Friday, May 3, 2013

Recent Reading - Noteworthy eBooks

If you're looking for eBooks on Amazon that you might like... You'll likely find a plethora of suggestions. So many so, that it might seem a little dizzying. 

What I give you below are the titles that have made their way onto my kindle. 

These days, after all, I don't really need to look too hard for to find my next eBook read. My Facebook and Twitter accounts bring me more recommendations than I could reasonably ever read. I take the advice of a couple of book bloggers/reviewers whose opinions I trust, and I have more than a few authors whose work I enjoy (and who seem to produce work at an almost inhuman rate). From time to time I recommend... or suggest... an eBook based on what I've read an really enjoyed in my recent Kindle reading.

Here's a look at my Kindle library, as it appears today.

So looking at this... I guess I should list these by author, and in the order they appear on my kindle. It seems the easiest way to do it. I will note this says nothing about how they stack up against each other... only how recently I've been reading them, if I've even finished them.

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The first offering I give you is 'The Initiate' by Megg Jensen. This is not a new book... but it is new to me. I'm a Megg Jensen fan, and I noticed recently (while checking out the new cover of Anathema, actually) that this title was free... so I literally couldn't resist.

It has a 3.8 star rating on Amazon, and a 3.82 star rating on Goodreads. It looks like a solid bet, for an enjoyable read... though I will confess I haven't finished it yet.

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Next, I give you the last book on my 'current reading' list...  which also happens to be by Megg Jensen. I've read it before, but I had to get the new cover, and that read to a re-reading of the book. Guess what? I still adore it. I rated this book 4 stars when I read it the first time, and on a second reading it still holds up.

If you find yourself looking for more titles by this author you can click here for: Megg Jensen's Author profile on

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'Sebastian' by Christoph Fisher currently holds the second spot on my Kindle. I'm still in the middle of reading it... but I can say that I have not been disappointed thus far.

'Sebastian' is a very recent release and only has one rating on Amazon so far... but it is a 5 star rating, and I'm honestly not surprised by that. Likewise, it has a 4 ratings on Goodreads and all of them are 5 stars.

I was a really big fan of the the first book in this series, 'The Luck of the Weissensteiners', so I had high hopes for book 2. If you are a fan of literary fiction, this series is well worth your time.
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If you want to see my full (and 5 star) review of 'The Luck of the Weissensteiners' you can find it on Amazon here. It's not on my current reading list, but being the first book in a series where book 2 *is* on my list, I felt I should include it.

Author Christoph Fischer is really a rare find: a modern author who writes classical literature. I can't say enough how pleased I am to have found his work.

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Emily Walker's dental themed horror is in third position on my Kindle. I've not had a chance to read much of this on yet, but I promised Wanda that I'd have it done by the end of the month. so I'll likely be posting a review for it on here soon enough.

It has a 4.2 star rating on Amazon (with 4 out of 5 reviewers giving it a solid 4 stars), so I believe I'll be satisfied, if not overjoyed, with it.

Want more info? Emily Walker's Author profile on

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Okay... next up is 'Broken Pieces' by Rachel Thompson, or "Rachel in the OC" as she is also well known. This eBook is raw. Seriously. It is a bestseller, widely reviewed, and quite an emotional piece of work. It's the kind of title that you really need to read to understand... but I'll try my best to give you a handle on it.

It's like free form thought, a set of jumbled thoughts and essays, a collection of free form poetry... it deals with death & depression, and it is unbelievably moving.

It has 4.3 stars on Amazon (out of 107 review) and 4.34 stars on Goodreads. You can see my 5 star rating and review it on Amazon.

You can also find out more about Rachel Thompson, and her other works on her Amazon Author's Profile.

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'Just Evil' is a story of mystery, romance, murder, and... well, evil. I remain glad that I had the opportunity to read it. I look forward to picking up the second book in this series to see where things go from here.

