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Wintergirls by Laurie Halse AndersonWintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

The New York Times bestselling story of a friendship frozen between life and death

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss-her life-and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend’s memory and racked with guilt for not being able to help save her. In her most powerfully moving novel since Speak, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s struggle, her painful path to recovery, and her desperate attempts to hold on to the most important thing of all: hope.

There’s been a lot written about the dominance of male voices in YA fiction and one of the things that struck me the most was that Penguin created an imprint based on Laurie Halse Anderson and one of the books discovered and published and promoted through that line was Looking for Alaska by John Green. Yet Green is the voice of YA fiction and not Halse Anderson.

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Grave Intentions by Lori SjobergGrave Intentions by Lori Sjoberg. $ 1.99

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He’s handsome, reliable, and punctual–the perfect gentleman when you want him to be. But this dream man is Death’s best agent–and now he’s got more than his soul to lose. . .
One act of mercy before dying was all it took to turn soldier David Anderson into a reaper–an immortal who guides souls-of-untimely-death into the afterlife. But the closer he gets to atoning for his mortal sin and finally escaping merciless Fate, the more he feels his own humanity slipping away for good. Until he encounters Sarah Griffith. This skeptical scientist can’t be influenced by his powers–even though she has an unsuspected talent for sensing the dead. And her honesty and irreverent sense of humor reignite his reason for living–and a passion he can’t afford to feel. Now Fate has summoned David to make a devastating last harvest. And he’ll break every hellishly-strict netherworld rule to save Sarah. . .and gamble on a choice even an immortal can’t win.

96,100 Words

This grim reaper is a softie per the reviews and the heroine is a a skeptical scientist. It’s lighthearted so definitely don’t go in expecting it to be full of moroseness.(is that a word?)

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Pride's Run  by Cat KalenPride’s Run by Cat Kalen. $ 2.99

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Overview
Eighteen-year-old Pride is a tracker with a hunger for blood. Taught to trick, seduce and to lure, she is the perfect killing machine.

Kept leashed in the cellar by a master who is as ruthless as he is powerful, Pride dreams of freedom, of living a normal life, but escape from the compound is near impossible and disobedience comes with a price.

When she learns her master intends to breed her she knows she has to run.

Pride soon learns if she is to survive in the wild, she must trust in the boy who promises her freedom, the same boy she was sent to hunt.

The blurb sounded intriguing. The author is Cathryn Fox whose erotica work has been really uneven for me. Reviews are mixed about whether there was enough romance or too much romance and some didn’t like the first person present tense and the rushed ending. Compared to Nightshade.

This may have been previously self published so you might want to check your records.

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Zoo City by Lauren BeukesZoo City by Lauren Beukes. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

WHERE NO ONE ELSE DARE VENTURE…

Zinzi has a Sloth on her back, a dirty online 419 scam habit – and a talent for finding lost things. But when her latest client, a little old lady, turns up dead and the cops confiscate her lastpaycheck, she’s forced to take on her least favourite kind of job: missing persons

An astonishing second novel from the author of the highly-acclaimed Moxyland.

FILE UNDER: Modern Fantasy [Black Magic Noir / Pale Crocodile / Spirit Guardians / Lost Stars] Winner of the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke Award

PW gave this a starred review “Zinzi herself narrates with a hard-boiled voice that glides easily between resigned despair and hope as her case and her personal life (including her relationship with her animaled lover, Benoît) intertwine. Beukes (Moxyland) delivers a thrill ride that gleefully merges narrative styles and tropes, almost single-handedly pulling the “urban fantasy” subgenre back towards its groundbreaking roots.”

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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

3 Comments

  1. Monique D
    Feb 22, 2014 @ 15:51:13

    I read Lori Sjoberg’s Grave Intentions when it first came out last year, and I thought it was so good, I was shocked to see that it was her first novel – she now has the second part of the trilogy out. It’s well worth the money; grab it while it’s on sale. It’s really fun, well-written and very entertaining.

  2. Anne
    Feb 22, 2014 @ 19:53:36

    It appears that four books by Halse Anderson are part of the KDD at Amazon:

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=amb_link_404640802_12?ie=UTF8&hidden-keywords=B001TLZEJG|B005KGJXAC|B000SEII5W|B002VKJ1BG&rh=i%3Adigital-text%2Cn%3A154606011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=15M59DX253XR3Z3GX8ZA&pf_rd_t=1401&pf_rd_p=1737339242&pf_rd_i=1000677541

    I look forward to anything by Beukes. Zoo City didn’t sound like my kind of thing at all but it was a B+ for me. Moxyland and Shining Girls were just as good. This is where digital books rock for me. I never would have seen/found Zoo City in a store (even if it were in stock, I wouldn’t have wandered to that section) but I saw it posted on Amazon’s price drop thread one and decided to give it a try.

  3. Darlynne
    Feb 23, 2014 @ 13:11:46

    Zoo City’s description had me at the sloth on her back. Sold and thank you.

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