Spotlight Friday (82)

Welcome to the end of another week!  And to everyone in the heat wave that’s hit this week, I feel your pain.  It’s hot.  But these books are hotter.  (And that was a ridiculously punny line.  I apologize.  I couldn’t help myself.)

Deception (Defiance, #2) by C.J. Redwine

Release Date: August 27, 2013

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Summary (from Goodreads)Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander’s whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father’s death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it’s up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington’s army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.

But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn’t long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive. 

In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.

What’s To Like: The first book was incredibly good.  I mean, blow-your-mind good.  One of my friends was practically rabid in her praise for the first book.  So I expect really good things out of this one.  I like that it still looks action packed, and I bet Rachel is still going to be the incredibly strong female lead that I remember from the first book.

Antigoddess (Goddess War, #1) by Kendare Blake

Release Date: September 10, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads): Old Gods never die…

Or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

Desperately seeking the cause of their slow, miserable deaths, Athena and Hermes travel the world, gathering allies and discovering enemies both new and old. Their search leads them to Cassandra—an ordinary girl who was once an extraordinary prophetess, protected and loved by a god. 

These days, Cassandra doesn’t involve herself in the business of gods—in fact, she doesn’t even know they exist. But she could be the key in a war that is only just beginning. 

Because Hera, the queen of the gods, has aligned herself with other of the ancient Olympians, who are killing off rivals in an attempt to prolong their own lives. But these anti-gods have become corrupted in their desperation to survive, horrific caricatures of their former glory. Athena will need every advantage she can get, because immortals don’t just flicker out. 

Every one of them dies in their own way. Some choke on feathers. Others become monsters. All of them rage against their last breath.

The Goddess War is about to begin.

What’s To Like: As an avid fan of Greek mythology (which most of you have probably picked up on by this point), this looks like a chocolate cheesecake.  I want to take it and devour it.  I know Kendare can tell a good, creepy story based on the Anna Dressed in Blood series.  So I expect big things from this too.  I’m very interested in seeing just how this plays out.  And speaking of goddesses…

My review of Antigoddess

The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White

Release Date: September 10, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.

What’s To Like: This is pretty different in regards to most books I’ve seen.  I haven’t found many that are Egyptian.  I grew up on Ancient Egyptian stories (what?  I was a curious kid and I read just about anything and everything I could).  So I’m really excited to see what this brings.  I lack much knowledge on their mythology, so you can bet I’ll be comparing it to the Greeks as I read.  Still, you know it’ll be witty, coming from Kiersten.

My review of The Chaos of Stars

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