Spotlight Friday (158)

Hey!  It’s Friday once again (and my last free Friday before school starts once more), so we’re going to just sit back and enjoy this.  Oh, and the Olympics start tonight!  That’s something else to look forward to.  KEEP THE GOODNESS COMING!

26514517The Flame Never Dies (The Stars Never Rise, #2) by Rachel Vincent

Release Date: August 16, 2016

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*

Summary (from Goodreads): ONE SPARK WILL RISE. Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth—that the war against demons is far from over—seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant younger sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.

In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.

Nina isn’t about to let that happen . . . even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.

What’s To Like: Admittedly, at the moment I’m having a hard time remembering the first book.  But Rachel Vincent is really awesome, so I’m sure that this will also be awesome.  I remember parts of it, the weird religious regime that took over the country and all that.  Should be fun.

Screenshot 2016-08-05 08.48.54Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Penaflor

Release Date: August 23, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads): Hollywood critics agree. Joss Byrd is “fiercely emotional,” a young actress with “complete conviction,” and a “powerhouse.”

Joss Byrd is America’s most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss’s life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother’s expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.

What’s To Like: When it comes to movies and acting, I’m always just as interested in what goes on behind the scenes as what happens on screen.  (I was in drama club; there’s a ton of stuff that happens backstage that no one tells you.  Things get weird when late nights are involved.)  So I love that this looks into that and I really want to see what Joss does to stay true to herself.

empire-of-thrones-usEmpire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) by Sarah J. Maas

Release Date: September 6, 2016

*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead.  For real.*

Summary (from Goodreads): The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

What’s To Like: Given how book 4 ended, I’m really curious to see what happens in this book.  Because while things seem to sort of be falling back into place, Aelin’s mission is far from being over.  And if the rest of this series is any indication, there’s a lot of trouble coming.  And boy, is it going to be delightful for us readers.

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