Sunday, April 11, 2010

WILLOW, WONDEROUS STRANGE, & HERO [Saturday Steals]

 I'm late this week, but blaming it on being sick/San Diego/Read-A-Thon/I suck: pick your poison.  I'm sure Camille won't mind if I'm a little late though, and sure she won't mind if you are too!

My deals for the week:

I think my best deal of the week was the WILLOW hardcover I scored for $6.80.  If you're a long-time reader, I'm sure you're going, "But you must already have a copy of WILLOW, it was your favorite book of 2009!"  You're right.  I do have a copy, two in fact.  But both have been loaned out perpetually, and are looking a little, um... sad.  Since WILLOW is such an amazing book, and one I'm saving to read with my daughter (should I have one someday - yeah, it's that good), I wanted a copy that was pristine.  And, well, for this price, I couldn't pass it up.  If you have not read this book, you need to pick up a copy.  I've written about it several times in the past year, in the book inspection, top 5 of 2009, and an author appreciation post. Believe me. Read this.  Oh, and it's down to $6.63 now.  So, if you comment on this post today with your email address and something at least a little meaningful, I'll put you in a drawing to win a copy. [I just drew the winner and emailed her.  If I don't hear back within the next few days, I'll pick another]  Open worldwide.  I believe in this book.  Oh, right, and there are like 4 days left for you to enter to win the UK version of this book, signed, SCARRED too, so go enter for that too.
Seven months ago, on a rainy March night, sixteen year- old Willow’s parents died in a horrible car accident. Willow was driving. Now her older brother barely speaks to her, her new classmates know her as the killer orphan girl, and Willow is blocking the pain by secretly cutting herself. But when one boy —one sensitive, soulful boy—discovers Willow’s secret, it sparks an intense relationship that turns the “safe” world Willow has created for herself upside down.
Told in an extraordinary fresh voice, Willow is an unforgettable novel about one girl’s struggle to cope with tragedy, and one boy’s refusal to give up on her.

I also picked up a hardcover of WONDROUS STRANGE by Leslie Livingston, which I started reading while it was on one of Harper Teen's free in its entirety online stages, but then got sidetracked with books I needed to review and didn't finish it before it was taken down.  So, I was delighted to see it in the bargain section for $6.80.  Simply delighted.  It's really good so far.  Unfortunately, it's back to regular price though, so I feel like I'm totally lucky.

Since the dawn of time, the Faerie have taken. . . .
For seventeen-year-old actress Kelley Winslow, faeries are just something from childhood stories. Then she meets Sonny Flannery, whose steel-gray eyes mask an equally steely determination to protect her.
Sonny guards the Samhain Gate, which connects the mortal realm with the Faerie's enchanted, dangerous Otherworld. Usually kept shut by order of icy King Auberon, the Gate stands open but once a year.
This year, as the time approaches when the Samhain Gate will swing wide and nightmarish Fae will fight their way into an unsuspecting human world, something different is happening . . . something wondrous and strange. And Kelley's eyes are opening not just to the Faerie that surround her but to the heritage that awaits her.
Now Kelley must navigate deadly Faerie treachery—and her growing feelings for Sonny—in this dazzling page-turner filled with luminous romance.
Wondrous Strange is a richly layered tale of love between faerie and mortal, betrayal between kings and queens, and magic . . . between author and reader.
HERO by Perry Moore in paperback.  I haven't read much about this book, but for $3.60, and it being published by Hyperion, I decided to give it a whirl.  Couldn't hurt, right?  It, also, is back up to regular price, so I had a super lucky week.
The last thing in the world Thom Creed wants is to add to his father’s pain, so he keeps secrets. Like that he has special powers. And that he’s been asked to join the League – the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. But the most painful secret of all is one Thom can barely face himself: he’s gay.
But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, who can control fire but not her anger; Typhoid Larry, who can make anyone sick with his touch; and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide; but they will have to learn to trust one another when they uncover a deadly conspiracy within the League.
To survive, Thom will face challenges he never imagined. To find happiness, he’ll have to come to terms with his father’s past and discover the kind of hero he really wants to be.
I picked up a couple of used books in San Diego, that I got pretty good deals on, but I'm not going to repost about those.  You can read about them in the San Diego post.

I really love this meme from Archives of Our Lives, and would love to see more of you guys participate...  It's held every Saturday, thought it's not required that you participate every Saturday.  You just write a post about a steal you got this week (I've seen accessories, groceries, clothes, books, vintage items, etc) and then link it up over at Camille's blog. Come play with us!  And make sure to check out the other steals this week too.

21 comments:

Debs Desk said...

I have been wanting to read Willow, but have not been able to get my hands on a copy. I have heard great things and read great reviews. I guess it should be the next book I buy.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9(at)verizon.net

Jennifer Mathis said...

Haben't read Willow. Didn't even know I was missing it .:) Thanks

meandi09@yahoo.com

Kelsey said...

Willow was one of my favorite books of 2009 as well! But I don't have a hardcover copy of it, just two paperback, and knowing me I need to have a hardcover and paperback! Sounds kind of like you!

Glad you had such a great with the sale books! Don't you just love finding amazing books for amazing prices? Totally makes my day!

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bookaholic said...

I loved the synopsis of Willow. It sounds really touching and heart-rendering,specially the way she cuts herself secretly...and seems so different from other YAs! I would love to be entered for a draw of the book and love it more if I win a copy.

It always is so nice to get great books at even greater deals :)

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elizabeth said...

Willow sounds like a really great story with a tough subject. I would definitely love to read it someday.

Congrats on all the great deals!

pirate_pony2 at yahoo dot com

Karenu said...

I've been wanting to read Willow for a long time,everyone says it's really good.And the story looks just so interesting and emotional,I'd love to read it myself and discover the magic of this book too :),still didn't have the chance though...


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Kate said...

Great deals! I think the best thing (like ever) is getting a new or like new book for like half the price. I feel like Im stealing gold! lol I've been wanting to read 'Willow' based on all the reviews out there. Thanks for the giveaway! kpic724 (at) gmail (dot) com

Mandy said...

I borrowed Hero from my library last year, it's pretty good, worth the price you got it for (:.
And I've been wanting to read Willow (;, so if you'd please enter me :D
bratdownstairs@yahoo.com

Kirsten said...

Willow sounds like a really touching story :) and I've read a lot of good rewievs about it, but i haven't found it in bookstores in my country. Here the books are so expensive, too. I have never found a sale on books, can you believe that?
Congrats on the deals and thanks for the giveaway! Enjoy Wondrous Strange and Hero! :D

Greetings from Chile!
Kirsten

p.kirsten.b@gmail.com

PS: I really enjoyed reading about you experience with the Read-A-Thon :)

Inked Books said...

I really wanna read Willow. Everyone's raving about it.

Travis
spongyman1026@yahoo.com

ticklepea said...

Really amazing steals! I need to get back in to buying books more often! xxx

Dwayne said...
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Amanda said...

Hi! I just want to say thanks for cheering for me during the readathon!

bianca_riot said...

I really want to be able to have a chance at reading willow. i've heard alot about this book, and the emotions that the book explores. The fact that it was your favourite book of 2009 means i definitely have to buy it when i see it! And i also want to be able to know how Willow feels, or someone in this situation-losing your parents because to be able to put this feeling to pen and paper is extroadinary and thats why i want to be able to read this book! :)

Bianca
bianca.riot.08(@)hotmail.com

wrig9945 said...

I'd love to read this!! Keep hearing such good things about it. Also I have a daughter I'd like to have read it, she's twelve and it sounds like something she'd like. Thanks!
Darlene
wrig9945@charter.net

Samantha said...

Willow sounds amazing! I'll definitely be adding it to my wishlist! I just picked up Dreaming Anastasia thanks to this site, I'll probably be reading it after my reread of The Adoration of Jenna Fox (highly recommed that one!).


Samantha
samanthawriting@gmail.com

Book Monster said...

Wondrous Strange was a good book, but Willow looks interesting. I'm hesitant about buying it, but I really want to read it.

Gene said...

Oh, I'd like to read Willow. Sounds depressing but I think it will be a good read.

Natasha said...

This book sounds inspirational and very interesting. I'd love to have a copy of this book.
Thanks for letting me know about this!


Tasha
natashajennex(at)gmail(dot)com

dor said...

This one is on my wishlist too. This is certainly one thing that can be hidden. It will be interesting to read of the challenge but sad that this is a real thing.

Camille said...

You always get such amazing steals for such great prices. You put mine to shame (although steals can be quite personal, and it's hard to put a price on sentimental stuff, I think). Anyway, good job. Thanks for the great promotion! I'm striving for TEN entries this weekend (ambitious, I know).