Cheap YA Reads For Your Kindle!

Here are some cheap YA reads for the Kindle.  There are some popular dystopian and fairy tale retellings going on the cheap! Click on the title to order.

All These Things I’ve Done (Birthright) by Gabrielle Zevin ($2.99)

In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city’s most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.’s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she’s to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight–at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.

Engrossing and suspenseful, All These Things I’ve Done is an utterly unique, unputdownable read that blends both the familiar and the fantastic.

 

Uglies (The Uglies) by Scott Westerfield ($3.99)

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world–and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever..

Pretties (The Uglies) by Scott Westerfield ($3.99)

Gorgeous. Popular. Perfect. Perfectly wrong.
Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she’s completely popular. It’s everything she’s ever wanted.
But beneath all the fun — the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom — is a nagging sense that something’s wrong. Something important. Then a message from Tally’s ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what’s wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold.
Now she has to choose between fighting to forget what she knows and fighting for her life — because the authorities don’t intend to let anyone with this information survive.

The Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (.99!)

When Dashti, a maid, and Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years for Saren’s refusal to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark imprisonment.

As food runs low and the days go from broiling hot to freezing cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them fed and comfortable. But the arrival outside the tower of Saren’s two suitors—one welcome, and the other decidedly less so—brings both hope and great danger, and Dashti must make the desperate choices of a girl whose life is worth more than she knows.
With Shannon Hale’s lyrical language, this forgotten but classic fairy tale from the Brothers Grimm is reimagined and reset on the central Asian steppes; it is a completely unique retelling filled with adventure and romance, drama and disguise.

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George ($1.99)

Blessed—or cursed—with an ability to understand animals, the Lass (as she’s known to her family) has always been an oddball. And when an isbjorn (polar bear) seeks her out, and promises that her family will become rich if only the Lass will accompany him to his castle, she doesn’t hesitate. But the bear is not what he seems, nor is his castle, which is made of ice and inhabited by a silent staff of servents. Only a grueling journey on the backs of the four winds will reveal the truth: the bear is really a prince who’s been enchanted by a troll queen, and the Lass must come up with a way to free him before he’s forced to marry a troll princess.

Have you read any of these?

Review: I Own the Dawn by M L Buchman

Title: I Own the Dawn

Author:  M L Buchman

Publisher:  Sourcebooks

Available in Digital:

I Own the Dawn: The Night Stalkers

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Name: Archibald Jeffrey Stevenson III
Rank: First Lieutenant, Dap Hawk Copilot
Mission: Strategy and execution of special ops maneuvers

Name: Kee Smith
Rank: Sergeant, Night Stalker Gunner and Sharpshooter
Mission: Whatever it takes to get the job done

You Wouldn’t Think It Could Get Worse, Until It Does…

When a special mission slowly unravels, it is up to Kee and Archie to get their team out of an impossible situation with international implications. With her weaponry knowledge and his strategic thinking, plus the explosive attraction that puts them into exact synchrony, together they might just have a fighting chance.

Review:

I don’t read many military romances, and I’m not sure why.  I loved the urgency and the tension; one mistake could mean injury or death for Kee or one of the members of her special ops team.  Given her impulsiveness and single-minded determination to carry out a mission, that could spell trouble for her crewmates.  Add in the distraction from a forbidden romance on top of that and Kee and Archie could be in for a rocky ride.  Scratch that – they are guaranteed to have a nearly disastrous time!

Kee is a hard woman to like, and she actually likes it that way.  She is not a character that I am used to reading.  Volatile and  prickly, she doesn’t let anyone get close to her.  She guards her past unrelentingly, and while she doesn’t mind a roll in the sheets, there is no way she is going to trust her heart to some guy.  That’s just not happening.  Too complicated, and with her life on the line with every mission, it’s too distracting.  That is, until she is transferred to Emily Beale’s SOAR team, where she meets Archibald Jeffrey Stevenson III, a guy who is everything that she is not. A graduate of West Point,  from a wealthy background, Archie is also an officer and a relationship with him could spell big trouble.  He could get court-martialed, and Kee wouldn’t emerge unscathed should their relationship become public knowledge.   Kee decides that it’s just not worth it, until an unplanned vacation to Italy breaks down her best intentions to stay away from him.

While I was reading I Own the Dawn, I actually felt more comfortable with Archie.  He is a character I immediately liked and could relate to.   Kee, on the other hand, made me uncomfortable.  She comes from the streets, and she is unbelievably tough.  She is also an unapologetic killer.  Trained as a sharpshooter, she rarely misses a target.  I found myself uneasy in her head at times, because she has to be cool under pressure, ready to eliminate her assigned target, which is usually an enemy combatant.  People die when Kee pulls the trigger of her rifle, and sometimes that didn’t sit well with me.  I guess I am not used to heroines in contemporary romances being capable of carrying out deadly missions or murdering gang members.  I know that I am far too wimpy for the life and death confrontations that are part of Kee’s life.  It was difficult for me to embrace Kee’s  profession.  There are definitely gender biases at work, here, too, which I am chagrined to admit.  I don’t know how I would have felt if Archie had been the sharpshooter, or if he had been the hard-ass in this story. 

