Spotlight Friday (105)

Hello hello!  It’s Friday, and I swear I will be getting some reviews up this weekend!  I’ve been massively behind because my senior year of college is just beginning to wind down (WHAT?).  So without further ado, here are three upcoming books!

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Release Date: April 15, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads)After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

What’s To Like: As someone who loves music (and country music especially), this just speaks to me from the beginning.  Plus, I love the idea of girls trying to recover from broken hearts together.  That’s something I never really got to do so much (no sisters, usually closer to guys than girls), so I live that part of my life through books.  Finally, I really want to meet this Matt Finch.  Is he a sweetheart or a heartbreaker?

My review of Open Read Summer

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, #1) by Jenny Han

Release Date: April 15, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads)To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

What’s To Like: This is GENIUS.  I have actually written letters to boys that I’ve had crushes on (though they stayed safely tucked away in my room and never found prying eyes).  But I really love this idea of confronting your past and those who had the chance to be big pieces of your life.  Each of the boys I had a crush on changed my life in some way, and I really want to see how these boys have changed Lara Jean.

My review of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Prisoner of Night and Fog (Prisoner of Night and Fog, #1) by Anne Blankman

Release Date: April 22, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads):

In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her “uncle” Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.

And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can’t stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can’t help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she’s been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she’s always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she’s ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.

What’s To Like: I love this twist on an old tale.  Usually, these stories are written from the perspective of those who are Jewish or Jewish supporters.  So I’m incredibly interested to see how this plays out, since Hitler is clearly seen as a kind, sympathetic character in the beginning.  (She calls him Uncle Dolf, after all.)  I want to see how Gretchen grows as a person through all of this.  And there, my English major side just showed through.

My review of Prisoner of Night and Fog.

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