Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Strange Case of Finley Jayne by Kady Cross

iconI downloaded The Strange Case of Finley Jayne for free a month or two ago.  It's a prequel to The Girl in the Steel Corset, a YA steampunk novel that just came out recently.  I wasn't originally intending to read the book, but when I saw that my library had ordered the ebook, I decided what the heck, and read both.

The prequel is really just a novella, about 75 pages on the Nook (so probably about the equivalent of 100 pages in a physical version, although it's not available in that format).  It's not bad, but it was clearly written to promote the novel, and feels a bit rushed at times.  The writing and story isn't as good as the actual novel, like the author was rushed to get it out in time to use the free download as a promotion.

The heroine of both The Strange Case of Finley Jayne and The Girl with the Steel Corset is, of course, Finley Jayne, a teenage girl with extraordinary abilities — and a dark secret.  There is another side to her, one that is extraordinarily strong and fast and capable of extreme violence, which comes out anytime she gets angry or frightened.  It's steampunk fantasy, which means it's a bit like revisionist history: the Victorian era but with advancements in steam-powered technology that never actually happened.  Oh, and the fashions are a bit... goth.

Both books are heavily influenced by Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth and Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (the similarity to the title of the novella isn't a coincidence).  I also see a lot of H.G. Wells-type influence.

Since the novella is a prequel, it takes place before Finley finds out anything about why she is the way she is, which I think takes some of the interest away from the character and her story.  She is able to use her abilities in order to protect a friend, but it doesn't quite jive with the way the novel begins, with Finley in trouble and having no one to run to.  I think it would have been better if the novella had been planned out before the novel itself was written.

I enjoyed The Girl in the Steel Corset much more, however, and I'll write a review of that next.  The prequel is free, so it probably wouldn't hurt to download and read it if you're interested, but I recommend going straight to the novel.  It's much better.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

iconiconLast month I read The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.  I was turned on to these books by one of the kids I babysit for — he really likes this authors books, and blew through all five of the Percy Jackson series earlier this year.  I thought I'd try out The Lightning Thief, and ended up really enjoying it, so I decided to read the rest of the series.

The Sea of Monsters is the second book in the series.  After spending the school year in a regular school, Percy gets kicked out at the very end of the year when a bunch of monsters try to kill him, and the resulting fire and mayhem is blamed on him.  (Humans can't generally see monsters, so they didn't see what actually happened.)  Then he finds out that his friend at school is actually a baby cyclops, someone is trying to destroy his summer camp (a safe place for half-bloods), and he's banned from leaving camp to try to do anything about it.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, he sneaks out and goes on a quest of his own to retrieve the Golden Fleece, which they need in order to save the camp.

I really like these books for a couple of reasons.  One, I like how Rick Riordan weaves real mythology into the stories.  I loved Greek mythology as a kid, so I often recognize when he's drawing on it for some element to the story, but I also like the fact that he is subtly educating kids in mythology, and most likely getting them interested in finding out more.

I also like them because they are just plain fun.  They are well-written adventure stories, and I like the slightly sarcastic sense of humor — I don't know how many kids get it, but it's definitely there to interest the adults, and I often find myself laughing out loud while I read.  Plus, they are fairly quick reads, which is nice when I have a list of books to read that's about three miles long.

I'm on hold now for the remaining three ebooks from my library, but several had long wait lists, so it may be a while before I get around to reviewing the rest of the series!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

iconiconI was on vacation — or should I say, "staycation" — all last week, which is why there's been a lack of posts on this blog.  I didn't do as much reading as usual, oddly enough, mainly because my husband and I spent a lot of time on improvements to the house.  I did finish several books, however, so I'll start working on getting those reviews up on the blog.

I read Shiver thanks to, an ebook lending website that I reviewed a little while back.  Basically, the website is a place for people with lendable Nook books to come together.  You can borrow ebooks from other members, and you earn points (so that you can continue to borrow) by lending your own ebooks.

One feature I really like is the wish list on the site — there is a setting that will notify you if a member lists an ebook available for lending.  I've been on the waiting list for Shiver since I first signed up for the website.  I'd seen it at Barnes & Noble shortly before discovering, and knew I wanted to read it.

