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Perfect Chemistry (Perfect Chemistry Series #1) by Simone ElkelesPerfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created “perfect” life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for—her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect. Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

I know this is a popular book for many readers but it’s not one that engaged me. It’s a romantic YA

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Life Keith RichardsLife by Keith Richards. $ 3.99

From the Jacket Copy:

As lead guitarist of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics, and the songs that roused the world. A true and towering original, he has always walked his own path, spoken his mind, and done things his own way.

Now at last Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere. Dropping his guitar’s sixth string to create a new sound that allowed him to create immortal riffs like those in “Honky Tonk Woman” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” Falling in love with Anita Pallenberg, Brian Jones’s girlfriend. Arrested and imprisoned for drug possession. Tax exile in France and recording Exile on Main Street. Ever-increasing fame, isolation, and addiction making life an ever faster frenzy. Through it all, Richards remained devoted to the music of the band, until even that was challenged by Mick Jagger’s attempt at a solo career, leading to a decade of conflicts and ultimately the biggest reunion tour in history.

In a voice that is uniquely and unmistakably him–part growl, part laugh–Keith Richards brings us the truest rock-and-roll life of our times, unfettered and fearless and true.

Richards’ rich voice introduces the audiobook edition of LIFE and leads us into Johnny Depp’s performance, while fellow artist Joe Hurley bridges the long road traveled before Richards closes with the final chapter of this incredible 23-hour production, which includes a bonus PDF of photos.

I bought and read the Duff McKagan biography and I’ve bought the Slash biography. I guess I should buy this to round out my rocker biography collection. I’m waiting for the Nikki Sixx one to go on sale.

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Into the Wild (Warriors Series #1) by Erin HunterWarriors #1: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Fire alone can save our Clan…

For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by the powerful ancestors. But the warrior code is threatened, and the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger. The sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying — and some deaths are more mysterious than others.

In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary housecat named Rusty . . . Who may yet turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.


My daughter really enjoys these books which feature different clans of animals. A movie was made out of the Owl clans.  

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The Serpent Bride (Darkglass Mountain Series #1) by Sara DouglassThe Serpent Bride by Sara Douglass. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

a sacred cult that reads the future in the entrails of its human sacrifices. But the Serpent has loftier plans for the archpriestess, and an eerie, eldritch warning: Prepare for the Lord of Elcho Falling . . .

Perils abound in a realm beset by treachery, and above all looms the DarkGlass Mountain—once known as the Threshold—as the terrible Dark God Kanubai prepares to emerge from his prison in exile.

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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. Juliana Stone
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 12:15:04

    @Jane Nikki’s book The Heroin Diaries is intense. I was both disgusted and riveted, and totally blown away with his honesty in sharing what is really a dark period in his life. It’s rock excess to a T. If you’ve not read Cash, Johnny’s autobiography, it’s well worth the read as well. The man was the original bad boy and his life is so interesting.

  2. Sarah
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 13:34:04

    Hm, I don’t think Erin Hunter has Owl clans. Are you thinking of Guardians of Ga’Hoole by Kathryn Lasky?

  3. Estara
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 13:49:22

    What I loved about Perfect Chemistry, which I’ve never read, was the most perfect book trailer I’ve seen so far ^^

  4. Jane
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 15:05:08

    @Sarah: You are right! For some reason, I got those confused.

  5. cleo
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 16:49:15

    FYI – Dex in Blue by Amy Lane is free at ARe today and tomorrow. I liked this one a lot, more than I expected to. It’s part of her Johnnies series – which is set in and around a gay-for-pay porn company in No. California. The romance, between two porn stars, is hot and sweet, although there was a lot of work/family drama at the end of the story that I thought was unnecessary. It’s the sequel to Chase in Shadow and takes place concurrent with some of the action in CiS. CiS is much, much darker, and I didn’t think it worked as a romance (although it works pretty well as a coming of age / dealing with mental illness story) – reading the CiS sample at Amazon will tell you enough to get what’s going on in DiB.

    Amy Lane’s one of those authors that I keep reading because I love the emotion in her stories (the non-ansty-angst ones at least), even though there are editing and continuity issues that would normally be deal breakers for me.

  6. Susanna Fraser
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 19:47:31

    My third grader has read every single book plus all the graphic novel tie-ins for the Warriors series, and the Dawn of the Clans prequel series can’t come out fast enough for her (the first book is due in March ’13).

  7. Estara
    Dec 23, 2012 @ 04:43:30

    @cleo: I absolutely adored her Sidecar (what a riveting look at the 80s, especially) – and I think her Knitting shorts a lot of fun in a small town kind of way. I’ll have to try her non-m/m work, too.

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