Every once and awhile a reading gal like myself catches a break. Excited over my newly acquired Kindle, I was ready to download books by the buckets. But then it occurred to me that that plan required a lot of money, money that I really didn’t have much of, having blown my book money on purchasing the Kindle. Lucky me, Amazon occasionally offers books for free. And not just the sucky ones! Actually, since getting my Kindle, I’ve read new authors, new genres, and liked them!
The first book I read on my Kindle was a freebie. It wasn’t from an author unknown to me, I had read 13 Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson last year, and followed her on Twitter- she is wildly hilarious with her tweets. And for a brief, shiny moment in time Amazon was offering up her book Suite Scarlett for free. For those of you in the dark, that’s $0.00 dollars, which fits into my book budget perfectly.
Suite Scarlett is about a young teen living in her family’s once glamorous but now kind of run down and broke down hotel. The hotel itself is another character in the book. Johnson does a great job breathing life into the setting without having the hotel dominate the other characters. And what great characters! There’s a rich, quirky, former actress that Scarlett is in charge of for the summer, there’s her awesome, quirky, handsome older brother, Spencer, and lots of intrigue. Now, the book is a young adult novel, so I did figure out things before Scarlett did, but as a 32 year old woman, I really enjoyed it. And I will read the follow up novel, Scarlett Fever, which is no doubt why Amazon briefly made the first book available for free, to get me hooked. Well, I say well played, Amazon, well played. It worked. You want to give me the first book in a series free? I am on board with that. And thank you for making it the first book, and not the third or fifth, because I have OCD issues with reading novels out of order.
Suite Scarlett gets a Midnight Book Rating of 10:30pm, it’s a quick, easy, delightful read. It’s no longer free, but with the Read-a-thon coming up just around the corner, it would make a great addition to your TBR pile.
Oh, and yes, I know I suck for not having blogged in a long time, but I had issues! I mean, I still have issues, they’re just not as issuey now. And I am reading lots, e-books and regular old paperback/hardback books. I will catch up, I promise, and bring you lots of reviews and deep thoughts (of the Jack Handey variety) in the weeks to come. Thanks for hanging in there!