I may be on a book buying ban – but that doesn’t mean I can’t collect some free books!
Over this crazy little weekend of sales that America has got the world participating in, a publishing company called Curiosity Quills was promoting a little deal they had on. Now, if you don’t know, this company’s social media gig is run by one of the very popular BookTubers, Benjaminoftomes.
The deal was that a whole bunch of their books were going on sale – if it was the first book in a series you could download it on your Kindle for free, and if it was a standalone then it was just 99c (or 99p). So I had a whiz through and found a few that I was interested in.
Now, I’m usually pretty bad with e-books because they’re not real books and therefore I just about never prioritise them. However, I’m crossing my fingers that I do get around to these at some point in my life . . .
I’ve never actually heard of any of these books before so I’m doubly excited to have my hands on them and see what they’re all about!
So, on to the haul!
Five teenagers who’ve recently discovered they have magical powers and are living in the Seattle underground feel it’s their responsibility to protect unsuspecting humans from otherworldly foes. Things are going well until Johnathan, their unofficial leader and the boy sixteen year old Paige is in love with, is bitten by a changeling – the venomous saliva causing him to metamorphose into a ravening beast with each full moon. Paige vows that, no matter the cost, she will find a way to cure Johnathan of the evil that has embedded itself in his soul.
Johnathan’s monthly transformation and daily personality roller coaster isn’t the only problem they have to deal with. The Five are also gearing up to face their toughest and most dangerous enemy yet—a powerful and ruthless Warlock who will go to any means, including high school, to build his Dark Army.
Out of the Dark is a Young Adult Fantasy novel by Holli Anderson . . . and it’s cover is probably the most disappointing of the bunch. It’s the first book in the Five trilogy, if you feel like checking out the rest of the books. However! It still managed to catch my eye and I think it sounds like a lot of fun.
It’s a relatively short book coming in at the 250 page mark so finger’s crossed it will be an entertaining and quick read! I have to say I’m keen to get my teeth sunk into it.
Hopeless he’ll never be more than the boy who didn’t save his brother, 17-year-old Avikar accepts his life as the family stable boy, trying to forget the past. But when his sister, Jeslyn, is kidnapped, the thought of losing another sibling catapults him on a desperate quest. With his best friend by his side, and using the tracking skills he learned from his father, he discovers Jeslyn has been taken, kidnapped by one Lucino, the young lord of Daath, a mystical place thought only to exist in fables.
And Lucino has plans for Jeslyn.
His shape-shifting brethren feed off the auras of humans, and Jeslyn’s golden hue is exactly what Lucino needs to increase his power. The longer it takes Avikar to reach her, the more entranced she becomes with Lucino’s world, and the harder it will be for Avikar to set her free.
He failed his family once. He won’t fail again.
Broken Forest is the first book in the Daath Chronicles by Eliza Tilton. Again, it’s a Young Adult Fantasy novel and has a ridiculously beautiful cover (if you ask me). It sounds pretty dang awesome if you ask me, shape-shifting and mysterious kidnapping? Yes please.
This is also a short book at 236 pages, so hopefully this will be another quick and magical read and I can’t wait to see what it has in store for me!
“Adventure is the lure of fools, and excitement glamour to the gullible. The siren song of the world is as music to the wanderer’s feet, but that dance leads only to the soul-less grave.”
So Jekaran’s uncle has warned him. But that doesn’t stop him from leaping at the exhilarating chance to single-handedly rescue a beautiful woman from a gang of lecherous thieves.
But the bored farm boy quickly finds that he is no match for the group of angry street thugs, and only escapes death by bonding a magical sword that grants him the strength and skill of a master swordsman. Unfortunately, a peasant wielding such magic is forbidden and punishable by death.
Thus Jekaran finds himself a fugitive with his fate tied to that of the exotic and mysterious, Kairah; a fey woman who must deliver a dire warning to the king that, if heeded, could prevent the very extinction of humanity.
The Lure of Fools is a Fantasy novel and the first book in The Age of the Infinite series by Jason King. If I’m being 100% honest, the main reason I downloaded this book was because of it’s cover . . . I think it’s kinda pretty.
However, the description of this book is pretty exciting, right? I feel like that whole situation just escalated real quick – boy tries to save woman from thieves and BOOM magical swords and the survival of the human race is suddenly in the balance! Whew. I think this sounds like it’s going to be some kind of real whirlwind – and I can’t WAIT.
This book is even shorter than the previous two at only 180 pages, so *rubs hands together* – some light reading before bed me thinks.
“There is no pain in this death, only peace, knowing I am going to die with the one I love the most.” – Katriona Wilde.
Katriona Wilde has never wondered what it would feel like to have everything she’s ever known and loved ripped away, but she is about to find out. When she inadvertently leads her sister and best friend through a portal into a world she’s dreamed of for six years, she finds herself faced with more than just the frightening creatures in front of her. Kate’s forced to accept a new truth: her entire life has been a lie, and those closest to her have betrayed her. What’s worse, she has no control over her new future, and it’s full of magic and horrors from which nightmares are made. Will Kate discover and learn to control who she really is in time to save the ones she loves, or will all be lost?
