freebies & sales alert! (and thank you)

January 19, 2012 freebie alert, kiera cass, sales alert, site annoucements 56

Here are a few fun young adult titles that are currently free for your e-reader. Some include bonus materials, usually a sneak peek at the author’s upcoming title.

Please don’t forget to check the final price before you one-click, and if you are interested in any of these, act quickly before they’re gone!


Zombies Don’t Cry by Rusty Fischer, Free for Kindle and Nook

Evernight with Bonus Materials by Claudia Gray, including a sneak peek at Balthazar, Free for Kindle

Dangerous Angels: The Weezie Bat Bookby Francesca Lia Block, Free for Kindle


Cloaked with Bonus Materials by Alex Flinn, 99 cents for Kindle

Breathless by Jessica Warman, 99 cents for Kindle

Songs for a Teenage Nomad by Kim Culbertson, 99 cents for Kindle

Bound by Kira Saito, 99 cents for Kindle


I also just wanted to say a quick but very sincere thank you to the many people who have written to me privately as well as publicly with messages of support over the unpleasant business that happened last week. I think it’s very unfortunate that these sorts of meltdowns keep happening in the YA community, particularly because it takes so much of the focus off the pleasure of talking about books. I haven’t felt much like blogging or reviewing or tweeting lately because of that, but I’m slowly working my way back thanks in no small part to the giant silver lining which consists of my readers and my friends.

56 Responses to “freebies & sales alert! (and thank you)”

  1. Small Review

    Thank you for this post! I just ordered Evernight through the library, so this is perfect timing. I own the last book and it’s been sitting on my shelf for far too long. It’s time to decide whether or not I’m ever going to even want to get to it.

    *HUGS* to you for all you’ve been through this past week! I know it’s so hard to write when something like that happens. Please remember all of the good you do and how many people, myself included, who value you and your reviews. You are an asset to the community.

    • Wendy Darling

      Thank you so much, Small Review. I really appreciate the hug and the words of encouragement; it’s hard not to let this stuff get you down, but the support of friends has really helped.

      And I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of Evernight! I really liked that series, but sometimes it makes people really angry, hah. Just don’t read a lot of spoilery reviews. ;)

    • Small Review

      Noted! I always try to avoid reviews for the book I’m currently (or soon to be) reading. I am curious now why people get angry :)

  2. Jessi

    Thank you for posting this list, I can’t tell you how much time I end up trolling the kindle store and never find such gems. Props!

  3. MollyMcB

    To be able to express your opinion on a book and share it with your friends and community in such a simple way is one of the things I love about Goodreads. I especially look forward to reading your reviews. I believe you take the time to legitimately give a critique, whether it is positive or negative. Keep up the great work and don’t let those authors keep you down!

    • Wendy Darling

      Thanks so much, Molly–I really appreciate your comment. I value the reviews I find on GoodReads, too, both positive and negative. Thanks for taking the time to cheer me up! :)

  4. Giselle

    Ooh Zombies! I may grab that for a Zombie event next month! (that,s right! :D) And Bound I didn’t like it much and don’t really recommend it – Wendy I’m positive you’ll hate it haha. But the others I’ll have to check out.

  5. Kara_Malinczak

    Thanks Wendy for doing all you do. And for remaining strong and staying true to yourself and not backing down. Keep at it. Your reviews would be deeply missed in the blogging/Goodreads community.

  6. Rida (Raindrop Reflections)

    Thank you for all those deals!

    And Wendy? Don’t ever let anybody else stop you from blogging. You’re one of the best reviewers I know- few people are as articulate as you, as careful to avoid making personal jabs at the authors. You’re a model reviewer, Wendy, and it’s just too bad that the people who targeted you don’t see that.

    *hugs* Always stay awesome!

    • Wendy Darling

      Thank you, my wonderful friend. I try really hard to be fair and I’m glad it shows–at least to the unbiased, hah!

      I appreciate the hug,too. :) It’s nice to have friends who can help get you through this stuff.

  7. Amy

    Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful deals. It’s too bad that Nook doesn’t always have the same deals as Kindle, but I do have the kindle apps on my PC and phone. Glad that yo are making your way back. You know that all of your readers love and support you. I think what people forget is, not everyone will like every book they read. To not review a book because you didn’t enjoy it is like lying to yourself. Authors and agents need to learn to take it. If they were being honest with themselves, they would admit they haven’t liked every book they’ve read, and I am sure they didn’t keep it to themselves. Ok, enough blabbing lol!

