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Daily Deals: mysteries, classic romance, and a popular YA

Daily Deals: mysteries, classic romance, and a popular YA

n a Dry Season (Inspector Banks Novels) by Peter RobinsonIn a Dry Season (Inspector Banks Novels) by Peter Robinson. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

In the blistering, dry summer, the waters of Thornfield Reservior have been depleted, revealing the ruins of the small Yorkshire village that lay at its bottom, bringing with it the unidentified bones of a brutally murdered young woman. Detective Chief Inspector Banks faces a daunting challenge: he must unmask a killer who has escaped detection for half a century. Because the dark secret of Hobb’s End continue to haunt the dedicated policeman even though the town that bred then has died—and long after its former residents have been scattered to far places . . . or themselves to the grave.

From an acknowledged master writing at the peak of his storytelling powers comes a powerful, insightful, evocative, and searingly suspenseful novel of past crimes and present evil.

The negative reviews say that the unique way that the cold case was solved didn’t quite make up for the dryness. Another one said “very British.”

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Knave's Wager by Loretta ChaseKnave’s Wager by Loretta Chase. $ 2.99

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“Live the romance. Read Loretta Chase” — Christina Dodd

The traditional English Regency from New York Times bestselling author, Loretta Chase, is back…

Lilith Davenant, has ample reason to detest Julian Wyndhurst, Marquess of Brandon: he’s exactly the kind of man who hastened the demise of her profligate husband, and the debt he owed to Julian has forced her to an engagement with a wealthy suitor for the sake of supporting her beloved nieces and nephews. Besides that, Lord Julian somehow manages to ignite disturbing… feelings … she’s never felt before!

Lord Julian used his considerable skills and cunning in the war against Napoleon. Now he’s obliged to use the same talents to save his young cousin from a disastrous marriage to a scheming mistress — who makes him a wager: If Julian can seduce the famously icy Lady Lilith Davenant, the lady will release his cousin from the engagement.

But very quickly, Julian discovers Lilith’s hidden warmth, kindness and humor. Will he be able to prove his heart to her before she learns of his recklessly shameless wager?

Okay, so you can get the paperback with the Sandalwood Princess and Knave’s Wager for $1.99 but if you want a digital copy of your Loretta Chase library, Knave’s Wager is on sale. So is Viscount Vagabond, The Sandalwood Princess, The Devil’s Delilah, and the English Witch.

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Delirium (Delirium Series #1) by Lauren OliverDelirium (Delirium Series #1) by Lauren Oliver. $ 2.99

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Love. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don’t.
In Lauren Oliver’s stunning second novel, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the cure. Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. But then she meets enigmatic Alex, who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

Lauren Oliver follows up her incandescent debut, the New York Times bestseller Before I Fall, with this extraordinary novel about a high-stakes romance set in a dystopian United States. Delirium presents a world as terrifying as The Hunger Games and a romance as true as Romeo and Juliet.

Delirium received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal, and was named a Best Book of the Year by USA Today, Kirkus, Amazon.com, YALSA, and the Chicago Public Library and was selected as one of NPR’s Top 100 Best Ever Teen Novels.

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Only Time Will Tell (Clifton Chronicles Series #1) by Jeffrey ArcherOnly Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer. $ 1.99.

From the Jacket Copy:

From the internationally bestselling author of Kane and Abel and A Prisoner of Birth comes Only Time Will Tell, the first in an ambitious new series that tells the story of one family across generations, across oceans, from heartbreak to triumph.

The epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life begins in 1920, with the words “I was told that my father was killed in the war.” A dock worker in Bristol, Harry never knew his father, but he learns about life on the docks from his uncle, who expects Harry to join him at the shipyard once he’s left school. But then an unexpected gift wins him a scholarship to an exclusive boys’ school, and his life will never be the same again.

As he enters into adulthood, Harry finally learns how his father really died, but the awful truth only leads him to question, was he even his father? Is he the son of Arthur Clifton, a stevedore who spent his whole life on the docks, or the firstborn son of a scion of West Country society, whose family owns a shipping line?

This introductory novel in Archer’s ambitious series The Clifton Chronicles includes a cast of colorful characters and takes us from the ravages of the Great War to the outbreak of the Second World War, when Harry must decide whether to take up a place at Oxford or join the navy and go to war with Hitler’s Germany. From the docks of working-class England to the bustling streets of 1940 New York City, Only Time Will Tell takes readers on a journey through to future volumes, which will bring to life one hundred years of recent history to reveal a family story that neither the reader nor Harry Clifton himself could ever have imagined.

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REVIEW:  Take Two by Laurelin Paige

REVIEW: Take Two by Laurelin Paige

Take Two Laurelin Paige

Dear Ms. Paige:

Thank you for sending me a copy of this book for review. My first book of yours was the self published title “Fixed on You.”  This current read was a much more traditional romance featuring a movie star and a camera assistant. Star Micah Preston and Maddie Bauers make out at a party and when Maddie is called away to help a friend, Micah gets her phone number and they plan to meet again. Except Micah gets signed to a new agent the next day who tells him no distractions. Micah deletes Maddie’s number and never calls her.

Fast forward seven years and the two are together again working on a movie. Maddie had dreamed of being behind the camera but due to not living up to her mentor’s exacting demands, he essentially blackballed her and so Maddie hasn’t advanced at all. She has been editing her own movie in her spare time but has no connections to any funding.

The best part of the book was the in depth behind the scenes look at how a movie gets shot. The little details of who does what was fascinating as well as some little insidery tidbits.  Maddie focuses the camera which sounds like a really detailed and time consuming process, something I as a movie goer hadn’t ever thought of but every scene is planned out with marks set and focuses arranged for those marks. At one point, Micah misses his mark repeatedly causing every shot to be slightly blurry.

In another scene, we are told about hot mics. It was common knowledge that the sound crew was always in the know, constantly overhearing conversations between actors when the cameras weren’t rolling and they’d forgotten their microphones were on. It was unethical for the crew to share their inside scoop, and Chloe had never done it as far as Maddie knew.”

So all of this was great. Micah’s insistence that he could only have one night stands versus Maddie’s reluctance to have a fling was the major conflict for the first half of the book and even when it resolved slightly at the midway point, there was a lingering tension that I felt was a tad contrived.  I didn’t fully understand Micah’s insistence that he not have a long term relationship because of how it always led to the partner wanting something that he couldn’t deliver. It spoke of distrust of Maddie, for one, but also I wondered what Micah thought his future would be? Just one night stand after one night stand? That sounded dismal.

Plus Micah acted like a real selfish jerk sometimes. There was a point in the book where he gets Maddie in trouble with the director and it was almost an unforgivable event. Maybe I just liked Maddie too much but I wondered, at times, what she really saw in Micah.

Maddie worked better for me. Her reluctance to accept Micah’s short term proposal made sense but it also was understandable when she succumbed to his somewhat relentless pursuit particularly when she’d held a minor flame for him for seven years. In the end, I liked how she stood up for herself even in times that were very challenging. I wasn’t convinced that Micah was good enough for her because he hung on to his “no serious relationship” rule for far far far too long.  C+

Best regards,

Jane

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