Anyway, the book is (yet another) YA dark fantasy-romance, about a teenage girl who falls in love with a werewolf.  Grace had been bitten as a child but didn't turn, for some reason they can't explain, but it has given her an undeniable connection with the werewolves that live in the forest behind her house.  So when she finally meets Sam, the chemistry between them is instantaneous.

I like the author's take on werewolves.  Instead of changing with the moonrise, or even being able to control the change, they change when it gets cold.  For years, they change back into humans every summer, until finally they just don't change anymore at all, and become regular wolves.  Sam is in his last summer as a human, so there is an expiration date on his and Grace's relationship — unless they can figure out what "cured" her when she was bitten as a child.

The ending is a bit predictable, but it's a good book.  Luckily, the sequel just became available on, too, so I'm able to read both for free!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Harry Potter coming to ebooks!

In case you haven't seen the headlines, J.K. Rowling made an announcement early this morning U.S time.  She is launching a new website called Pottermore, which appears to be an interactive reading website for the Harry Potter books.  The website's features will be launched in October, but it looks like there will be an early beta release in late summer for a smaller number of fans.

The big news — at least for me — is that they will be selling ebook versions of the Harry Potter books on Pottermore.  Rowling hasn't allowed the books to be released in ebook form in the past, so this is a big deal for those of us with ebook readers!  Instead of selling through booksellers like Barnes & Noble and Amazon, however, J.K. Rowling has decided to sell the ebooks herself, via OverDrive (an ebook sales outlet that most people know of as the provider of library ebooks).  She wanted to retain more control of the prices and sales of the ebooks, and she also wanted to be sure that the ebooks were available for ALL e-readers, since the major ebooks sellers (i.e., Amazon and Barnes & Noble) sell ebooks for specific devices.

I'm looking forward to the release of the ebooks, but I'm a little anxious about how much they plan to charge for them.  Hopefully it's not more than the typical prices for bestselling releases (generally $9.99 to $14.99).  There will also be some previously unreleased material, which for now is going to be exclusive to the ebook versions.  So exciting — October can't come soon enough!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tap & Gown by Diana Peterfreund

iconiconIf you follow my blog regularly and are thinking that this book never showed up in my "Reading Now" section of my sidebar, you're right.  I read this book all in one day — on Saturday, while I was spending the day doing a medical study that involved a lot of waiting around.  I finished the book before I ever got to a computer to update my current book.

Tap & Gown is the fourth book in Diana Peterfreund's Secret Society Girl series, which I've been reading lately.  Here are my reviews of the first three books:

Secret Society Girl
Under the Rose
Rites of Spring (Break)

I've also read two of her YA novels, the Killer Unicorn series, Rampant and Ascendant.  Both were good, but I especially like the witty, sarcastic sense of humor in the Secret Society Girl series.

Another thing I like about these books is the way Peterfreund addresses some really serious issues.  The first book — and, to some degree, the second — deal with sexism.  This book had a different theme: abusive behavior toward women, and how the authorities (and often the women themselves) are way too willing to look the other way or make excuses for the behavior.  It was a great way of dealing with this issue in a fictional sense, though it was difficult to read about Michelle's ex-boyfriend — he reminded me way too much of my own Evil Ex.

I love a read that is both entertaining and thought-provoking!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

iconiconSarah's Key is the second full book I've read for free, thanks to my Nook's Read In-Store feature.  Despite some of the complaints I've heard, I've had almost no problems with this feature on my Nook, and enjoy this capability very much.

Sarah's Key has been on my wish list for ages, but I decided to read it in-store when a friend of mine mentioned that she'd just finished it.  She said she liked it, but that it was sad — and I did find myself tearing up at multiple points throughout the story.  But it was also an incredibly moving book.

The novel is about the roundup of Jewish families in Paris in 1942.  A little girl named Sarah, who has been led to believe that nothing bad is going to happen and they will only be gone temporarily, locks her brother in a hidden cupboard with the intention of coming back to let him out.  Sarah's story alternates with a modern-day American journalist who has been living in Paris with her French husband for years.  She starts researching the Vel' d'Hiv (the roundup) and comes across Sarah's story.

The author does a beautiful job of weaving the two stories together — Sarah's desperate attempts to get back to her brother, with Julia's quest to find out what happened to Sarah.  Although you, as the reader, are pretty certain what happened to Sarah's brother, the alternating chapters and the skillful storytelling maintain an almost painful level of tension.  Sometimes my hour of reading in-store was up at a crucial moment, and it was agonizing to have to wait until the next time we visited Barnes & Noble!

