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Thrifty Thursday: September 25th

Here are a few great deals going on right now. Some are ongoing, others will only be for a limited time. Happy Reading!

Captivate

If you like fairies or were a fan of Need, book 2 of Carrie Jones’ Need series is up for only $1.99 on Amazon. Unfortunately this deal is only good for Kindle users, but if you have a smartphone it’s easy enough to get the Kindle app and have it handy when great deals like this come along.

 

Mindjack trilogy

Susan Kaye Quinn’s Mindjack Trilogy is only $6.99 for Kindle, Nook, iBooks, and through Kobo, and only $7.99 through Google Play. I just reviewed the first book in the seriesOpen Minds, and it was really good, so this is a great price if you’re interested in the entire series.

 

Awaken

If you’re into mermaids, you might want to check out Awaken, book 1 of the Awakened Fate series written by Skye Malone. It’s currently only $.99 straight across the board: Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Google Play, and Kobo are all offering it super cheap.

 

Children of the After

This week’s freebie is dystopian series-starter Awakening, book 1 of Jeremy Laszlo’s Children of the After series. It’s free for Kindle, Nook, iBooks, and Kobo. This is a great option if you’re looking for a new dystopian series to get into.

 

In Between

A bonus freebie for this week is In Between, the first book in Jenny B. Jones’ Katie Parker Production series. This one is a free-for-all: Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Google Play, and Kobo are all offering it up for free. Check this one out if you’re looking for something YA that isn’t paranormal or super serious.

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Thrifty Thursday: September 4th Edition

Here are some great (and free!) deals going on right now for ebooks. Most are available for Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Google Play, and Kobo.

1. Silence by Natasha Preston

Silence

This week’s freebie is Natasha Preston’s Silence, book 1 of her Silence series. It’s free for Kindle, Nook, iBooks, and through Kobo. The sequel, Broken Silence, is only $2.99 on each site, as well. If you’re looking for a new series to check out, this might be a good option.

2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Miss Peregrine

With the movie coming out sometime next year (directed by Tim Burton), this one is definitely worth a read. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs is about a boy who finds himself living in a home with children who have various special powers. The home is run by a woman (Miss Peregrine) who can transform into  (you guessed it) a peregrine falcon. It’s a little Harry Potter and a little X-Men, and definitely an entertaining book. Currently it’s only $3.99 for Kindle and iBooks. The sequel, Hollow City, came out in January.

3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Caged Bird

Maya Angelou’s classic I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is only $3.99 for Kindle, iBooks, and Nook. I try to keep a good stash of books that never get old because sometimes it’s nice to step away from all the modern stuff and check out something that’s been around for awhile.

4. The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan

Faery Guardian

Rachel Morgan’s The Faerie Guardian, book 1 of theCreepy Hollow series is free for both Kindle and Nook (and only $.99 through iBooks and Kobo). If you’re looking for a new series to read, this is another one will be great because the first installment is free!

5. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

dark places

For those of you who were fans of Gone Girl, you may want to check out one of Gillian Flynn’s other novels while it’s at such a low price. Dark Places is only $2.50 for Kindle and on Google Play (compare to $4.99 on iBooks, $7.99 for Nook, and $9.99 though Kobo). I’ll be up front in saying that I really wasn’t a fan of how Gone Girl ended (read my review here, if you’d like), but it was still a page-turner and the writing was good. Those two things are enough to make me check out her other works, just in case.

So there they are! Happy Reading!

 

 

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What’s Up Wednesday: September New Releases

There are a lot of goodies getting released this month, so picking a small handful was tough. Here are a few that sound sure to be awesome reads. Descriptions are copied from Goodreads.

1. The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave #2) by Rick Yancey – September 16, 2014. I’ve been meaning to read The 5th Wave for a long time, so now that the second book is soon to be available I might go ahead and grab it.

Infinite Sea

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

These next few are standalones, and since I’ve been series-crazy lately I’m kind of looking forward to grabbing a few that begin and end in one book.

2. Winterspell by Claire Legrand – September 30, 2014.

Winterspell

New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.

Her home is destroyed, her father abducted–by beings distinctly nothuman. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets–and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed–if she leaves at all.

Inspired by The Nutcracker, Winterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.

3. Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang – September 9, 2014.

Falling Into Place

On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.

Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.

4. Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin – September 23, 2014. I’ll be honest. This one caught my eye for two reasons. First, I was a psychology major and I’ve always thought the idea of a blank slate was pretty interesting.  Second, it’s the title of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode and, well, I heart Buffy.

Tabula Rasa

The Bourne Identity meets Divergent in this action-packed debut thriller with a Katniss-esque heroine fighting to regain her memories and stay alive, set against a dystopian hospital background.