The relationship between Archie and Kee develops slowly, and I enjoyed the tension that boiled between them.  Kee keeps him at arms length, emotionally, afraid that a long-term commitment with him would never work.  Their backgrounds are too different, she believes, and so she does everything she can to keep from getting her feelings destroyed.  Physical pleasure is one thing, but she just can’t bring herself to trust him with her heart.  Archie, on the other hand, is bewildered by the abrupt change in Kee’s attitude towards him, and after avoiding the situation, he finally lays everything on the line and tells her how he feels.  I have to admit that I was getting frustrated with both of them, and while I expected Kee to be unable to communicate her  feelings for Archie, I was so disappointed that it took him so long to finally confront Kee about the issue of their relationship.  Any longer and I think I would have hurled the book against the nearest wall.  Maybe I was giving Archie too much credit.

There were a few plot points that I didn’t like or find believable, the first being their vacation to Italy just a few weeks after Kee is assigned to Emily’s crew.  It was too convenient, and made the super secret mission they were recalled for even more over the top.  I also found it unlikely that Dilya, the Uzbek orphan that Kee is caring for, would be allowed to continue living at the base or would be allowed to continue on with the crew’s other super secret and super dangerous mission after the young stowaway was discovered onboard the chopper.  They had just been shot at and nearly taken out of the sky.  I found it hard to swallow that Emily would allow a young child to stay onboard when they were heading into even more dangerous territory, not to mention the distraction she presented to the crew.

Even though I Own The Dawn didn’t always work for me, I enjoyed the story and characters enough to want to learn more about them.  The Night is Mine is the first book in the series, and I haven’t read it yet.  It follows Emily and Mark’s story, and I am assuming the next book will be about Connie Davis, a new arrival at the base.  I liked her the little bit she was in the book, and I’m curious to see who she ends up with.  I also found this exposure to military romance exciting, so I’m eager to explore other titles.  If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments!

Grade:  B-

Review copy provided by publisher

Interview with Carmen Falcone, Author of A Vengeful Affair and Giveaway!

Carmen Falcone is the author of A Vengeful Affair, a new offering from Entangled Publishing under their Indulgence imprint.  Carmen dropped by the virtual offices for a chat, and she brought a present! She has a digital copy of A Vengeful Affair for one of you to win!

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Carmen Falcone] I’m a new author, translator, wife, mother, dog lover, and an avid reader. I own three pugs, I live in Austin, and I love all things Ryan Gosling. Smile

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about A Vengeful Affair?

[Carmen Falcone] Vivian Foster plots to steal insider information from Spanish tycoon Javier Rivera as revenge for the murder of her best friend, for which she believes he is responsible. But he catches her before she can do so – and vehemently denies any wrongdoing. As they work together to find out what really happened, they also must come to terms with a sizzling attraction to each other, as well as the emotional bond that begins to form between them despite their best efforts to ignore it.

[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Carmen Falcone] I read lots of category romance growing up – unapologetically so – and I’ve always enjoyed the revenge theme. It’s such a good setup for a wide range of emotions and sexual tension, and it’s just an all-around fun read. But I wanted to give it a twist and have the heroine want revenge – not the other way around.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Vivian?

[Carmen Falcone] Resourceful, loyal, goal-oriented.

[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Javier would never have in his glove box?

[Carmen Falcone] He wouldn’t have any possible information on his coveted merge, or any personal objects like an iPad or anything that could jeopardize his business deal.

[Manga Maniac Café] If Javier had a theme song, what would it be?

[Carmen Falcone] “Turning Tables” by Adele. I’m not sure he’d agree, but that’s it. Smile

[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Carmen Falcone] I grew up reading Sandra Marton’s short romances, and I simply love them. She has that fast-paced, addictive writing style that I strive for. I like books that give you that endorphin rush and keep you on the edge of your seat.

[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Carmen Falcone]  I need a cleared desk. No clutter around me. I usually turn my cell phone off and have a bottle of water nearby. I don’t want to have an excuse to dash off when my characters misbehave.

[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Carmen Falcone] I really enjoyed A Night of Southern Comfort by Robin Covington.

[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Carmen Falcone] Jacqueline Baird’s revenge-themed books that I read growing up.

[Manga Maniac Café ] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Carmen Falcone] I like to spend time with my daughter and hubby, shop, take the dogs to the park, read, watch movies.

[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers[Carmen Falcone] connect with you?

[Carmen Falcone] I love to connect with readers and aspiring writers. My info:

twitter: www.twitter.com/carmenexpress

facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/carmenauthor
Blog: http://carmenfalcone.blogspot.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7803136-carmen-falcone
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/carmenfalcone/

[Manga Maniac Café]Thank you!

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Bio:

Carmen Falcone learned at an early age that fantasizing about fictional characters and places beat doing Math homework any day. She traveled the world, achieved a B.A. in Tourism in her hometown in Brazil and was soon invited to work in the USA, where she met her Swiss husband. She’d always dreamed of becoming a published writer, and after her daughter was born, she revisited that dream of writing – this time, unwilling to give it up. She lives in Austin and enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with her family and three high energy pugs.

Waiting on Wednesday–The Steam Mole by Dave Freer

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I finished Cuttlefish by Dave Freer not long ago, and was thrilled to discover that there will be another book featuring Clara and Tim.  There is no plot synopsis yet.  The Steam Mole is high on my wish list anyway.  In stores December 2012.

 

 

Order it here:  The Steam Mole

What are you waiting on?