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Heart of Stone by Christine WarrenHeart of Stone by Christine Warren. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From bestselling author Christine Warren comes a thrilling new series about

a young woman caught between a rock and a hard place—between gargoyles and demons…

Ella Harrow is trying to carve out a normal life for herself. Well, as normal as an art geek with psychic abilities can hope for. As museum docent and gift-shop manager, Ella is able to keep her distance from people—and her powers in check—while surrounding herself with the artifacts she loves. But how on earth is she supposed to act normal when a thousand-year-old statue on the museum’s terrace suddenly comes to life?


Not your ordinary gargoyle, Kees has been asleep for eons, waiting for a portent of evil to wake him from his slumber. Kees isn’t a vision; he’s a bat-winged guardian created to protect the world from the seven demons of the Dark. Somehow, Ella triggered his reawakening. Maybe the demons have been unleashed? Maybe his heart is finally ready to be chiseled open? The fate of the world isn’t carved in stone… yet.

“Warren takes readers for a wild ride.”

PW writes “he sexual attraction between Kees and Ella is palpable, and readers will love watching the logical Kees fight the concept of emotions as Ella blossoms from a guilt-laden hermit into a gutsy heroine. Despite some repetition, this is a clever, wry tale that bodes well for future installments.”

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No One Lives Twice by Julie MoffettNo One Lives Twice by Julie Moffett. $ .99

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‘m Lexi Carmichael, geek extraordinaire. I spend my days stopping computer hackers at the National Security Agency. My nights? Those I spend avoiding my mother and eating cereal for dinner. Even though I work for a top-secret agency, I’ve never been in an exciting car chase, sipped a stirred (not shaken) martini, or shot a poison dart from an umbrella.

Until today, that is, when two gun-toting thugs popped up in my life and my best friend disappeared. So, I’ve enlisted the help of the Zimmerman twins—the reclusive architects of America’s most sensitive electronic networks—to help me navigate a bewildering maze of leads to find her.

Along the way, my path collides with a sexy government agent and a rich, handsome lawyer, both of whom seem to have the hots for me. Hacking, espionage, sexy spy-men—it’s a geek girl’s dream come true. If it weren’t for those gun-toting thugs…

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Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Castle Series #1) by Diana Wynne JonesHowl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Castle Series #1) by Diana Wynne Jones. $ 1.99

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Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle. To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl—and herself—than first meets the eye.

Eldest of three sisters in a land where it is considered to be a misfortune, Sophie is resigned to her fate as a hat shop apprentice until a witch turns her into an old woman and she finds herself in the castle of the greatly feared wizard Howl.

I haven’t read this but I’ve watched the movie several times.

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Throne of Glass      By: Sarah J. MaasThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

This was marketed to reviewers as a teenage version of Game of Thrones. It has a love triangle, of course. But reviews indicate that the protagonist is very appealing and the fantasy world is not an all white cast.

There is a collection of three novellas in the Throne of Glass series that is priced at $2.99 as well.

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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. cleo
    Aug 30, 2014 @ 12:12:27

    Janine reviewed Howl’s Moving Castle – I think the comments give a good idea of the range of reactions to it (from gushing love to meh). The book is even more complicated than the movie, which leaves out the time traveling element. It’s definitely worth getting at this price, IMO.

  2. Darlynne
    Aug 30, 2014 @ 13:15:29

    When I saw “Gargoyle” in the title of this post and a picture of a book called HEART OF STONE, I thought: C. E. Murphy’s Negotiator series must be on sale. And yay. But apparently there’s another book of the same name about another gargoyle. That’s just … confusing. Maybe there aren’t enough gargoyle metaphors or descriptors to go around.

  3. Jen
    Aug 30, 2014 @ 13:32:42

    I don’t really read YA but somehow I stumbled onto Throne of Glass and enjoyed it. I don’t like love triangles so that bummed me out (and even worse, i suspect she might end up with my second favorite guy) but there was an interesting premise to the book.

  4. Glittergirl
    Aug 30, 2014 @ 14:45:03

    I really enjoyed Heart Of Stone and I’d never read Christine Warren before. But then I’m a sucker for gargoyle stories ever since Vickie Taylor’s Les Gargouillen Trilogy of 2005-09.

  5. Lisa
    Aug 30, 2014 @ 15:14:43

    I wanted to like Throne of Glass, but did not find the worldbuilding or heroine credible or logical. For someone who was an assassin and prisoner, she came across as unaffected by her experiences. I couldn’t connect to her or the story. A lot of people loved it, though.

  6. Michelle
    Aug 30, 2014 @ 17:55:08

    Howl’s Moving Castle is one of my favorite books. But I love most everything by Diana Wynn Jones. I feel she is highly under rated in the US.

  7. Janine
    Aug 30, 2014 @ 18:32:58

    @Lisa: I couldn’t get into Throne of Glass either, but I only gave it a chapter or two.

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