September 14, 2011

My Fairy Tale Inspired Ebook Pick

Out of the four fairy tale inspired eBook samples I downloaded from Amazon to my Kindle on Monday, I only bought one. (A Clockwork Fairytale by Helen Scott Taylor ) I’m not an “If I start reading a book, I finish it” type of reader. Now that I think about it, I’m guess I’m actually a pretty picky reader:

• Rarely do I like first person. (Especially in YA)

• I’m a sensitive reader. (I will not read it if it looks like a child might get hurt.)

• I usually don’t like straight forensic/crime investigations. (Not a CSI etc. fan at all)

• It has to have some kind of action, man. Please give me a plot other than getting the main characters “together.”

• I’m frugal. (Under 3 bucks for an eBook, please)

• And, like most people these days, I don’t have a lot of time to read. So the time I do have I want to spend on something that gobbles me up from the beginning – if the sample doesn’t grab me in those couple of chapters, I’m not going to buy it, even if it is cheap.

After reading the sample of A Clockwork Fairytale by Helen Scott Taylor , I couldn’t wait to read more. I bought the eBook for the good price of $2.99. I’m only a couple of chapters in, but so far I’m really enjoying it. Also, I love the title and the cover. Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

A Clockwork Fairytale (Clockwork Fairytales)
Plucky, seventeen-year-old Melba was raised like a boy to pick pockets and run messages in the poor outer circles of Royal Malverne Isle, but she longs to move up the criminal hierarchy and become a spy. When nineteen-year-old Turk, a spymaster and local folk hero, accepts her pledge to join his gang, she thinks the Great Earth Jinn has heard her prayer. With his exotic, dark southern looks and wealthy lifestyle in the inner circle, Turk fascinates her. Yet he is not what he seems--he is really a monk working undercover for the Shining Brotherhood. The Brotherhood has secret plans for Melba, plans that make her a target of the evil Royal Victualler's foul magic, plans that challenge Melba and Turk's beliefs about life and duty, plans that tear them apart, just as they discover what it means to fall in love.
Suitable for adults and teenagers.

So how does my list of “book must haves,” or not haves for that matter, compare to yours?

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