Category Archives: Jackson Pearce

Free 60-Day Trial of Kindle Unlimited, and the Books Available

On Facebook, a friend shared a Groupon for a Free 60-Day Kindle Unlimited Membership (US $19.98 Value). I know nothing about Kindle Unlimited. I’m hoping that “borrowing” books through is like the way my libraries work – download books, and they get automatically deleted after a certain number of days, or you return them earlier. I’m hoping it’s not the “read for free” thing that publishers sometimes do on their websites where you can only read web-based – no downloads.

You’ll need an Amazon account, and will need to make sure the settings have your location as the United States. You’ll also need a Groupon account, for which I used my Facebook, and make sure that you’re not signed up to any of their newsletters if you’re treating this Groupon as a one-off deal.

Group will ask you for “payment”, but I clicked the PayPal button, so I wasn’t charged – because the deal is free, after all. There’s also an option for credit card info.

Once you’ve got your Amazon organised, click here and input the code from your email, to activate the deal.

And now comes the part for why you’re here – borrowing books for free. I don’t know if there are expiry dates or what kind of borrowing system it is (see above about publishers vs. libraries). I’m on the wrong machine right now, but tomorrow on my laptop, I plan to investigate the following links. I systematically checked my reading wishlist, and here are the Kindle Unlimited-eligible books I’m interested in. Some are “pre-orders”, so I doubt you’ll be able to borrow them now. Be sure to check that the ones you’re interested in have Kindle Unlimited on the page, just in case I included a non-eligible title or if the authors/publishers decide to take them off the programme.

Vicki Hendricks: Miami Purity
Cyn Balog: Drowned
Chris Beckett: The Peacock Cloak
Jenna Black: Sealed with a Curse
Rachel Caine: Stillhouse Lake (pre-order)
Amy Rose Capetta: Entangled
Naomi Clark: The Ungrateful Dead; Wild; Gone to the Dogs; Ice Ice Baby; Stakeout
Liz Coley: The Captain’s Kid
Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games; Catching Fire; Mockingjay
Megan Crewe: Earth & Sky; A Clouded Sky; A Sky Unbroken
Deborah Halverson: Writing New Adult Fiction
Jen Estes: Fifteen; Sixteen
Christina Farley: Gilded; Silvern; Brazen
Megan Hart: The Resurrected Compendium; Clearwater; The Lies We Tell (pre-order); The Secrets We Keep (pre-order)
Erica Hayes: Hunter’s Heart
Anthology: Tick Tock
Karen Ann Hopkins: Lamb to the Slaughter; Embers; Whispers from the Dead; Rachel’s Deception; Gaia; Secrets from the Grave; Tempest; Hidden in Plain Sight
Lydia Kang: A Beautiful Poison (pre-order)
PD Martin: Coming Home; When Justice Fails; Missing; The Wanderer; Grounded Spirits
Liz Maverick: The Transporter (pre-order)
Seanan McGuire: Indexing; Reflections
Will McIntosh: Futures Near & Far
Tracey O’Hara: Once Upon a Moonlit Night
Jackson Pearce: Turn Here
Cheryl Rainfield: Stained; Parallel Visions
Dia Reeves: Rhymes with Vampire
Leah Rhyne: In the Land of the Blind
Carrie Ryan: A Game of Firsts
Holly Schindler: Fifth Avenue Fidos; Play It Again; Forever Finley
Jeri Smith-Ready: Bridge
Lila Veen: Burning for You
Jessica Verday: Flesh Which Is Not Flesh
M.D. Waters: Gemini’s Edge
Skyler White: Offerings
Susanne Winnacker: Between the Shadow & the Soul

March 2015 Releases

Done with February 2015 Releases? Here are March 2015 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist. (NOTE: If reading via a feed-reader, the formatting may be wrong. Click the blog post’s title to take you to my WordPress, where it should show up fine.)

Continue reading

November 2014 Releases

NOTE: If viewing this through a feed reader (e.g. Feedly), the formatting is a bit screwed. To view this post properly, click the title to take you to my WordPress.

