Spotlight Friday (88)

Aha!  I bet you thought I forgot about you, didn’t you?  You’d be wrong!  I do have a new review I hope to roll out this weekend, so you’ll have that to look forward to (you know, when you get back from the lake or whatever you’re doing this holiday weekend).  For now, we have more lovely books!

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Release Date: September 17, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)Making friends has never been Elise Dembowski’s strong suit. All throughout her life, she’s been the butt of every joke and the outsider in every conversation. When a final attempt at popularity fails, Elise nearly gives up. Then she stumbles upon a warehouse party where she meets Vicky, a girl in a band who accepts her; Char, a cute, yet mysterious disc jockey; Pippa, a carefree spirit from England; and most importantly, a love for DJing.

Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE is an exuberant novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.

What’s To Like: This is one I just found literally four minutes ago.  I really like this premise.  Music changes the lives of so many people (mine included), and I think it’s a topic that’s completely relatable.  I also like on the cover, if you pay attention to which letters are in pink/red, it says “Love”.  Plus, I get the impression that this book doesn’t have a love story in it, which is also something I’m looking forward to.  It just looks like a story that is about music, life, and friends.  And that’s awesome.

My review of This Song Will Save Your Life.

Frozen (Heart of Dread, #1) by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Release Date: September 17, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she’s heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.

What’s To Like: I really haven’t read anything of Melissa de la Cruz’s in years, since I was about halfway through the Blue Bloods series.  I’m kind of interested in this because of how it presents the world as a frozen wasteland.  It’s different.  I’m also interested in what and where this “Blue” is.  Is it part of the US, like “New Vegas” is?  (Or at least I assume it is.)  And who is this Ryan?  Let’s find out!

Unbreakable (Legion, #1) by Kami Garcia

Release Date: October 1, 2013

Summary (from Goodreads)I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.

When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels.

What’s To Like: As it turns out, I’m actually going to be part of the blog tour for this book, so check back for fun stuff in the next two weeks!  It’ll be exciting.  🙂  Anyway, I really like the concept of this book as a whole.  I actually really want to get to know these twins, but Kennedy sounds cool too.  I think this book will have a lot of action, paranormal or otherwise.  It should be an adventure.

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