You may remember that I have a penchant for collecting more books than I can read, and I'll admit that my kindle collection is no exception. In working with publishers to review books in anticipation of the busy publishing season, I've been reading more on my kindle than ever before. And despite the number of advanced copies that I have on my virtual shelves, I've still been collecting quite a few books via the amazing deals from Bookbub. You can read my rave review of Bookbub's services here. I started using Bookbub early this year and I still get a feeling of excitement when the e-mail pops up each day. I've downloaded a huge amount of books since I signed up for Bookbub, so I thought I'd share a peek at just a few of the books that currently reside on my virtual shelves! I like having books ready on my Kindle shelves in case I'm feeling uninspired by my library picks or my current read. It's always nice to have a back up for moments when I'm dealing with a lot of wait time and can settle into a good story!
|Voice of Gods (Blood of Gods & Royals #0.5) by Eleanor Herman|
(This book is currently free!)
From Goodreads: As the end of an age approaches, gods whisper horrors, families scheme for power, and one woman may hold the secret to a lost legacy.
At 19, Ada of Caria yearns to take the Snake Blood throne from her mad older siblings—and seeks the help of a young orphaned girl named Helen, the first True Oracle to have walked the earth in more than three hundred years.
Helen may be able to channel the voice of the gods, but she hates her gift, and will do anything to get rid of it—even lie to her best friend, Myrtale, the priestess-princess of Epirus who is destined to marry King Philip II of Macedon even though she loves another. And in the shadows lurks a handsome green-eyed stranger who has more at stake—and more to lose—than anyone could possibly imagine.Amid jealousy and heartbreak, torrid affairs and secret rendezvous, it is spoken by the gods that either Helen or Myrtale —newly named Olympias— will carry the destiny of the known world within her womb.
The prequel to LEGACY OF KINGS, VOICE OF GODS traces the intricate web of love and betrayal that led up to the birth of history’s most powerful leader, Alexander the Great.
|Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale by Carolyn Turgeon|
From Goodreads: Princess Margrethe has been hidden away while her kingdom is at war. One gloomy, windswept morning, as she stands in a convent garden overlooking the icy sea, she witnesses a miracle: a glittering mermaid emerging from the waves, a nearly drowned man in her arms. By the time Margrethe reaches the shore, the mermaid has disappeared into the sea. As Margrethe nurses the handsome stranger back to health, she learns that not only is he a prince, he is also the son of her father's greatest rival. Sure that the mermaid brought this man to her for a reason, Margrethe devises a plan to bring peace to her kingdom.
Meanwhile, the mermaid Princess Lenia longs to return to the human man she carried to safety. She is willing to trade her home, her voice, and even her health for legs and the chance to win his heart...
A surprising take on the classic tale, Mermaid is the story of two women with everything to lose. It will make you think twice about the fairy tale you heard as a child, keeping you in suspense until the very last page.
|The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells by Andrew Sean Greer|
(I paid $1.99 for this but it's currently only $3.99!)
From Goodreads: 1985. After the death of her beloved twin brother, Felix, and the break up with her long-time lover, Nathan, Greta Wells embarks on a radical psychiatric treatment to alleviate her suffocating depression. But the treatment has unexpected effects, and Greta finds herself transported to the lives she might have had if she'd been born in a different era.
During the course of her treatment, Greta cycles between her own time and her alternate lives in 1918, as a bohemian adulteress, and 1941, as a devoted mother and wife. Separated by time and social mores, Greta's three lives are achingly similar, fraught with familiar tensions and difficult choices. Each reality has its own losses, its own rewards, and each extracts a different price. And the modern Greta learns that her alternate selves are unpredictable, driven by their own desires and needs.
As her final treatment looms, questions arise. What will happen once each Greta learns how to stay in one of the other worlds? Who will choose to remain in which life?
Magically atmospheric, achingly romantic, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells beautifully imagines "what if" and wondrously wrestles with the impossibility of what could be.
I'll be sharing more of my Kindle Library in future posts! Do you keep a collection of to-read books on your Kindle, or buy as you go?