Sarah starts a crazy battle for her life within the walls of her hospital-turned-prison when a procedure to eliminate her memory goes awry and she starts to remember snatches of her past. Was she an urban terrorist or vigilante? Has the procedure been her salvation or her destruction?

The answers lie trapped within her mind. To access them, she’ll need the help of the teen computer hacker who’s trying to bring the hospital down for his own reasons, and a pill that’s blocked by an army of mercenary soldiers poised to eliminate her for good. If only she knew why . . .

5. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White – September 9, 2014.

Illusions of Fate
“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

There are a lot more books being released this month in addition to these, so keep an eye out for some good ones!

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Thrifty Thursday: July 3rd Edition

First on this week’s Thrifty Thursday is a PSA. If you sign up for Amazon’s Teen & Young Adult newsletter, you get a free Kindle book. There’s only a choice between 3, but I’m not sure if that’ll change daily or not.

1.

Park Service

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This week’s Thrifty Thursday freebie is Ryan Winfield’s The Park Service, book 1 of his Park Service trilogy. I just grabbed this one about a week ago, and within a few hours I was halfway through. It’s fast-paced, realisitically timed, in some ways disturbingly feasible (in other ways very much not), and told from the point of view of a teenage male, which is a nice switch from the female-driven YA books we’re used to. It’s free for Kindle (normally $3.99) and on Google Play, and only $.99 on for Nook.

2.

See Me

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Awesome author of the Sweet trilogy Wendy Higgins has one of her newer releases, See Me, up for only $2.99 for Kindle, Kobo, and Nook. If you haven’t read the Sweet trilogy, you need to. If you missed my review of its conclusion, Sweet Reckoning, you can check it out here. It’s a really great series that I’m desperately hoping will become a TV series someday.

3.

Neverland

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If you’re into revamps of your favorite childhood books, Anna Katmore’s Neverland is only $2.99 for Kindle and Nook, and just a penny more at $3 on Kobo. It follows Angeline McFarland, a girl who takes a fall on her balcony and lands herself right in Neverland, home of the infamous Peter Pan and some scary old pirates. With book 2 of the Adventures in Neverland series, Pan’s Revenge, due to be published this month, it’s worth a look if you’re looking for a new series.

4.

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Photo courtesy of Goodreads

If you’re looking to step a few steps away from the YA paranormal genre, there’s Jillian Dodd’s That Boywhich is currently free for Kindle. It centers around a girl named Jadyn and the boys who teach her how to kiss, make out, and fall in love. I grabbed this one, too, because it seemed like a nice change of pace.

5.

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Photo courtesy of Goodreads

And lastly, Runes, book 1 of Ednah Walters Runes series is only $.99 for Kindle. This one weaves a bit of Norse mythology into the typical YA paranormal romance, so it might change things up a bit if you’re looking for something new.

Happy reading!

 

 

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(A Much Delayed!) What’s Up Wednesday: July 2014 New Releases

I’m a few days late for my regular What’s Up Wednesday due to family vacation, but I wanted to get this post out before the month started. Here are some of the awesome new releases coming up for the month of July!

1.

Conversion

Conversion by Katherine Howe will be kicking off the month with its release on July 1.

It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.
 
First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.
 
Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .
 
Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s?

2.

The Kiss of Deception

The Kiss of Deception book 1 of Mary Pearson’s The Remnant Chronicles, debuts July 8th.

In this timeless new trilogy about love and sacrifice, a princess must find her place in a reborn world.

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

3.

Unravel

Unravel, book 2 of Imogen Howson’s Linked series will be released on July 8th, as well. The first book in series, Linked, has a pretty decent rating on Goodreads, so this one might be worth checking out.

Untold dangers await telepathic twins in this sequel to the futuristic, romantic thriller called classic sci-fi, space-travel adventure at its best. After Elissa and Lin exposed the government’s secret experiments in Linked, which Booklistcalled a roller-coaster ride into space that just about everyone should enjoy, their home planet Sekoia is thrown into chaos. Determined to do their part to help the planet they’ve hurt, they return to Sekoia only to discover that things are far worse that they imagined. Resources are suddenly scarce, people are scared, and there’s a rising current of anger against the Spares. When Lissa and Lin find themselves among another group of Spares and twins, they feel like they’ve found their kindred spirits at last. But a threat none of them could have expected is lying in wait for Sekoia’s Spares.

4.

Strange and Ever After

Strange and Ever After, the conclusion to Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly trilogy, will be released on July 22.

In the conclusion to the trilogy that Publishers Weekly called “a roaring—and addictive—gothic world,” Eleanor Fitt must control her growing power, face her feelings for Daniel, and confront the evil necromancer Marcus…all before it’s too late.

