Spotlight Friday (63)

Guess what today is, guys!  It’s Friday, Friday!  I’m super excited!  Which means we have 3 new books to look at today and let me tell you, they’re doozies.  They are going to be good.

Everbound (Everneath, #2) by Brodi Ashton

Release Date: January 22, 2013

*Spoilers From Book 1 Ahead*

Summary (from Goodreads)Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity — a debt that should’ve been hers. She’s living a borrowed life, and she doesn’t know what to do with the guilt. And every night Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away.

Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen — and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to assist her in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.

Nikki and Cole descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they’d anticipated — and more deadly. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack — even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.

In this enthralling sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we’ll go to for the ones we love.

What’s To Like: While I wasn’t a huge fan of the first one, I’m really hoping this one will be better.  Mostly, I’m thinking, because we’ll get a better look at Everneath, which is part of the reason why I like all these Hades/Persephone retellings.  I’m very curious to see how this looks, even though we saw parts of it in the last book (parts that I remember quite vividly, actually).

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

Release Date: January 29, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.

They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.

Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger….

When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.

Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love…and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.

What’s To Like: I’m really interested in the heading that it’s Bonnie and Clyde meets If I Stay, both of which I find fascinating.  It never really says, but do Will and Zoe end up robbing a bunch of places? This book almost sounds like it’ll be similar to watching a train wreck: you can see how badly everything is going to go before it happens, and yet you just can’t look away.  I just want to know what happens to these two and how their love may not have a happy ending.  There aren’t many YA books that end that way.

My review of Nobody But Us.

Prodigy (Legend, #2) by Marie Lu

Release Date: January 29, 2013

*Potential Spoilers from Book 1 Ahead*

Summary (from Goodreads)June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long. 

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

What’s To Like: The first book totally blew me away, so I’m really looking forward to seeing where this one goes.  I think it’s going to be super interesting to see the Patriots and their goings-on, as well as seeing what June decides to do.

My review of Prodigy

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