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Something Like Normal Trish Doller Something Like Normal by Trish Doller. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

When Travis returns home from Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and car, and the nightmares of his best friend getting killed keep him completely spooked. But when he runs into Harper, a girl who despises him for rumors Travis started back in middle school, life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he falls deeper in love with her and begins to find his way through the family meltdown, the post-traumatic stress and the possibility of a interesting future. His sense of humor, sense of his own strength and incredible sense of honor make Travis an irresistible and eminently loveable hero in this fantastic and timely debut novel.

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it, particularly at this price. The story is told in the first person from Travis’ point of view. From my review: “Travis’ struggle to cope with life away from the military, the grief and loss he feels, and the desire to be a better person were deftly conveyed in tones that befit a young man who was both arrogant and scared. I particularly loved the realization by Travis that when he was with Haley he wanted to be different, not the callous and irresponsible teen he was when he went away to the Marines, not the cheating bastard he is with his ex.”


Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, Book One) Eoin Colfer Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. $Free.

From Jacket Copy:

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories; these fairies are armed and dangerous. Artemis thinks he has them right where he wants them…but then they stop playing by the rules.

This book is free because it is part of the Starbucks Pick of the Week. (Amazon price matches the heck out of everything). The majority of the reviews are very high but “It’s no Harry Potter”.


The Unquiet Bones Mel Starr The Unquiet Bones by Mel Starr. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Hugh of Singleton, fourth son of a minor knight, has been educated as a clerk, usually a prelude to taking holy orders. However, he feels no real calling-despite his lively faith-and he turns to the profession of surgeon, training in Paris and then hanging his sign in Oxford. Soon after, a local lord asks Hugh de Singleton to track the killer of a young woman whose bones have been found in the castle cesspool. Through his medical knowledge, Singleton identifies her as the impetuous missing daughter of a local blacksmith. The young man she loved-whom she had provoked very publicly-is quickly arrested and sentenced at Oxford. But this is just the beginning of the tale. The story of Singleton’s adventure unfolds with realistic medical procedures, droll medieval wit, romantic distractions, and a consistent underlying sense of Christian compassion.

The book sounded interesting – a mystery set in the Middle Ages featuring a surgeon. This review seemed quite fair “Starr is technically not the most skilled of writers, but he gives his readers a very detailed picture of a town and its people during the 1360s. Hugh is a bit bland as a main character, and I’d like to see him develop a bit more as the series progresses. The potential romance wasn’t as quite as fleshed out as I thought it should be.”

The book isn’t for sale at Kobo.


The Nine Lives of Chloe King Liz Braswell The Nine Lives of Chloe King by Liz Braswell. $10.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Chloe King is a seemingly normal girl. She goes to class (most of the time), fights with her mom, and crushes on a boy…or two. But around her sixteenth birthday, Chloe finds that perhaps she isn’t so normal after all. There’s the heightened night vision, the superfast reflexes—oh, and the claws.

As Chloe discovers who she is—and where she comes from—it is clear she is not alone. Someone is trying to get her. And they will stop at nothing until they do. Chloe has nine lives…but will nine be enough?

First released as a trilogy in 2004, this bind-up edition arrives just as the new ABC Family original series The Nine Lives of Chloe King, based closely on the original novels, premieres in June 2011.

The price is for three books bundled together: The Fallen (Nine Lives of Chloe King); The Chosen; and The Stolen.

I watched one of these shows with my daughter. I remember it was previewed during a movie. I thought it was too old for her and we never watched it again. I have no memory of whether the show was any good. The show was cancelled after the first season so I assume it wasn’t good. The reviews for the series are mixed but it appears if you are a 13 year old, you will be satisfied.


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. Vi
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 15:49:07

    Just bought Something Like Normal. Your rec and the great price were too hard to resist.

  2. LG
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 15:52:44

    Ooh, I remember enjoying Artemis Fowl. Butler was one of my favorite characters. The series has started to lose its appeal for me, but then that seems to happen to me with most series.

  3. Estara
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 17:40:53

    Thank you for the Kobo codes!

  4. peggy h
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 17:41:24

    I really enjoy the Artemis Fowl series! Kobo had a coupon for this series a week or so ago, I got the last one (Book 8), though I didn’t re-purchase Books 1 to 7, which I have in print. But I definitely snapped up the free Book 1 today!

    It’s not Harry Potter indeed (I also loved the HP series–I have all seven in hardback, and these are the only hardback books I ever bought that didn’t come from the clearance or sale racks!) But the AF series has its own charm. I love the idea that this kid is a master criminal–he’s not trying to save the world, though he seems to end up doing so. He’s like an anti-Harry–he lives a privileged life and is trying to use magic for his own good. And I definitely enjoy the supporting cast of characters.

  5. Patricia
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 21:31:56

    My son was quite obsessed with the Artemis Fowl books at one point. I’ll be snapping that up, thanks.

  6. Fiona McGier
    Sep 01, 2012 @ 18:39:06

    Comparing Harry Potter to Artemis Fowl is unfair. Harry Potter got a huge push in publicity and movies made from every book. Artemis Fowl is a better-written series, with the author an ex-middle-school teacher. His supporting characters are nuanced and hilarious. I read all of the books from both series’ to my kids when they were younger, out loud, around the campfire during our vacations. We enjoyed the Harry adventures, but laughed out loud along with the Artemis books. One of my sons owns both series’ in hard cover, but he treasures his Artemis books because I got the last 3 0r 4 autographed by Colfer, who is very funny as a speaker at book signings. Another great YA series involving magic and boy heroes is the Bartimeous Trilogy, by Jonathan Stroud…written at about a college level of density, it made for tougher reading out loud, but was a very well-written story.

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