Spotlight Friday (79)

Hi everyone!  I assume that by this point, most of you who were in school are officially out for the summer, which is, as always, EXCITING!  I have loaded myself up with books for the next two weeks, though I have no idea how I’ll read all 9 or 10 of them in that period of time, because I will also be busy.  But I’m going to give it my best shot, so look for many reviews in that time!

Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller

Release Date: June 18, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong? 

In the Bermuda Triangle—a lot.

Hoping to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life–her father’s death years ago, her mother’s medical problems, and the loser who’s practically stalking her–seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the Bermuda Triangle, she fears she’s gone nuts for more than one reason: that loser’s suddenly claiming they’re a happy couple… a hot guy is wrapping his arms around her and saying “Happy Anniversary”… and suddenly, she’s full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV medication. Autumn visits the ship’s doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot to make the craziness go away. Instead, she’s warned that these “alternate realities” could become permanent.

She just has to ask herself one question—how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?

What’s To Like: I have a weird relationship with science fiction (which I would kind of consider this on the edge of sci-fi).  I enjoy that it explores the idea of things like alternate realities without sounding too crazy.  But then it usually involves lingo I don’t understand.  But I think this’ll be cool because as a kid, I was obsessed with stuff like the Bermuda Triangle (and what happened to Amelia Earhart/Anastasia, etc.).  I’m interested in seeing where this decides to take us.

Ink (Paper Gods, #1) by Amanda Sun

Release Date: June 25, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads): I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.

Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.

A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.

And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.

On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they’ll both be targets.

Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.

What’s To Like: I don’t think I’ve ever read a book set in Japan before.  So that in and of itself is pretty awesome, especially since it’s from the perspective of someone like me, who would be lost in that culture.  But what I’m really interested in are these drawings that come to life.  How cool is that?  I mean, not so cool in real life maybe, but I certainly want to see it played out here.

My review of Ink

The Lost Sun (The United States of Asgard, #1) by Tessa Gratton

Release Date: June 25, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)Seventeen-year-old Soren Bearskin is trying to escape the past. His father, a famed warrior, lost himself to the battle-frenzy and killed thirteen innocent people. Soren cannot deny that berserking is in his blood–the fevers, insomnia, and occasional feelings of uncontrollable rage haunt him. So he tries to remain calm and detached from everyone at Sanctus Sigurd’s Academy. But that’s hard to do when a popular, beautiful girl like Astrid Glyn tells Soren she dreams of him. That’s not all Astrid dreams of–the daughter of a renowned prophetess, Astrid is coming into her own inherited abilities.

When Baldur, son of Odin and one of the most popular gods in the country, goes missing, Astrid sees where he is and convinces Soren to join her on a road trip that will take them to find not only a lost god, but also who they are beyond the legacy of their parents and everything they’ve been told they have to be.

What’s To Like: It’s Norse mythology again!  I honestly had no idea what Asgard was until my boyfriend finally convinced me to watch Thor last weekend.  (Really, he gave me no choice in the matter.)  What I think is interesting about this book, though, is this Astrid.  I really want to see more of her.  She sounds like someone I would really like to be friends with.

My review of The Lost Sun

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