guesstimate, I think people who are fans of The Body Finder series (like me) will probably really enjoy this series too.

My review of Paper Valentine

Blood Prophecy (Drake Chronicles, #6) by Alyxandra Harvey

Release Date: January 8, 2013

*Potential Series Spoilers!!  This is the final book in the series, so proceed with caution!*

Summary (from Goodreads)In the thrilling conclusion of the Drake Chronicles, love and loyalties will be tested … and proven once and for all.
Solange Drake has been officially crowned Queen of the Vampires, fulfilling the centuries old prophecy that foretold the rise to power of a daughter born to an ancient vampire line. Except Solange’s thoughts and actions are no longer her own—she’s been slowly being possessed by the spirit of Viola, the first daughter born into the Drake line, since her bloodchange. And instead of uniting the vampire tribes under the rule of an ancient daughter as the prophecy predicted, Viola would rather destroy them all and enslave humans in a personal vendetta for the devastation both wrought to her life centuries ago. Can Solange break her hold in time to save everyone she loves from a vampire civil war, hunter attack, and each other? Not everyone will survive the prophecy . . . perhaps not even her.

What’s To Like: It’s the end of the series!  I’ve been following it from the beginning, and I’m really looking forward to how it will end.  I’ve followed these characters for years and now it’s time to see who will win.  It’s gonna be really screwy, I’m sure, but it’ll be good.

My review of Blood Prophecy.

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