Kindle freebies

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I regulary browse Kindle store for new and exciting reading material. I’m often amazed at the number of free books I find there.

I have a thing for books that others often consider cheezy or even trashy. I like reading books that are NOT mainstream bestsellers. I like forming my opinion of the books I read on my own and not by judging it if some critic was right about it or not. So the best way for me to find a new book that most other people know nothing about is to browse the new free Kindle editions.

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Due to popularity of recent romance bestsellers with slightly erotic themes most of the Kindle freebies are as well erotic romance books. I look at them as most guys look at porn. They come in variety of fetishes. These books are often pure porn but some of them can be quite surprising in character and story development. The amount of reviews on these freebies tells quite a bit about how much people read and love these books.

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Freebies are a great way to find new authors and book series. First book in a series is often free and it is an excellent way to judge a book series without paying. I’ve found a few great book series like this. They either come in box sets with a dozen or so other authors and books, or sometimes even as a standalone. Some of them do have paperback edition avaliable for purchase by a normal price just like any other paperback book editions. And some are only avaliable as Kindle editions.

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Paying under a dolar for a good book is an excellent way to support new authors or even help promote certain genres. I used to have issues with buying digital content and prefering solid paper books I can admire on my bookshelves. My way of thinking changed drastically when I realized how many books I can have access to in their digital form for free or just for a few $. Ordering these books in paper form would be too costly for me since sometimes shipping costs more than the actual product. This way I don’t have to wait for my book to arrive and there are no shipping fees.

I’m happy to say I read freebies!

Which book should I buy next? Poll results!

Here are the results

Shattered (Iron Druid Chronicles book # 7) by Kevin Hearne 60%  (6 votes) 
Ever Afer & Undead Pool (The Hollows books # 11 & #12) by Kim Harrison 30%  (3 votes) 
Shiver of Light (Merry Gentry book # 9) by Laurell K. Hamilton 10%  (1 votes) 

Dark Skye (Immortals after dark book #15) by Kresley Cole 0%  (0 votes) 
Iron Cross (The Dartmouth Cobras book # 6) by Bianca Sommerland 0%  (0 votes) 
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I have a winner and my new book is on the way!
Thanks everyone who voted!
Looking forward to reading this :)
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Which book to buy next?

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While reviewing my lists and wishlists of books to buy I managed to narrow the choice to few books I would like to buy by the end of May. The ones that I’m bumping onto this voting pool are all part of a book series I love and enjoy!

So here they are:

51ZHls8rrKL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Dark Skye (Immortals after dark book #15) by Kresley Cole

I am amazed with so many interesting characters and types of creatures in this series.

It is urban fantasy romance book series with erotic elements.

I love it’s happy ever after effect!

Mass market paperback edition price: 8,56 €

 

 

 

 

 

iron-cross1400x2100 Iron Cross (The Dartmouth Cobras book #6) by Bianca Sommerland

This is one of the rare e-book series I buy.

It is contemporary erotic book series with polyamorous and BDSM relationships.

Kindle edition price: 4,99$

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shiver of Light (Merry Gentry book # 9) by Laurell K. Hamilton

This book series has been on sort of hiatus for years. I was very glad to see it coming out!

It is another urban fantasy. This may be one of the first book series I tried of the genre a decade ago!

Mass market paperback price: 7,47 €

 

 

 

 

 

51+9PiOasGL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Shattered (Iron Druid Chronicles book # 7) by Kevin Hearne

Urban fantasy book series I read with my boyfriend.

It is extremly rare to find a book that we both like!

Mass market paperback price: 6,62 €

 

 

 

 

 

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This book series is finished and unlike the rest of the book series in this pool I am missing more than one to keep up with the  last book that came out. With these two I am also missing the last one in the series  Witch with no name.

It is another favorite urban fantasy series!

Mass maket paperback price: 7,51 € & 9,58 €

 

 

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Please take a moment to vote and support my bookish addiction :)

Monthly reading review – April 2015

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Monthly reading review – April 2015

This April I have read:

Pale Demon The Hollows: Book 9 by Kim Harrison ★★★★★
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee ★★
That Scandalous Summer Rules for the Reckless: Book 1 by Meredith Duran ★★★★
Gerard’s Beaut Kingdom Series (Hall): Book 2 by Marie Hall ★★

1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?
I managed to kill my happy reading by getting myself into 3 reading groups…This resulted in having read only 4 books for the whole month. I might have to rethink this and let something go. 