Done with October 2014 Releases? Here are November 2014 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

Continue reading

Notes on Not-Reviewed Books: April 2014

I never read a book twice. It has only one chance. And my brain’s not good at retaining information – even with my favourite books I struggle to remember the characters’ names.

These are the books I read in April that I didn’t review because I couldn’t be stuffed. Let’s see if they’re memorable.

Stacia Kane’s Be a Sex-Writing Strumpet: Everything in this book was originally published on the author’s blog. Be a Sex-Writing Strumpet does NOT contain new material. It is simply copied-and-pasted, formatted, printed, and bound. Which is a shame, because it needs a light copyedit, and maybe a content editor for when the author goes off on tangents. Also says stuff like, “On Monday I’ll be talking about…” which needs to be edited out. Also mentions that she hoped to have a guest post (which in book format I guess would be a chapter) on BDSM, but she “ran out of time”. As far as I know, all the content is still on her blog, so don’t bother buying this. Support the author by purchasing her other books instead, because this isn’t worth it. As for the content itself, I disagree with some of it, but as the author says, this is just how she writes, and others should feel free to do whatever works for them. 3 stars

Sarah Wendell’s Everything I Know About Love I Learned from Romance Novels: Nowhere near as entertaining as Beyond Heaving Bosoms. Less laughs, and more…well, I think this is strictly for romance fans, to have their opinion reflected, because I doubt this will change non-believers’ minds. The only thing I got out of it was the piece about men holding women’s purses in the waiting rooms of cancer centres while the ladies have treatment. THAT is romantic, but that was from a real life article, and NOT in a romance novel, so… Yeah, this book didn’t work for me. (I still haven’t figured out how to answer the “favourite dictator” question.) 3 stars

Jeannie Holmes’s Flying is Faster: Short story in The Mammoth Book of Futuristic Romance anthology. A rarity: a story in which I actually WANT the characters to hook up. (It’s a romance anthology, so they do.) Reminds me of Avatar, in a good way. 4 stars

Karen Mahoney’s The Spirit Jar: Short story in the Kiss Me Deadly anthology. Stars vampire Moth. I just couldn’t focus on this; same for Moth’s novel (Falling to Ash). 3 stars

Justine Musk’s Lost: Short story in the Kiss Me Deadly anthology. This author’s so amazing at enlivening her settings. 4 stars

Becca Fitzpatrick’s Dungeons of Langeais: Short story in the Kiss Me Deadly anthology. Historical France; character named Chauncey. That’s it: I’ve got nothing. 2 stars

Caitlin Kittredge’s Behind the Red Door: Short story in the Kiss Me Deadly anthology. Yeah, the lead character’s kind of stupid at first, but she wises up in the end. Delightfully creepy. 4 stars

Carrie Ryan’s Hare Moon: Short story in the Kiss Me Deadly anthology. Great setting, but I lost focus at times, and then didn’t understand what/why. 3 stars

Rachel Vincent’s Fearless: Short story in the Kiss Me Deadly anthology. Sabine’s always fun to read, and the setting and plot are quality stuff. Must finish reading Soul Screamers series! 4 stars

Daniel Marks’s Vermillion: Short story in the Kiss Me Deadly anthology. Interesting world, but I don’t understand the whole falling-through-a-crack-from-Purgatory-into-the-real-world thing. Also, a lot of slut-shaming. 3 stars

Maggie Stiefvater’s The Hounds of Ulster: Short story in the Kiss Me Deadly anthology. I did not expect the twist. Or maybe it wasn’t a twist at all, and I was ignorant until it was made obvious in the end. Either way, a great story that even acknowledges how pretentious musicians can be. 4 stars

Rachel Vincent’s Hunt: Short story in the Chicks Kick Butt anthology. Must finish reading Shifters series! Not only is she a top novelist, but the author’s also fabulous at the short form, too. 4 stars

Jackson Pearce’s Purity: The reviews are mixed, and rightfully so – at times I really enjoyed it; others I got angry. The tone is pretty spot-on – had it been all serious or all fluffy, it wouldn’t have worked. Shelby’s kind of annoying, though, and downright rude when she steals her aunt’s car. And – SPOILER ALERT! – Continue reading

May 2014 Releases

Done with April 2014 Releases? Here are May 2014 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

Continue reading

March 2014 Releases

Done with February 2014 Releases? Here are March 2014 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

Continue reading

Notes on Not-Reviewed Books: January 2014

I never read a book twice. It has only one chance. And my brain’s not good at retaining information – even with my favourite books, I struggle to remember the characters’ names.

