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Jellicoe Road      by     Melina MarchettaJellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

What do you want from me?” he asks. What I want from every person in my life, I want to tell him. More.

Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn’t a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs is back in town, moody stares and all.

In this absorbing story by Melina Marchetta, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor tries to work out the connection between her mother dumping her, Hannah finding her then and her sudden departure now, a mysterious stranger who once whispered something in her ear, a boy in her dreams, five kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago, and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs, who knows her better than she thinks he does. If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she might just be able to change her future.

Janine recommended and reviewed this book in 2009.


I loved the intricacy of this story, the way so many small and seemingly unimportant details turned out to be important in the end, the way the different threads connected. It’s a rare book that seems so seamless when I finish it, that takes such complete hold of me with its magic.

Despite its YA designation, Jellicoe Road deals with a lot of adult themes, and includes a romance and even a couple of brief sex scenes, so while I would not recommend it for younger kids, I do wholeheartedly recommend it to older teens and to adults.

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 Cinnamon and Roses      by     Heidi BettsCinnamon and Roses by Heidi Betts. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Best-selling author Heidi Betts is known as a versatile author who writes what she loves…and makes readers fall in love all over again. Whether she’s writing contemporary romance, paranormal, or historical, Heidi Betts never disappoints.


Caleb Adams is out of Rebecca’s league. She’s a fatherless seamstress with no business in the wealthy, extravagant city life of Caleb. Yet, the more he scandalizes her small Kansas cowtown, the more she pines for his raw male allure. Now Caleb finds himself less interested in the beautiful rich women of his past and more obsessed with Rebecca’s innocent scent of cinnamon and roses. Will her fear of mothering a baby doomed to a fatherless upbringing and his fear of entrusting his heart to women be erased when their mutual desire is fulfilled?

This author’s name sounds super familiar. She may have been a regular commenter at SBTB at one time or maybe a member of the Jennifer Crusie loop. This was originally published by Leisure in 2000.

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Devil's Bride stephanie laurensDevil’s Bride by Stephanie Laurens. $ 1.99

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When Devil, the most infamous member of the Cynster family, is caught in a compromising position with plucky governess Honoria Wetherby, he astonishes the entire town by offering his hand in marriage. No one dreamed this scandalous rake would ever take a bride. And as society mamas swooned at the loss of England’s most eligible bachelor, Devil?s infamous Cynster cousins began to place wagers on the wedding date.

But Honoria wasn’t about to bend society’s demands and marry a man “just” because they’d been found together virtually unchaperoned. No, she craved adventure, and while solving the murder of a young Cynster cousin fit the bill for a while, she decided that once the crime was solved she’d go off to see the world. But the scalding heat of her unsated desire for Devil soon had Honoria craving a very different sort of excitement. Could her passion for Devil cause her to embrace the enchanting peril of a lifelong adventure of the heart?

I’m a little afraid to pick this book up again but for a time, a long time, it was one of my favorites. Laurens introduced a different type of story with Devil’s Bride – the hero in pursuit. This is a common trope now, but when Devil’s Bride came out the more common theme in romances was the heroine who longed for the hero’s affection.

I also felt that Laurens’ really captured the tone of the period and conveyed it in a subtle way which made the reader feel like an insider.

Lauren’s magic over me eroded as time and the series marched on, but in those early years I anticipated each Cynster novel as eagerly as I have ever awaited a new release.

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Otherkin by Nina Berry Otherkin by Nina Berry. $ 1.99.

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.

“Be prepared to lose some sleep. Otherkin is full of non-stop action and suspense, and you’re not going to be able to put it down!” –Brigid Kemmerer, author of the Elemental series

“Get caught up in a dangerous world of shadow magic, shifters, and secrets.” –New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Estep

The professional reviewers on the BN page have wildly divergent opinions. The reviewer from VOYA called it cliched with lazy plotting and tone deaf dialogue whereas Kirkus says “From body image to friendship, first love and betrayal, the novel explores the truth that no matter who or what you are, there’s no escaping the politics of high school.”

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Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Janine
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 14:37:18

    Jellicoe Road is a terrific book. It’s also an emotional read– I remember readers thanking me for recommending a book that made them cry.

  2. Jody
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 15:13:02

    Devil’s Bride with Bonus Material was sold as a preorder a while back, but under another ISBN, so make sure you don’t already own it.

  3. Bronte
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 17:20:50

    Love Melina Marchetta. I hanging out for another contemporary release from her.

  4. mari
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 18:10:10

    I did re-read Devil’s Bride after a long, long time away. Sigh. Unfortunatly it now seems a bit dull and plodding. Much too long. I liked it very much, many years ago. Now…..not so much.

  5. Kaetrin
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 18:34:59

    What a pity Jellicoe Road isn’t on special for us Aussies (extra irony bonus points because it is an Aussie book). Kat from Book Thingo has been telling me for a while now that I need to read her books and I was all set to take the plunge… oh well. :)

    I haven’t re-read Devil’s Bride for a while but I think I would still like it a lot. I’ve broken up with Laurens now but Devil and Honoria remain favourites.

  6. Patricia
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 20:27:44

    I picked up Devil’s Bride last year after seeing it on several Best Of lists. I found it unreadable. Obviously a lot of people disagree with me, though.

  7. Keishon
    Feb 26, 2013 @ 20:28:27

    I credit Janine and Trisha for introducing Melina Marchetta to me. I’ve read all of her contemporaries and plan to stick with those. Sure her fantasy work is fine but not my preference. Marchetta is an excellent writer for tortured complex characters.

  8. SusanS
    Mar 02, 2013 @ 17:37:11

    I have to thank you (I think) for pointing me to Jellicoe Road. Read it pretty much in one sitting and now have no desire to interact with the real world or even read another book. I think I’ll just start from page 1 and read it again. Already requested most of her backlist from the library. I’ve become a big fan of Australian author Juliet Marillier in the past few years – what other great Aussies have I been missing?

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