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The Hunger Games: Movie Tie-in Edition Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games: Movie Tie-in Edition by Suzanne Collins. $2.82.

From Jacket Copy:

The New York Times bestselling The Hunger Games, with an all-new cover from the major motion picture!The astonishing bestseller is now a fantastic movie. Here is the original novel with new movie artwork on the cover. (Original cover version also available.)In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

If you haven’t read the series and are curious, this is a great entry price point. It is only at Amazon right now.

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Shatter Me Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. $3.99.

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No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.

In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a riveting dystopian world, a thrilling superhero story, and an unforgettable heroine.

Commenter Darlynne wrote:

“I’ve just finished, and was completely blown away by, Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me. Although I was a little dismayed at the direction the series appears to take at the end, Ms. Mafi’s writing was extraordinary and completely different, probably one of the most haunting things I’ve ever read. I will be all over the second book in 2013.”

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Storm (Brigid Kemmerer's Elemental Series #1) by Brigid Kemmerer Storm by Brigid Kemmerer. $2.99.

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Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys–all the ones she doesn’t want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her.

Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water–just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

The storm is coming. . .

“Five hot guys, one tough heroine, plenty of romance and non-stop action. . .Elemental is the new series to watch.” –Inara Scott, author of The Marked

“Magic, suspense, and enough twists to keep you reading until sunrise.” –Award-winning author Erica O’Rourke

This was a SmartBitches Book Club pick. I think the universe is telling me to read it.

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Heat of the Night By: Sylvia Day Heat of the Night by Sylvia Day. $2.99.

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He is a vision from every woman’s erotic fantasies. Existing in the twilight beneath sleep and consciousness, Connor brings them decadent pleasures, fueled by their sexual energy. But violence and strife now tear apart both worlds, and Connor must embark upon a quest into the mortal realm…and into the arms of one intoxicating enchantress.

Stacey Daniels has always been attracted to the wrong type of men—and the muscular, Viking-like champion on her front doorstep is no exception. She can hardly believe the wounded warrior is from another world, a world where erotic dreams are needed to survive, a world of terrible danger that has followed him to her home. Connor finds solace in her passion, but only time will tell if he can defeat the dark foe who hunts them…and if Stacey can surrender to the promise he offers with every electrifying touch.

This is the second title Avon is re-releasing of Sylvia Day’s.

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We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen. $1.99.

From Jacket Copy:

Carsten Jensen’s debut novel has taken the world by storm. Already hailed in Europe as an instant classic, We, the Drowned is the story of the port town of Marstal, whose inhabitants have sailed the world’s oceans aboard freight ships for centuries. Spanning over a hundred years, from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of the Second World War, and from the barren rocks of Newfoundland to the lush plantations of Samoa, from the roughest bars in Tasmania, to the frozen coasts of northern Russia, We, the Drowned spins a magnificent tale of love, war, and adventure, a tale of the men who go to sea and the women they leave behind.

Ships are wrecked at sea and blown up during wars, they are places of terror and violence, yet they continue to lure each generation of Marstal men—fathers and sons—away. Strong, resilient, women raise families alone and sometimes take history into their own hands. There are cannibals here, shrunken heads, prophetic dreams, forbidden passions, cowards, heroes, devastating tragedies, and miraculous survivals—everything that a town like Marstal has actually experienced, and that makes We, the Drowned an unforgettable novel, destined to take its place among the greatest seafaring literature.

This is the Kindle Daily Deal. I think, if you were a generalist, you could buy a Kindle Daily Deal and have all your reading needs satisfied.

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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. Darlynne
    Aug 17, 2012 @ 14:59:22

    I am generally hype-averse and had determined not to read Shatter Me because everyone else was raving about it. Ultimately I did read it with cynicism well in hand and a funny thing happened on my way to expecting to hate this book.

    Ms. Mafi’s writing style will not appeal to everyone and yet that is the thing that hooked me first. I don’t even know how to describe it except to say it is lyrical, lovely and a little mad. Juliette’s thoughts are so contradictory; she craves contact with others, but is terrified of what will happen if she touches someone. Then there’s her story, the first chapters of which are hard to read: a young woman with the power to kill, who has been institutionalized by her parents and is so terribly broken.

    What I liked best is summed up by the caption on the cover: “My touch is lethal [this appears struck out]. My touch is power.” That’s the book in a nutshell. Everyone tells Juliette she’s a killer and insane, and then she comes to learn just how powerful she is. I love that whole idea.

    The ending? Definitely a cliffhanger and I didn’t see things heading in quite the direction they appear to be. Still, I’m eager for the next book.

    BTW, Jane, the price is $3.99 apparently. And I love your new avatar.

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  2. Jane
    Aug 17, 2012 @ 15:05:57

    @Darlynne: Thanks for the heads up. Changed to reflect the accurate price.

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  3. cleo
    Aug 17, 2012 @ 15:19:13

    I liked Storm a lot – in fact I surprised myself by how much I enjoyed it, since I’m not a huge YA fan

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