Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Reads!

Hi Y'all!

Outside of my YA Indie Spotlight (I'll have a new one for you next week! Promise!), I rarely mention other Indie titles that have caught my eye. (Too many blog topics, never enough time to tackle them all.) So . . . for your weekend, I thought I'd throw out some potential reads. There are thousands from which to choose, but these are all recently released and on my radar at the moment:


Erin and Grace are pretty, popular and firmly ensconced in the In Crowd at Morgan High. Looking forward to a summer of sleeping late and hanging by the pool, the best friends don’t think twice about the suggestion that they spend time volunteering - until they come across Clare, a bohemian misfit more into environmental awareness and yoga than parties and clothes. Grace pushes Erin to consider Clare their own personal charity. The way Grace sees it, remaking Clare into one of them puts the "good" in "good deed". Before Erin knows it, she and Grace are engaged in a secret campaign to change Clare. As the summer - and their friendship with Clare - progresses, Grace's audacity turns into an escalating recklessness when she learns her dad is back in rehab and Erin suspects things aren't exactly wonderful between her parents. Through it all, Clare is there. Her peasant skirts and clunky sandals are slowly replaced by a more fashionable wardrobe, and without realizing it, Erin and Grace change, too. Pretty soon, Clare is more than a good deed - she’s the friend Erin and Grace never knew they needed. But when Grace's self-destructive behavior takes a dangerous turn, the good deed is revealed. To find their way back to Clare - and each other - Grace and Erin come face to face with the reality that things, and people, aren’t always what they seem. 

***Julia Jamieson is a traditionally published author and fairly new to the YA Indie scene. The Good Deed Diaries is priced at $2.99 and can be purchased here for Kindle. She is definitely someone to keep an eye on. :)


Sometimes in war... there are no winners. Peyton Brentwood is pretty, popular, and Harvard-bound. Or so she hopes. Her only distraction from AP classes and entrance exams is the prank war with her ex-best friend, Jess Hill. Peyton is used to getting what she wants, and she's not about to let a loser like Jess gain the upper hand. For Jess, the prank war is an outlet, a way to get revenge on the best friend who left her behind. As if Peyton has the guts to do what it takes to win. Please. There is no way in hell Jess is going to lose this one, even if she has to hit Peyton where it hurts. These two girls are about to discover it's best to keep your friends close... and your enemies closer.

***This novel is co-written by Mandy Hubbard and Cyn Balog (both are traditionally published). It is priced at $.99 and can be purchased here for Kindle.


Grief-stricken by the murder of her twin, Keely Morrison is convinced suicide is her ticket to eternal peace and a chance to reunite with her sister. When Keely succeeds in taking her own life, she discovers death isn’t at all what she expected. Instead, she’s trapped in a netherworld on Earth and her only hope for reconnecting with her sister and navigating the afterlife is a bounty-hunting reaper and a sardonic, possibly unscrupulous, demon. But when the demon offers Keely her greatest temptation—revenge on her sister's murderer—she must uncover his motives and determine who she can trust. Because, as Keely soon learns, both reaper and demon are keeping secrets and she fears the worst is true—that her every decision will change how, and with whom, she spends eternity.
***Don't Fear the Reaper is YA Indie Author Michelle Muto's second novel for young adults. It is priced at $2.99 and can be purchased here for Kindle.

Bex Blixen is an elite high school cadet trained in deadly Apian Dance combat, living in an accelerated-physics academy designed to win the arms race of the second Cold War. But as conflicting clues surface regarding the whereabouts of her sister Beatrix, Bex becomes convinced her sister has been kidnapped by rebel government agents seeking to turn her breakthrough teleportation research to treacherous ends. Bex must enlist the help of her friends and a mysterious powerful ally to stop the evil Dr. Andronicus and save not only her sister, but her homeland as well. 
The Rival is Bethany Joy Carlson's debut novel. It is priced at $2.99 and can be purchased here for Kindle.   

This should keep you busy for the weekend, right? 

Remember: don't trust the Amazon "Look Inside" feature: there are too many formatting errors. It makes me nauseous. Always try the free sample, instead. If you like what you see, check it out. If you like what you read, don't forget to rate and review. 

And *always* tell a friend. :)

Happy Reading!