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Thrifty Thursday: October 9th Edition

Here are some cheap or free ebooks that are worth checking out if you’re in the market for some new reading material! Enjoy!

EtherealWater waves and bubbles in blue

Topping off the list this week are the first two books in Addison Moore’s Celestra series – Ethereal and Tremble. They’re free for Kindle, Nook, iBooks, and on Google Play and Kobo. What’s more, if you’re a Kindle or Kindle app user you can get the first 3 books – Ethereal, Tremble, and Burn for only $.99 on Amazon. It centers around a girl named Skyla (a mind-reader) who moves into a supposedly haunted house with her mother, only to discover that a legion of angels in out to get her. With the help of her new friend Logan, also a mind-reader, she hopes to solve the mysteries that seem to be plaguing her life. There are 8 books in the series so if you’re out to find a new series to read, this might be a good option.

Time and Again

Time and Again by Jack Finney blends time travel, mystery, and love to create a story in which a man must decide where – and when – he wants to live his life. It’s $1.99 for Kindle, Nook, iBooks, on Google Play, and on Kobo.

The 100

If you’re into the CW series The 100 you might want to check out the first book in the series by Kass Morgan. The TV series is pretty cool, but I haven’t read the book so I’m not sure how true to them the show is. But I like the show enough that the books might be worth a read. It’s currently $2.99 for Kindle, Nook, iBooks, on Google Play, and on Kobo.

The Unquiet

If you’re looking for something a little spooky, check out Jeannine Garsee’s ghost story romance The Unquiet. It’s only $1.99 for Kindle, Nook, iBooks, and on Kobo.

So there they are! Happy Reading!

 

 

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What’s Up Wednesday: The Liebster Award

Ok, I’ll admit, I’ve been slacking on this one for quite some time. I’ve been nominated for the Liebster award three times and keep forgetting and putting off reposting the questions.

Liebster

Recently I received an email telling me that someone had commented on my blog post (woohoo!!). When I was surprised to find that I saw that I had been nominated for a Liebster Award by Klara Parker, whose blog is titled Book Addict. Not knowing what this “Liebster Award” thing was, I did a bit of research to find out the origins of this mysterious award.

Basically, the Liebster Award is a blogging award that has been floating around for several years now. Bloggers nominate fellow bloggers with fewer than 300 followers to answer the 11 questions that they’ve posted, and in return nominate 11 more bloggers and have them answer 11 new questions that you’ve created. It seems like a great way to discover some new blogs to follow and gain some new followers in the process.

So, here we go.

The rules are as follows:

  1. List 11 facts about yourself.
  2. Answer the 11 questions asked by whoever nominated you.
  3. Nominate 9 bloggers with less than 300 followers and leave them a comment saying they’ve been nominated.
  4. Ask 11 new questions for your chosen nominees.
  5. You cannot re-nominate the blog that nominated you

My Facts:

1. I have a 21 month old daughter.

2. I changed my college major 4 times and minor 3.

3. I’m an only child.

4. I’ve never been further west in the US than PA, but I’ve spent 6 weeks in South American and 10 days in Italy.

5. If I could be a professional student, I’d do it in a heartbeat.

6. My dream job is to be a fact-checker.

7. I minored in anthropology

8. I work in special education

9. My favorite American city is Washington, D.C.

10. I was a waitress for 15 years.

11. I’m a night person, but love having the mornings to myself.

My answers (and some of these were tough!):

1. What is your favorite book series of all time ?

I’ve just completed the Harry Potter series and can easily say it has become my favorite series. I’m currently on my second read-through.

2. Your favorite book couple ?

Ron and Hermione. Their romance was an incredibly minor part of the series, but what I liked was that Ron got the girl, not Harry. It was obvious from early on that they would get together, but what was nice was that there really was never a thought that she might end up with the hero of the story.

3. What was the first book you read ?

First chapter book? Kristy’s Great Idea, book 1 of The Baby-Sitters Club by Ann M. Martin. I was 7.

4. Who is your favorite character of all time ?

Is this a trick question?

5. What is your favorite book genre ?

It really varies. For a while it was YA paranormal, sometimes it’s NA comedy/romance, but most often I enjoy dystopian works, preferably ones that don’t center around teenagers in love.

