Saturday, August 25, 2012

Books For A Sick Friend

Well, actually, she's not so much sick as recovering from a rather nasty surgery. She's going to be out of commission for weeks, and asked me for book recs. I know she has a Kindle, and I can do e-book recs all day long, but I especially wanted to ask if anyone knew of any print books that were good. If you do, please leave some comment love!

Fabulously Free E-Books on Amazon:

One of my all time favorite Indie books, this novel had a lot to do with me deciding to write again. Yep, it's that good. It also helped me decide to give this Indie thing a try, which may have been one of the smartest things I've ever done.

Blurb:  Jason races into Azazel's life--sweaty, tortured, and hunted by covert forces. Even though her football-player boyfriend doesn't like it, Azazel is drawn to Jason. He's so complicated. He gets in fistfights, but always wins them--efficiently and thoroughly. He reads Plato and argues with their AP teacher. But he's also quiet and serious, haunted by a past he won't talk about. Azazel feels obsessed. She can't let anything get in the way of finding out Jason's secrets, not even her boyfriend, her friends, or her parents. Most importantly, no matter how dangerous Jason claims it is for her to be near him, she can't let him leave. As menace begins to surface from even the most trusted and familiar places, Azazel finds herself flung into a whirlwind of sinister motives and clandestine proceedings. Though Azazel evades each escalating danger, her feelings for Jason may prove to be the greatest danger of all.
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Jenny Pox is maybe one of the best books I've ever read. It's certainly one of the best Indie books out there. It blends a touch of horror with romance and fantasy, and although it was popular as YA for a while (and still is, I suppose), it's definitely geared towards an older audience. 

Blurb: Eighteen-year-old Jenny Morton has a horrific secret: her touch spreads a deadly supernatural plague, the "Jenny pox." She lives by a single rule: Never touch anyone. A lifetime of avoiding any physical contact with others has made her isolated and painfully lonely in her small rural town.
Then she meets the one boy she can touch. Jenny feels herself falling for Seth...but if she's going to be with him, Jenny must learn to use the deadly pox inside her to confront his ruthless and manipulative girlfriend Ashleigh, who secretly wields the most dangerous power of all.

Cheap/ Indie Books on Amazon:

Really great action/adventure and paranormal romance. One of my faves. And sexy, too. (Liz, I'm thinking of you because a lot of this takes place in a hospital setting.)

A woman of science. 
A man of magic. 
Hunted for their HeartsBlood. 
Dr. SalistaCalon knew that she worked in a bad part of San Francisco, but nothing could prepare her for the horror that awaited her at the hospital. 
After her best friend is slaughtered, Salista’s only clue is a mysterious man dressed in leather. A man who claims 
to know not only the secret behind her best friend’s death, but the key to controlling a force that could rend both their worlds... 
Blood Magic. 
Drawn into a world beyond her comprehension and control, Salista must choose between science and magic. 

Loved this one. A fresh take on college age romance and family bonds. 

Blurb: Flat-Out Love is a warm and witty novel of family love and dysfunction, deep heartache and raw vulnerability, with a bit of mystery and one whopping, knock-you-to-your-knees romance.
Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it.
When Julie's off-campus housing falls through, her mother's old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side ... and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.
And there's that oldest brother, Finn: funny, gorgeous, smart, sensitive, almost emotionally available. Geographically? Definitely unavailable. That's because Finn is traveling the world and surfacing only for random Facebook chats, e-mails, and status updates. Before long, through late-night exchanges of disembodied text, he begins to stir something tender and silly and maybe even a little bit sexy in Julie's suddenly lonesome soul.

Traditionally Published Books on Amazon:

This book has it all: Action, adventure, repelling off the top of really tall buildings...  

In a future Chicago, 16-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life, a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomaly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

My second favorite book of 2011, the writing style reminds me a lot of Robin McKinley's Sunshine. It's also won a bunch of awards.

