Most of the books I read now are ebooks. I have even started checking out ebooks from my local library. It is so convenient to have a book with me all the time on my phone, kindle (I have a dinosaur), or tablet.
Here are some of the awesome books I’ve downloaded this week. Click on any title to go to Amazon.
Kiss of the Butterfly, by James Lyon
“I sense it even now. People thirst for it; the entire country is mad
with desire for it…” A dying man’s cryptic letter to an enigmatic
professor launches student Steven Roberts on an unwitting quest,
shrouded in mystery, into the war-torn labyrinth of a disintegrating
Eastern European country. Steven plunges into the maelstrom to unearth
long-forgotten documents holding clues to an ancient Emperor’s deeply
buried secret, an inconceivable and long-forgotten evil that has
slumbered for centuries. Steven’s perilous journey stretches from
Southern California’s sunny beaches, to the exotically dystopian
city-scapes of Budapest, Belgrade, and Bosnia, as it plays out against a
backdrop of events that occurred centuries before in the Balkans.
Reviews wrote: “In the glut of vampire-themed novels now on the market,
Lyon’s debut stands out… skillful… authentic… fascinating… inspired…
Lyon executes it perfectly… vivid… engaging… highly promising…
Meticulously researched and set against the
background of collapsing Yugoslavia, “Kiss of the Butterfly” weaves
Balkan folklore together with intricate historical threads from the
15th, 18th and 20th centuries to create a rich phantasmagorical tapestry
of allegory and reality. It is about passion and betrayal, obsession
and desire, the thirst for life and the hunger for death. And vampires –
which have formed an integral part of Balkan folklore for over a
thousand years – are portrayed in their original folkloric form, which
differs dramatically from today’s pop culture creations.
the Butterfly” is based on true historical events. In the year of his
death, 1476, the Prince of Wallachia — Vlad III (Dracula) — committed
atrocities under the cloak of medieval Bosnia’s forested mountains,
culminating in a bloody massacre in the mining town of Srebrenica. A
little over 500 years later, in July 1995, history repeated itself in
Srebrenica, when nearly 8,000 people were slaughtered, making it the
worst massacre Europe had seen since the Second World War. For most
people, the two events seemed unconnected…
Zeb and the Great Ruckus, by Josh Donellan
“This is a story made from pieces of all the dreams that you had when you were asleep, but then forgot when you woke up.”
You are reading this in order to determine whether or not this book
will be of interest to you ! Well, congratulations, you obviously have
fabulous taste! Zeb and the Great Ruckus is a story about magic, music,
fireworks, bewilderbeasts, clockwork birds and weaponised toffee. It has
some funny bits, some scary bits, some sad bits, and a rather large bit
about a cave-dwelling ruttersnarl which we would tell you about but we
don’t want to give away the ending. If you like the sounds of any or all
of the above, then this is the book for you ! If you would rather read a
complete history of European haberdashery, please consult your local
I Am Lucky Bird, by Fleur Philips
When her mother
mysteriously vanishes from the small town of Plains, Montana,
12-year-old Lucky Bird’s childhood comes to an abrupt end. Left to
defend herself against her suddenly abusive grandmother, Marian, and
forced to endure the twisted predatory games played out by Marian’s
lover, Lucky soon finds herself trapped in a nightmare.
she manages to escape, the outside world can’t take away the brutal
images of her past. Still haunted by her mother’s disappearance and the
trauma that followed, Lucky is easily led down a path of
self-destruction—a path that only the intervention of a young stranger
and his family can guide her away from. But first, Lucky will have to
confront her demons, and the dark truths kept hidden.
Quest for the Scorpion’s Jewel (Amarias Adventures), by Amy Green
The “Amarias Adventures™” begin when 15-year-old Jesse befriends a band
of young warriors and risks his life to find a cure for the poisoned
Parvel. Though Jesse has a crippled leg, he is asked to join the
remaining warriors—part of an elite fighting force known as the Youth
Guard—on their mission for the king. Facing danger at every turn, Jesse,
Rae and Silas journey over treacherous mountains and across a scorching
desert. To make matters worse, an unknown enemy seeks to end their
quest before it has even begun. Where is Parvel’s God when they need Him
most? And with so little information to guide them, how will they ever
complete their mission and find the Scorpion’s Jewel? Will they even
escape with their lives?
For more action-packed adventure, look for Book 2 in the “Amarias Adventures™: Escape from Riddler’s Pass.”
Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
Miyax, like many
adolescents, is torn. But unlike most, her choices may determine whether
she lives or dies. At 13, an orphan, and unhappily married, Miyax runs
away from her husband’s parents’ home, hoping to reach San Francisco and
her pen pal. But she becomes lost in the vast Alaskan tundra, with no
food, no shelter, and no idea which is the way to safety. Now, more than
ever, she must look hard at who she really is. Is she Miyax, Eskimo
girl of the old ways? Or is she Julie (her “gussak”-white people-name),
the modernized teenager who must mock the traditional customs? And when a
pack of wolves begins to accept her into their community, Miyax must
learn to think like a wolf as well. If she trusts her Eskimo instincts,
will she stand a chance of surviving?
New Fangled Fairy Tales Book #1, by Bruce Lansky
This collection of ten contemporary fairy tales puts a delightful new
spin on classic stories and themes. King Midas is a workaholic banker
who would rather play with his money than attend his son’s Little League
baseball games. The Big Bad Wolf is running a successful scam on Little
Red’s Grandma until Little Red catches him in the act. The Three Bears
invade Goldy’s house because their forest home is being stripped to
build a super highway. A Prince refuses to marry any of the grumpy
princesses who lost sleep because there were peas under their
mattresses. A clever princess pays a dragon to lose a fight so she can
marry the man she loves.
This collection of ten contemporary fairy
tales puts a delightful new spin on classic stories and themes. King
Midas is a workaholic banker who would rather play with his money than
attend his son’s Little League baseball games. The Big Bad Wolf is
running a successful scam on Little Red’s Grandma until Little Red
catches him in the act. The Three Bears invade Goldy’s house because
their forest home is being stripped to build a super highway. A Prince
refuses to marry any of the grumpy princesses who lost sleep because
there were peas under their mattresses. A clever princess pays a dragon
to lose a fight so she can marry the man she loves.
Ghost Leopard: A Kids’ Magic Fantasy Adventure (#1), by Lars Guignard
Zoe Guire just talked to
an elephant. Well, technically speaking, the elephant spoke to her, but
either way it was weird and, as a rule, Zoe doesn’t do weird. Except
the thing is, when Zoe goes along on her mom’s business trip to India,
things get very weird, very quickly. Soon after she arrives, Zoe finds
herself tagging alongside a kid named Zak, lost in a crazy city, with no
money and no way home.
And those are the least of Zoe’s troubles.
Because if she’s to believe the scary-looking snake charmer guy sitting
in the corner, she and Zak have been chosen — chosen to protect some
kind of mythical animal called the Ghost Leopard from who knows what.
the further they get into the mountains, the more crazily impossible
things get. Carpets fly and statues talk and if either Zoe or Zak want
to make it back to their parents, or the sixth grade, or anything even
close to normal, they’re going to have to make some new friends, learn
some new tricks, and listen, really listen to that talking elephant.
Because if they don’t, nothing will ever be the same again.