Spotlight Friday (123)

Hello, my lovelies!  I realize it’s been a while since I have posted any of these Spotlights, but let’s just see what goodies I have coming up, shall we?  I think there are some good ones here!

I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Release Date: February 3, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.

What’s To Like: I like that this feels like it’s going to be something…profound, I guess is the word I’m looking for.  Skylar wants nothing but to escape and Josh, who managed to escape, comes right back to the world he’s always known.  I foresee a lot of healing happening in this book, something I really do love about contemporary YA.  So far, I’ve heard good things about this book!

My review of I’ll Meet You There

Scripted by Maya Rock

Release Date: February 5, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

Reality TV has a dark future in this thought-provoking thriller

To the people suffering on the war-torn mainland, Bliss Island seems like an idyllic place. And it is: except for the fact that the island is a set, and the islanders’ lives are a performance. They’re the stars of a hit TV show, Blissful Days—Characters are adored by mainland viewers, yet in constant danger of being cut if their ratings dip too low. And no one really knows what happens to cut Characters.

Nettie Starling knows she’s been given the chance of a lifetime when a producer offers suggestions to help her improve her mediocre ratings—especially when those suggestions involve making a move on the boy she’s been in love with for years. But she’ll soon have to decide how far she’s willing to go to keep the cameras fixed on her. . . especially when she learns what could happen to her if she doesn’t.

What’s To Like: I love this twist on reality TV.  It feels like Hunger Games mixed with The Selection.  It sounds dark and dangerous, but with a little hopeful note in this possible love story.  After this, I don’t think I’ll look at reality TV the same way again…probably a good thing I don’t watch it anyway!

The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London, #3) by Maureen Johnson

Release Date: February 10, 2015

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Summary (from Goodreads):

Rory and her friends are reeling from a series of sudden and tragic events. While racked with grief, Rory tries to determine if she acted in time to save a member of the squad. If she did, how do you find a ghost? Also, Rory’s classmate Charlotte has been kidnapped by Jane and her nefarious organization. Evidence is uncovered of a forty-year-old cult, ten missing teenagers, and a likely mass murder. Everything indicates that Charlotte’s in danger, and it seems that something much bigger and much more terrible is coming.

Time is running out as Rory fights to find her friends and the ghost squad struggles to stop Jane from unleashing her spectral nightmare on the entire city. In the process, they’ll discover the existence of an organization that underpins London itself—and Rory will learn that someone she trusts has been keeping a tremendous secret.

What’s To Like: Maureen Johnson is an evil genius.  This series–so far–has been full of paranormal action, giggle-worthy wit, and characters that are just amazing.  And after the last book’s cliffhanger, how could I not want to read this book as soon as I can possibly get my hands on it?  I just hope there’s some kind of resolution to that awful, heartbreaking ending in the last book!

My review of The Shadow Cabinet

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