These are the books I read in January that I didn’t review because I was too hot, or just couldn’t be stuffed. Let’s see if they’re memorable.

BEYOND OUR STARS by Marie Langager: Timeline’s rather jumpy at the start, rather than chronological, so takes a little while to figure out what’s happening. Interesting idea to tell a story from the aliens’ point of view. Hope’s a little too perfect. Kind of wonder if this novel is an allegory about asylum seekers. 3 stars.

CELESTE by V. C. Andrews: Perpetuates the stereotype that spiritualists are bonkers. Are there really ghosts, or shared delusions? Probably the former. Sarah Atwell is hella manipulative. Moral of the story: Parents play favourites, and chances are you’re not it. Still don’t get why Celeste has to assume Noble’s identity – is Sarah that screwed up that she can’t function without a male figure in her household? Is it rape between Elliott and Celeste, or forced seduction? The first time’s rape; not so sure about the other times. Why does Celeste just acquiesce to Sarah? Why doesn’t she tell anyone? 3 stars.

BROKEN FLOWER by V. C. Andrews: Precocious puberty is real, according to Wikipedia. For Jordan, it starts when she’s almost seven. The treatment is extremely vague in the book, though – must be a pill or something. Ian is hella creepy. 3 stars.

CLOUDBURST by V. C. Andrews: Family Storms really didn’t need a sequel, but here it is. Sasha is perfect, but she falls in love with a guy who’s more screwed up than she is. Kiera’s the most screwed up, though – she’s actually rather fascinating, especially near the end, and quite the plot catalyst. 3 stars.

ROXY’S STORY by V. C. Andrews: Good news: Less offensive than the other books in this series. Roxy actually has somewhat of a spunky personality, unlike the doormats who usually narrate VCA books. Anyway, it seems as though being an escort doesn’t mean being a prostitute – not for Roxy, anyway, but she could be a Special Snowflake (VCA heroines usually are). 3 stars.

BLACK CAT by V. C. Andrews: Better than “meh”. Sarah may have found love, but turns out she’s just manipulative. Things get much more interesting when Betsy hits town. Sarah thinks that if promiscuous Betsy becomes pregnant, she’ll stop being promiscuous. Think again! And you’ll never guess what she names her son… Meanwhile, “Baby Celeste” (Celeste’s daughter) is a spoiled Special Snowflake who’s perfect in every way…until she does something so terrible that even Celeste has to admit her daughter is hella creepy. Wonder how many bodies have been buried on their property over the decades… 4 stars.

SUBMIT TO DESIRE by Tiffany Reisz: Tiffany Reisz has an extraordinary talent: I actually like her characters’ love interests. Well, Soren and Kingsley, anyway. Here’s King’s time to shine. 4 stars.

FIGMENT by Jeri Smith-Ready: Charmed me immediately. Fig is so awesome! 4 stars.

THINNER THAN WATER by Saundra Mitchell: Impossible wishes are requested to prevent incest-rape. Only the requests aren’t impossible, because of magic. 3 stars.

SCATTERED LEAVES by V. C. Andrews: Strictness is usually the norm in VCA-world, but this time the seven-year-old has to guardian the elderly, which is an interesting subversion. Did Frances become how she is due to precocious puberty, or something else? Also, teenagers try to get a seven-year-old laid, which is all kinds of wrong. 4 stars.

SELL OUT by Jackson Pearce: Don’t let the title fool you. Interesting set-up, but I don’t understand why Emmett suddenly changed how he felt about Elise. 3 stars.

SECRETS IN THE SHADOWS by V. C. Andrews: Alice has shit taste in men. Her first boyfriend smokes weed whilst driving. Her second boyfriend lies majorly to Alice, and his reason is lame: he thought she wouldn’t like him if she couldn’t relate to him, so he made up stuff. And she forgives him! Totally not cool. 3 stars.