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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer Trilogy Series #1) by Michelle HodkinThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. $ 1.99 at AMZ | Google

From the Jacket Copy:

Mara Dyer doesn’t know if she is crazy or haunted—all she knows is that everyone around her is dying in this suspenseful and “strong, inventive tale” (Kirkus Reviews).

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.
She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.
There is.
She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.
After Mara survives the traumatizing accident at the old asylum, it makes sense that she has issues. She lost her best friend, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend’s sister, and as if that weren’t enough to cope with, her family moves to a new state in order to give her a fresh start. But that fresh start is quickly filled with hallucinations—or are they premonitions?—and then corpses, and the boundary between reality and nightmare is wavering. At school, there’s Noah, a devastatingly handsome charmer who seems determined to help Mara piece together what’s real, what’s imagined—and what’s very, very dangerous.
This fast-paced psychological—or is it paranormal?—thriller will leave you breathless for its sequel, The Evolution of Mara Dyer.

Sounds kind of fascinating. PW says this ” Readers may enjoy drawing their own conclusions about what is real, but they will have a hard time tracking all the possibilities. And after so much windup, they will certainly feel let down by the scripted conclusion.”

The last book in the trilogy is due out in November 2014

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Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey NiffeneggerHer Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. $ 1.99 AMZ | Google Play

From the Jacket Copy:

When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt; they only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers — with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

The girls move to Elspeth’s flat, which borders Highgate Cemetery. They come to know the building’s other residents. There is Martin, a brilliant and charming crossword puzzle setter suffering from crippling obsessive-compulsive disorder; Marjike, Martin’s devoted but trapped wife; and Robert, Elspeth’s elusive former lover, a scholar of the cemetery. As the girls become embroiled in the fraying lives of their aunt’s neighbors, they also discover that much is still alive in Highgate, including — perhaps — their aunt, who can’t seem to leave her old apartment and life behind.

Niffenegger weaves a captivating story in Her Fearful Symmetry: about love and identity, about secrets and sisterhood, and about the tenacity of life — even after death.

It’s hard to judge this book separate from The Time Traveler’s Wife but from most accounts it wasn’t as good. The prose is still wonderful but even Janine, a huge fan of TTW, found this a let down.

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Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. $ 1.99 AMZ | Google Play

From the Jacket Copy:

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. At least, not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and probing eyes, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure who to trust—she can’t decide whether she should fall into Patch’s arms or run and hide from him. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth more unsettling than any feeling Patch evokes. For Nora stands amid an ancient battle between the immortal and those who have fallen—and choosing the wrong side will cost her life.

I loved this cover but have never read the book. The BookSmugglers had this to say:

Now, Nora. Nora, Nora, Nora. I have yet to see a worst TSTL (Too Stupid to Live ) heroine. Let me count the ways: Nora is attacked or followed or stalked. Over and over again. Yet it never occurs to her to call the police, talk to the school principal, talk to her mother until it is too late. She talks with suspect number one instead. She is afraid of Patch for most of the book and keeps changing her mind about him every two seconds. It gets tiresome pretty soon:

He is hot. But he is dangerous. Can I trust him? But his dark smile and dark eyes! OMG he wants to kill me! But he smells good!

Lather, rinse, repeat.

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Rapture by Sandi Lynn. $ .99.

From the Jacket Copy:

This is an anthology which brought eight authors together to help one little girl and her battle with cancer, Sophie Isabella Ryan. All proceeds from this anthology will go to Prayers For Sophie.

Rapture. Allow yourself to be carried away by eight sexy, swoon worthy men who will forever leave an imprint on your heart. This anthology contains eight previously published works by Amazon, USA, New York Times bestselling authors and more. Eight women, eight stories, all for the fight of one little girl.

Here are the titles included in this book. Stinger is the only one I’m interested in. I’m also not interested that this is a “charity” anthology. I pretty much hate that sort of thing.

Forever Black ~ Sandi Lynn
Therapy ~ Kathryn Perez
Unexpected Chance ~ Joanne Schwehm
Stinger ~ Mia Sheridan
Before the Storm ~ Sarah Dosher
Atonement ~ Selene Chardou
Searching For Tomorrow ~ Kathryn McNeill Crane
Rotten ~ JL Brooks

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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. Jia
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 13:00:46

    I actually really liked The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. I have mixed feelings about the second book, The Evolution of Mara Dyer, but I’m still looking forward to The Retribution of Mara Dyer.

  2. Elaina
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 13:21:41

    Hush, Hush is in my top 10 worst books ever read. It’s awful and not even in an entertaining way.

  3. Janine
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 13:51:57

    The prose is still wonderful but even Janine, a huge fan of TTW, found this a let down.

    Actually, I haven’t read Her Fearful Symmetry. Jennie reviewed it and liked it a great deal. I think Robin may have read it and liked it a lot less– but I could be misremembering.

  4. Susan
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 15:02:35

    I really dithered about buying HFS since I didn’t want to miss a great deal on a book that there was the remotest chance I’d read at some point. (Yes, compulsive collector.) But, after reading Jennie’s review (and the comments) and a number of the Amazon reviews, I decided this was one book I could pass up without a single backwards glance.

  5. Lada
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 16:29:10

    I found Her Fearful Symmetry disappointing and strange. Niffenegger excels at writing selfish, self-absorbed characters and the women in this book were no exception. Her writing is atmospheric but I found the ending of this one disturbing.

  6. Lindsay
    Jun 29, 2014 @ 22:25:00

    I could not stop reading the Hush, Hush series, but it was definitely along the lines of licking batteries in terms of enjoyability. Morbid curiosity kept me going. I haven’t done that since the House of Night series.

  7. leslie
    Jun 30, 2014 @ 10:18:49

    @Lada: I was disturbed by the book too, especially the icky ending. I really hate the freaky twin trope anyway, but HFS was beyond creepy and not in a good way.

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