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This box set of three books from the Unwanted series is priced at $4.80 but I included it because its a favorite middle grade series of my daughter and I paid for the hardcovers. (She’s anal this way. She likes all the books in her series to be of the same format. If the first book she buys is paperback, she’ll wait patiently for the paperback to come out. If the first book in the series is hardcover, we have to get all hardcover).

The Shining by Stephen KingThe Shining by Stephen King. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

First published in 1977, The Shining quickly became a benchmark in the literary career of Stephen King. This tale of a troubled man hired to care for a remote mountain resort over the winter, his loyal wife, and their uniquely gifted son slowly but steadily unfolds as secrets from the Overlook Hotel’s past are revealed, and the hotel itself attempts to claim the very souls of the Torrance family. Adapted into a cinematic masterpiece of horror by legendary director Stanley Kubrick – featuring an unforgettable performance by a demonic Jack Nicholson – The Shining stands as a cultural icon of modern horror, a searing study of a family torn apart, and a nightmarish glimpse into the dark recesses of human weakness and dementia.

Kind of amazing how long this story has endured.

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Otherkin by Nina BerryOtherkin by Nina Berry. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

I thought I knew myself. Then I met Caleb.

Dez is a good girl who does as she’s told and tries not to be noticed. Then she rescues a boy from a cage, and he tells her secrets about herself. Now inside her burns a darkness that will transform her.

Everything is about to change—and neither Caleb, nor the Otherkin, nor those who hunt them, are prepared for what Dez will unleash.

Voya review “Within the first few pages, Dez is hopelessly in love with a tall, dark stranger with a secretive side. In other words, this is lazy plotting at its worst. Although it moves quickly and entertainingly enough, every significant beat is taken from the teen novel closest to hand. Add in Berry’s stunningly tone-deaf dialogue, and there is really no need to read this novel over any of the seemingly hundreds of other paranormal romances out there”

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Torn by Erica O'RourkeTorn by Erica O’Rourke. $ 2.99

From the Jacket Copy:

Everyone has secrets.
Even best friends.

Swirling black descends like ravens, large enough to block the glow of the streetlights. A dull roar starts like a train on the ‘L’, a far-away rumbling that grows louder as it pulls closer, until it’s directly overhead and you feel it in your chest, except this doesn’t pass you by. Verity, white-faced and eyes blazing, shouts through the din, “Run, Mo!”

Mo Fitzgerald knows about secrets. But when she witnesses her best friend’s murder, she discovers Verity was hiding things she never could have guessed. To find the answers she needs and the vengeance she craves, Mo—quiet, ordinary, unmagical Mo—will have to enter a world of raw magic and shifting alliances. And she’ll have to choose between two very different, equally dangerous guys—protective, duty-bound Colin and brash, mysterious Luc. One wants to save her, one wants to claim her. Which would you choose?

School Library Journal “O’Rourke’s heroine is refreshing: determined, spunky, and unpredictable. The two requisite love interests are more formulaic, but Torn should still satisfy readers with an insatiable thirst for well-written, fast-paced fantasy and leave them eager for the next installment in the series.”

Tangled is also $2.99

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Three Junes by Julia GlassThree Junes by Julia Glass. $ 1.99 AMZN | Google Play.

From the Jacket Copy:

A luminous first novel, set in Greece, Scotland, Greenwich Village, and Long Island, that traces the members of a Scottish family as they confront the joys and longings, fulfillments and betrayals of love in all its guises.

In June of 1989 Paul McLeod, a newspaper publisher and recent widower, travels to Greece, where he falls for a young American artist and reflects on the complicated truth about his marriage.

Six years later, again in June, Paul’s death draws his three grown sons and their families back to their ancestral home. Fenno, the eldest, a wry, introspective gay man, narrates the events of this unforeseen reunion. Far from his straitlaced expatriate life as a bookseller in Greenwich Village, Fenno is stunned by a series of revelations that threaten his carefully crafted defenses.

Four years farther on, in yet another June, a chance meeting on the Long Island shore brings Fenno together with Fern Olitsky, the artist who once captivated his father. Now pregnant, Fern must weigh her guilt about the past against her wishes for the future and decide what family means to her.

In prose rich with compassion and wit, Three Junes paints a haunting portrait of love’s redemptive powers

This is told in three parts from three different points of view and the middle storyteller – Fenno – appeared to be reviewers least favorite character. It’s literary fiction and looks to suffer some common complaints such as a meandering plot and a penchant for mundane details.

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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. Tabs
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 14:14:46

    I’m with your daughter RE format matching.

    I stopped buying the Harry Dresden books when the publisher switched to the weird tall mass-market paperbacks around book 11 because they didn’t match the other ones I already owned. Just borrowed the HCs from the library instead.

  2. Lostshadows
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 15:55:01

    Some publishers make format matching pointless. I have a series of books, mostly in hc, which have been all over the map, size wise, for the last few books. Really annoying.

  3. Janine
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 16:07:26

    I like the format to match as well. I’m especially pleased when the spines match not just in size but also in font, title positioning, etc. I like the look of matching spines on my bookshelves. But now that I mainly read in e, it’s become a moot point.

  4. Darlynne
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 16:25:07

    “Kind of amazing how long this story has endured.” Yeah, about as long as the heebee-jeebees I got from reading it for the first and only time in 1977. Re-read? Nope nope nope.

  5. Darlynne
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 16:39:03

    I just realized I have a thing for consistent formats, too. Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next books first appeared in a simple, staid UK hard cover. And then the fourth book came out, of which the true first edition was a wonderfully drawn festival of color–a better representation of the crazy sauce inside–and a much smaller size. The original simple design was still available, but it wouldn’t be the real first edition. For collectors, that meant a set of books that didn’t resemble each other at all. I still get a crick in my neck, looking at them.

  6. Jennie
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 18:48:12

    @Darlynne: Yeah, I’m a bit tempted by the price though I gave up on King a long, long time ago. But honestly, as wussy as it sounds, the idea of having “The Shining” on my Kindle freaks me out a little bit. I know it’s just a book….but (shiver).

  7. cleo
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 19:33:20

    @Jennie: And you can’t really put your Kindle in the freezer

  8. MrsJoseph
    Aug 18, 2014 @ 08:58:22

    I format match as well. Trying to get all of the Malazan series in the same HB format has been a nightmare. It’s all over the place. :(

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