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January 15, 2015
Looking for Trouble by Victoria Dahl. $ 1.99
From the Jacket Copy:
A good reason to be bad?
Librarian Sophie Heyer has walked the straight and narrow her entire life to make up for her mother’s mistakes. But in tiny Jackson Hole, Wyoming, juicy gossip doesn’t just fade away. Falling hard for the sexiest biker who’s ever ridden into town would undo everything she’s worked for. And to add insult to injury, the alluring stranger is none other than Alex Bishop—the son of the man Sophie’s mother aban...
“That’s how it is for us servants. No one pays you much heed; mostly you’re invisible as furniture. Yet you overhear a conversation here, and add a little gossip there. Then you find something, something you should not have found.”
Irrepressible Biddy Leigh, under-cook at forbidding Mawton Hall, only wants to marry her childhood sweetheart and set up her own tavern. But when her elderly master marries young Lady Carinna, Biddy is unwittingly swept up in a world of scheming, secrets, and lies....
This is one of the books where I wish I didn’t have to assign a grade. Part of the book I really enjoyed and other parts, not so much.
Bowen Driscol has inherited the territory of Southern Brooklyn from his recently deceased father. He is taken in and vaguely threatened with stuff that doesn’t make sense in order to get him to flip on Trevor Hogan, a criminal that runs the north Brooklyn gangs.
Sera seduces Bowen and attempts to manipulate him through sex and then is disappointed...
Oxford University Press reportedly barred pigs and anything pork-related from children’s book – Although the headlines for this story are pretty sensationalized, but it’s actually a pretty interesting issue. Tossing aside the usual claims of “political correctness,” the heart of this story is the tension between artistic freedom/free speech and pragmatic business decisions (or perceived pragmatism) by publishers who want to sell their books in as many markets as possible. I have many thoughts...
January 14, 2015
The Wrecked and Ruined Box Set by Aly Martinez. $ 2.99
From the Jacket Copy:
Changing Course (Wrecked and Ruined Book 1)
Stolen Course (Wrecked and Ruined Book 2)
Among The Echoes (Wrecked and Ruined)
Broken Course (Wrecked and Ruined Book 3)
This is a box set. I know one of her books, Among the Echoes, opens with a fairly violent sexual assault. All four books are stand alones with connected series. It’s a good deal although I think at least two of these books have been on sale for $.99 at variou...
Dear Mr. Weir,
I picked up your first novel, The Martian, because some of my friends had read and recommended it. It sounded geeky enough to please my engineer husband, so I suggested to him that we read it together.
The novel begins on the sixth sol, or Martian day, of a mission to Mars. Six astronauts who came to Mars to conduct a month-long scientific survey are informed of an impending storm. The storm arrives fast, and just as they are preparing to abort the mission at NASA’s command and t...
Dear Ms. Lerner,
I’ve had a mixed experience with your books. I really enjoyed In For a Penny, outside of the over the top villain and ending; I found A Lily Among Thorns completely forgettable; and while I liked what you tried to do with Sweet Disorder, I did not share Janine and Kaetrin‘s enthusiasm for it. Still, the description of True Pretenses made me curious enough to try it. Here’s part of it:
Through sheer force of will, Ash Cohen raised himself and his younger brother from the London...
We’ve added more than a thousand new titles from Macmillan – For $8.99 a month, you can have access to more than 500k eBooks and 30k audiobooks from three of the big 5 publishers. The newest publisher to join the Scribd service is Macmillan, and below you can read some language from the official announcement. The link to this story will take you to the Scribd subscription page, where you can sign up for a free month of service.
MACMILLAN JOINS SCRIBD
Today’s a great day at Scribd (to be fair, m...
January 13, 2015
Austenland by Shannon Hale. $ 2.99
From the Jacket Copy:
Jane is a young New York woman who can never seem to find the right man-perhaps because of her secret obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Predjudice. When a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-obsessed women, however, Jane’s fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become more real than she ever could have imagined. Is this t...
A gorgeous bounty hunter. A wanted woman. A passion they can’t deny.Accused of a horrific crime and on the run, Kat has been rejected by everyone she loves. She’s a fugitive from her past, flitting from town to town with nothing but the clothes on her back—until she meets a man who literally stops her in her tracks.A notorious bounty hunter with powerful instincts, he never fails to capture his prey. But there’s something about Kat that gets under his skin–and it’s not just the...