The Lies of Lock Lamora is epic – it's 700+ pages according to the book listing, and it's .99c. This is book 1 in the “Gentleman Bastards” series and has a ton of gleeful-joy reviews on GR, including a 4.25 star average. Some of you have mentioned how much you enjoyed this book – though it's not a romance.
An orphan’s life is harsh—and often short—in the mysterious island city of Camorr. But young Locke Lamora dodges death and slavery, becoming a thief under the tutelage of a gifted con artist.
As leader of the band of light-fingered brothers known as the Gentleman Bastards, Locke is soon infamous, fooling even the underworld’s most feared ruler. But in the shadows lurks someone still more ambitious and deadly.
Faced with a bloody coup that threatens to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the enemy at his own brutal game—or die trying.
This is one of my favorite YA fantasy novels, and I've recommended it to many, many people. It's absorbing, touching, a little scary, and worth way more than $3.
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 twenty-first-century faery tale.
Blade Song is $1.99 right now. This is a paranormal urban fantasy with a ferocious heroine. This book was a finalist in the DABWAHA, too.
Kit Colbana – half breed, assassin, thief, jack of all trades – has a new job: track down the missing ward of one of the local alpha shapeshifters. It should be a piece of cake. So why is she so nervous? It probably has something to do with the insanity that happens when you deal with shifters – especially sexy ones who come bearing promises of easy jobs and easier money.
Or maybe it’s all the other missing kids that Kit discovers while working the case, or the way her gut keeps screaming she’s gotten in over her head.
Or maybe it’s because if she fails – she’s dead. If she can stay just one step ahead, she should be okay.
Maybe she’ll even live long to collect her fee…
RECOMMENDED: Touch of Frost, book 1 in Jennifer Estep's Mythos Academy series, is $1.99 right now. This book was a Sizzling Book Club pick in August of 2011 (you can read the chat transcript here, but be ye warned for spoilers). I really liked this book because of the way Estep blended mythologies and created a strong but vulnerable heroine who loved her library.
My name is Gwen Frost, and I go to Mythos Academy; a school of myths, magic and warrior whiz kids, where even the lowliest geek knows how to chop off somebody's head with a sword and Logan Quinn, the hottest Spartan guy in school, also happens to be the deadliest.
But lately, things have been weird, even for Mythos. First, mean girl Jasmine Ashton was murdered in the Library of Antiquities. Then, someone stole the Bowl of Tears, a magical artifact that can be used to bring about the second Chaos War.
You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things.
Freaky stuff like this goes on all the time at Mythos, but I'm determined to find out who killed Jasmine and why; especially since I should have been the one who died…