Spotlight Friday (62)

I hope all of you had a good holiday and I hope you all have a happy new year!  Now let’s see.  It’s after the winter holiday and some of you probably have gift cards to spend on books, right?  I know I certainly do.  Well, here are a few ideas for books that will be coming out very soon that you may want to hang onto those gift cards for.

Level 2 (The Memory Chronicles, #1) by Lenore Appelhans

Release Date: January 15, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)Felicia Ward is dead. Trapped in a stark white afterlife limbo, she spends endless days replaying memories, of her family, friends, boyfriend … and of the guy who broke her heart. The guy who has just broken into Level 2 to find her.

Felicia learns that a rebellion is brewing, and it seems she is the key. Suspended between heaven and earth, she must make a choice. Between two worlds, two lives and two loves.

What’s To Like: Ok, so I really like stories that portray what the afterlife looks like.  I find them fascinating for a number of reasons that I won’t list here.  What I think is really cool about this story is that apparently this Level 2 is going to have a rebellion.  You don’t see a whole lot of rebellions in these types of stories.  They usually revolve around why the person died, what their life was like before they died, and how they’ve come to terms with death.  So this looks to be really different.

Touch of Death (Touch of Death, #1) by Kelly Hashway

Release Date: January 15, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads): Jodi Marshall isn’t sure how she went from normal teenager to walking disaster. One minute she’s in her junior year of high school, spending time with her amazing boyfriend and her best friend. The next she’s being stalked by some guy no one seems to know. 
After the stranger, Alex, reveals himself, Jodi learns he’s not a normal teenager and neither is she. With a kiss that kills and a touch that brings the dead back to life, Jodi discovers she’s part of a branch of necromancers born under the 13th sign of the zodiac, Ophiuchus. A branch of necromancers that are descendants of Medusa. A branch of necromancers with poisoned blood writhing in their veins. 
Jodi’s deadly to the living and even more deadly to the deceased. She has to leave her old, normal life behind before she hurts the people she loves. As if that isn’t difficult enough, Jodi discovers she’s the chosen one who has to save the rest of her kind from perishing at the hands of Hades. If she can’t figure out how to control her power, history will repeat itself, and her race will become extinct.

What’s To Like: Apparently, we’re on something of a morbid kick this week.  I guess that’s just when the books are being released.  Anyway, what I like about this is the infusion of Greek mythology.  Those are my favorite legends.  I love them.  I haven’t read very many that had to do with Medusa, and fewer still recently that had Hades as the bad guy.  (He’s become a more romantic figure recently and while I love it, I am kind of itching to see his dark side again.)  So this should be a lot of fun.

Boundless (Unearthly, #3) by Cynthia Hand

Release Date: January 22, 2013

*Potential Spoilers Ahead.  Final book in the trilogy*

Summary (from Goodreads)The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California – and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfil her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.

In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.

What’s To Like: Oh, this is going to be marvelous!  I’ve been on this series from the beginning and I just need this one to complete the trilogy on my bookshelf.  It’s actually very rare for me to have the whole series on my shelf, but I want this.  Ok…back on task.  This is going to be an awesome book because there is going to be an epic showdown.  You know it, I know it.  I love those, though usually one of my favorite characters end up dying.  Will that happen this time?  I don’t know.  But it’ll be epic.  Also, I love the college angle this one is going to pull.  It’s different.

My review of Boundless.

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