Spotlight Friday (114)

Hello, my lovelies!  It is once again Friday and I have three new books that will be coming out next month for you to peruse!  I don’t know about you, but I’m kind of excited about these.

Screenshot 2014-07-18 12.46.34A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

Release Date: August 26, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads):

The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out. But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together….

What’s To Like: First of all, I just want to say that I’m not sure whether this is YA or NA, but regardless, it looks cute.  I really like that everyone around them seems to think they should be together and are just waiting for it to happen.  (Of course, it’s not always that fun if you’re in Gabe/Lea’s shoes.)  I like cute and this has warm fuzzies written all over it.

Six Feet Over It by Jennifer Longo

Release Date: August 26, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads)Darkly humorous and heart-wrenchingly beautiful, Jennifer Longo’s YA debut about a girl stuck living in a cemetery will change the way you look at life, death, and love.

Leigh sells graves for her family-owned cemetery because her father is too lazy to look farther than the dinner table when searching for employees. Working the literal graveyard shift, she meets two kinds of customers:

Pre-Need: They know what’s up. They bought their graves a long time ago, before they needed them.

At Need: They are in shock, mourning a loved one’s unexpected death. Leigh avoids sponging their agony by focusing on things like guessing the headstone choice (mostly granite).

Sarcastic and smart, Leigh should be able to stand up to her family and quit. But her world’s been turned upside down by the sudden loss of her best friend and the appearance of Dario, the slightly-too-old-for-her grave digger. Surrounded by death, can Leigh move on, if moving on means it’s time to get a life?

What’s To Like: I have a dark sense of humor, gallows humor at times, if you will.  And it is above all sarcastic.  So I think that Leigh and I will get along swimmingly.  I think some of the best books are the ones that face death head-on and aren’t afraid to use a little humor along the way.  I mean, that’s exactly what Patch Adams does, right?  And it’s funny while being serious.  I think this one will be fun.

Mortal Gods (Goddess War, #2) by Kendare Blake

Release Date: September 1, 2014

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Summary (from Goodreads):

Ares, God of War, is leading the other dying gods into battle. Which is just fine with Athena. She’s ready to wage a war of her own, and she’s never liked him anyway. If Athena is lucky, the winning gods will have their immortality restored. If not, at least she’ll have killed the bloody lot of them, and she and Hermes can die in peace.

Cassandra Weaver is a weapon of fate. The girl who kills gods. But all she wants is for the god she loved and lost to return to life. If she can’t have that, then the other gods will burn, starting with his murderer, Aphrodite.

The alliance between Cassandra and Athena is fragile. Cassandra suspects Athena lacks the will to truly kill her own family. And Athena fears that Cassandra’s hate will get them ALL killed.

The war takes them across the globe, searching for lost gods, old enemies, and Achilles, the greatest warrior the world has ever seen. As the struggle escalates, Athena and Cassandra must find a way to work together. Because if they can’t, fates far worse than death await.

What’s To Like: It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Greek mythology.  And I really like that this mostly pulls from the Iliad and the Odyssey.  It’s different because of that.  What’s also pretty cool is that the gods are weak and dying, which isn’t normally the case in most of these books.  It’s fascinating to see what they do when they’re desperate to retain their immortality.  (I make it sound like they’re real people and that I’m a sadist. I’m not.  It just makes a book interesting.)  Anyway, I’m sure this will be an exciting installment in the series.

My review of Mortal Gods


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