Romance, Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult, Book reviews, industry news, and commentary from a reader's point of view

Daily Deals: Fantasy reads for $2.99 under featuring a beast, a...

Promo Code nostoi good for 35% Off the Publisher List Price at Books on Board.

The Half-Made World      by     Felix GilmanThe Half-Made World by Felix Gilman. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The world is still only half-made. Between the wild shores of uncreation, and the ancient lands of the East lies the vast expanse of the West—-young, chaotic, magnificent, war-torn.

Thirty years ago, the Red Republic fought to remake the West—-fought gloriously, and failed. The world that now exists has been carved out amid a war between two rival factions: the Line, enslaving the world with industry, and the Gun, a cult of terror and violence. The Republic is now history, and the last of its generals sits forgotten and nameless in a madhouse on the edge of creation. But locked in his memories is a secret that could change the West forever, and the world’s warring powers would do anything to take it from him.

Now Liv Alverhuysen, a doctor of the new science of psychology, travels west, hoping to heal the general’s shattered mind. John Creedmoor, reluctant Agent of the Gun and would-be gentleman of leisure, travels west, too, looking to steal the secret or die trying. And the servants of the Line are on the march.

PW says ” Though the story moves slowly, the lyrical descriptions of the harsh, dramatic, and mystical frontier compel the reader onward.”

AmazonBNSonyKoboBook DepositoryAREApple

Nightshifted      by     Cassie AlexanderNightshifted by Cassie Alexander. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From debut author Cassie Alexander comes a spectacular new urban fantasy series where working the nightshift can be a real nightmare. Nothing compares to being Nightshifted.

Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine—from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond…

Edie’s just trying to learn the ropes so she can get through her latest shift unscathed. But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose. Now she’s haunted by the man’s dying words—Save Anna—and before she knows it, she’s on a mission to rescue some poor girl from the undead. Which involves crashing a vampire den, falling for a zombie, and fighting for her soul. Grey’s Anatomy was never like this…

The cover looks very creepy. Publisher’s Weekly’s review summarizes the book ” Edie’s life is full of hard knocks, and though it’s hard to like a heroine who constantly pushes people away, her gradual development into a person who can allow others to care for her is satisfying”

AmazonBNSonyBook DepositoryAREApple

Beauty and the Werewolf (Five Hundred Kingdoms Series #6)      by     Mercedes Lackey Beauty and the Werewolf (Five Hundred Kingdoms Series #6) by Mercedes Lackey. $ 1.54

From the Jacket Copy:

The eldest daughter is often doomed in fairy tales. But Bella—Isabella Beauchamps, daughter of a wealthy merchant—vows to escape the usual pitfalls.

Anxious to avoid the Traditional path, Bella dons a red cloak and ventures into the forbidden forest to consult with “Granny,” the local wisewoman.

But on the way home she’s attacked by a wolf—who turns out to be a cursed nobleman! Secluded in his castle, Bella is torn between her family and this strange man who creates marvelous inventions and makes her laugh—when he isn’t howling at the moon.

Breaking spells is never easy. But a determined beauty, a wizard (after all, he’s only an occasional werewolf) and a little godmotherly interference might just be able to bring about a happy ending.…

This is an Amazon discounted book although you could use store discounts at Books on Board and the like to purchase this book.

AmazonBNSonyBook DepositoryAREApple

Face of a Killer      by     Robin BurcellFace of a Killer by Robin Burcell. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

Facts lie . . . Two decades after the murder that shattered her world, FBI agent and forensic artist Sydney Fitzpatrick confronts her father’s killer face to face. But the inmate who’s scheduled to be executed for the crime is not what she expected. Heightening Sydney’s unease, she receives a photograph sent to her by a man just prior to his suicide, causing her to question everything she believed about her father. Now she wants the truth—no matter where it’s hidden, no matter how painful . . . or dangerous. But Sydney Fitzpatrick is about to trespass on sacred ground. And being a federal agent will offer her no security or shelter if it’s her own government that wants her dead.

This is book one of two in Sydney Fitzpatrick series. Library Journal writes “With a dramatic, gasp-inducing finale, this is a terrific new police procedural series. It might also appeal to readers who enjoy Jonathan Santlofer’s thrillers about an NYPD forensic artist.”

AmazonBNSonyBook DepositoryAREApple

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She 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

5 Comments

  1. Mikaela
    Nov 10, 2012 @ 12:09:07

    Thank you! Nightshifted has been on my Wishlist for awhile.

    ReplyReply

  2. Janine
    Nov 10, 2012 @ 12:12:30

    Hmm, has anyone read Nightshifted? I’d love to know if it’s worth buying. I remember the author did a “Debut Print Book” piece here.

    ReplyReply

  3. JL
    Nov 10, 2012 @ 18:07:06

    @Janine:
    I read it. The setting really drew my in when I read the blurb but I was a bit disappointed overall. It wasn’t terrible but I felt the character was rather Mary Sue-ish and TSTL. Sometimes I love when an author infuses the world with awesome details from their personal experiences (i.e. Diana Rowland’s Kara Gillian rings very true as a cop) but this book felt like an excuse for the author to bitch about nursing in a very Taylor Swiftian way. The character doesn’t drink alcohol but goes to clubs alone to dance and have unprotected sex with random strangers who may be monsters – more than once! Even after chastising herself over it. No self-preservation skills whatsoever. Male characters love her for no good reason, she has no female friends for no discernible reason…
    Anyway, not bad, just lots of overly convenient factors and plot ‘twists’ that made it feel like the author was very present in the story/main character and noticeably manipulating things, which I find distracting. I kept flipping to the author blurb throughout the story to see if there were obvious parallels. The world building was pretty cool, though.
    Oh, also, the book lost major points for me by making fun of a character for his/her gender androgyny. Might not be an issue for some readers, but one of my huge hot button issues that biased me against it.

    ReplyReply

  4. Janine
    Nov 10, 2012 @ 19:07:04

    @JL: Thanks! I really appreciate your post. I think those issues would bother me as well, so I’ll skip this one.

    ReplyReply

  5. Spinster
    Nov 11, 2012 @ 00:12:31

    I really liked Nightshifted. The heroine definitely has some growing up to do, but she’s engaging and so is the world the author built. I felt like she was already starting to grow up over the course of the novel, so I have a lot of hope for the series.

    I admit I’m a sucker for an urban fantasy with a female lead who isn’t some Ultimate Sexy Kickass Woman or a thinly disguised Bella needing to be saved from everything. I’m rooting for this series because I *liked* the lead character even when I wanted to smack her. She was like an impulsive, reckless little sister with the promise of growing up into something awesome.

    ReplyReply

Leave a Reply


+ 9 = 10

Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.

%d bloggers like this: