Sunday, July 27, 2014

Free ebook : Run to You Part 1 by Clara Kensie (US only)

Run to You Part 1: First Sight is currently free at the Harlequin store. It's not available to UK customers so I assume it's US only. (It's is £1.19 UK Kindle, £1.99 Kobo).

Part One in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past, and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

Sarah Spencer has a secret: her real name is Tessa Carson, and to stay alive, she can tell no one the truth about her psychically gifted family and the danger they are running from. As the new girl in the latest of countless schools, she also runs from her attraction to Tristan Walker—after all, she can't even tell him her real name. But Tristan won't be put off by a few secrets. Not even dangerous ones that might rip Tessa from his arms before they even kiss…

Friday, July 25, 2014

Review: True Fire by Gary Meehan

True Fire by Gary Meehan (April 2014, Quercus, ISBN: 1782069135)

Notes: The following review is written by Amanda Gillies who reviews crime fiction on my Euro Crime website. You can read  her crime reviews here and her YA reviews here.

Review: This book is simply glorious! A wonderful adventure and a real fight of good against bad, TRUE FIRE is the first in an exciting new YA trilogy and tells the story of Megan, who loses her home and her family when she is only 16. Not knowing where she can turn for help, or even who to trust, as things are not always as they seem, Megan sets out to discover why her village was destroyed around her and to also rescue her twin sister from her kidnappers. What she finds out casts a shadow on everything she has ever known and believed in. Her society’s priests and revered religion might not be the truth after all. And what about the dreaded witches? They came and destroyed the land once before, burning everything and killing millions of people. Now the witches are on the move again and the land is heading towards more bloodshed. Megan must learn to be brave in order to survive. She must also learn how to use her sword to defend herself, and others, as she finds out exactly why she is at the centre of what will turn out to be the worst war that her land has ever known.

As well as being a gripping story, TRUE FIRE is about an ordinary girl. Although the story is about witches, there are no magic powers in the air. Megan has to use her wits and guts, not spells and second sight, to keep herself alive. She is scared and unsure of what to do, as well as devastated by the violent death of her grandfather. The reader is able to identify with Megan and you end up willing her along, cheering when she manages to use her sword properly and being really relieved when she escapes from the foe.

If you like reading adventures that have ordinary people as the heroes then you are going to love this story. The ending is dramatic as well as bitter sweet. I can’t wait for the release of the second book in the trilogy so that I can find out what happens next!

Highly Recommended.

Amanda Gillies

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Harry Potter Short Story

News of a Harry Potter short story, set when the gang's in their thirties.
Can’t get enough of Harry Potter? Then this is for you. Since March, best-selling author J. K. Rowling has been writing original stories about the imaginary 2014 Quidditch World Cup Finals for Pottermore, the online home for the world of Harry Potter.

Rowling shared her latest Pottermore.com story exclusively with TODAY.com. Written in the voice of the fictional Daily Prophet's gossip correspondent Rita Skeeter, this post centers around the reunion of Harry Potter and his friends at the Quidditch World Cup Finals.
Read the short story at Today.com

Friday, June 6, 2014

Wells & Wong Short Story by Robin Stevens

Over on We Love This Book, you can read a free short story by Robin Stevens: The Case of Lavinia's Missing Tie, which is set before Murder Most Unladylike (out now).

Read it here.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Free Audio Book: All Our Yesterdays

Sync are offering two free audio books per week over the summer. You only get a week to download them but then they can be played at any time afterwards. This week's selection is available from June 5 – June 11 and includes:
ALL OUR YESTERDAYS
By Cristin Terrill
Read by Meredith Mitchell
Published by Tantor Audio

This audiobook is only available in the US and Canada.

Description:

From Cristin Terrill, a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice. “You have to kill him.” Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain. Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present–imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called “the doctor” while war rages outside. Marina has loved her best friend, James, since they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was. Em and Marina are in a race against time that only one of them can win.

Download All Our Yesterdays here.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Free ebook: Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

Rachel Caine's Glass Houses is currently free on UK Kindle. (I think it might also be free on iTunes.)

WELCOME TO MORGANVILLE. JUST DON’T STAY OUT AFTER DARK.

Morganville is a small town filled with unusual characters – when the sun goes down, the bad come out. In Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows – one that will spill out into the bright light of day.

For Claire Danvers, high school was hell, but college may be murder. It was bad enough that she got on the wrong side of Monica, the meanest of the school’s mean girls, but now she’s got three new roommates, who all have secrets of their own. And the biggest secret of all isn’t really a secret, except from Claire: Morganville is run by vampires, and they are hungry for fresh blood…

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Free ebook: The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

Julie Kagawa's The Immortal Rules is currently free on UK Kindle.

My Vampire Creator Told Me This: ‘Sometime in your life, Allison Sekemoto, you will kill a human being.

The question is not if it will happen, but when. Do you understand?’ I didn't then, not really.

I DO NOW.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Free ebook: Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead's Bloodlines is currently free on UK Kindle.

The first book in Richelle Mead's bestselling Bloodlines series, set in the world of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series - NOW A MAJOR FILM. A pulse-pounding world of magic, alchemy, vampires and true love awaits . . .

Sydney protects vampire secrets - and human lives.

Sydney belongs to a secret group who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the world of humans and vampires.

But when Sydney is torn from her bed in the middle of the night, she fears she's still being punished for her complicated alliance with dhampir Rose Hathaway. What unfolds is far worse. The sister of Moroi queen Lissa Dragomir is in mortal danger, and goes into hiding. Now Sydney must act as her protector.

The last thing Sydney wants is to be accused of sympathizing with vampires. And now she has to live with one . . .

In addition this week Amazon had a sale on selected children's and teen titles.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Free E-Novella: Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer

Elemental by Brigid Kemerer is currently free on UK Kindle and at Kobo.

As an air Elemental, 17-year-old Emily Morgan doesn't have much power. That's okay-she knows what happens to kids who do.

Like Michael Merrick. He's an earth Elemental, one with enough power to level cities. Which makes him sexy, dangerous, and completely off limits. At least according to Emily's family.

But her summer job puts her in close contact with Michael, and neither of them can help the attraction they feel. When forces of nature like theirs collide, one misstep could get someone killed. Because Emily's family doesn't just want her to stay away from him.

They want him dead.

Elemental is a prequel to the Elementals series which begins with Storm. Storm has been out in the US for a while but gets its UK release on 17 April.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Divergent Freebies on Kindle

Inside Divergent - The Initiate's World is currently free on UK Kindle.

Illustrated with more than 100 photographs – many never before seen – this eye-catching volume takes you inside the film version of Divergent where you'll discover the factions, meet the initiates and enter the thrilling dystopian world.

Follow the journey from the aptitude test to the Choosing Day Ceremony; then fall into the Dauntless Pit and witness the rigours of life in the Dauntless compound. 

INSIDE DIVERGENT is a thrilling glimpse into the initiate’s world.



I mentioned a while ago that Veronica Roth's Free Four was free for
Kobo and it is now also available for free on UK Kindle.

Fans of the Divergent series by No. 1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by this short story told from Four’s perspective.

This brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory and relationships.