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Daily Deals: Scottish family issues; unmagical beings in a magical world, and a classic horror

Daily Deals: Scottish family issues; unmagical beings in a magical world,...

This box set of three books from the Unwanted series is priced at $4.80 but I included it because its a favorite middle grade series of my daughter and I paid for the hardcovers. (She’s anal this way. She likes all the books in her series to be of the same format. If the first book she buys is paperback, she’ll wait patiently for the paperback to come out. If the first book in the series is hardcover, we have to get all hardcover).

The Shining by Stephen KingThe Shining by Stephen King. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

First published in 1977, The Shining quickly became a benchmark in the literary career of Stephen King. This tale of a troubled man hired to care for a remote mountain resort over the winter, his loyal wife, and their uniquely gifted son slowly but steadily unfolds as secrets from the Overlook Hotel’s past are revealed, and the hotel itself attempts to claim the very souls of the Torrance family. Adapted into a cinematic masterpiece of horror by legendary director Stanley Kubrick – featuring an unforgettable performance by a demonic Jack Nicholson – The Shining stands as a cultural icon of modern horror, a searing study of a family torn apart, and a nightmarish glimpse into the dark recesses of human weakness and dementia.

Kind of amazing how long this story has endured.

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Otherkin by Nina BerryOtherkin by Nina Berry. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

I thought I knew myself. Then I met Caleb.

Dez is a good girl who does as she’s told and tries not to be noticed. Then she rescues a boy from a cage, and he tells her secrets about herself. Now inside her burns a darkness that will transform her.

Everything is about to change—and neither Caleb, nor the Otherkin, nor those who hunt them, are prepared for what Dez will unleash.

Voya review “Within the first few pages, Dez is hopelessly in love with a tall, dark stranger with a secretive side. In other words, this is lazy plotting at its worst. Although it moves quickly and entertainingly enough, every significant beat is taken from the teen novel closest to hand. Add in Berry’s stunningly tone-deaf dialogue, and there is really no need to read this novel over any of the seemingly hundreds of other paranormal romances out there”

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Torn by Erica O'RourkeTorn by Erica O’Rourke. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Everyone has secrets.
Even best friends.

Swirling black descends like ravens, large enough to block the glow of the streetlights. A dull roar starts like a train on the ‘L’, a far-away rumbling that grows louder as it pulls closer, until it’s directly overhead and you feel it in your chest, except this doesn’t pass you by. Verity, white-faced and eyes blazing, shouts through the din, “Run, Mo!”

Mo Fitzgerald knows about secrets. But when she witnesses her best friend’s murder, she discovers Verity was hiding things she never could have guessed. To find the answers she needs and the vengeance she craves, Mo—quiet, ordinary, unmagical Mo—will have to enter a world of raw magic and shifting alliances. And she’ll have to choose between two very different, equally dangerous guys—protective, duty-bound Colin and brash, mysterious Luc. One wants to save her, one wants to claim her. Which would you choose?

School Library Journal “O’Rourke’s heroine is refreshing: determined, spunky, and unpredictable. The two requisite love interests are more formulaic, but Torn should still satisfy readers with an insatiable thirst for well-written, fast-paced fantasy and leave them eager for the next installment in the series.”

Tangled is also $2.99

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Three Junes by Julia GlassThree Junes by Julia Glass. $ 1.99 AMZN | Google Play.

From the Jacket Copy:

A luminous first novel, set in Greece, Scotland, Greenwich Village, and Long Island, that traces the members of a Scottish family as they confront the joys and longings, fulfillments and betrayals of love in all its guises.

In June of 1989 Paul McLeod, a newspaper publisher and recent widower, travels to Greece, where he falls for a young American artist and reflects on the complicated truth about his marriage.

Six years later, again in June, Paul’s death draws his three grown sons and their families back to their ancestral home. Fenno, the eldest, a wry, introspective gay man, narrates the events of this unforeseen reunion. Far from his straitlaced expatriate life as a bookseller in Greenwich Village, Fenno is stunned by a series of revelations that threaten his carefully crafted defenses.

Four years farther on, in yet another June, a chance meeting on the Long Island shore brings Fenno together with Fern Olitsky, the artist who once captivated his father. Now pregnant, Fern must weigh her guilt about the past against her wishes for the future and decide what family means to her.

In prose rich with compassion and wit, Three Junes paints a haunting portrait of love’s redemptive powers

This is told in three parts from three different points of view and the middle storyteller – Fenno – appeared to be reviewers least favorite character. It’s literary fiction and looks to suffer some common complaints such as a meandering plot and a penchant for mundane details.

