Spotlight Friday (134)

Hello my lovelies!  I am officially on SUMMER SCHEDULE.  This means all the books I can get my hands on, special posts (possibly more Top 10 lists?), and maybe even a few other surprises along the way.  🙂  Enjoy these upcoming releases as my special treat to you!

Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca

Release Date: June 9, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads): Before:
Kelsey and David became best friends the summer before freshman year and were inseparable ever after. Until the night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke, and everything around her crumbled—including her friendship with David. So when Kelsey’s parents decided to move away, she couldn’t wait to start over and leave the past behind. Except, David wasn’t ready to let her go…

Now it’s senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends, genuine popularity, and a hot boyfriend. Her life is perfect. That is, until David’s family moves to town and he shakes up everything. Soon old feelings bubble to the surface and threaten to destroy Kelsey’s second chance at happiness. The more time she spends with David, the more she realizes she never truly let him go. And maybe she never wants to.

Told in alternating sections, LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE is a charming and romantic debut about loving, leaving, and letting go.

What’s To Like: Ok, someone please tell me that I’m not the only one who instantly thought of Katie McGarry here.  I mean, between the couple on that rocking sports car and the plot itself, it’s totally a Katie McGarry novel.  So already, my expectations are high.  And I’m loving it!

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

Release Date: June 9, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads): The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust.

And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Now their Prophet has been murdered and their camp set aflame, and it’s clear that Minnow knows something—but she’s not talking. As she languishes in juvenile detention, she struggles to un-learn everything she has been taught to believe, adjusting to a life behind bars and recounting the events that led up to her incarceration. But when an FBI detective approaches her about making a deal, Minnow sees she can have the freedom she always dreamed of—if she’s willing to part with the terrible secrets of her past.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly is a hard-hitting and hopeful story about the dangers of blind faith—and the power of having faith in oneself.

What’s To Like: DUDE.  I think this sounds like one of the most amazing and original plots I’ve seen in a while.  I’m always drawn to the psychology of people, especially those who get drawn in by cults, so I’m drooling over this.  Also, this sounds like it’s going to be thrilling and possibly pretty action packed.  But I also get the impression there will be parts that will be heard to read.  I’ll keep my tissues handy, just in case.

The Stars Never Rise (Untitled Series, #1) by Rachel Vincent

Release Date: June 9, 2015

Summary (from Goodreads): Sixteen-year-old Nina Kane should be worrying about her immortal soul, but she’s too busy trying to actually survive. Her town’s population has been decimated by soul-consuming demons, and souls are in short supply. Watching over her younger sister, Mellie, and scraping together food and money are all that matters. The two of them are a family. They gave up on their deadbeat mom a long time ago.

When Nina discovers that Mellie is keeping a secret that threatens their very existence, she’ll do anything to protect her. Because in New Temperance, sins are prosecuted as crimes by the brutal Church and its army of black-robed exorcists. And Mellie’s sin has put her in serious trouble.

To keep them both alive, Nina will need to trust Finn, a fugitive with deep green eyes who has already saved her life once and who might just be an exorcist. But what kind of exorcist wears a hoodie?

Wanted by the Church and hunted by dark forces, Nina knows she can’t survive on her own. She needs Finn and his group of rogue friends just as much as they need her.

What’s To Like: Oh my God, this sounds like a post-apocalyptic version of Seasons 3-5 or 6 of Supernatural.  Count me in.  Also, I’m totally here because it’s been forever since I’ve had a new Rachel Vincent book in my hands.  She could have written about the fascinating properties of porcupine quills and I’ll still be first in line to buy it.  Because she’s that awesome.

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