Review of Dragon Teeth, by Michael Crichton. “Once it hits the Wild West, it grabs you and never lets go.”

Review of Dragon Teeth, by Michael Crichton. “Once it hits the Wild West, it grabs you and never lets go.”

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Dragon Teeth, by Michael Crichton

In 1876, the hunt for ancient bones is more thievery than science. When a spoiled Yale student takes a bet that he can’t survive one summer in the Wild West with paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh, he’s in way over his head.

His boss might be paranoid, but the bullets are real.

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“Sherlock Holmes crossed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Huge sale on this award-winning historical fantasy series!

“Sherlock Holmes crossed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Huge sale on this award-winning historical fantasy series!

Jackaby, by William Ritter

The Jackaby series has it all. Mystery. Suspense. A healthy dose of the supernatural. “And one seriously ugly hat.” The Chicago Tribune called it “Sherlock Holmes crossed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” At 40% to 67% off, we call it awesome.

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Digital book haul! Three great reads for less than two bucks!

Digital book haul! Three great reads for less than two bucks!

Welcome to August!

With nearly 5,000 visitors in July, we’ve grown 10-fold since January, thanks to readers just like you. Okay, exactly like you. As in, actually you. To celebrate, we’re introducing something new: digital book hauls!

(In other words, we found 3 great book deals for SO cheap that we bought them all.)

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The Wendy, a YA fantasy retelling with a twist!

The Wendy, a YA fantasy retelling with a twist!

The Wendy, by Erin Michelle Sky & Steven Brown

(Hey, look! We wrote this one!)

Unlike most retellings, which follow the basic plot of the original book, The Wendy pays tribute to JM Barrie’s style and the Peter Pan characters (and their complex relationships) while offering readers a completely new story. We love writing the Tales of the Wendy series, and we hope you’ll love reading it!

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A Guilty Pleasure Coming-of-Age Story with Hidden Depths

A Guilty Pleasure Coming-of-Age Story with Hidden Depths

Clan of the Cave Bear, by Jean M. Auel

$2.99 Kindle Sale! ($8.99)

This was a total guilty pleasure for me when I first read it. (And not just this book, but the whole series.) I hadn’t thought of it in ages, but then I discovered that it’s on sale. So today, you get a review and a sale. Not too shabby.

At its heart, Clan of the Cave Bear is an ugly duckling story, set in a time when the precursors of modern humanity still lived alongside a competitive species. A little girl, Ayla, is orphaned and raised by the others, who are at once eerily similar and yet so very different. Most of them do not fully accept her–because she is not Clan. And so she learns not to accept herself.

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Why Did The New Republic Call This Book “Pernicious” in 1976?

Why Did The New Republic Call This Book “Pernicious” in 1976?

Interview with the Vampire, by Anne Rice

$2.99 Kindle Sale! ($7.99)

This is the book that started it all–the bestselling, 10-volume Vampire Chronicles series that catapulted Anne Rice into the realm of author legend. When it came out in 1976, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said it was “hypnotically poetic in tone, rich in sensory imagery and dense with the darkness that lies behind the veil of human thought.” The New Republic, on the other hand, called it “pernicious.”

Critics aside, it earned almost $1,000,000 in sales and movie rights before it hit the streets and is now one of the essential cornerstones of any fantasy or paranormal collection. The deal has only a few days left, so don’t wait to pick up this timeless masterpiece.

Get the deal.

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The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles

The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles

A Quick, Colorful Read

The Kingdom of Oceana is a classic story of sibling rivalry—a novel based on action and adventure that we’d recommend for readers twelve and up. Set in a fantasy version of a timeless Hawaii, it has fire walking and surfing and sharks and zombie fish… plenty of thrills to capture the imagination.

It also has magic, mystery, and a message of environmentalism weaving a natural thread throughout the story. Many books for younger readers attempt to merge entertainment with education, but few do it well. This one does.

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The Blazing Star – by Imani Josey

The Blazing Star – by Imani Josey

Interesting Premise with a Gorgeous Setting

I was scrolling through the young adult section looking for a new read, and the shelf was like this: HOT GUY on the cover, HOT GUY on the cover, HOT GUY on the cover…

Although I enjoy a hot-guy romance as much as the next hot-guy enthusiast… every single cover? Really? So I was THRILLED to run across The Blazing Star. The heroine of the story, actually dominating the cover. Imagine that.

I requested it immediately.

The initial chapters (set in the real world) did not disappoint. There are universal tensions that any heart can relate to, and I cared about both sisters right from the start. And then… Egypt! The glimpses into the daily life of this fantastical version of ancient Egypt are one of the book’s greatest strengths.

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