Sunday, 10 November 2013

Sunday Special: YA/NA Kindle Bargains

There appears to be an absolutely huge amount of stuff significantly cheaper than usual on Kindle at the moment in the UK, so I thought I'd knock up a quick round-up of what bargains are out there. As always with these posts, I have no idea how long they'll be at this price so snap them up fast!

First up, the wonderful Cat Clarke has not one, not two, but THREE novels for under 80p each! Entangled, her debut isn't as good as the other two for me, but for 79p it's well worth trying this psychological thriller. Her other two are 56p each and are absolutely required reading even if they were ten times that price. Her most recent, Undone, is a gripping story of a girl seeking revenge on those she blames for the suicide of her gay best friend. Her second, and best, is Torn, which sees Alice King try to deal with her guilt at the death of a former friend on a school trip. The way the mystery of what actually happened here is revealed is beautifully done, while Alice is a fabulous character.

Holly Bourne's Soulmates is a recent release which has been cheap since its release on 1st September, I believe - I think I pre-ordered for just over a pound, and it's currently £1.71. Part of me is unsure why on earth Usbourne are practically giving away an epic romance between two soulmates who an international secret agency are trying to tear apart, especially since it has one of the most amazing endings of the year, red hot chemistry between the leads, and an excellent supporting cast. Part of me thinks it's an incredibly good marketing ploy, because there's almost no way you'll finish this one WITHOUT wanting to run out and grab the paperback to treasure it.

One of my favourite fantasy series of recent years came to an end recently, with the release of the final Wereworld novel by Curtis Jobling. If you want to see how it all started, the brilliant Rise of the Wolf is just £1.99 and is jaw-droppingly good.

Talking about series starters, with the conclusion this year of GONE, Gallagher Girls and Wereworld, Will Hill's Department 19 moves up from joint top of my 'favourite ongoing series' to be clear by itself. If you think you've read absolutely every vampire novel you need to read, then unless you've tried Hill, you're wrong. Set aside an afternoon, though, as Hill writes colossal books which don't waste a word. Taking its cue from Dracula but updating it to a modern setting focusing on the agency set up by descendants of the original's heroes, this is action-packed and incredible. It's also £1.99.

Another series which got off to a fantastic start is Tom Pollock's The City's Son. I can't comment on sequel The Glass Republic as I'm woefully behind with my planned reading, but the first in the Skyscraper Throne trilogy is a riotously imaginative urban fantasy which took my breath away. That one is just £1.07!

One that I'm even further behind on is John Marsden's Tomorrow When The War Began, which is an excellent tale of teens fighting back against an enemy who invades their country while they're on a camping trip, leading to them committing acts of rebellion. I've read the first three and they're brutal, hard-hitting, and fabulous. Book 1 is just £1.37, with the others varying between 56p and £2.53.

Moving to New Adult for a minute, my new favourite NA title ever is The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer, a truly brilliant dual narrative between a Hollywood star and the friend who moves out to join her and become her music teacher. As the two girls find they each think of each other as more than friends, they have to work out how to navigate their changing relationship. The Hollywood setting is captured perfectly, Zimmer's writing style is really readable - I finished it in one go after just picking it up to try a chapter - and the chemistry between the two leads is sizzling. Throw in a wonderful supporting cast and you have an amazing read for just £1.99.

I'm not a huge fan of NA as a genre yet, but there's definitely the potential for some wonderful stories to be told in it. Zimmer's is one, Tammara Webber's Easy is another, and the third one I've really loved is Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess. With the brilliant tagline "Who knew adulthood would be so damn grown up?", this is a fabulous look at the perils of trying to start a career when you're not really sure what you're doing.

For younger readers, Cathy Hopkins' Truth, Dare, Kiss Or Promise is a lovely contemporary with sweet characters. Book one, White Lies, is only £1.53.

The wonderful Strange Chemistry, one of my favourite imprints, dropped 7 titles to 99p for a limited time some while ago. I thought it was going to have finished now, but it still seems to be going, so I'd definitely pick these up sooner rather than later. It's no surprise to regular readers that my number one pick is stunning fantasy Pantomime by Laura Lam, but it's closely followed by Kim Curran's sci-fi thriller SHIFT and Gwenda Bond's intriguing modern day story inspired by the legend of the lost colony at Roanoke, Blackwood. Speaking about books inspired by old stories, AE Rought's modern-day spin on Frankenstein, Broken, is another that's well worth looking at. Fans of witches and poltergeists should also pick up Sean Cummings' clever Poltergeeks. Rounding out the line-up of cheapies from the imprint are Katya's World by Jonathan L Howard and The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke - I have both, but haven't got round to reading either yet.

There are lots of other bargains I haven't read myself - Ilsa Bick's books are mostly dirt cheap as part of the same Quercus deal that Brooklyn Girls, the Marsden series and Cat Clarke's books are in, while three of Jennifer Lynn Barnes' Raised By Wolves novels are 99p each. If historical fiction is your bag, Katherine Longshore's Gilt (99p) and Celia Rees' Witch Child (£1.54) are both highly rated by others and I really want to get round to reading them soon. Sophie McKenzie is an author I enjoy, but I haven't tried her Missing books yet - the first, Girl, Missing is just £1.49. Teri Terry's intriguing sounding Slated is another I've seen good stuff about, and is just 99p.

Is there anything there I've missed? Has anyone read any of these - particularly the ones I've not got round to myself? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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