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2. What was the book that made a best reading for you last month? Any scenes or character that made a lasting impression?
I would have to go with Pale Demon by Kim Harrison. I’m allways happy to go back to this series. Again love All <3

 

3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

Oh boy! From measly 4 books two were below my expectations. First there was To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, I read it as a book club assignment. We had a vivid debate on the topic of Atticus and his parenting methods. I just couldn’t get into this book. It reminded me of Mark Twain and his works which I never liked. The whole racial issues are something I don’t understand. Sure I grew up in a country that has seen violence and intolerance – every few decades around here there is a war – the reasons may vary from religion to politics or sheer ignorance. Yet in all those times in the book where people were considered less for the color of their skin and the pliant response, the slow and disrespectfull marathon to gaining of equal rights that is still going on in some parts of USA; I’m sorry I just can’t say I liked this book.

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4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?
The books that were not party of any book club assingments or challenges are the only ones that brought me joy. I need to rethink my priorities…

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5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?
Continued two book series and started only one! Still have a few book series I should try to finish…

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?
More happy books like silly romances and awesome urban fantasy series! I descovered how much less stressed I am when I read those kinds of books. I miss them! More historical romances for all!

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General recommendation for The Hollows series by Kim Harrison!

 

Continuing reading for May:

Heart-Shaped Box Joe Hill

Reanimator by H.P. Lovecraft

The Tin Drum (Danzig Trilogy: Book 1) by Günter Grass

That Scandalous Summer – Book Review

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Finished reading:

That Scandalous Summer by Meredith Duran

Expectation

I got this book in paperback as a gift. For a while now I was looking for a good historical romance book. It is a regency romance – the kind with English noblemen and ladies, dukes and heiresses. I read the back cover intro to the story and thought it was passable. I love historical romances and they do wonders for me as a stress relief.

“And truly happy people…they were willing to try to understand anything. But as a result of their own comfortable lives, they so rarely could understand.”

Summary

The main female character Lady Elizabeth Chudderley is a merry widow who behinds her smiles and composure hides some human fears and past mistakes. She also appears to have a bit of a drinking problem due to the fact that her parents have shown her what true love looks like. She has one dead former husband and freshly ex-lover who turned out to be a total jackass. She is loved by her tennants and subordinates despite her frivolous lifestyle. Since her mother was from a much lover standing than her father was she is charmingly devoid of snobbism.

“Never did a woman have cause to doubt her judgement than when confronted with the pathetic evidence of what she had once somehow found appealing.”

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Main hero of this story – Lord Michael de Grey is a second son of the duke. He has found that being a doctor and being very good at it, can make up for certain childhood dramas he suffered while his parents were the topic of every newspsaper gossip. After his brother threatens to destroy everything he holds dear he assumes a cover of a simple country doctor.

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Conclusion

What I loved about this story are characters background and motivation. I like characters with flaws but determination. There were some intriguing supporting characters – and that is what makes a good story great for me!

“”Here’s the thing,” he said. “You’re a decent sort, which is more than I could say for myself before I met Lyd. And I suppose Lizzie might also have a taste for pastries one day. Would you know where to look for them?” This conversation was rapidly approaching the surreal. “I suppose I’d try the larder first,” Michael said. Sanburne nodded. “And if she only wanted the strawberry kind?” For God’s sake. “I suppose I’d take all of them, and let he pick out the ones she wanted.” Sanburne laughet. “I like that.” Stepping forward, he delivered a solid clap to Michael’s shoulder. “Remember this ambition. All the pastries. She wouldn’t settle for less, you know. Nor should she. And now…I believe I’ll pretend I didn’t see you here.” With a tip of an invisible hat, he walked onward. Michael stood in the darkness, listening to viscount’s footsteps fade. He felt oddly disoriented – as though he truly had been entranced, and only now had he come awake. All the pastries. He smiled a little. While Sandburne was slightly deranged, he was also right: Elizabeth deserved everything.”

