An advantage to subscribing to book newsletters like Bookbub, BookBarbarian, and OHFB, is I get announcements of books that go on sale very quickly. This isn’t something Amazon does very well. Yeah, Amazon notifies me if a new book has come out from an author I’m following, but it doesn’t tell me when one goes on sale. So aggravating!
However, by following my favorites and signing up to newsletter sale lists, I’ve been snatching up some old print book favorites or new editions of old favorites. Here are some I grabbed in June sales may be gone now. If you want to be sure to get notification of my own personal favorites sign up to my Facebook page where I post deals I think you’d be interested in reading.
Thorn (Dauntless Path Book 1) by Intisar Khanani
Princess Alyrra has always longed to escape the confines of her royal life, but when her mother betroths her to a powerful prince in a distant kingdom, she has little hope for a better future.
Until Alyrra arrives at her new kingdom, where a mysterious sorceress robs her of both her identity and her role as princess—and Alyrra seizes on the opportunity to start a new life for herself as a goose girl.
This Goose Girl retelling was first published as an Indie. Since that time it was picked up by traditional publishing. I’ve been a bit hesitant about buying it. While I enjoyed the first book it had a death in it (sorry, won’t reveal who) which I thought made no sense. I’ve been told by a book reviewer that the new edition addresses this issue. So to support the author I re-bought it and will settle down to read it when I’m in the mood.
The Door in the Hedge and other Stories by Robin McKinley
From ensorcelled princesses to a frog that speaks, an enchanting collection of fairy tales from the Newbery Medal–winning author. Includes riffs on The Princess and the Frog (or Golden Ball) and the Twelve Dancing Princesses with other fairytale themed short stories.
They seem to be re-issuing all of Robin McKinley’s books and I’ve grabbed several on sale. This book has pretty standard fairytale re-tellings and is safer in content than her Deerskin book. In re-reading this collection I don’t think you’ll find anything outstanding, but more comfort fairytale food.
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles: [Boxed Set] by Patricia C. Wrede
Collected together for the first time in a digital format are Patricia C. Wrede’s hilarious adventure stories about Cimorene, the princess who refuses to be proper. Every one of Cimorene’s adventures is included—Dealing with Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, and Talking to Dragons—in a single ebook.
If you have never read these stories what are you waiting for? Clever and funny, with a princess and dragon characters who break the mold. These books were well-loved in our household so I’m glad I got them again for my Kindle.
Emma and the Minotaur (World of Light Book 1) by Jon Herrera
The residents of the City of Saint Martin are disappearing. Those who hear the music of the forest are compelled to follow it and are never seen again. At the same time, creatures of myth and legend are returning to our world. Led by the colossal Minotaur, they hide in the shadows of Glenridge Forest, waiting for a day soon to come. Why are they here?
Join young Emma Wilkins as she uncovers the truth behind the mystery and learns the identity of the great power behind it all.
A love letter to innocence, magic, and fantasy.
I adored this Indie book when it first came out (different cover) but the author dropped off the face of the planet for years. Suddenly this popped up (with a book 2 in pre-release). I bought Emma again – I hope he didn’t change it very much from the original as I thought it was perfect before. Dare I start reading to see??
Have you found any old favorites now available in ebook form?