You read that right… Another triple play! Three free ebook promotions this week.
With well over a hundred free ebooks, you’re bound to find a new favorite author in here.
Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann (Audobook/Ebook) Omigosh, I’m a pretty big Suz Brockmann fan, but seriously, she outdid herself with this one. I was a little wary because I didn’t think that the plotline of a guy trying to find his runaway daughter and the pretty neighbor helping him out was going to be exciting enough to hold my interest, but I was turning pages with reckless abandon.
One thing I totally enjoyed was the neighbor is a romance novelist, and she helps by analyzing everything like it is a scene in a book, and she also has one of her characters stuck in her head and talking to her like a conscience. It’s pretty darn funny. Of course the dad is a Navy SEAL, so when the daughter turns from runaway to kidnapping victim, the bad guys are in for a whole lot of whoop-ass. The situation is believable though. I didn’t find myself rolling my eyes in the action scene at the end. The only thing I might subtract a star for happened in the beginning. Dad calls the police because his daughter is missing. The police blow him off and tell him she’ll probably come home. Say what? The first 24 hours are the most important in a missing child case. Statistically, after 24 hours the chances of ever finding a missing child drop at a heart-wrenching rate. I do understand that we needed no police involvement so Dad and the nice neighbor-lady could set off on their adventure together, but the lack of police support left me feeling like the start of the novel seemed forced. So, prepare to suspend your disbelief on that one point. After Dad gets in the neighbor’s car though, and the adventure begins, you are in for a really fun time. This might be my favorite Troubleshooters book yet.
This week’s free ebook selection are all about romance.
Please check your genre… there are adult as well a young adult book in this mix.
Nighttime Is My Time by Mary Higgins Clark (Audiobook) This is a serial killer murder mystery. The Killer, “The Owl” was picked on by a group of girls in the first grade. Coming into contact with one of them years later triggers him to start killing them one at a time in the order in which they are seated in a picture of the girls at the lunch table from high school. This was an interesting
story, and I liked how just about everyone had some motive. I also liked how in the last act, the reason for the murder switches a bit. In the end, though, I was not aghast when the murderer is unmasked. In fact, I wasn’t really sure who he was. I think that had to do with the fact that there were so many characters that I had trouble keeping them straight. There were quite a few characters that were very defined for me, but the murder did not stand out enough in the scenes when he was just hanging out with friends to make me like/dislike/or even suspect him. Because of that the ending reveal was a bit lackluster, but I did enjoy the ride to get there.
This week’s Freebie Friday features all young adult books.
There are 29 books to choose from this week, and I know you are all YA fans, so be sure to check them out.
I hope you guys find some great new authors in this group.
Starship Mage by Glynn Stewart (Audiobook) This is one of those books that I don’t know where I found. I picked it up quite a while ago and it has been sitting there while I kept adding more and more audio titles to my library (Yeah, I know. My Ebook collection is even worse.) Anyway, after reading romance for a few months, I finally tapped on Starship’s Mage.
All I have to say is GREAT GOOGLEY MOOGLEY where has this book been all my life? I mean, seriously, people… Why is the world not screaming about this story? Why isn’t there a movie?
Okay, so, yes, there are a few flaws. I really wish that there was a bit more emotional engagement between the characters. The good thing about listening on audiobook is the narrator can sometimes fill in these blanks with their voice, but the connection was still lacking in some places. The second, and probably more noticeable problem is the author likes to repeat himself. (A lot) One chapter we have this epic battle scene, and at the start of the next chapter we re-hash that battle scene (in case the reader forgot) And he kept explaining about the ribs turning around the ship, and we are told over an over that the simulacrum is in the center of this ship, and what it can do, and that the captain is burly, and that Damien is a mage and can do all this cool stuff. You get my meaning? The book feels a little but like it was written in serial (Which would make all of the above perfectly acceptable) and then it was glued all together to make one novel.
Don’t get me wrong. These are INCREDIBLY minor issues when we are talking about how freaking fun this book is. I was instantly drawn in, connecting with the main character, Damien, as he strolled the halls of a space station, looking for a job. I instantly loved the down-on-his-luck captain who needed a mage and was being denied one by the powers-that-be. You see, if you don’t have a mage to work your simulacrum, your ship can’t jump (think Han-Solo and hyperspace). Now, nobody knows it yet, not even Damien, but he is more powerful than your normal mage, and we are about to jump on board to one of the most surprising, exciting, adventures out there… Because the captain is already on the run with a price on his head, and when people find out what Damien can do, the intergalactic police, the mob, and several bounty-hunters will stop at nothing to get their hands on him.
There are a few points where the characters make poor choices that a seasoned adult should know better, but all in all I say, “Who cares?” because I had that much fun reading. If you like science fiction, don’t walk, RUN to pick this baby up. I seriously don’t think you’ll be sorry. An easy five stars. I liked it so much I can’t even subtract a star for the repetition. [She opens up her phone to pick up the next book in the series]
NOTE: I went back for fun and read a few reviews. Many mentioned the repetition, but several mentioned too much use of the F-Bomb. I don’t actually recall this. It is possible the audio-narrator left them out. Anyway… I wanted to say that if there were a lot, I didn’t notice, and I am one of those people who would normally subtract a star if profanity is overused.
Do you love a little bit of magic in your books, or maybe a LOT of magic?
This week we are featuring books with a Touch of Magic, all free for a limited time, mixed genres adult and YA, so please choose wisely. Enjoy!
Under the Skin by Michel Faber (Audiobook) This is kind of a weird book to get my head around. I picked it up because it was mentioned in a podcast as a book that transcended genre… that the characters were so great that even people who hate science fiction could get into it. Overall, I have to agree with that, with a few caveats.
One, I would not label this science fiction, even though there are aliens in it. Overall, it feels very literary to me. Literary science fiction? Yeah, like I said… it’s hard to get your head around. The main character is, if effect, a serial killer. She picks up hitchhikers and decides which will live and which will die in a horrific manner. Don’t judge her though. She’s just doing her job. That’s the weird thing… you are so centered in this girl’s head that you do feel like you are doing this horrible job with her. The author does a great job of removing empathy and mercy from this character’s psyche (after all, she is not human) and you really bond with her and are along for the ride (not as her hitchhikers, thank goodness.)
What I found a bit odd, though, was the ending. I guess that I expected something fantastic because this is science fiction at heart. But instead… Well, I don’t want to ruin it, but this is one of the reasons this feels literary to me. In some instances, I feel like maybe the author had developed this amazing character, but then didn’t know what to do with her. So instead of developing more of an arc, the story ended. Either that, or the story is literary, thus making the ending absolutely brilliant. Again… tough call. Overall, though, despite the great characterization, this story left me pretty unfulfilled. If you like literary, give this a try and let me know what you think (Don’t worry, it does not read like a scifi AT ALL.)