It has a rating of 4.4 stars on Amazon... with 88 reviews...  that has to stand for something, right?

If you want to know more about the author, or her other works, you can check out her Amazon Profile here.

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S.K. Whiteside's 'Scribe' rounds out the top row of my Kindle in 6th position. I've read this one twice now, and I'll likely read it again. It's a short, and worth every penny of its 99 cent price.

The writing is cinematic literature. The word choice is often, in my opinion, stunningly perfect... if not average or run-of-the-mill.

'Scribe' has 4.6 stars on Amazon, and I gave it 5 stars myself. If your taste and mine are similar you won't be sorry you picked this one up.

More information on the author can be found on her Amazon Author Profile here.

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Ashley Chappell's debut 'Alice Will' is a book I've reviewed on my blog before. It's back up on my Kindle because this talented author is a hometown girl for me, and is doing a signing here shortly. I'm re-reading in case I get to discuss the book with her in person. Odds are, however, that being as "big time" as she is these days I won't get more than a passing gush at her fame, and maybe an autograph if I'm lucky.

'Alice Will' has 4.8 stars on Amazon, and has earned every one of those awesome reviews.

If you would like to know about Ashley Chappell you can check out her Amazon Author page here.

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The 8th title, currently, I've had on my Kindle for quite some time . I keep getting into reading it, and then life gets in my way, and 'Death's Hand' gets pushed back down my reading list.

It's really a shame because S.M. Reine is one of my favorites, as well as one of my step-daughter's favorites.

The cover featured here is not the cover I have on my Kindle, and I have no idea when it changed, but I really think I like them both... and can't quite pick a favorite.

'Death's Hand' has 4.2 stars on Amazon, and I really can't wait to finish it so that I can review and rate it myself.

S.M. Reine's Amazon Author page is here if you'd like to see more works by her... and believe me (and my step-daughter Eden) there are quite a few worthwhile reads on there.

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Angella Graff's 'The Awakening', Volume 1 of the Judas Curse, is a book I've sadly only gotten to start. I've liked what I've seen of it so far, and have been told by friends that it is very good... but I haven't read enough to get an impression of it yet.

It has 4.2 stars on Amazon, which falls in line with the praise of it I've gotten so far. I have faith that it will live up to the hype. If it does, or doesn't, you can expect to see a review of it on my blog by the end of May at the latest. If you've read it... let me know what you thought.

Angella Graff's Amazon Author Page is linked here if you'd like to see more of her works or more about her.

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Book 10 on my Kindle is Justice, the second book in Rhiannon Paille's The Ferryman and the Flame series. These books are a joy to me. Fantasy the way I like to read it. They have their faults, sure, but overall they are wonderfully fun.

I am in my second reading of Justice at present, and I've read Surrender (Book 1, which I happily own in paperback) 3 times now. They are just fun.

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On Amazon both Justice and Surrender are rated at 4.1 stars. I think that's a more than fair rating for the series so far.

Rhiannon Paille has an Author Page on Amazon that you can view here. She's well worth checking out, following on Twitter or giving a 'like' on Facebook.

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Finally my 11th title... last on this list (because Anathema got moved up with Megg Jensen's other title), but most definitely not least, is 'Leela' by K.R.Jordan.

This is a short eBook that I adore, by an author whose talent really has no limits. 'Leela' is 99 cents, and you really don't know what you are missing if you pass up this 5 star rated (on Amazon) read.

"The salty sea air wafts thickly in heavy waves around young Leela. She breathes it in and as she exhales feels the blood leaving her body from gaping wounds that reach into her very organs. No longer able to breathe normally, she takes quick shallow breaths hoping to keep the darkness from seeping into her vision. That would mean death was near and Leela was not ready to die."


I think I may well start doing an update of my Kindle top 12 every month or so...  this was really kinda fun.

So much talent, so many great books... most of them free or less than a dollar...  Wow, just wow.

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