He took her brother, he took her mother, and now, Marcus has taken her good friend Jie. With more determination than ever to bring this sinister man to justice, Eleanor heads to the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt in hopes of ending this nightmare. But in addition to her increasingly tense relationships with Daniel, Joseph, and her demon, Oliver, Eleanor must also deal with her former friend, Allison, who has curiously entangled herself in Eleanor’s mission.

With the rising dead chomping at her every move and Jie’s life hanging in the balance, Eleanor is convinced that her black magic will see her through to the bitter end. But there will be a price. Though she and the Spirit Hunters have weathered every battle thus far, there will be consequences to suffer this time—the effects of which will be irreversible. And when it’s over, only some will be able to live a strange and ever after.

5.

Silver Shadows

Closing out the month we have Silver Shadows, the 5th installment to Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series with a publication date of July 29th. I’m finishing up rereading the first 4 books to catch myself up, so I’m super excited about this one.

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. 

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

 

 

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Thrifty Thursday: June 19, 2014

Here are some good deals going on right now, and other finds that are low-priced regularly. Some I’ve read, and I’ll be posting a review for #2, Frost, next week. Enjoy!

1.

Open Minds

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The freebie for the week is Open Minds, book 1 of the Mindjack trilogy by Susan Kaye Quinn. It’s free on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and on Google Play. The digital box set can also be purchased for $6.99 on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

2.

Frost

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Frost, the first installment of Kate Avery Ellison’s Frost Chronicles, is only $.99 for Kindle. I actually just finished this one and will be reviewing it next week. It was a bit slow to start and the protagonist was a little dry, but once it got going it was pretty good. Plus it’s short, which can sometimes be nice for the start of a series.

3.

Divergent

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Divergent by Veronica Roth is only $4.99 on Amazon and Google Play, so if you haven’t read this series yet, you won’t be out too much if you grab the series opener. It’s also available through Overdrive if you’re interested in getting it from your library.

4.

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Containment Zone by R.A. Seckler is only $.99 on Amazon and $2.99 on Barnes & Noble. If you’re super patient, you can read it on his blog while he posts one chapter a week, which was what I planned on doing before I read the first couple chapters. It’s not YA, more just sci-fi. It’s a really cool new take on the zombie storyline so don’t write it off as just a recycled version of an old idea because it’s done very well. You can read my review for it here.

5.

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Cursed, book 1 of S.J. West’s Watcher’s trilogy, is only $2.99 on Amazon. With almost 1300 ratings on Goodreads, it’s certainly worth checking out.

 

 

 

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What’s Up Wednesday: 100 Best Teen Novels

I love lists, and I have a feeling I’m not the only one. This one doesn’t need much explaining; it’s a list of the top 100 teen novels according to NPR’s Best-Ever Teen Fiction poll of 2012. Quite a few I’ve read, and several more are on my 2014 Goals list (which I’ve been sadly slacking on). Over 75,000 people voted, and this is what they came up with. No surprise what’s number 1! Hopefully this will give you some inspiration for what to check out next. 

I’m only listing the top 10 because it’s a really long list! List has been copied from here and all titles are linked. Happy reading!

1

Harry Potter Box Set

Harry Potter series

The adventures of Harry Potter, the Boy Who Lived, and his wand-wielding friends at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry, Ron and Hermione must master their craft and battle the machinations of the evil wizard Voldemort and his Death Eaters.

2

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games series

In the ruins of a future North America, a young girl is picked to leave her impoverished district and travel to the decadent Capitol for a battle to the death in the savage Hunger Games. But for Katniss Everdeen, winning the Games only puts her deeper in danger as the strict social order of Panem begins to unravel.

3

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel from author Harper Lee explores racial tensions in the fictional “tired old town” of Maycomb, Ala., through the eyes of 6-year-old Scout Finch. As her lawyer father, Atticus, defends a black man accused of rape, Scout and her friends learn about the unjust treatment of African-Americans — and their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley.

4

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few more years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at the Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

5

Hobbit or There and Back Again

The Hobbit

Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.

6

Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

With the author’s death, the classic novel about young Holden Caulfield’s disillusionment with the adult world and its “phoniness” will only rise in popularity — and controversy, since it is a favorite target of censors, who often cite profanity and sexual references in their efforts to ban the book.

7

The Lord Of The Rings

The Lord of the Rings

Tolkien’s seminal three-volume epic chronicles the War of the Ring, in which Frodo the hobbit and his companions set out to destroy the evil Ring of Power and restore peace to Middle-earth. The beloved trilogy still casts a long shadow, having established some of the most familiar and enduring tropes in fantasy literature.

8

Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

In a far future world, television dominates, and books are outlawed. The totalitarian regime has ordered all books to be burned by “firemen,” whose job is to start the fires rather than stop them. But one fireman begins to see the value of the printed word.

9

Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska

Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.

10

The Book Thief

The Book Thief

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel — a young German girl whose book-stealing and storytelling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

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