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Daily Deals: British chick lit, Neil Gaiman, Downton Abbey books

Daily Deals: British chick lit, Neil Gaiman, Downton Abbey books

The Single Girl’s To-Do List Lindsey Kelk  -The Single Girl’s To-Do List by Lindsey Kelk. $ 1.99

From the Jacket Copy:

A hilarious and romantic standalone novel from the bestselling author of the I Heart series
Rachel Summers loves a to-do list:
• Boyfriend
• Flat
• Great job
NOT on the list:
• Being dumped
Best friends Emelie and Matthew ride to her rescue with an entirely new kind of list – The Single Girl’s To-Do List. Rachel doesn’t know it, but it will take her on all kinds of wild adventures – and get her in some romantic pickles too. And then it won’t be a case of what but who she decides to tick off…
• Mr. bendy yoga instructor
• Mr. teenage sweetheart
• Mr. persistent ex
• Mr. deeply unsuitable

The Single Girl’s To-Do List gives Rachel the perfect heartbreak cure – and proves love is out there if you’re willing to take a chance

Reviews suggest that the start is slow but it picks up and you find yourself rooting for the heroine. It’s a British chick lit and those were my favorite (anyone remember Elizabeth Young?).

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41MoO2hCr-L._SX300_Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. $ 2.99

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Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinarylife, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

I’m not a huge Gaiman fan. I’ve only read Coraline and I thought it was interesting, creepy, and thoughtful but I’ve never been moved to read anything else by him.

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9780312658663_p0_v1_s260x420The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin. $ 2.99 Google | Amazon

From the Jacket Copy:

“Anyone suffering Downton Abbey withdrawal symptoms (who isn’t?) will find an instant tonic in Daisy Goodwin’s The American Heiress. The story of Cora Cash, an American heiress in the 1890s who bags an English duke, this is a deliciously evocative first novel that lingers in the mind.” —Allison Pearson, New York Times bestselling author of I Don’t Know How She Does It and I Think I Love You

Be careful what you wish for. Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts’, suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham, married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England. Nothing is quite as it seems, however: Ivo is withdrawn and secretive, and the English social scene is full of traps and betrayals. Money, Cora soon learns, cannot buy everything, as she must decide what is truly worth the price in her life and her marriage.

Witty, moving, and brilliantly entertaining, Cora’s story marks the debut of a glorious storyteller who brings a fresh new spirit to the world of Edith Wharton and Henry James.

“Top-notch writing….will please fans of historical romance, including book club members.” –Library Journal (starred review)

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9781416547815_p0_v1_s260x420Plain Truth by Jodi Picoult. $ 1.99 AMZN | Google Play.

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From the bestselling author of My Sister’s Keeper comes the riveting story of a murder that shatters the picturesque calm of Amish country — and tests the heart and soul of the lawyer defending the woman at the center of the storm.

The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that eighteen-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn’s mother, took the child’s life. When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big-city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide — and for the first time in her high-profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own. Delving deep inside the world of those who live “plain,” Ellie must find a way to reach Katie on her terms. And as she unravels a tangled murder case, Ellie also looks deep within — to confront her own fears and desires when a man from her past reenters her life.

I find Picoult novels very readable but also quite emotionally manipulative.

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Daily Deals: Two good YA deals, a box set, and Audrey Niffenegger’s second title

Daily Deals: Two good YA deals, a box set, and Audrey...

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

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Overview
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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