It's a beautiful novel, but do have a box of tissues handy while you read!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Fool Moon by Jim Butcher

iconiconMichael (my husband) and I finally made it to my friend's fantasy & sci-fi book club — remember, I read Storm Front for it last month, even though I didn't end up making it to the meeting.  But I really enjoyed the book, so I was determined to read the next one and make the June meeting.

(Actually, Michael didn't join me in the me in the meeting.  He played games on his iPad in the cafe — said he didn't want to go to a book club meeting when he hadn't read the book, even though my friend assured me that not everyone does.  Michael did meet everyone, though, and thought they were cool, so next time he'll join us.)

Anyway, the second book in the Dresden series was good, but I didn't enjoy it quite as much as Storm Front.  I thought that one seemed to echo the detective novels of the 40s, and I didn't think this one had quite the same "hard-boiled" style.  But it was still quite good, and I'll probably continue reading these books independently of the group (since next month's book is something totally different).  I like the modern setting, and I like the characters quite a bit, especially Dresden, whose failures I find to be intriguingly realistic at times.  He always seems to be surviving by the skin of his teeth!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens

iconiconInitially my interest in The Emerald Atlas was as a present for a boy I babysit for, but I thought it looked interesting enough to warrant reading on my own.  Originally I was going to read it on my Nook in-store, as the $10.99 price tag is a little more than I generally like to spend on an ebook, but then my library got the ebook so I just checked it out.

It sounds like this book is to be the first of a trilogy, called The Books of Beginning, and I am really looking forward to the rest of them.  The style reminds me a lot of E. Nesbit (The Enchanted Castle, Five Children and It, etc.), with a little Narnia and Lord of the Rings thrown in for good measure.  In the tradition of some of the best children's and YA literature, the author has slipped some wry humor in here and there, much of which will fly under the radar for the book's younger audience.

The story is about three siblings — Kate, Michael, and Emma — whose parents had to give them up in order to protect them.  After bouncing around various orphanages for 10 years, they come to a strange place called Cambridge Falls, and while exploring find a mysterious green book.  This launches them into an adventure where they have to change history and save the town from the evil forces who want the book's power.

If you go to the website for The Emerald Atlas, you'll find some more information about the book and the author.  Still no news yet on when the next book will be out, but I imagine it'll be the usual year between books that most authors seem to do.  The author's picture surprised me — John Stephens looks young and rather geeky, not who you'd expect to be writing an E. Nesbit-esque adventure story.

Such a fabulous book — I highly recommend it, for adults as well as children!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

New Facebook Like buttons!

I figured out how to put Facebook "Like" buttons on my blog posts, so enjoy being able to recommend my blog posts and book reviews to your friends!  Strangely, though, any words within html code don't show up in the link when you "like" a page, so I'll be slowly going back and taking the italics codes out of all my post titles.  Please let me know if you notice anything screwy and I'll fix it as soon as I'm able!

Free classic ebook: The Great Gatsby

iconiconFeedbooks has a free ebook of The Great Gatsby available to download (the picture link on the left goes to Barnes & Noble's copy, which is $11.99 for the ebook).  I've downloaded it and started looking through it, and it seems to be nicely formatted, with none of the typos or formatting issues that seem to be common in some cheap or free classics.  I'm not sure whether The Great Gatsby is actually part of the public domain, though, so it's up to you whether you feel right about downloading it.

I actually reread the book a couple months ago, but looking through my posts, it looks like I actually forgot to review it.  Whoops!  I'll do that soon.

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Passage by Justin Cronin

iconiconBack when I first downloaded the B&N eReader app onto my iPhone last summer, a sample of The Passage was automatically downloaded into my account.  I didn't ever read the sample, and eventually deleted it, but it's been on my unofficial reading list ever since.

Michael got an iPad recently though (a hand-me-down first-generation from a friend), and was wanting an ebook to read, so we checked out The Passage from our library.  I decided to read it too while we had it out (both of us being able to read it at once being another of the advantages of library ebooks).