Blurb: Before Briony's stepmother died, she made sure Briony blamed herself for all the family's hardships. Now Briony has worn her guilt for so long it's become a second skin. She often escapes to the swamp, where she tells stories to the Old Ones, the spirits who haunt the marshes. But only witches can see the Old Ones, and in her village, witches are sentenced to death. Briony lives in fear her secret will be found out, even as she believes she deserves the worst kind of punishment.
Then Eldric comes along with his golden lion eyes and mane of tawny hair. He's as natural as the sun, and treats her as if she's extraordinary. And everything starts to change. As many secrets as Briony has been holding, there are secrets even she doesn't know.

Okay, this is my favorite book/series of all time. I have a series book crush going here, and meeting the author, Melissa Marr, was one of the highlights of my writing career. 

Blurb: Rule #3: Don't stare at invisible faeries.
Aislinn has always seen faeries. Powerful and dangerous, they walk hidden in the mortal world. Aislinn fears their cruelty - especially if they learn of her Sight - and wishes she were as blind to their presence as other teens.
Rule #2: Don't speak to invisible faeries.
Now faeries are stalking her. One of them, Keenan, who is equal parts terrifying and alluring, is trying to talk to her, asking questions Aislinn is afraid to answer.
Rule #1: Don't ever attract their attention.
But it's too late. Keenan is the Summer King, who has sought his queen for nine centuries. Without her, summer itself will perish. He is determined that Aislinn will become the Summer Queen at any cost — regardless of her plans or desires.
Suddenly none of the rules that have kept Aislinn safe are working anymore, and everything is on the line: her freedom; her best friend, Seth; her life; everything.
Faery intrigue, mortal love, and the clash of ancient rules and modern expectations swirl together in Melissa Marr's stunning twnety-first-century faery tale.


  1. Hmmm...Tithe by Holly Black. Brilliant urban fantasy.
    The Powwow Highway by David Seals. Raunchy crazy 70's road-trip fun.
    Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier. Everything you ever wanted in a fantasy book, and an enchanted frog, too.

    1. I forgot Holly Black's Tithe! Loved that one. And I loved Juliet Marillier's Daughter of the Forest series, and didn't know she had a new one out. Will have to check that one out myself.

    2. I've read Tithe a long time ago and really liked it. I am writing the names of all these books down to check them out.

  2. These are all traditionally published, but my favorite contemporary YA novels this year were Kirsten Hubbard's Wanderlove and Jessi Kirby's In Honor. Kirby's Moonglass (2011) is also wonderful. Probably one of my favorite YA contemporaries of all time is Jandy Nelson's The Sky Is Everywhere. For yummy boys, Stephanie Perkins' Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door. Characterization, setting, and writing in those two are fantastic. And of course John Green's The Fault in Our Stars is wonderful.

    In YA dystopias, I loved Ally Condie's Matched, Julianna Baggott's Pure, Beth Revis's Across the Universe, and Lauren Oliver's Delirium series. In fantasy, the Mortal Instruments series was really addictive, and Rachel Hawkins's Hex Hall series is a lot of fun. I also enjoyed The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, which I guess would be paranormal (sequel out this fall).

    1. Ooh, good ones, Lacy. Did you know Rachel Hawkins graduated from Auburn? I have yet to read her series, but I've heard it's really good.

  3. Yup! She's good friends with Chantel Acevedo, and I've met her a couple of times. She's hilarious and delightful. She did the Auburn Writers Conference the last two years, and I did a workshop with her (and one with her agent and two with her agentmate, the also-delightful Victoria Schwab. For an original YA fairy tale, check out Victoria's The Near Witch).

  4. I can't believe I missed all this! Will have to make a point of going next year.

  5. I'm finishing Larissa Ione's Lord of Deliverance series. Love it (it's about the four horsemen of the apocalypse. Hot read, with a great plot.) Deborah Harkness' Discovery of Witches series is awesome. In the romance department, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, Slammed series by Colleen Hoover. If she like urban fantasy I highly recommend Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series. I know how it feels to have to recover from surgery. Hope she feels better soon!

    1. Thanks Dawna! I read Discovery of Witches and really liked it. Will pass on the others to her.