6. Do you like reading books before watching the movie adaptation, or watch the movie and then read the books ?

I actually just came to the conclusion on this after watching the Harry Potter movies. I’ve decided that seeing the movies first is best (as long as they’re decent adaptations) because when I read the books after, I get so much more, almost like getting that additional book or two in the series that I inevitably want.

7. Who is your favorite author ?

I can’t name just one. Richelle Mead and J.K. Rowling are great for paranormal, Kristan Higgins for comedy romance, and Dan Wells is good for dystopian that doesn’t center around love triangles.

8. Your favorite book quote ?

Pretty much anything from The Tao of Pooh. Never have I marked up a book as much as I did that one.

9. Three books that made you cry ?

Where the Red Fern Grows, most of the Harry Potter series, and The Art of Racing in the Rain.

10. Do you prefer e-books or “physical books” ?

Its a toss up. I love seeing the books stacked on my shelves and being able to make notations in physical books. But I also love not having to always carry one with me and not being stuck sitting in the doctor’s office with a book I don’t like.

11. Best book vilain ever ?

It’s a tie between Dimitri Belakov from Vampire Academy and Gollum.

 

My questions for nominees:

1. What is your dream job?

2. Could you live in your hometown your entire life?

3. What was your first job?

4. If you went to college right now, what would you major in?

5. What is your favorite scene from a book?

6. What movie adaptation would’ve been better as a TV series?

7. What book is closest to you right now? Or, what ebook is first in your library?

8. Did you have a favorite book series growing up?

9. Favorite painting?

10. What is your favorite book location (city, state, country, planet, etc.)?

11. What author would you like to hang out with for a day or two?

 

Nominees:

Sky Hegyes http://skyehegyes.com/

A Novel Adventure http://anoveladventurebegins.blogspot.com/

Books With Pizzazz http://bookswithpizzazz.blogspot.com/

Fictionally Obsessed http://fictionallyobsessed.blogspot.com/

Gizzimomo’s Book Shelf http://gizzimomosbookshelf.blogspot.com/

Where Books Lead Us http://wherebooksleadus.blogspot.com/

Gorgeous Books http://gorgeousbooks.wordpress.com/

A Perfection Called Books http://aperfectioncalledbooks.blogspot.com/

Benni’s Bookbiters http://bennitheblog.com/bookbiters/

 

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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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Thrifty Thursday: August 21st Edition

Here are some great deals going on for eBooks this week. Enjoy!

1.

Night

Night, the autobiographical account of Elie Wiesel’s time and survival in the Nazi death camps is available for $3.99 for Kindle and Nook, and also on iTunes and Google Play. If you’ve never read this book, you should. It’s hard to get through in some place and simply heart-wrenching in others, so it’s certainly not a light read. But it’s absolutely worth reading.

 

2.

definance

Defiance, book one of C.J. Rewine’s Courier’s Daughter series, is about a girl on a mission to find her father in the Wastelands outside of her city. It’s only $1.99 for Nook, Kindle, iBooks, and on Google Play.

 

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Beautiful disaster

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire is also pretty cheap right now. I’ve been meaning to check it out for quite a while now, and it sounds like a nice deviation from the YA paranormal I keep coming back to. It’s only $3.99 on Google Play and for KindleNook, and iBooks.

 

4.

Contaminated

Contaminated, book one of Em Garner’s Contaminated series, is only $2.51 for Nook, Kindle, and on Google Play. I’m not sure how I feel about this one, but I thought it was worth mentioning. It centers around a girl who lives in a world in which people have been turned into zombie-like creatures after drinking a popular diet drink. It sounds like it has some potential to be a funny story with seriousness worked in, so I’ll probably be grabbing this one.

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Monday’s Musings: We all have those days…

Plot Twist

I often find myself saying “I couldn’t make this stuff up!” when I encounter certain situations in my day-to-day life. The truth is, seeing at the things that drive me batty as things that add some entertainment to my life helps me get through quite a bit. Instead of dwelling on the negative, find a silver lining. It’s there, even if it’s disguised as something negative. You just have to take a deep breath and find it.

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Thrifty Thursday: August 14th Edition

Here are this week’s cheapies and freebies!

1. Lori Brighton‘s The Mind Readers – Book 1 of her Mind Readers series. Free for both Kindle and Nook! It’s got over 5,000 4 & 5 star reviews on Goodreads, and over 1200 on Amazon, so this one is definitely worth checking out.

