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Magic Bites (Kate Daniels Series #1)  by Ilona AndrewsMagic Bites by Ilona Andrews. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews invites you to experience the first novel in the “intriguing world” (Locus) of Kate Daniels with this special edition of Magic Bites…

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up magical problems. But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta’s magic circles. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she’s way out of her league—but she wouldn’t want it any other way…

This special edition includes in-depth information about the world of Kate Daniels, with descriptions of its characters and factions. Explore Kate’s Atlanta like never before with answers to FAQ and a quiz to find your place there. And don’t miss the prequel story “A Questionable Client,” as well as scenes of events in Magic Bites from Curran’s point of view.

This is the first in the #1 NYT Bestselling Kate Daniels series. It starts off a little slow but stick with it. It’s a great series.

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Stir Me Up Sabrina ElkinsStir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins. $ 1.99

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Cami Broussard has her future all figured out. She’ll finish her senior year of high school, then go to work full-time as an apprentice chef in her father’s French restaurant, alongside her boyfriend, Luke. But then twenty-year-old ex-Marine Julian Wyatt comes to live with Cami’s family while recovering from serious injuries. And suddenly Cami finds herself questioning everything she thought she wanted.

Julian’s all attitude, challenges and intense green-brown eyes. But beneath that abrasive exterior is a man who just might be as lost as Cami’s starting to feel. And Cami can’t stop thinking about him. Talking to him. Wanting to kiss him. He’s got her seriously stirred up. Her senior year has just gotten a lot more complicated?.

Contains mature content and some sexual situations. Suited for readers 16 and up.

I read this book last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a full length book, in case you were worried by the price. The narrator is Cami, a senior in high school, and she is struggling to convince her father that she really wants to be a chef rather than go to college. Her home life is disrupted when her step-cousin, a wounded Marine vet, comes to convalesce. One of my favorite scenes in the book is where Cami gets to make soup for her father’s restaurant. Making soup is a huge deal in a restaurant and the scene in which she makes it is described with tender romance and a little magic:

The velvety soups are the best. The ones where they slide off the spoon and down the throat in a way where the richness fills you, the perfume stays with you, the eyes close, you take a second dip of spoon into the bowl… Georges looks at me and nods. Because he gets it, that this soup isn’t coming from a recipe I’ve read somewhere. Ingredients go in the pot—veal stock, turnips, browned marrow bones, bay leaves, a mirepoix.

I cook it for an hour and then strain it and add a roux, salt and pepper and, in a fit of inspiration, Calvados—apple brandy. Georges’ eyes go wide. Regardez votre fille, he tells Dad. Look at your daughter. I only hear him distantly. Who am I making this for, I pretend to wonder, though in truth I know full well. I stare into the pot as the ingredients blend together. Georges hands me the cream without me needing to ask for it. He smiles and shakes his head as I start making and cooking up dozens of tiny pork-and-veal meatballs to add to the soup as a final garnish, along with a chiffonade of spinach, chopped shiitake mushrooms and fresh herbs. Once it’s ready, I find a small container and a lid and set some of the soup aside to take home with me.

Hours later, I bring it home to Julian and find him at his desk, falling asleep over his laptop. His head is bent and his eyes are closed. It’s really late. He breathes in deeply and opens his eyes a little. “Hi.”

“Go to bed.”

“No. Not tired.” He smirks. “What’s that?”

“Soup.”

“What kind?”

“Just something I came up with at work today.”

“Midnight soup sounds good,” he says. “Is there a spoon?”

Midnight soup… “You’re falling asleep.”

He tugs the spoon gently out of my hand, and I leave him to enjoy it.

So yeah, pre order this book.

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Beauty Queens by Libba BrayBeauty Queens by Libba Bray. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

From bestselling, Printz Award-winning author Libba Bray, a desert island classic.
Survival. Of the fittest.

The fifty contestants in the Miss Teen Dream Pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner.
What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program – or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan – or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?
Welcome to the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Your tour guide? None other than Libba Bray, the hilarious, sensational, Printz Award-winning author of A Great and Terrible Beauty and Going Bovine. The result is a novel that will make you laugh, make you think, and make you never see beauty the same way again.

Lord of the Flies, Ryan Seacrest style? One thing about Libba Bray, she’s not writing the same book over and over.