Both of us finished the book on Saturday, and we've been talking a lot about it ever since.  The Passage is one of those books that you can't stop thinking about, even after you've finished reading it.  I was glad that I read the book after the sequel was announced, because I think the end would have driven me crazy otherwise, making me wonder whether the author planned on finishing the story.  I mean, the book ties up most of the loose ends nicely — only to pull on a thread in the last five pages and start it unraveling in a major way.

One other thing we both noticed was the quality of writing.  The descriptions and narrative have almost a literary quality much of the time — that is to say, they are really good, as well as beautifully written.  There is one scene where a character throws up, and the way it was described, I almost felt like throwing up, too.  I know it's not necessarily desirable to have a book's description cause nausea, but I thought this was a good way to illustrate how well written the book was!

Followers of this blog will know that I really like vampire books.  I've read quite a few of them: Anne Rice, Twilight Saga, Sookie Stackhouse, Sunshine, Jane Yellowrock, Dracula...  This one was a little bit different, as it falls into the post-apocalyptic fantasy subgenre just as well as the vampire subgenre, but I think it might be one of the best vampire books I've ever read.  Certainly it's one of the ones that has stuck with me the longest after I've finished reading it.

Friday, June 10, 2011

A Beginner's Guide to Using Your iPad as a Business Productivity Tool by Dave Caolo

iconiconI got this ebook for free last month during one of the monthly Pearson Education promotions. They offer different ebooks free every month.

I was really excited about this one at first, but it was pretty disappointing.  I guess the key word here is in the title: "A Beginner's Guide."  Because it was really very beginner's.  The ebook was only about 30 pages long, and most of it focused on basic things such as setting up your email on your iPad and using the calender.  There was also a section about using the iPad for presentations, but I'm not sure I consider any of this to be productivity-related.

I was really disappointed because I was expecting it to discuss different apps that would help you to boost productivity — something I could really use some tips on.  Too bad.  I'm sure the ebook is useful for people who aren't really familiar with the many capabilities of tech gadgets, but for anyone who already is familiar with the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, the information contained in this ebook is way too elementary.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Rites of Spring (Break) by Diana Peterfreund

iconiconYet another series I've been plugging away at is Diana Peterfreund's Secret Society Girl series.  I just finished the third book, Rites of Spring (Break), a few nights ago, and I have to admit, it's my favorite so far.  I did really like the first two, Secret Society Girl and Under the Rose, but I really, really liked the romance that developed in this book.  I've always been a Poe fan (and no, I don't mean the author).

Whereas the first two books deal quite a bit with the fallout of letting women into Rose & Grave, the ultra-secret society at Eli University (whose patriarchs were not happy about going co-ed), this one is more about the pranks and in-fighting between the secret societies.  When Amy and her society brothers go to a private island on their spring break (one of the advantages to being a society member is having your own island), they think they're in for a relaxing vacation, but things get ugly when some of the pranks being played against them turn deadly.

Oh, and I mentioned a romance, didn't I?  Amy realizes that someone else in the society likes her, and as it turns out, has liked her for some time.  And when they finally get together, it's as... um... passionate as it was when they hated one another.  I think Amy may have found a good one this time — I like him more than either of her previous boyfriends in the first two books.

Because of the new romance, I'm really looking forward to the next book.  I have a few others before it on my to-be-read list, but I'll get to it soon!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

What's appropriate reading material for teens?

An NPR blog post today addressed an WSJ article on whether YA fiction is too dark.  Actually, that's a little too nice a description of the WSJ article: It all but advocates banning, bemoaning the fact that dark themes that "were still only sparingly outlined a generation ago" are now to be found in YA lit.  And the article isn't just talking about Twilight knockoffs, either — apparently, novels about abused children should be banned just as much as vampire and werewolf stories.

I'm curious as to what generation the WSJ author grew up in.  I'm 31, so I think what I was reading as a kid qualifies as "a generation ago," and it sure as hell wasn't "sparingly outlined" then.  I remember reading YA novels with sex in them, novels that dealt with abuse and kidnapping and racism.  Let's think for a minute about the books I was reading a generation ago:

  • Bridge to Teribithia: Death.  According to the author of the WSJ article, kids shouldn't be reading anything that threatens their peaceful, innocent happiness, so I think that idea that a friend can die applies.
  • Forever: The WSJ article describes the sex scenes in this book as "earnest practicality."  I think she might have read a different version than I did, because I thought the book was more explicit than most romance novels.
  • The Giver: This was actually published when my sister was in school, but again, killing babies?  Two children freezing to death?  Don't get me wrong, this is one of my favorite books, but it's not happy.
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Racism, scam artists, you name it.
  • The Diary of Anne Frank: Hello, the biggest atrocity against humanity in the 20th century? Definitely no happy endings there.

