Spotlight Friday (129)

Hey guys!  It’s been a few days since I’ve posted, mostly due to a field trip and meetings at school that have vastly thrown off my schedule.  But here I am with three new books coming out this month I just know you’re going to love.

Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby

Release Date: April 21, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

When Quinn Sullivan meets the recipient of her boyfriend’s donated heart, the two form an unexpected connection.

After Quinn loses her boyfriend, Trent, in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the pieces of her now-unrecognizable life. She hears back from some of them, but the person who received Trent’s heart has remained silent. The essence of a person, she has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent’s, then maybe she can have peace once and for all.

Risking everything in order to finally lay her memories to rest, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn’t want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they’re connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she’s falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she’s lost…and all that remains at stake.

What’s To Like: I really love the concept of this.  I mean, we all hear stories about people who get transplants who pick up the personality traits/likes and dislikes of the person that organ came from.  There are movies about this.  But it’s such a cute idea, and one that I know is going to make me cry.  (Also, if you really look at the cover, the hearts on the left are anatomically correct and slowly shift into the shape of a heart as we typically think of it, which is adorably symbolic to this story.)

The Replaced (The Taking, #2) by Kimberly Derting

Release Date: April 28, 2015

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Summary (from Goodreads)Kyra hasn’t been the same since she returned from her mysterious five-year disappearance. Now, on the run from the NSA, Kyra is forced to hide out with others who, like her, have been Returned. Yet she is determined to find Tyler, the boy she loves who was also abducted—all because of her. When her group intercepts a message that Tyler might still be alive but is in the hands of a shadowy government organization that experiments on the Returned, Kyra knows it’s a risk to go after him. What if it’s a trap? And worse, what if the returned Tyler isn’t the same boy she lost?

What’s To Like: Admittedly, I was incredibly leery about this series when I realized what the first book’s big reveal was.  But, unsurprisingly, Kimberly Derting pulled me in.  I found myself seriously rooting for the characters.  I think I even went back and immediately reread my favorite scenes upon finishing the book.  So I expect from this book surprises, bold risks, and heartfelt characters.

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: May 5, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads):

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

What’s To Like: Oh. My. God.  It’s Beauty and the Beast…with faeries.  *hyperventilates*  Internally, I am jumping with joy.  I love retellings of this fairytale and, as I’ve been finding lately, sometimes the really crazy, out-there ones are the retellings that are the most fun.  (Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay, anyone?)  I’m so looking forward to this!

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