Friday, May 24, 2013

Bargain Kindle books! (Friday May 24)

Here is today's selection of bargain Kindle books!

Blood and Snow: The Complete Set (volumes 1-12), by RaShelle Workman. (Still 0.99?)

This modern, vampire-twist on the Snow White tale has over 75 five-star reviews, and is yours for just 99 cents today.

"RaShelle Workman has taken the Snow White fairy tale and made it her own. Set in modern day with vampires and other creatures of myth, Snow must navigate the waters of adolescents all while trying to survive a plot my the vampire queen and high school. Snow has normal teenage problems like boys, first loves, friends, and parents. She also has to juggle weapons training and her thirst for blood, which are not so normal problems. There is symbolism and hidden meaning everywhere. Snow White has always been a coming of age story, the girl blossoms into a beautiful woman. Blood and Snow is also a transformation tale with a bit more transformation than the original Snow White had to put up with. The hunter was probably my favorite. He was brilliantly done.  Workman is a creative mastermind. I think you would be hard pressed to find a reader who could not at least agree that she has a fantastic imagination and a gift for story telling." -- Amazon reviewer

***** Indulge in the bestselling modern day Snow White retelling with a vampire twist. *****

Praise for the Blood and Snow series:
  • "The modern twist on the Snow White fairy tale was interesting and original, which isn't easy to find these days. Highly recommended." Sarra Cannon, bestselling author of the Peachville High Demons series
Summary:
  • Every thousand years the Vampire Queen selects a new body, always the fairest in the land, and this time she's chosen Snow White.
Snow isn't an ordinary girl. She doesn't know that yet.

When Snow gets bitten by a Hunter, her life is thrown into a whirlwind of change where instead of worrying about what to eat, she has to fight not to drink the blood of fellow high school students. She becomes a revenant - not quite human, not quite vampire.

With the help of an eccentric old Professor, his seven adoptive sons, and her best friend, Snow learns to control her blood craving. Sort of. She drinks a bloodlust tea, but she'd rather drink from her Hunter.

Or, a human.

She also discovers a whole other realm, one filled with fairies, dragons, and magic. And not only does the Vampire Queen want her, but there's a pendant called the Seal of Gabriel created for Snow by the Vampire Queen's twin sister. And Snow's supposed to use it to restore balance to all magical creatures. Including vampires.

520 pages, with a 4.6-star rating from 104 reviews.

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Ghost Hand (The PSS Chronicles), by Ripley Patton. (Still 2.99?)

Teenager Olivia Black is a little different. Not only does she carry a goth attitude, she's afflicted with a hand that possesses strange powers, and seems to have a mind of its own. Over 40 five-star reviews for this highly-praised novel!

"Ghost Hand is a fabulous book, which I read cover to cover in a day." - The Fantastical Librarian

"Buy a copy of Ghost Hand for your teens, and watch them disappear."- Beattie's Book Blog

"Ripley writes in a way that transcends the ordinary barriers that divide ya & teen/ya." - Vintage Lace Books

"Unquestionably five stars on the basis of plot, character depth and writing style, it's a book I didn't want to put down." - Awesome Indies Book Reviews

Seventeen-year-old Olivia Black has a rare birth defect known as Psyche Sans Soma, or PSS. Instead of a right hand made of flesh and blood, she was born with a hand made of ethereal energy.

How does Olivia handle being the girl with the ghost hand? Well, she's a little bit morbid and a whole lot snarky.

Her mother thinks her obsession with death, black clothing, and the local cemetery is a bid for attention. But when Marcus, the new guy in Olivia's calculus class, stares at her like she's a freak, Olivia doesn't like it. And when her hand goes rogue, doing things she never imagined possible, Olivia finds herself running for her life with Marcus from a group of men bent on taking the power of her hand for their own nefarious purposes.

386 pages, with a 4.4-star rating from 85 reviews.

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IXEOS (The Ixeos Trilogy), by Jennings Wright. (Still 3.99?)

Summer vacation goes terriby wrong for the McCelland teens when they're transported to an alternate world, destined for a mission to free a planet enslaved by aliens.

"We are quickly pulled into the story. Before we know it our main characters are on Ixeos, learning a new way of life in surroundings hauntingly similar to their own Earth, but ruined, overtaken. What I loved most about this book was the similar feel it had to Falling Skies and The Maze Runner. We have these people, most children, some adults, who are struggling against this oppressive force, and danger everywhere they turn. I would highly recommend this book if you are a fan of young adult dystopian novels." -- Amazon reviewer

The McClellands are enjoying a lazy summer vacation at the beach when they are lured from our world into Ixeos, an alternate Earth. Finding themselves lost in a maze of tunnels under Paris and surrounded by strangers, they discover that they have been brought to Ixeos for one purpose: to take the planet back from humanoid aliens who have claimed it. With the aid of the tunnels and a mysterious man named Landon, the teens travel the world seeking the key that will allow them to free Darian, the long-imprisoned rebel leader.

The aliens aren't the only problem on Ixeos -- the McClellands have to deal with brutal gangs, desperate junkies, and a world without power, where all the technology is owned by the aliens, and where most of the population has been killed or enslaved.

The worst part? There's no way home.

359 pages, with a 3.8-star rating from 12 reviews.

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Rise of the Retics (Rosehaven: the Hidden City), by T.J. Lantz. (Still 0.99?)

"Great characters, great story!" So say readers of this imaginative fantasy, available for 99 cents today.

"Rise of the Retics was a great read. I've always been a fan of the fantasy trope of bringing diverse heroes together for a quest/cause, and in that tradition Lantz does an excellent job of assembling an eclectic cast of characters you quickly begin to pull for. Each has a unique voice and perspective that make them memorable. As it should be, the way the two main characters grow from the start of the story to the end is one of the most rewarding parts about this book. The author has managed to very successfully tie his fantasy world into the real world, and I thought the concept that non-human creatures have been and continue to be shunned and hunted by those with power made for a strong plot device. I can't remember reading another fantasy book where it's the supernatural characters that are threatened by normal humans and on the defensive side." -- Amazon reviewer

For almost a thousand years humanity has been making a concerted effort to eradicate the world's "retics", an eclectic collection of non-human, intelligent species. Recently, those efforts have been strengthened and far more successful than ever, though the Council of Rosehaven, the "retics" hidden sanctuary city, cannot figure out why. No one realizes the danger of this this more than Tyranna Wolfskin, a young girl ripped from her boring, everyday life in the middle of the night by a vicious group of "retic" hunters. Thrust into a struggle for her own survival, Tyranna must find a way to accept what she is and learn to understand a world she never knew existed.

288 pages, with a 4.7-star rating from 12 reviews.

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