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The Wolf Gift Anne RiceThe Wolf Gift by Anne Rice. $ 1.99 at AMZN | Apple.

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When Reuben Golding, a young reporter on assignment, arrives at a secluded mansion on a bluff high above the Pacific, it’s at the behest of the home’s enigmatic female owner. She quickly seduces him, but their idyllic night is shattered by violence when the man is inexplicably attacked—bitten—by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness. It will set in motion a terrifying yet seductive transformation that will propel Reuben into a mysterious new world and raise profound questions. Why has he been given the wolf gift? What is its true nature—good or evil? And are there others out there like him?

I remember reading The Witching Hour by Anne Rice and being titillated and horrified at the same time. Eventually Lasher became too creepy for me, but The Witching Hour is probably my favorite Anne Rice book. I haven’t read her since The Vampire Lestat and her conversion but that chick has an amazing imagination.

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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

11 Comments

  1. MissE
    Sep 02, 2013 @ 16:20:57

    I noticed Jane linked to the regular Magic Bites. However, it should be noted that the Special Edition Magic Bites with the Curran POVs and other extras included is available for the $1.99 sale price.

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  2. Lada
    Sep 02, 2013 @ 16:29:51

    I’m not a big YA/NA fan but that excerpt from Stir Me Up really pulled me in. Wish it wasn’t a pre-order because I want to read it right now!

    That’s a really great price for anyone who’s been waffling about trying the Kate Daniels series. Agree with Jane…slow to start but worth sticking with it.

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  3. Janine
    Sep 02, 2013 @ 17:44:50

    Interesting The Witching Hour is your favorite Anne Rice. I hated that book with the fire of a thousand suns. All the incest was so disturbing and creepy for me. It’s the only book I’ve ever returned to a bookstore after finishing it. I had bought it in hardcover on the week it came out, too. I was a huge fan of Rice’s early vampire books which preceded it — The Vampire Lestat especially — but for me The Witching Hour signified a turning point for the worse in her horror writing. I did read some of the books that followed it, but they got self-indulgent and too religious for my taste, even before her conversion.

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  4. Jane
    Sep 02, 2013 @ 18:30:26

    @Janine – Yup. I can’t remember how old I was when I read it but it was one of the first books that I read that had sexually explicit scenes in it and I really don’t know that I fully comprehended the incest. It was revelatory for me. And I think the incest is supposed to be disturbing and creepy. The whole atmosphere of the book was memorable for me – creepy, forbidden, disturbing. All of it.

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  5. Jayne
    Sep 02, 2013 @ 18:32:43

    @Lada: Me too. I wanna read it now.

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  6. Hestia
    Sep 02, 2013 @ 21:02:08

    I thought Beauty Queens was very funny, if anyone needs a rec.

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  7. Samantha
    Sep 02, 2013 @ 21:19:10

    Beauty Queens is a fun book. I listened to the audio book and it was pretty awesome.

    @Jane The Witching Hour is one of my favorites of Anne Rice too.. My family is twisted because we used to walk around whispering “LASHER” just to creep each other out.

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  8. Little Red
    Sep 02, 2013 @ 22:44:49

    That excerpt from “Stir Me Up” makes me think of “Like Water for Chocolate” with the Quail in Rose Petal Sauce scene: food as love, food as a metaphor for life.

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  9. Kati
    Sep 03, 2013 @ 07:00:43

    I recently bought The Witching Hour on eBook to see if I loved it as much as I did when I first read it. It no longer worked at all for me. It’s extremely self-indulgent (which AR books aren’t?!), and needed a kick-ass editor. But I do remember reading it in college and being blown away by how shocking it was.

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  10. Mary
    Sep 03, 2013 @ 12:19:48

    Beauty Queens is an absolute favorite book for me. I don’t read a ton of YA, so maybe this doesn’t mean that much, but right now I would consider Beauty Queens in my top 3 YA books. It’s very funny, but also has a great message about what feminism really is and what women can achieve.

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  11. Friday Reading Roundup ← Another Katie
    Sep 27, 2013 @ 18:05:04

    […] Stir Me Up by Sabrina Elkins comes out on Tuesday. Jane of Dear Author has been strongly recommending this book and I’m eager to give it a […]

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