Saturday, July 10, 2010

YA Staples As Xmas Gifts & The Secret Year! [Saturday Steals]

This week's steal is hopefully not going to be read by members of my family.  Okay, I know that some of you read sometimes, but honestly, today, I'm hoping you don't.  Let's hope you have a busy busy Saturday.  Too busy to read IHM.

This week, I bought some books that I adore on the cheap to give as presents.  You know, it's July now, so it's totally time to start thinking about Christmas presents.  It really is. I'm not kidding. Some of you may be familiar with Amazon's 4-3 deal?  Buy three paperbacks, get the fourth free.  Of course it applies to the least expensive one, so you must group your purchases smartly and similarly priced.  It also sometimes applies to housewares, just in case you're wondering.  Well, I used a combination of my Bargain Books habit and the 4-3 deal to buy some YA staples to give as gifts.  Sometimes I think they forget to take the 4-3 deal off of the already discounted books (because hellooooo! they're already super cheap!) but I utilize it when I can.  Oh and yes, I am designating these four as YA staples, as in, you can't not read them and be a fan of YA:

Evernight by Claudia Gray.  I may not have loved the second one as much as I did the first one, but the first one is definitely worth a mention and even more deserving of a read.  I don't want to ruin this one for you like it was ruined for me, so I won't even tell you what genre it's in.  Just know that despite the horrid cover, what lies inside is mooshy gooshy paranormal fun. [Inspection]

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles.  I don't know if you caught this one or not when it was a Saturday Steal post, but I bought it.  Then our book group decided to read it.  Then I reviewed it.  And I adored it.  Gangs, Chem class, romance, and oh so much more.  Just get over the bad 1980s cover.  It's so much better than it looks! [Inspection]

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.  Wait, what?  You haven't read Wicked Lovely?  Put down whatever you're reading and read it. Now.  Or at least pick up a copy at this steeply discounted price.  For realz.  Hawt fairies and even hawter mortals inside. [Inspection]

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong.  Monster & I listened to the audiobook, but we loved it so much that Monster had me pick up the hardcover too.  We have the hardcover and the audiobook, and we keep recommending it to people.  Chloe?  She's got special powers, but she doesn't exactly know what they are and what she can do with them... yet. [Inspection]

So I won't tell you who I got them for, but I will tell you how much I paid for the four paperbacks all together (and if you want to know the individual prices, click the links).  The grand total was $11.20.  And since we're members of Amazon Prime, that's all it cost me.  No tax.  No shipping.  Just over eleven bucks for four installments of IHM-deemed awesome.  At regular price, these titles would have cost $36.96.  That's a savings of 70%.  I can totally live with that.

Before I go though, I want to tell you about another steal I got this week.  Once upon a time, at the end of last year, I did an Ambitious Edition (now called "Coming Soon" posts) post about THE SECRET YEAR by Jennifer Hubbard.  I never got my hands on a review copy, and I never bit the bullet and paid full-amazon-price for the book.  So imagine my delight when I saw that this book, which came out roughly six months ago, was discounted to $6.80 in the Bargain section!  I snagged up a copy and totally made the most annoying squeeing sound I've made in a while as I danced-while-sitting on the couch.  

Take Romeo and Juliet. Add The Outsiders. Mix thoroughly.

Colt and Julia were secretly together for an entire year, and no one—not even Julia’s boyfriend— knew. They had nothing in common, with Julia in her country club world on Black Mountain and Colt from down on the flats, but it never mattered. Until Julia dies in a car accident, and Colt learns the price of secrecy. He can’t mourn Julia openly, and he’s tormented that he might have played a part in her death. When Julia’s journal ends up in his hands, Colt relives their year together at the same time that he’s desperately trying to forget her. But how do you get over someone who was never yours in the first place?
Sounds a lot like PERFECT CHEMISTRY, and I kinda hope it is. Check out the other Saturday Steals over at Archives of Our Lives this week, and while you're at it, why dontcha add one of your own? I know Camille would love love love to have you.


ticklepea said...

I love it! You will never cease to amaze me with your book buying and 'stealing' abilities! xxx

katsrus said...

I love finding a good deal. You found some great books.
Sue B

Catherine (On The Nightstand) said...

Amazon's and B&N's bargain book things are one of the big things that makes me get all green-eyed of people living in the US. XD I love the Evernight and WL series, and Perfect Chemistry and The Summoning are ones I want to read.

Camille said...

You're my biggest advertiser, did you know? : ) I love it! Thanks for helping the cause...I do think it's getting a little better...maybe?

Anyway, awesome steals as usual. As soon as I'm done with school next year, I want to be just like you, buying all sorts of fun (read: not for school) books at smokin hot prices. You're an inspiration!


Lora1967 said...

I have read all these books evernight was my favorite....

L.J. Boldyrev said...

The Secret Year is one of my faves. My friend loves it so much she bought a second copy when we saw Jennifer at a signing.