Bookish things

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This spring something strange is happening to me! I am getting these crazy ideas about doing some bookish projects. The fact that I am sorely lacking time for any of it is totally irrelevant! I have started getting these crazy ideas while I was searching for some inspirations for my book club activities. Here are some of the ideas and inspirations that got to me this spring.

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I do have a garden to put a sign like this one in but I’m more intrigued by making some indoor decoration. It might include some really crazy and maybe even completely impractical coat hanger. Variations could include a weird wall sticker decoration or even a wall ornament of some kind.

Locations and pointers I will probably discuss with the boyfriend since we live together.

Anything goes for now!

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 I am not fond of people who carve out books to make stuff out of them.  Some versions of a book clock I’ve seen made me sad for the books that got  destroyed in the process. What I’m interested in doing is a wall clock from  the pictures of book covers with numbers on them.

 I could probably use a wooden tiles or maybe something even lighter and  glue a picture of a cover with the the appropriate number on it.

 Choosing out a good and suitable cover will be a fun experience unto itself!

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I love this idea! I’m not very handy with a brush and making it any less than perfect would just irk me every time I had to see it! I think it might be an easy solution to have some printed out stickers made for the stairs. I’m much more sure in my abilities to exterminate air bubbles under the sticker than to paint out the details and colors to my satisfaction! It could totally be a good way to freshen up the staris if the stickers could be changed few times a year. Maybe for the first batch to start with some of my favorite manga series for the whole stairs, or some kind of book series I really love!

Who knows maybe I even find a more permanent solution while I experiment with it!

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 I really love this idea to paint a brick and make it look like a book! These could be used as a  door stopper or a garden ornament. It is an  excellent way to have an outdoor bookshelf  without the books suffering from the elements of  nature! It might even make me spend more  time outside just to look at them. This idea just  might be the first I bring to life this summer. I  can play pretend and paint them into those  lovely Barnes and Noble leatherbound editions  I gaze at whenever I get the chance to!

Pale Demon – Book Review

 

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Pale Demon (The Hollows book 9) by Kim Harrison

Expectation:

Last book in The Hollows series surprised me by how much I enjoyed it. I keep forgeting how much I love this series and I’m reminded with every book I read just how awesome it is. I read the Black Magic Sanction almost a year ago and it was a bit heartbreaking. As it turned out I keep to slow reading when it comes to these books. Part of the reason is that I missed the hype when the books were coming out – Pale Demon came out in 2011. The other part is savoring and enjoying my reading.

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Summary

“The car was full of unhappy people heading west. It was the Great American Family Road Trip, all right. Whaaa-hoo!”
― Kim Harrison, Pale Demon

I have much respect for the characters in this book series. Rachel Morgan is one of the most amazing characters in the urban fantasy series genre. She is a shunned witch on a quest to get back her rights and prove herself. She sets on a road trip of sorts trough the post-apocalyptic America. The thing is I never really understood just how much the world she lives in was torned apart by a disaster. This jurney helped me to see the book series in a different light.

One of the things that intrigues me is how value of money is viewed in the books. It is important and not having it sucks. It is a neccesity of life and a means to an end. It ensures one’s existence.

So there she is our heroine driving her mother’s car (hers was blown to bits if I remember correctly) sharing on the adventure with four passengers. A pixy, a vampire, an elf and a witch they pick up along the way.

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What I appreciate about this series is the character comunication. The way some of the characters react toward one another. Most of the scenes are brimming with tension and suspense. Rachel as a hero has many flaws and vulnerabilities and I love how author uses those in character growth. I love that she is a girl who can kick ass.

“Come on, Rachel!” Jenks shrilled. “You’re a badass, not a bad witch!”
― Kim Harrison, Pale Demon

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I cant make my mind about Al! I have to admit I loved that character right from the first book. And I’m not entirely sure what happend with him in this book. I don’t do spoiler when I can avoid them, but in this book his behaviour goes trough a major change. Love Al!

Whats next?

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Next book is called A Perfect Blood and I’ll probably let it wait a bit more on the shelf. I could not resist to avoid spoilers on the final books and i’m curious about the budding romance with Trent – a major villian trough most of the books so far.

“Tink’s pink dildo, all that money and he can kiss, too,”
― Kim Harrison, Pale Demon

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