Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday Freebies: February 1, 2013

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

The Big Stinky City
by Jason Deas

Available as: paperback, Kindle edition
Pages: 140 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: 3-Day Ranch Press
Publication date: April 11, 2012
Suggested tags: middle grade, realistic fiction

From Amazon:
"For as long as he can remember, eleven-year-old Mash has felt trapped in a city he despises. Mash feels like he is surrounded by a zillion people and noise at all times. The city is suffocating him.

Unfortunately, life at home with his mother is even less tranquil. She’s always drinking her “special drinks” and acting a fool, prompting Mash to escape further into his obsession with all things aeronautical. If only he could fly away from it all…but not before the upcoming air show—the air show that may change his life forever.

When Mash crosses paths with Juniper, an eccentric artist who once dumped 10,000 rubber duckies over Niagara Falls, Mash becomes an unwilling accomplice to the most spectacular art stunt Juniper has ever conceived. A project so cataclysmic and daring, it puts Mash’s entire life at risk.

As the opposite worlds of Mash and Juniper collide, the unlikely duo meets for an unexpected event and a surprise ending that will have you cheering for them both.

by De-ann Black

Available as: paperback, Kindle edition
Pages: 344 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: Toffee Apple Publishing
Publication date: December 17, 2010
Suggested tags: young adult, fantasy, fairies

From Amazon:
"The faeries of Whispering Wood plan to modernise themselves so that people will start believing in them again. Main characters include: Sneezeweed, Mossy Stonecrop, Thistle-Bee and Daisy Fleabane.

They ask a sprite to teach them about new technology, and inadvertently enlist the help of Finlay, an elficologist, along with Mrs Bell who owns the ice cream shop, and her shifty cat.

They also try to hire a newspaper journalist to help with their publicity campaign, and unwittingly become the target of an unscrupulous reporter known as the Horrible Hack. Thankfully, they have the back up of the Wandflower faeries, led by Scabious Violetshifter, editor of the Faerie News, Winter Wolf-Bane his sub-editor, and faerie photo-journalist, Flaxy Blewit, together with Nettle-Wick the troll.

Apart from convincing humans that they exist to prevent themselves from fading, dealing with the Horrible Hack, and thwarting the press, the faeries have to fight the black heart, a faerie who is lurking in Whispering Wood with the darkest of intentions.

Written with a liberal dash of humour by bestselling author De-ann Black, the story is really about the interaction of the characters, showing the worst of faerie and human nature at its magical best.

by John Barlow

Available as: Kindle edition
Pages: 284
Publisher: Storm Books
Publication date: November 9, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, dystopia

From Amazon:
"One journey can change everything—for you and everyone else.

Ben Brewer has lived all his life on the Island. But things are getting unbearable. There’s hardly any food and there’s nothing to do. Plus, the adults are so scared they won’t let anyone leave.

Thirteen years ago, the Mainland was torn apart by war and contaminated by biological weapons. Ben’s parents were leaders of the Resistance. They moved all their friends and comrades to the safety of the Island. But then his dad went back to fight, never to return.

Ben was born a few months later. He has never met his dad.

When a message arrives saying that his dad is still alive, Ben decides to go to the Mainland. He needs to know the truth about the War. If his dad is still alive, why did he never come back?

With him go Bad n’ Worse, the toughest two kids on the island; Silver, the smartest girl; plus her brother Coby, Ben’s best friend. When they get to the Mainland they find a world gone mad, a chaos of weird genetic mutations, and a life of slavery for those who didn’t escape.

Ben discovers that one man yields total power: Jack Sullivan, his dad’s oldest and bitterest enemy. If Ben is ever going to uncover the truth about the War and find his dad, he’ll have to risk everything and put himself at the mercy of Sullivan. And that’s just the start of it...

The Nexus
by J. Kraft Mitchell

Available as: paperback, Kindle edition
Pages: 264 (Kindle edition)
Publisher: unknown
Publication date: February 10, 2012
Suggested tags: young adult, dystopia, science fiction

From Amazon:

The United Space Programs built the floating city to be a better place for humanity, free of the crime and corruption that riddled the cities of Earth. They failed. Less than a century old, the satellite metropolis of Anterra now harbors a massive criminal underground.

Jill Branch is just one of countless teenagers who have been sucked into the illegal activities of the city. She’s an errander--a pawn for crime lords to hire for their grunt work. But her latest task turned out to be more than she bargained for. Now she’s on the run from an undercover government agent. But she’s about to find out he doesn’t want to arrest her; he wants to recruit her. And if Jill agrees, she may be part of one of the most unique crime fighting projects in history.

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