Spotlight Friday (69)

I really did not realize it has been so long since I’ve done one of these!  Sorry!  My Fridays tend to be really busy.  However, I am here today!  And here are some new books!

If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin

Release Date: April 1, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)Throughout their whole childhood, Finn and Autumn were inseparable—they finished each other’s sentences, they knew just what to say when the other person was hurting. But one incident in middle school puts them in separate social worlds come high school, and Autumn has been happily dating James for the last 2 years. But she’s always wondered what if…

The night she’s about to get the answer is also one of terrible tragedy.

What’s To Like: I think this sounds highly relatable.  I mean, how many of us look back on middle school, high school, or even college and think of the people we used to be so close to? We see how their lives have gone and we wonder…What if X happened instead of Y?  I’m really interesting in seeing what Autumn’s revelations are.

My review of If He Had Been With Me

Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin, #2) by R.L. LaFevers

Release Date: April 2, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads): Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge—but at a price. Naturally skilled in both the arts of death and seduction, the convent views Sybella as one of their most dangerous weapons.

But those assassin’s skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. Her father’s rage and brutality are terrifying, and her brother’s love is equally monstrous. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?

This heart-pounding sequel to Grave Mercy serves betrayal, treachery, and danger in equal measure, bringing readers back to fifteenth century Brittany and will keep them on the edge of their seats.

What’s To Like: I LOVE this series.  The books are pretty thick, but they’re really good.  I love the idea of being a maiden to Death and “serving” him as an assassin.  It’s such an interesting idea for a series, especially when you put it in 15th century Brittany.  Historical fiction with a twist.  I love it.

My review of Dark Triumph.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

Release Date: April 2, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads): In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?

Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.

What’s To Like: I don’t normally read stories from this time period (kind of because there aren’t that many YA fictions I’ve run across from here), but this sounds super interesting.  Anything with a good ghost story is something I’m all over.  This combines the ghost story with a seance.  And history.  Can this story get any better?

My review of In the Shadow of Blackbirds.

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