The Mind Readers

2. The Unbecoming of Mara DyerMara Dyer Book 1 by Michelle Hodkin. $1.99 for Kindle and only $2.47 on Google Play. It’s still full price at $9.99 through iTunes and for Nook, however, so if you’re got various apps, you can still get this deal. This was has been on my To Read list for quite some time now, so I was really glad to be able to grab it so cheap. And with over 27,000 5 star ratings on Goodreads, it should be well worth it.

Mara Dyer

3. The Blemished  – Blemished Book 1 by Sarah Dalton. This one is free for Kindle, NookiBooks, and through Google Play, so this one works out for everyone!

The Blemished

4. AngelfallPenryn & the End of Days Book 1 – Susan Ee. This one is 3.99 for Kindle, and free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber. With almost 30,000 5 star reviews, the $3.99 price tag doesn’t seem too bad!

Angelfall Penryn

5. Best-seller John Green‘s Looking for Alaska is $4.99 straight across the board: Kindle, Nook, iBooks, and Google Play. This, as well as The Fault in Our Stars are still on my To Read list, so I’ll probably get going on those, soon, too.

Looking for Alaska

So there they are! Check back next week for some more deals!

 

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Tuesday Review Day: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Ok, so aliens have never been my thing. I was all about My Teacher is an Alien and the like when I was in grade school, but the YA paranormal alien genre has just never been my cup of tea. Or, should I say, I never thought it would be my cup of tea. Until I read Obsidian.

Obsidian

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux
Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Pages: 335
Rating: 4.5 stars

After moving from Florida to a small town in West Virginia, Katy and her mother hope to move on from their tragic past. When they move in, Katy’s mother encourages her to meet the new neighbors, two siblings who appear to be about her age, in the hope that she will make some new friends before the school year starts. Katy and Dee immediately hit it off and become fast friends, but Dee’s twin brother Daemon is the biggest jerk Katy has ever met. He is outwardly hostile toward her, letting her know that he feels as though he and his sister are too good to be friends with the likes of her. As time moves on, Katy and Daemon end up reaching frenemy status, allowing the two to coexist relatively peacefully, providing they don’t get in each other’s way too much. However, Katy soon realizes that there is more to Daemon and Dee and their bizarre friends than meets the eye. They are aliens from the planet Lux, hiding out on Earth after their world was destroyed by their enemies, the Arum. In building relationships with them, Katy has put herself in the line of fire as the Arum use her as a tracking signal to find and eliminate Dee, Daemon, and everyone else like them.

What I liked:

1. Katy actually seemed sincere in her hatred for Daemon. While Katy did fall for Daemon, she finally said enough was enough with his crazy mood swings. She also didn’t take advantage of his desire to be with her just because they were connected in some weird cosmic way. She wanted to be with him on normal terms, relatively speaking, not because some freaky connection brought them together. She didn’t let her feelings get too much in the way of logic.

2. Katy wasn’t dimwitted and was not a pushover. For the most part, she stood her ground and didn’t make decisions based on what the hot boy next door said or did. In particular I liked that she enjoyed giving Daemon a taste of his own medicine by intentionally annoying him and by doing things like brake-checking him.

3. The male-female dynamic was a little less eye-roll worthy than in other YA romance. Unlike many other female protagonists, Katy actually had past history with guys. And, in this case, “like” actually came before love.

What I Didn’t Like

1. It seemed like the author was going overboard trying to make Daemon seem like a jerk. I get why he needed to be kind of crappy toward Katy, but sometimes it just seemed to be a bit much.

2. As much as she hated him, Katy would not stop talking about Daemon’s shirt, position of his shirt, fit of his shirt, or the built body under his shirt.

3. Here’s yet another protagonist who looooooves books. At least in this case it wasn’t a deep and undying love of the classics, modern books be damned. But still, more often than not it seems as though the narrator/main character of YA books HAS to be bookish in some sense.

Anywho, I’m giving this one 4.5 stars because it was just awesome all around. Ms. Armentrout’s new take on “little green men” actually hooked me pretty quickly. The opposing light and dark forces made for a really interesting twist on an old standby. She made them interesting and very much not the creepy monster aliens of my childhood. This is definitely a book worth reading, but I’ll warn you, once you get into it you’ll likely have a hard time putting it down. I’d recommend this as a beach read for the summer because it was so easy to get wrapped up in.

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