Spotlight Friday (76)

It’s Friday again!  And it’s the Friday before Memorial Day weekend if you’re from the States!  3 days of chilling and cookouts.  And reading.  I can deal with this.  Here are three more books to look forward to!  And boy, are these gonna be something!

Impostor (Variants, #1) by Susanne Winnacker

Release Date: May 28, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads): Tessa is a Variant, able to absorb the DNA of anyone she touches and mimic their appearance. Shunned by her family, she’s spent the last two years training with the Forces with Extraordinary Abilities, a secret branch of the FBI. When a serial killer rocks a small town in Oregon, Tessa is given a mission: she must impersonate Madison, a local teen, to find the killer before he strikes again. 

Tessa hates everything about being an impostor—the stress, the danger, the deceit—but loves playing the role of a normal girl. As Madison, she finds friends, romance, and the kind of loving family she’d do anything to keep. Amid action, suspense, and a ticking clock, this super-human comes to a very human conclusion: even a girl who can look like anyone struggles the most with being herself.

What’s To Like: This is actually a recent find of mine.  I was looking through upcoming books and found this.  I love murder mysteries, though I need them just sparsely or they get to be too much.  But with the twist of having Tessa be able to mimic the DNA of anyone she touches, that’s really cool.  It’s like having infinite Polyjuice Potions!  Yes.  I did just make a Potter reference.  I think this will be a really cool series, so I’m interested to see how this goes.

Elegy (Hereafter, #3) by Tara Hudson

Release Date: June 4, 2013

*Potential Series Spoilers in the Summary.  This is the LAST book in the trilogy!*

Summary (from Goodreads)A stalker ghost, misguided Seers, and spellbinding wraiths—Amelia Ashley has faced them all. Now her greatest hope is to spend the rest of her afterlife with her living boyfriend, Joshua. But the demonic forces return to give her an ultimatum: turn herself over to the darkness or watch them murder one living person per week until she does.

Amelia fears she might really be doomed, until the forces of light give her another option. She can join them in their quest to gather souls, with a catch: Once she joins them, she can never see Joshua again.

Faced with impossible choices, Amelia decides to take her afterlife into her own hands—and fight back.

What’s To Like:  I really loved following this series.  Amelia is an unlikely hero who has an inner strength to her that people rarely see unless it’s called for.  And that’s really the way heroism should work, right?  It shouldn’t be overly bragged about.  So I’ll miss Amelia when her story’s all told.  Until then, I just have to wonder which choice she’ll make.  And wait.

My review of Elegy.

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Release Date: June 4, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)Luke is the perfect boyfriend: handsome, kind, fun. He and Emaline have been together all through high school in Colby, the beach town where they both grew up. But now, in the summer before college, Emaline wonders if perfect is good enough.

Enter Theo, a super-ambitious outsider, a New Yorker assisting on a documentary film about a reclusive local artist. Theo’s sophisticated, exciting, and, best of all, he thinks Emaline is much too smart for Colby.

Emaline’s mostly-absentee father, too, thinks Emaline should have a bigger life, and he’s convinced that an Ivy League education is the only route to realizing her potential. Emaline is attracted to the bright future that Theo and her father promise. But she also clings to the deep roots of her loving mother, stepfather, and sisters. Can she ignore the pull of the happily familiar world of Colby?

Emaline wants the moon and more, but how can she balance where she comes from with where she’s going?

What’s To Like: So, I really love Dessen’s way of writing love stories.  I have 3 of them myself (ironically, none of which I bought.  I won all 3 of them in one form or another).  And I think this book is just as relatable as the others because I mean, how many of us growing up thought we were destined for more than our hometowns?  I know I did.  And I’m not totally sure this is a love story in the sense that others are like This Lullaby.  I really don’t know what to expect out of this one.  But I’m definitely looking forward to it.

My review of The Moon and More

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