Friday, July 20, 2012

Friday Freebies: July 20, 2012

Click on each title to go to the Amazon Kindle edition listing. Be sure to double-check the price before you download!

by Cari Ouweneel

Available as: Kindle edition
Pages: 136
Publisher: unknown
Publication date: June 10, 2012
Suggested tags: middle grade, realistic fiction, contemporary

From Amazon:
"When good girl Lucy Montone, or Peaches-n-Cream as her family likes to call her, is shocked by the sudden announcement of her parents divorce, she starts sixth grade with her world turned upside down. Peaches, desperately wants things to be like they used to. This seems impossible when she learns that her best friend has just dropped her for someone else and that the certified school creep considers her his favorite target. Worst of all, she will be forced to decide between her parents in a heated custody battle. On the edge of thirteen, Peaches discovers that life can take an unpredictable course and that sometimes breaking the rules and letting go are part of growing up and making the unthinkable choice."

The Grave Artist
by Paula Lynn Johnson

Available as: Kindle edition
Pages: 200
Publisher: unknown
Publication date: March 14, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, paranormal, mystery

From Amazon:
"16-year-old Clare can't stop drawing the bizarre, winged skulls she calls "Sammies". Her psychiatrist assumes the compulsive drawings are just expressions of Clare's grief over her father abandoning her. But then Clare discovers that her Sammies are exact matches for the Death's Head on the grave of Samantha Forsythe, a teen who reportedly fell to her death over two centuries ago.

Before long, Clare's drawings morph into cryptic writings that urge her to uncover the truth behind Samantha's death. Together with Neil -- the friend she might be falling for -- Clare scours the local history for clues. She finds that, although Samantha was engaged to a wealthy landowner, there were whispered rumors of her involvement with a younger, biracial man.

Soon, Clare is haunted by disturbing dream images -- a mysterious eye, a broken chain -- that point to someone Samantha called her "Dearest". But who is Dearest? And why does Samantha need Clare to find him so badly?

Isolated and carrying hidden scars of her own, Clare fears her obsession with Samantha will threaten her sanity and safety. But it seems she has no choice in the matter . . .

The Grave Artist is a compelling paranormal murder mystery and a poignant story about loss and what it means thrive in a less-than-perfect reality.

by Patti Larsen

Available as: paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 265 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: unknown
Publication date: August 17, 2011
Suggested tags: young adult, dystopia, survival

First in The Hunted series. From Amazon:
"Sixteen-year-old Reid thinks life is back to normal. His sister Lucy pulls herself together and cuts him free from a year of foster care. She promises to take care of him, that her new boss and her new life are what they both needed to start again. Until Reid is taken in the middle of the night, dumped in a wild stretch of forest far from home with no idea why he is there. Lost and afraid, he learns to run from the hunters who prowl the darkness, their only pleasure chasing down kids like him. And killing them."

The Tree Shepherd's Daughter
by Gillian Summers

Available as: paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 336 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Flux
Publication date: September 8, 2007
Suggested tags: young adult, paranormal, elves

First in the Faire Folk series. From Amazon:
"When her mother dies, fifteen-year-old Keelie Heartwood is forced to leave her beloved California to live with her nomadic father at a renaissance festival in Colorado. After arriving, Keelie finds men in tights and women in trailer trash-tight bodices roaming half-drunk, calling each other lady and lord even after closing time! Playacting the Dark Ages is an L.A. girl’s worst nightmare.

Keelie has a plan to ditch this medieval geekland ASAP, but while she plots, strange things start happening—eerie, yet familiar. When Keelie starts seeing fairies and communicating with trees, she uncovers a secret that links her to a community of elves. As Keelie tries to come to grips with her elfin roots, disaster strikes, and Keelie’s identity isn’t the only thing that’s threatened.

One part human determination and one part elfin magic, Keelie Heartwood is a witty new heroine in a world where fantasy and reality mix with extraordinary results.