Spotlight Friday (122)

Hello everyone!  Happy holidays!  I figured as a holiday treat, I’d let you know about some upcoming books that should be coming out in the next month or so that may be a good way to spend your newly acquired gift cards.  🙂  I’m helpful like that.  Now, on to the books!

The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark

Release Date: January 6, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

Maddy Spier has been in love with the boy next door forever. As his figure skating partner she spends time in his arms every day. But she’s also seen his arms around other girls—lots of other girls.

Gabe can’t imagine skating with anyone but Maddy, and together they have a real chance at winning some serious gold medals. So, he’s determined to keep thinking of her like a sister. After all, he’s never had a romantic relationship that lasted for more than two weeks.

But when their coach assigns a new romantic skating program, everything changes. Will this be the big break that Maddy’s been hoping for or the big breakup that Gabe has always feared?

What’s To Like: I like this for a couple of reasons.  First of all, I like the winter setting with figure skating.  I’m willing to bet this story came about because of Charlie and Merrill in the last Olympics, when everyone wanted them to be together and they weren’t.  Secondly, I like that this seems to have two different perspectives on love.  Maddie seems to want to try it and forget about the consequences, but Gabe is stuck on what those consequences could mean, and he’s afraid.  This looks like a very cute story.

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

Release Date: January 27, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . they weren’t anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

What’s To Like: For all of my good intentions, the only books by Gayle Forman I’ve read are from the If I Stay series.  I’m really interested to see how her writing has changed since then.  This seems like the same kind of hard-hitting, emotional stories I’m used to her writing.  Bring tissues!

Dearest (Woodcutter Sisters, #3) by Alethea Kontis

Release Date: February 3, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

In her third book about the delightful Woodcutter sisters, Alethea Kontis masterfully weaves “The Wild Swans,” “The Goose Girl,” and a few other fine-feathered fairy tales into a magical, romantic companion novel to Enchanted and Hero.

Readers met the Woodcutter sisters (named after the days of the week) in Enchanted and Hero. In this delightful third book, Alethea Kontis weaves together some fine-feathered fairy tales to focus on Friday Woodcutter, the kind and loving seamstress. When Friday stumbles upon seven sleeping brothers in her sister Sunday’s palace, she takes one look at Tristan and knows he’s her future. But the brothers are cursed to be swans by day. Can Friday’s unique magic somehow break the spell?

What’s To Like: I like that these blend multiple fairy tales in one story.  I don’t know these two stories, but I still think they could be interesting.  I wasn’t as enthusiastic about the second book as I was about the first book, so this is Kontis’s last chance with me to make me keep going with this series.

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