Fairy Tales, Historical Romance, & a Cookbook

  • Cinder

    Cinder by Marissa Meyer

    Cinder by Marissa Meyer is $2.99! It’s a Kindle Daily Deal today and is being price-matched. This is the first book in the Lunar Chronicles series. Set in New Beijing, a fictional world of the future, Cinder is influenced by several fairy tales, so if you’re a sucker for retellings, you may want to give this is a try. The first book does end on a cliffhanger, but the next one is on sale! The original, scifi setting really shines according to readers, though the “plot twists” are a little predictable. It has a 4.1-star rating on GoodReads.

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

    Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

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  • To Tame a Wild Lady

    To Tame a Wild Lady by Ashlyn Macnamara

    To Tame a Wild Lady by Ashlyn Macnamara is $1.99! This is the second book in the Duke-Defying Daughters series and can be read on its own. Macnamara is also known for featuring some good butts on her covers. This romance has a slight enemies-to-lovers element and many readers enjoyed the brazen heroine. It also has equestrian elements! But some found it dragged at times.

    He’s a roughhewn bastard. She’s a rebellious noblewoman. Their passion bridges the class divide in a scintillating novel of forbidden desire and raw sensuality from the USA Todaybestselling author of To Lure a Proper Lady.

    Lady Caroline Wilde is expected to ride sidesaddle, but she’s not about to embrace convention. She’s also expected to keep a chaste distance from men like Adrian Crosby, the new estate agent, yet she cannot cease her ogling—which is especially irksome considering their ongoing feud. Adrian insists that the fields must be planted; Caro needs those same fields to train her horses. But whenever she tries to put him in his place, Caro looks into his steely gaze and her words simply … disappear.

    A bastard son who grew up on the Wyvern estate, Adrian was lucky enough to receive an education at the behest of the late marchioness. Now that he has set out on his own, Adrian knows better than to fall for Lady Caroline, the Duke of Sherrington’s daughter. Caroline is at once a thorn in his side and an exquisite temptation, especially when she’s playing the feisty daredevil. Adrian would give anything for a chance to tame her—and with Caro in the saddle, he just might get his wish.

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  • Glamour

    Glamour by

    Glamour is 99c! This anthology features eight novellas that take inspiration from well-known fairytales. I wish there were more in-depth descriptions of each story, but I’m also very curious to see what the authors do using less common tales for their romance, like Jack and the Beanstalk. I know I’ll be buying this one.

    Once upon a time…

    Remember the fairy tales your parents read to you when you were little?

    These are NOT those fairy tales.

    From modern day royalty to metaphorical dragons, contemporary castles to sexy heroes, these bestselling authors twist tales as old as time into something new.

    GLAMOUR contains eight exclusive never-before-seen novellas that each have an HEA… because they all lived happily ever after.

    Includes the following retellings…

    KNOT by Lili St. Germain
    A Rapunzel story

    RED HOT PURSUIT by A.L. Jackson
    A Little Red Riding Hood story

    RIPPLES by Aleatha Romig
    A Prince and the Pauper story

    IN A STRANGER’S BED by Sophie Jordan
    A Goldilocks story

    BEDTIME STORY by Skye Warren
    A Sleeping Beauty story

    ROYAL MATTRESS by Nicola Rendell
    A Princess and the Pea story

    MUSIC BOX GIRL by Sierra Simone
    A Twelve Dancing Princesses story

    BROKEN HARP by Nora Flite
    A Jack and the Beanstalk story

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  • My Kitchen Year

    My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl

    My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl is $1.99! This is part cookbook, part memoir. I actually own this cookbook and I love it, considering the memoir portion deals with Reichl’s sudden unemployment and subsequent depression. Depression and I are rather well-acquainted. Some readers say they prefer the digital version because the physical version is rather unwieldy.

    In the fall of 2009, the food world was rocked when Gourmetmagazine was abruptly shuttered by its parent company. No one was more stunned by this unexpected turn of events than its beloved editor in chief, Ruth Reichl, who suddenly faced an uncertain professional future. As she struggled to process what had seemed unthinkable, Reichl turned to the one place that had always provided sanctuary. “I did what I always do when I’m confused, lonely, or frightened,” she writes. “I disappeared into the kitchen.”

    My Kitchen Year follows the change of seasons—and Reichl’s emotions—as she slowly heals through the simple pleasures of cooking. While working 24/7, Reichl would “throw quick meals together” for her family and friends. Now she has the time to rediscover what cooking meant to her. Imagine kale, leaves dark and inviting, sautéed with chiles and garlic; summer peaches baked into a simple cobbler; fresh oysters chilling in a box of snow; plump chickens and earthy mushrooms, fricasseed with cream. Over the course of this challenging year, each dish Reichl prepares becomes a kind of stepping stone to finding joy again in ordinary things.

    The 136 recipes collected here represent a life’s passion for food: a blistering ma po tofu that shakes Reichl out of the blues; a decadent grilled cheese sandwich that accompanies a rare sighting in the woods around her home; a rhubarb sundae that signals the arrival of spring. Here, too, is Reichl’s enlivening dialogue with her Twitter followers, who become her culinary supporters and lively confidants.

    Part cookbook, part memoir, part paean to the household gods, My Kitchen Year may be Ruth Reichl’s most stirring book yet—one that reveals a refreshingly vulnerable side of the world’s most famous food editor as she shares treasured recipes to be returned to again and again and again.

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