TBR Tuesday: Free reads!

From time to time, I post freebies on my Facebook page (two this past weekend!) but here are a couple books that are currently free for Kindle. (No Kindle? You can use an app on your smartphone or computer to read them as well!)

My friend CK Bryant is offering Bound, the first book in the Crystor series, for free!

When a photo shoot ends in tragedy, Kira discovers her best friend, Lydia, has been keeping a secret. Knowing the truth, and accepting it, will change Kira’s life forever and thrust her into a world of ancient curses, magical objects, and savage enemies. What happens next will challenge everything Kira knows about her world, herself and the shape-shifting warrior she’s falling in love with. No longer the timid mouse her mother accused her of being, but a woman who finds the mental and physical strength to endure and survive.

BOUND is a heroic tale of true friendship, infinite sacrifice and untamed love.

My take (from Goodreads): “I don’t normally read in this genre, but I found especially the second half of this book really fast moving, and it compelled me to read. The ending hooked me for the sequel, too.”

Broken, the second book of the series is out now, and the third (the conclusion, I believe?), Beloved, is due out soon.

Next up, we’ve got Ali Cross’s Become.

Sixteen-year old Desolation Black wants nothing more than to stay in Hell where it’s cold and lonely and totally predictable. Instead, she’s sent back to Earth where she must face the evil she despises and the good she always feared.

When Desi is forced to embrace her inner demon, she assumes her choice has been made—that she has no hope of being anything other than what her father, Lucifer, has created her to be. What she doesn’t count on, is finding a reason to change—something she’s never had before—a friend.

My take (gack! I’ve never reviewed this anywhere!): I read this book so fast, but I wanted to savor every word. This book is painfully beautiful. It explores a feeling I think we’ve all experienced, feeling like we’re past hope. Desi discovers that she isn’t beyond hope or beyond help, she isn’t useless or extraneous, and that she still has a choice and the power to affect who she is and who she will become.

The other installments in the series, Desolate and Destined, are out now, and Ali recently announced that she’s planning some companion novellas to the series as well.

Do your tastes run more to the classical? Again, I haven’t read this one, but, you know, I’ve seen the movie (from the ’90s) and the musical. Maybe the book actually explains what those students were revolting about.

It’s Les Misérables, in all its 959-page glory!

In case you live under a rock:

Les Misérables apparently holds the Guinness world record for longest musical about a minor parole violation. It tells the utterly pointless tale of an ex-con as he tries to elude a bumbling parole officer for 20 years. . . . The criminal guy, could have just, you know, MOVED OUT OF THE FREAKING CITY IF HE DIDN’T WANT TO BE CAUGHT. Instead this whole game of cat-and-mouse between [Jean Valjean] and [Javert] takes place in one neighborhood. The dumbest criminal of the millennium vs. a law enforcement officer that makes every Leslie Nielsen character look like Sherlock Holmes in comparison.

Oh wait, that’s this hilarious review of the new movie version. They say the book is always better, right?

I also picked up Sarah Eden’s latest Regency romance, Drops of Gold for $3.99 today. I’ve heard such good things; I’m excited!

What do you think? What are you reading? Picked up any good free reads lately? Come join the discussion!