16 Best Book Deals for 11/14/19: A Thousand Splendid Suns, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Dorothy Must Die, and more

As of this posting, all of these deals are active, but I don’t know for how long!
Less than $1

Little White Lies by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Less than $2

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

One Week ‘Til Christmas by Belinda Missen

We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

In the Woods by Tana French

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

Fortune’s Daughter by Alice Hoffman

The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo

Mercy by Jodi Picoult

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Less than $3

To Pixar and Beyond by Lawrence Levy

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

The Gown by Jennifer Robson

The Hummingbird Dagger by Cindy Anstey


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14 Best Book Deals for 1/26/19 – TWO FREE BOOKS, Notorious RBG, The Belles, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, and more

There are some great deals this week!

Free

Queen of Someday by Sherry D. Ficklin

Slave, Warrior, Queen by Morgan Rice

How can you turn down free books? Both of these are ones I’ve downloaded and I’m excited to get to them!

Less than $1

Truth or Dare by Madeleine Labitan – This is actually a novella and it sounds like a great love to hate story!

A Tale of Beauty and Beast by Melanie Cellier – I absolutely adore retellings (especially Beauty and the Beast). This one looks great!

Less than $2

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige – Again, with the retellings! I seriously can’t get enough.

Loving vs. Virginia by Patricia Hruby Powell – I loved this book so much! I don’t read many books written in verse, but as part of an interracial couple, this was a must-read for me. It tells this true story in such a delicate and beautiful way. I was literally moved to tears multiple times. (my review)

A Year with C.S. Lewis edited by Patricia S. Klein – This seems like it would be a great way to start every day–with a little bit of C.S. Lewis.

Winterfolk by Janel Kolby – I just heard about this book and it sounds really interesting! I haven’t read a book with contemporary homeless representation before and I grew up near Seattle so it especially hits close to home for me.

Less than $3

A Date with Darcy by Tiffany Schmidt – This is the first book in the Bookish Boyfriends series and it sounds so cute! Who hasn’t fantasized about their bookish crush coming to life?

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee – I have heard so many good things about this book! And I love a strong Asian American protag. Represent!

Less than $4

Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon – With the RBG movie coming out, this could be a good book to familiarize yourself with her story.

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton – This book was hyped SO MUCH last year. If you haven’t read it yet, then where have you been?

About $5

The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner – This sounds like a great book with serious fairy tale vibes and (hopefully) a strong sister relationship.

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer – I really loved this book which features two characters falling in love via letters (swoon). Highly recommend! (my review)

 

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Amy is just a girl trying to get out of Kansas. One night, a tornado strikes her town and she’s transported to the land of Oz. Sounds familiar, right? Amy finds out that Dorothy (the first tornado-traveling Kanzite) actually returned to Oz and became a tyrant. She’s got Glinda the “good” witch sucking all of the magic out of Oz. After being saved from execution by the Order of the Wicked, Amy is given one option: kill Dorothy.
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I seriously love this cover so much. Even before I’d heard all of the hype, I knew just from the cover that I wanted to read it. Alas, I was doomed to be disappointed. Just to be transparent, I brought this book with me to Disneyland. We would hit up the park in the morning and then go back to the hotel around one or two to rest/nap and then head back out around six until the park closed. I tried to start reading Dorothy Must Die during that break time and I had a really hard time staying awake (mostly because of not enough sleep and physical exhaustion). So it took me a REALLY long time to get into the groove of the book. I don’t know if the beginning would have grabbed me in another circumstance, but I felt really underwhelmed by it.

So it didn’t grab me right off the bat and I also felt like the voice and tone of the book was really immature. I didn’t find myself liking the main character. Honestly, I thought she was an idiot. If I land in an ominous world that I’d never been to before and a native tells me not to do something because it’s against the rules, I’M NOT GOING TO DO IT. Her actions just aggravated me so much throughout the entire book. That, and she’s just so selfish. EXTREMELY selfish.

If I don’t like the main character, I can usually just ignore it if the plot is really interesting or if I really like some of the secondary characters. Neither was the case here. The plot was predictable and really slow in parts. The book’s flap promised a kind of quest where Amy would need to go and collect the tin man’s heart, the lion’s courage, etc. But these items aren’t mentioned until literally the last chapter of the book. The idea of Amy having to go on this gruesome scavenger hunt really appealed to me so I was extremely disappointed that it wasn’t a part of the first book. At the same time, I’d resolved about 3/4 through the first book not to finish the series, but now that they’ve finally introduced this portion of the book, I’ll probably have to at least read the next one. And honestly, that kind of ticks me off. It’s like click-bait!

Overall, I felt that this book had so much potential but it really didn’t live up to it. So much hype. Too much hype. Also, one more thing. I still love the cover, but does it bug anyone else that Dorothy’s shoes are white? I mean, we ALL know that they’re supposed to be red. Awkward.

Overall Rating: 2
Violence: Heavy, moderately graphic.
Language: Moderate
Sexual Content: None
Smoking/Drinking: Mild