The writer even criticized Banned Books Week, which I am proud to say I try to participate in every year.  I've read some damn good books, thanks to the ALA's awareness campaign.  But the WSJ article has nothing but nasty things to say about it:

Every year the American Library Association delights in releasing a list of the most frequently challenged books. A number of young-adult books made the Top 10 in 2010, including Suzanne Collins's hyper-violent, best-selling "Hunger Games" trilogy and Sherman Alexie's prize-winning novel, "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian." "It almost makes me happy to hear books still have that kind of power," Mr. Alexie was quoted saying; "There's nothing in my book that even compares to what kids can find on the Internet."

I've read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.  All I have to say is that it's tame compared to some of the YA lit taught in schools.

I like the points made in the NPR rebuttal.  Like her, I read V.C. Andrews Kids aren't depressed, or suicidal, or cutters, or anorexic because of adult themes in YA lit.  They don't rebel against adults because they are trusted with adult themes, but they do tend to rebel when they are treated like babies, which is what you are essentially doing if you restrict their reading to only "happy" stuff.  And as NPR's blogger points out, you may actually be sacrificing a future reader by teaching them that reading isn't fun or compelling.

I think the YA fiction being published these days is actually fantastic, evidenced by the fact that I read a ton of it.  One of the comments on the NPR post said that teens are so melodramatic, they don't need to be encouraged to be more so by reading this stuff.  Actually, I think it's the opposite — teens (like any adult) like to read something that makes them forget about their own lives for a while!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Defiance by Lili St. Crow

iconiconDefiance is the fourth book in the YA series that starts with Strange Angels.  I read the first three books — Strange Angels, Betrayals, and Jealousy — over the winter, and then had to wait until Defiance came out just a couple of months ago.

It seems like there is probably yet another book coming, as Dru and her friends are — once again — in a bit of a predicament, but it's not quite as bad as the cliffhanger ending of the third book.  In the third book, Dru's best friend and possible love interest, Graves, is kidnapped by her biggest enemy, and for much of the fourth book she doesn't know where he is.

Dru is finally learning to fight, in preparation for when her vampire side "blooms."  She is a rare female half-vampire, toxic to full-blooded vamps when fully bloomed, and therefore one of the best weapons in the fight against them.  Unfortunately, the biggest, baddest vamp ever, who was responsible for the deaths of both her parents, is trying to kill her — and he's the one who's got Graves.  At the same time, Dru is — as usual — facing a lot of resistance from those who are supposed to be on her side, forcing her to revisit the question: Who can she really trust?

Not many.

I feel like many elements in the story are coming to a head in this book, and the author has set it up for some big things to happen in the next book.  (Oh, I hope I'm right, and there will be another book!)  I'm beginning to really like a couple of the characters as they develop, especially Ash, the Broken werwulf who has become fiercely loyal to her.  I'm interested to see how his character will continue to develop in the next book!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

George R.R. Martin ebook box set

iconiconEdit 7/25/2011: When updating my affiliate links today, I noticed that the price of this has dropped a little.  At $29.99, you actually do now save about $6 over buying the ebooks individually.

I've been slowly making my way through this series of books, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin.  So far I've read A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings, but I have been waiting to blog about them until I've read them all.  (That might have been a mistake, because it will be harder to remember my thoughts on the books by the time I get to the fourth one, as many books as are currently on my reading list — I might have to reconsider!)

I noticed the other day, though, that there is now a "boxed set" of the first four ebooks.  (The fifth one, A Dance with Dragons, is due out next month.)  Boxed sets of ebooks are nice — sometimes you get a deal on the price (although not in this case), but the biggest advantage is that you simplify your ebook library a little bit, since all the books are under one listing.

I guess I should probably finish reading these four before the next one comes out, huh?

