Spotlight Friday (91)

Hey guys!  So I just want to say that I’m seriously hoping to be a better blogger now that I’m done with my fall semester of college.  I’m on break, and that means I have a lot more time than I did over the last few weeks.  I know it’s been…*ahem* 1.5 months…since I’ve last posted one of these, so enjoy!  Spend your holiday gift cards wisely!

The Offering (The Pledge, #3) by Kimberly Derting

Release Date: December 31, 2013

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Summary (from Goodreads)True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy.
Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable as a leader and a ruler. She’s done admirable work to restore Ludania’s broken communications systems with other Queendoms, and she’s mastered the art of ignoring Sabara, the evil former queen whose Essence is alive within Charlie. Or so she thinks.

When the negotiation of a peace agreement with the Queendom of Astonia goes awry, Charlie receives a brutal message that threatens Ludania, and it seems her only option is to sacrifice herself in exchange for Ludanian freedom.

But things aren’t always as they seem. Charlie is walking into a trap—one set by Sabara, who is determined to reclaim the Queendoms at any cost.

What’s To Like: I just really enjoy Derting’s writing style.  She writes engaging stories that are different in a paranormal (or fantasy, in this case) way.  They’re just really interesting stories, and I’m really excited to see how she wraps up this series.  Then I can cross another off my list.

My review of The Offering

Unhinged (Splintered, #2) by A. G. Howard

Release Date: January 7, 2014

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Summary (from Goodreads)Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she’s always dreamed of.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she’ll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.

What’s To Like: I really have a thing for re-imaginings of old stories.  And Alice was always one that I kind of liked because it was so out there.  And I can tell you from having read the first book in this series, this one is really out there too.  It’s almost too crazy to believe, which is actually quite appropriate for an Alice spin-off.  I feel like this book, though, is going to come into its own even more than the last book though because it will rely more on the author’s imagination that the original source.

My review of Unhinged.

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Release Date: January 7, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads): For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.

Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.

What’s To Like: For whatever reason, my latest fascination in books is with soldiers and the psychology that accompanies their tour of duty or their return to normal life.  Weird of me, right?  But this just looks amazing.  Who doesn’t love Laurie Halse Anderson?  Obviously, for that reason alone, this is going to be amazing.


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