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Book Review – The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (@RickYancey)

January 2, 2015 Leave a comment

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Book Description:

An Amazon Best Teen Book of the Month, May 2013 Spotlight Pick
The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

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Rick Yancey is the author of the excellent Monstrumologist series which I love, but I staved off reading this new series, mostly due to my ‘post-apocalyptic / dystopian books’ fatigue. But the sequel has been released (The Infinite Sea: The Second Book of the 5th Wave), so it was time for me to dive in!

The 5th Wave is about a hostile alien invasion of earth, and it starts out really creepy, with a ‘being’ visiting a sleeping pregnant woman and ‘inserting’ an alien consciousness within the fetus. Then, the countdown begins. (cue the music).

The book starts up again after the so-called ‘4th wave’ of the invasion, and is told mostly from the point of view of shell-shocked teenager Cassie (who fears she is the last person on earth). To my surprise, I found that I liked Cassie (I usually don’t like the YA heroines I’ve read so far). She had all the irritating teenage girl qualities (especially her tendency to moon over good-looking boys), but I don’t know – Rick Yancey managed to wrap her up in teflon or something – I was really rooting for her. I liked her sarcasm, guts and never-say-die attitude. I suspect though that part of why she didn’t wear out her welcome was that Rick Yancey, (wisely) chose not to tell the entire story from her POV.

The 5th Wave is also told from the POV of a teenage boy nicknamed Zombie, who has been conscripted into a ‘child army’ – whipped into fighting shape ostensibly to defeat the elements of the ‘4th wave’ – the ‘alien-infested’ humans who are busily wiping out what’s left of humanity after the previous ‘waves’.  Zombie is the leader of a rag-tag squadron, whose littlest member is (coincidentally) Sammy – Cassie’s little brother.

And more coincidence (!), Zombie happens to be Ben Parish – Cassie’s unrequited crush back in her previous life. But the requisite teen romance (because there has to be one – it’s like written in law or something) in The 5th Wave isn’t between Cassie and Zombie. Mysterious good (or bad?) guy Evan rescues a wounded Cassie, and they quickly fall in love while Cassie is recuperating under Evan’s care. Personally, I found Evan to be stalker-ish (even Cassie commented on this), but apparently, all that laser-beam intensity is an irresistible quality in a man. (Example – My girl friends who have read the book are in love with Evan – insert eye-roll here).

The 5th Wave ends strong with good action sequences AND on emotional cliff-hangers (the fate of one main character up in the air, other characters may be mortally wounded), so I’m darn glad that I already own book two!

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (Putnam Juvenile/Penguin Group) is available on Amazon and other bookstores.

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Two Books in the Pine River Series by Julia London @JuliaFLondon are $1.99 Each! #Kindle Romance Daily Deal!

August 3, 2015 Leave a comment

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And the new deal is…

Two Books in the Pine River Series by Julia London

Two Books in the Pine River Series by Julia London (Montlake Romance) are at the specially discounted price of $1.99 each on the US Kindle site.

** For Canadians, click on this link for the discounted books!

Book Description

Today only, Two Books in the Pine River Series by Julia London are $1.99 Each.

Homecoming Ranch (Pine River Book 1)
Return to Homecoming Ranch (Pine River Book 2)

 

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The DI Nick Dixon Crime Series by Damien Boyd @DamienBoydBooks for $1.99 Each! #Kindle Daily Deal!

August 3, 2015 Leave a comment

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I like this new promo by Amazon! We get a special Kindle Daily Deal!

Each day we’re unveiling a new Kindle book at a specially discounted price. Check back daily to see what’s next. Deals go live at approximately 12:00 A.M., Pacific time.

And the new deal is…

The DI Nick Dixon Crime Series by Damien Boyd

The DI Nick Dixon Crime Series by Damien Boyd (Thomas & Mercer) are $1.99 Each today only on the US Kindle site.

* For Canadians, click on this link for the discounted books!

Book Description

Today only, The DI Nick Dixon Crime Series by Damien Boyd are 1.99 Each.

DI Dixon loves the quiet life. It’s a shame there’s no one better at solving murders.

As the Crow Flies (The DI Nick Dixon Crime Series Book 1)
Head in the Sand (The DI Nick Dixon Crime Series Book 2)
Kickback (The DI Nick Dixon Crime Series Book 3)
Swansong (The DI Nick Dixon Crime Series Book 4)

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Shadows of the Past by Elaine Shelabarger @eshelabarger for £0.99! #KindleUK Daily Deal!

August 3, 2015 Leave a comment

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Hey, Amazon UK Kindlers, you get your own special Kindle Daily Deal too!

Each day we will unveil one book in the Kindle Daily Deal at a specially discounted price–for that day only. Deals go live at midnight and ends 23:59 the same day.

And the new deal is…

Shadows of the Past by Elaine Shelabarger

Shadows of the Past‘ by Elaine Shelabarger (Montlake Romance) is available today at the specially discounted price of £0.99 on the UK Kindle site. The US Kindle edition is priced at $3.99 (Montlake Romance).

Book Description

When scandal forces Adeline to flee London society, she finds a haven in a tiny English hamlet in Devonshire, where she takes up the post of village schoolmistress. The young widow of the disgraced Sir Hugh Delahaye, Adeline reverts to her maiden name and is determined to leave the past behind. When she encounters Guy Ashleigh, the handsome and charismatic young ward of the village squire, they fall passionately in love, but Guy is expected to marry his childhood sweetheart. When jealousy forces them apart and the secrets of the past catch up with them, Adeline sees no alternative but to run away. Somehow, they must find a way to overcome the obstacles that threaten to destroy their future together.