Friday, June 3, 2011

The Killing of Crazy Horse by Thomas Powers

iconiconI've been fascinated with Crazy Horse since I was in my early teens.  I was always interested in Indian culture and history, especially the Lakota, so it was natural that I would also become interested in Crazy Horse.  But what guaranteed it was a movie that a history teacher showed in class, Son of the Morning Star.  After that I went on to read everything about Crazy Horse that I could get my hands on, starting with the original Crazy Horse biography by Mari Sandoz.

So of course when I saw the newest book, The Killing of Crazy Horse by Thomas Powers, I got pretty excited.  The ebook was available from my library, so I checked it out — twice, I'm afraid, before I finally got around to reading it.

I was surprised to find that the book is about a whole lot more than just the mystery and controversy surrounding Crazy Horse's death.  It seems like Powers identified the major and minor players involved in the chief's death, and then worked backwards, researching each of them extensively to get a better idea of who each person was and how they were motivated.  The end result is 500 pages of painstakingly footnoted material and a story line that is almost organic — each time a new person is introduced, Powers gives the backstory of his life up until that point before moving on with the story.

Also fascinating is the detailed description of the Battle of the Little Bighorn, which Powers puts together using records of eyewitness accounts.  Throughout the book, whenever the eyewitness accounts differ (which they do frequently, especially those of Crazy Horse's death), Powers always notes the differing stories.

It was long and difficult to read, requiring a lot of concentration (no speed reading on this one!), but it was also hugely fascinating.  The book is a pretty amazing accomplishment — I don't think a single stone was left unturned in Powers's research.  Unless undiscovered evidence is eventually found, I don't think we'll ever have a clearer picture of the events leading up to Crazy Horse's death, or the impact afterward on the lives of those involved.

Barnes & Noble deal on gift cards - expires 6/6

GIFT CARDS - The Perfect Card for Any Occasion at!Since I don't get my membership discount on ebooks, I'm always looking for other ways to save money on my purchases.  This means one of two ways: watching for ebooks to come on sale, or getting deals on gift cards.

Occasionally Barnes & Noble will offer a deal on gift cards.  They have one now, but it'll only be good until June 6th: If you buy $100 worth of gift cards (doesn't have to be one $100 gift card, can be several with amounts that add up to $100) they'll give you an additional $10 gift card.  If you buy the $100 in gift cards for yourself, that's basically like earning a 10 percent discount on ebooks...  But if you're planning on getting someone a gift card anyway (say, for a Father's Day present) you could be getting even more of a discount!

Just click on the ad in this blog post.  If you click on it before midnight (East Coast time) on the 6th, you should see the offer for a free $10 eGift card at the top of the page in blue.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bargain-priced ebooks - summer reading for teens

iconiconWith the start of June, a lot of ebooks have been priced on sale by the publishers, especially teen ebooks.  One of these is The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things, a challenged book that I read late last year.  Currently the ebook is only $1.99.  I loved the book when I read it, and thought it had a pretty powerful message for teen girls, so I'm considering buying it while it's at the special price — even though I've already read it once.

iconicon Here's another teen ebook that's on sale, this time one I haven't read yet — but one that's been on my wish list at the library for quite some time.  Even though I could have read it for free from the library, it looks like one I'll enjoy owning, so I went ahead and bought the ebook at the special price of $1.99.  This one especially probably won't be on sale for very long, since the publisher is Sourcebooks, and their free ebooks and ebook sales tend to be snooze-you-lose style.

iconiconI hadn't heard of this book before, but Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots is another of the teen ebooks on sale for $1.99 right now.  It's about a 17-year-old girl who goes to Canada to visit her grandmother, thinking that'll be cooler than going to Florida with her mom, only to realize the local wildlife (including the boys) might be too much for her to handle.  The publisher is Candlewick, which I believe is a Christian publisher, so be forewarned — it's probably not going to be overtly preachy, since it's for teens, but there may be some Christian morals woven into the story.

There are lots of other teen ebooks (as well as adult ebooks) on sale right now, most priced at $1.99 or $2.99.  To find other deals, you can check the nook Deals blog, befriend Cheap e-Reads on Facebook, and check Books on the Knob.  Another great resource is the compilation of ebook bargains by Kirsty Haining on the B&N forums: Best Nookbook Bargains and Even More Nookbook Bargains are a couple of good lists to try.

I'm looking forward to lots of good reading this summer — how about you?