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Daily Deals: Shopping addict has a baby, a gripping thriller, and Lauren Bacall’s memoir

Daily Deals: Shopping addict has a baby, a gripping thriller, and...

Shopaholic and Baby by Sophie KinsellaShopaholic and Baby by Sophie Kinsella. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Sophie Kinsella’s Wedding Night.

Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) is pregnant! She couldn’t be more overjoyed–especially since discovering that shopping cures morning sickness. Everything has got to be perfect for her baby: from the designer nursery . . . to the latest, coolest pram . . . to the celebrity, must-have obstetrician.

But when the celebrity obstetrician turns out to be her husband Luke’s glamorous, intellectual ex-girlfriend, Becky’s perfect world starts to crumble. She’s shopping for two . . . but are there three in her marriage?

In the past few months, we’ve seen all of the Shopaholic series go on sale. I wonder if she has a new one coming out. PW writes “Kinsella’s ode to baby blues is both sly and slapstick-and for now, at least, Becky is more lovably Lucille Ball than annoyingly Paris Hilton. “

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By Myself and Then Some by Lauren BacallBy Myself and Then Some by Lauren Bacall. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The epitome of grace, independence, and wit, Lauren Bacall continues to project an audacious spirit and pursue on-screen excellence. The product of an extraordinary mother and a loving extended family, she produced, with Humphrey Bogart, some of the most electric and memorable scenes in movie history. After tragically losing Bogart, she returned to New York and a brilliant career in the theatre. A two-time Tony winner, she married and later divorced her second love, Jason Robards, and never lost sight of the strength that made her a star.

Now, thirty years after the publication of her original National Book Award–winning memoir, Bacall has added new material to her inspiring history. In her own frank and beautiful words, one of our most enduring actresses reveals the remarkable true story of a lifetime so rich with incident and achievement that Hollywood itself would be unable to adequately reproduce it.

I was reading an article about her and this book the other day and was mesmerized. She had a great love with Bogart who was decades her senior and widowed at the age of 32. She admitted to being vulnerable when he died and that Frank Sinatra pursued her, more perhaps because she was Bogie’s wife than anything. Her life with Bogie was an influential time, even though it was the shortest part of her life. PW notes that there are a lot of deaths in the book. Bacall seems to have outlived everyone.

I’m so glad it is on sale because I wanted to buy the book after reading the article.

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Consumed by Emily SnowConsumed by Emily Snow. $ .99

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Now that Lucas has declared his love for her, Sienna is sure the drama between them is over. But then he comes to her with a new offer: his band, Your Toxic Sequel, is going on tour and he wants her with him—working in wardrobe and as his girl.

Life on the road is different from anything Sienna has ever known. Not only does she have to deal with Lucas’ band members, but she’s also forced to be around Cilla, the lead singer of Wicked Lambs. Still, despite horny band mates and a gorgeous rock goddess determined to sink her talons into Lucas, Sienna stays by his side.

Then the threats from Lucas’ ex start—everything from harassing emails to fake accounts on Your Toxic Sequel fan pages slamming Sienna and spreading vicious rumors.

Sienna brushes them off, keeping Lucas in the dark because Sam is bad for his music. But after the threats turn dangerous, violent, she has no other choice but to confront him. But when he finally reveals his secret—and it’s a big one—will they be able to survive the consequences? Or will it tear them apart, consuming them?

This book had such a strange history behind it. The author kept saying she bought it back from the publisher and that she was going to publish it for months and months. It finally was self published around February or March. I can’t remember if I bought it then or not. What does Amazon say…Amazon says no. Maybe it’s because I read a lot of spoilers post publication wanting to know if it was worth it?

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The Guilty One by Lisa BallantyneThe Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

An eight-year-old boy is found dead in a playground . . . and his eleven-year-old neighbor is accused of the crime. Leading the defense is London solicitor Daniel Hunter, a champion of lost causes.

A damaged boy from a troubled home, Daniel’s young client, Sebastian, reminds Daniel of his own turbulent childhood—and of Minnie, the devoted woman whose love saved him. But one terrible act of betrayal irrevocably shattered their bond.

As past and present collide, Daniel is faced with disturbing questions. Will his sympathy for Sebastian and his own memories blind him to the truth? What happened in the park—and who, ultimately, is to blame for a little boy’s death? Rethinking everything he’s ever believed, Daniel begins to understand what it means to be wrong . . . and to be the guilty one.

PW “Drawn with ruthless realism, Ballantyne’s sympathetic major characters, especially Daniel and Minnie, leap from her pages into readers’ hearts. Ballantyne also indicts the British government’s stingy refusal to fund genuine rehabilitation of juvenile offenders in this scalding exploration of childhood violence, adult refusal to forgive, and redemptive love. “

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