Off Planet, by Aileen Erin
Maité is half alien, living in hiding since she was a small child, when most of her father’s species on Earth was slaughtered. If humanity discovers her, they’ll kill her. So she hides with her mother, poor as dirt, trying not to attract attention. But that isn’t easy in a world where all humans have tech implants that her half-Aunare side can’t tolerate. Literally.
Not to mention the super-fast reflexes and the occasional glowing-skin thing.
When she finally gets the chance to flee–to return to the father who desperately wants her safe on an alien world–things go from bad to worse. Her secret is out, and she’s about to become a pawn in an inter-planetary war. Suddenly, what she represents seems to matter more than who she is. But Maité knows exactly who she is. And she’s about to prove it.
Lunar Court, by Aileen Erin
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think this one was my favorite yet!!! How do they just keep getting better???
Cosette is a fey princess–a flaming-sword wielding, kick butt and take names later kind of fey princess who wants nothing to do with the fey Lunar Court but is bound to it by blood. Chris is a werewolf with a battered childhood. Controlled by the moon, he can’t be bound to the Lunar Court without becoming a slave.
They can’t be together, but they can’t deny their feelings. So when an Archon tells Chris there might be a way to break his lunar tie, Chris enters the fey Court of Gales, an underground world of double-talk and corruption that reminds him far too much of his own troubled past. He would do anything for Cosette. Anything. But that’s easy to say when you don’t know what “anything” might mean…
Peace Force, by Simon Haynes
Harriet Walsh was destined to serve on the Peace Force. She’s been receiving invitations to join up since she was only 15 years old… she just doesn’t know it—mostly because they’ve been printed on the backs of takeout menus and advertising pamphlets by an obsolete robot. When her beloved aunt passes away, leaving behind a broken heart and a pile of debt, Harriet finally gets her mail. Serving on the Peace Force isn’t exactly her passion, but jobs are scarce and she needs the cash. Besides, Dismolle is a retirement planet. How bad could it be?
Well, she’s about to find out. Training isn’t easy when nobody outranks the antique-bucket-of-bolts robot that was left running the show, especially when it has to recharge more often than a five-year-old iPhone. Add a training weapon she’s not allowed to train with, a police budget funded by a lottery scam, and an AI cop car that likes long walks on the beach, and Harriet is in for one miserable Peace Force experience.
In other words, classic Simon Haynes.
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life, by Benjamin Alire Saenz
We absolutely loved this book. “The Inexplicable Logic of My Life is a brilliant story of youth at an end, adulthood on the horizon, the meaning of family, the many faces of love, and the difficulty of knowing how to hold on while at the same time letting go.” (That’s from our 5-star review of the novel.) It’s one of those reads that just flies by, despite its 464-page length. Think of it as a cross between a journal and a memoir, written by a modern teen with an old soul. At just $2.99 for a limited time, this is one not to miss!
A Dog’s Purpose, by W. Bruce Cameron
Magical realism. A genre tied closely to fantasy, where the magic happens in the everyday world. When done well, it makes for a truly special treat, and today’s bookaholic deal is one of the best examples of its kind. Sitting at an unheard-of 4.8 on Amazon with over 5,000 reviews (and another 48,000 5-star ratings on Goodreads), this New York Times bestseller captured hearts around the world and became a major motion picture.
In this dog story with a twist, the dog isn’t born, but re-born, time and time again. And the dog is… well… a dog. He’s not a personified dog, who understands human speech and would love to sit down for tea if only he spoke English and had opposable thumbs. He’s a dog. Who loves his family and also loves rolling in the smelliest stuff on the planet. He doesn’t know why he keeps finding himself in new puppy lives, time and time again, but he’s determined to find out.
The Undomestic Goddess, by Sophie Kinsella
I love romantic comedies. I do. It’s a sorry-not-sorry habit I indulge in when I need something just for me–like chocolate, or naps on the porch. This one is a stand-alone New York Times bestseller, which makes it a great introduction to the author. I bought it based on the sample because the deal was just too good to pass up.
Plus, that cover!
How You Ruined My Life, by Jeff Strand
Rod’s teenage life isn’t perfect, but things could be worse. He lives with his single mom in a modest home. They don’t have a lot of extras, but they’re getting by. He has a punk rock band called “Fanged Grapefruit” and a beautiful girlfriend. Life is pretty good. That is, until Blake moves in. Blake is Rod’s cousin, and from the moment his privileged mountain of luggage arrives—the day before he does himself—Blake manages to make Rod’s life a living hell. But is he a harmless idiot? Or does this demon-spawn of a cousin know exactly what he’s doing? Continue reading “A Quick, Quirky Romp”
Brilliant, Funny, Quirky, Engaging
Solomon is a teenager who has not stepped one foot outside his house in three years. Lisa is a high school junior who decides to “fix” him so she can write the best college application essay in the history of ever. Needless to say, all does not go as planned.