Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday Finds and New Reads

Friday Finds and New Reads

This is where I talk about new books that really stand out to me or sound unique, and what new books I have to read or will be getting soon.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend! This spring weather is amazing, especially since down here in Texas I can still walk outside without automatically sweating (you have no idea how gross that is).

Anyways, lets get down to our Friday Finds. First up we have Valkyrie Rising by Ingrid Paulson:

Summary: Nothing ever happens in Norway. But at least Ellie knows what to expect when she visits her grandmother: a tranquil fishing village and long, slow summer days. And maybe she’ll finally get out from under the shadow of her way-too-perfect big brother, Graham, while she’s there.

What Ellie doesn’t anticipate is Graham’s infuriating best friend, Tuck, tagging along for the trip. Nor did she imagine boys going missing amid rumors of impossible kidnappings. Least of all does she expect something powerful and ancient to awaken in her and that strange whispers would urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, there’s suddenly a lot for a girl from L.A. to handle on a summer sojourn in Norway! And when Graham vanishes, it’s up to Ellie—and the ever-sarcastic, if undeniably alluring Tuck—to uncover the truth about all the disappearances and thwart the nefarious plan behind them.

Deadly legends, hidden identities, and tentative romance swirl together in one girl’s unexpectedly-epic coming of age.

I was wondering when/if anyone was going to write about valkyrie's, and now someone has! I'm really excited for this one. I mean, not only does it sound exciting, but this cover is gorgeous. And who doesn't love learning about new legends.

Next up we have Arclight by Josin L. McQuein:

Summary: There is the Light. There is the Dark. And no one survives The Fade. Theses are the absolutes... until a teenage girl stumbles out of the shadows with no memory of how she survived.

Her appearance brings hope, but also danger as a race of parasitic, chameleon-like creatures known as The Fade begin attacking those who have given her shelter. Torn between the possibility that she's the key to defeating the Fade, and the growing dissent that would sacrifice the girl in hopes of stopping the attacks, she's hard pressed to find anyone she can trust.

She finds a strained ally in the son of the man who died to bring her to safety. And when the two teens stumble across a captive Fade who begs them for help locating his lost mate, they begin to wonder if it's the girl the Fade are after at all.

There's just something about dystopian stories with a sci-fi-ish element to them that just draw me in. This one sounds awesome with all kinds of things to make me squirm and keep turning the page with intrigue. 

And now for some new reads!

What I'm reading next:

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Entwined by Heather Dixon

Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock

Until I Die by Amy Plum

Upcoming Reviews:

Slide by Jill Hathaway

Abyss by Laura Kreitzer

Allegiance by Cayla Kluver

The Temptation by Alisa Valdes

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown


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