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A Taste of Magic by Tracy Madison @TracyMadison for £0.99! #KindleUK Daily Deal!

August 3, 2015 Leave a comment

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Each day we will unveil one book in the Kindle Daily Deal at a specially discounted price–for that day only. Deals go live at midnight and ends 23:59 the same day.

And the new deal is…

A Taste of Magic (Gypsy Magic) by Tracy Madison

A Taste of Magic (Gypsy Magic)‘ by Tracy Madison (Montlake Romance) is available today at the specially discounted price of £0.99 on the UK Kindle site. The US Kindle edition is priced at $3.99 (Montlake Romance).

Book Description

Elizabeth Stevens is one bite away from happiness.

Today is Elizabeth Stevens’s birthday, and not only is it the one-year anniversary of her husband leaving her, it’s also the day her bakery is required to make a cake–for her ex’s next wedding. If there’s a bitter taste in her mouth, no one can blame her.

But today, Liz is about to receive a gift. Her Grandma Verda isn’t just wacky; she’s a little witchy. An ancient gypsy magic has been passed through her family bloodline for generations, and it’s Liz’s turn to be empowered. Henceforth, everything she bakes will have a dash of delight and a pinch of wishes-can-come-true. From her hunky policeman neighbor, to her gorgeous personal trainer, to her bum of an ex-husband, everyone Liz knows is going to taste her power. Revenge is sweet…and it’s only the first dish to be served.

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The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley @BrianStaveley for £0.99! @UKTor #KindleUK Daily Deal!

August 3, 2015 Leave a comment

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Hey, Amazon UK Kindlers, you get your own special Kindle Daily Deal too!

Each day we will unveil one book in the Kindle Daily Deal at a specially discounted price–for that day only. Deals go live at midnight and ends 23:59 the same day.

And the new deal is…

The Emperor's Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Book 1) by Brian Staveley

The Emperor’s Blades (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne Book 1)‘ by Brian Staveley (Tor) is available today at the specially discounted price of £0.99 on the UK Kindle site. The US Kindle edition is priced at $9.99 (Tor Books).

Book Description

The circle is closing. The stakes are high. And old truths will live again . . .

The Emperor has been murdered, leaving the Annurian Empire in turmoil. Now his progeny must prepare to unmask a conspiracy. His son Valyn, training for the empire’s deadliest fighting force, hears the news an ocean away. And after several ‘accidents’ and a dying soldier’s warning, he realizes his life is also in danger. Yet before Valyn can act, he must survive the mercenaries’ brutal final initiation.

The Emperor’s daughter, Minister Adare, hunts her father’s murderer in the capital. Court politics can be fatal, but she needs justice. Lastly Kaden, heir to the empire, studies in a remote monastery. Here, the Blank God’s disciples teach their harsh ways, which Kaden must master to unlock ancient powers. But when an imperial delegation arrives, has he learnt enough to keep him alive, as long-hidden powers make their move?

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Bargain Alert! For Love of Mother Not (Pip & Flinx) by Alan Dean Foster for $0.99! @DelReySpectra (US)

August 2, 2015 Leave a comment

For Love of Mother Not (Pip & Flinx series Book 1) by Alan Dean Foster

For Love of Mother Not (Pip & Flinx series Book 1) by Alan Dean Foster (Del Rey/Random House) is available for a limited time at the specially discounted price of $0.99 on the US Kindle site.

*Note that price may revert back to full price at any time

Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice. Add narration for a reduced price of $3.49 when you buy the Kindle book.

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Book Description

He was just a freckle-faced, redheaded kid with green eyes and a strangely campelling stare when Mather Mastiff first saw him an the auctioneer’s block. One hundred credits and he was hers.

For years the old woman was his only family. She loved him, fed him, taught him everything she knew — even let him keep the deadly flying snake he called Pip.

Then Mother Mastiff mysteriously disappeared and Flinx took Pip to tail her kidnappers. Across the forests and swamps of the winged world called Moth, their only weapons were Pip’s venom . . . and Flinx’s unusual Talents.

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Bargain Alert! 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke for $1.99! @Rosetta_Books_ (US)

August 2, 2015 Leave a comment

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke (RosettaBooks) is available for a limited time at the specially discounted price of $1.99 on the US Kindle site.

*Note that price may revert back to full price at any time

Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration with Whispersync for Voice. Add narration for a reduced price of $1.99 when you buy the Kindle book.

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Book Description

The year is 2001, and cosmonauts uncover a mysterious monolith that has been buried on the Moon for at least three million years. To their astonishment, the monolith releases an equally mysterious pulse-a kind of signal-in the direction of Saturn after it is unearthed. Whether alarm or communication, the human race must know what the signal is-and who it was intended for.

The Discovery and its crew, assisted by the highly advanced HAL 9000 computer system, sets out to investigate. But as the crew draws closer to their rendezvous with a mysterious and ancient alien civilization, they realize that the greatest dangers they face come from within the spacecraft itself. HAL proves a dangerous traveling companion, and the crew must outwit him to survive.

This novel version of the famous Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey was written by Clarke in conjunction with the movie’s production. It is meant to stand as a companion piece, and it offers a complementary narrative that’s loaded with compelling science fiction ideas.

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