Wilde’s Fire is the first book in the Darkness Falls trilogy by Krystal Wade. It’s a Young Adult Fantasy novel (beginning to detect a theme in my tastes here?) and I really like the cover, but I have no idea why. From magic to danger and mysterious portals it sounds like we’re on one heck of a self-discovery journey.
For whatever reason, this one’s cover has me the most excited to read it. It just looks so magical – like it’s promising me fun times and cauldrons, or something. However, I think it might be a bit more dark than I’m anticipating. I have to say the whole ‘portal’ thing going on here has me very intrigued – is it just me, or is there a lack of portal-ly stuff in YA these days?
This one has a bit more meat to it pulling in at 324 pages. I’m crossing my fingers that it meets my expectations and involves as much magic and coolness as I’m hoping for!
When tragedy claims the life of her dear husband, Lucy Cook packs up her two daughters and heads to the coast of Maine to start again. There, in a cottage in the woods, she looks for peace and renewal as she heals from the loss and alienation of her former life in Vermont. But her new home and the man who owns it are shrouded in mystery. And Lucy must learn to live without certainty. Follow Lucy as she navigates a fresh start for herself and her family in regard to matters of home, loss, love, and hope.
Peace Cottage is the first book in the Peace Cottage duology by Lisa Kent. And this one is a contemporary *gasp* – okay it’s really not that uncommon for me to read this genre, I just seem to be on a fantasy binge, okay?
I’m not entirely sure how this one will go for me, I mostly just really like the cover (I’m a shallow book person, alright?) – but I think there’s plenty of potential here. I almost didn’t get it but I looked at some reviews and they were preetty stella – so I thought, why not?!
This is another teeny tiny book (I swear I’m not picking little books on purpose – must be because they’re debuts? >> That being said I’ve no idea if these are debuts . . . << ) pulling in at 144 pages *aww*. I don’t think this will take too long to gobble up.
To seventeen-year-old Aiden Ortiz, letting the dead walk through his body to reach the other side comes with the territory. Being a Gateway isn’t an easy job, but someone’s gotta send Bleeders where they belong. Heaven. Salvation. Call it whatever you want. Dead is dead. But when his search for Koren Banks––the girl who went mysteriously missing seven months ago––leaves him with more questions than answers, he finds himself involved in something far more sinister and beyond his control.
With the threat of the Dark Priest’s resurrection, and his plan to summon his demon brothers from hell, Aiden is left to discover his identity before the Dark Priest’s curse infecting his blood consumes him, and before the world as he knows it succumbs to the darkness of hell on earth.
The Gateway Through Which They Came is the first book in The Gateway duology by Heather Marie. It’s a Young Adult Fantasy + Paranormal novel (whew) and sounds exciting *bounces on chair*. The whole summary of this book is so dramatic: I am ready.
I am definitely excited for this book – and guess what? I like the cover. Pretty covers are everything. EVERYTHING I tell you. I really do think there’s a lot of fun promised in this book and I’m digging the title, even if it is a bit of a mouthful . . .
This book pulls in at 218 pages so another quick-ish read that is hopefully action-packed (but I guess we’ll see . . . ).
What do you do when you realize nothing in your life is what you’ve believed it to be?
When Arionna Jacobs loses her mother in a tragic accident, her world is turned upside down. She’s forced to leave her old life behind and move in with her father. Dace Matthews, a teaching assistant at her new college, is torn in two, unable to communicate with the feral wolf caged inside him.
When they meet, everything they thought they knew about life unravels. Dace has intimate access to Arionna’s mind, and something deep within her fights to rise to the surface. They don’t understand what’s happening to them or why, and they’re running out of time to sort out the strange occurrences around them.
Their meeting sets an ancient Norse prophesy of destruction in motion, and what destiny has in store for them is bigger than either could have ever imagined. Unless they learn to trust themselves and one another, they may never resolve the mystery surrounding who they are to one another, and what that means for the world.
Fade is the first book in The Ragnarök Prophesies by A. K. Morgan. According to Goodreads, it’s a New Adult Fantasy Romance novel, which sounds pretty crazy if you ask me.
Right now I’m going through a bit of a phase about wolves (I’m blaming the A Song of Ice and Fire series) so as soon as I saw this cover I was all like I NEED THIS. But the premise also sounds like a good whirl of fun, what with your whole life being a lie and whatnot.
This one is a normal sized book at 320 pages long. Which is still on the smaller side of the scale, but shh. I’m ready.
Well that’s all I’ve got for you today – that’ll probably be the last book haul until Christmas! (Which I am very extremely excited for). Keep an eye out for my reviews of these books once I get around to reading them (hopefully soon) if you want to know the final verdict!
Arrivederci tutti and happy reading!
~~ Kirstie ~~
Over to you!
Have you read any of these books? Or have you bought any cool books in the sales? Leave your thoughts down below, I’d love to hear from you!