    • Wendy Darling

      Thanks so much, Amy. I really wonder about authors and agents who behave this way, too, but I agree–both negative and positive reviews are needed. And I say that first and foremost as a reader!

      On to happier reads for us both. :)

  8. April

    I’m so excited to get a Kindle in March so I can enjoy these sorts of gems! :)

    I haven’t commented or anything thus far on the garbage that went down, but I did keep up with it, and I’m sorry that it happened.

    so glad your making your way back.. we need reviews like yours.. truthful ones.. :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Thanks so much, April. I really appreciate that. And hope you get a Kindle soon! Don’t forget you can always download the books now with a free Kindle reading app, though, to read on your computer or save until you get your device.

  9. Christy D

    Sweet! More freebies.

    Also, Wendy… I just partially caught up on the drama that has been going on. Wow. You’ve had your hands full. I totally back you though, and anyone else who wants to express their feeling on a book. Good or bad. I continue to be amazed at how professionals conduct themselves anymore. It honestly saddens me.

    YOU ROCK! That is all. :)

  10. Celine

    Thank you so much for doing this post! It really helps me to konw get better deals in different books! And Wendy, you write one of the best reviews I’ve ever read! I really love your reviews. They felt honest and real! :) I hope you have an aamazing day, Wendy! <3

  11. Sashana

    Wendy, you list the best freebies ever. With so many free books to choose from you find the creme of the crop. Thank you for that.

    Also, I don’t know what went on but I’m glad you’re back. Whenever I see drama or conflicts on GR I tend to turn a blind eye. I have enough bs in real life and I would hate to get on GR to be angry because its my way to unwind.

    • Wendy Darling

      Thanks Sashana. And really, it’s for the best that you weren’t aware of the drama…hopefully it’s blown over for the most part.

  12. margie c {The Bumble Girl}

    I am a newbie follower and have thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your – I truly appreciate the amount of work and honesty that you have put into them. I’m not sure as to what has happened recently, but do hope that you will continue to do what you have been doing.
    Thank you for the freebie list too! ~ margie

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh, thank you so much, Margie! I very much appreciate your taking the time to comment and for lending your support. (And my pleasure!)

  13. Melissa @ Mel's Books and Info

    Thank you for the list of freebies–you had a couple I had missed! Yay!

    As to the controversy, I know I appreciate bad reviews that are well articulated and well thought out as I do good reviews. In fact, if the poor review is well done it usually gives me more information about a book than a good review. I don’t have time to read every book out there, but for my job it is important for me to see the multiple facets of novels that I consider purchasing for my library. And before anyone says anything, I purchase books all the time that get poor reviews, because I know teens who will like and read even those books that received poor review scores. I guess what I am trying to say is that I value honesty from the reviewers I follow, I don’t care if I agree with your review or disagree with your review, what is important to me is that you made me consider aspects of the work that others reviewers didn’t. The fact you didn’t finish the novel and admitted it and the explained why really helps me. I am sorry for what you have been through, but if it makes you feel better, you honesty, insight, and integrity have gained you a new follower.

    • Wendy Darling

      Thank you so much, Melissa. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your comments, and how strongly I agree with your statements about valuing both positive and negative reviews, as well as friends who agree and disagree. I appreciate gaining a new friend out of this. :)

  14. Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings

    Hi Wendy,
    I had no idea that was going on. All I can say is I am sorry that happened. We reviewers have to stick together. Rest assured you have lots and lots of support. Hugs. I feel bad I didn’t know sooner. Just been up to my eyeballs. If you ever go through this again and need my help in anyway, Let me know!

    • Wendy Darling

      Yeah, it’s been a bit of a zoo over the past week. Thanks for your hugs and comments, Heidi, they are very much appreciated.

  15. Ashley

    Until I stumbled across Maggie Stiefvater’s blog yesterday I didn’t even know any of these conversations had taken place. After clicking a few links I recognized you as one of those conversing.

    I didn’t read through all of it. It didn’t take long to which was the wrong side of the fence.

    All I want to say to you is that you gave me one of my warmest welcomes on here, and you consistently give me honest and objective reviews on books. As a reader there is nothing that I value more than someone’s fair and balanced opinion on a book they have read. The worst thing I have encountered since starting my blog are the five star reviews after five star reviews. It’s refreshing to hear a voice out there that thinks critically about what they’re reading, owns their own voice and presents things honestly.

    Keep on doing what you do :) We appreciate you!

    • Wendy Darling


      Thank you so much, Ashley. I’ve actually been surprised at some of the blogger reactions to this incident, as if this couldn’t have happened to anyone, but I’m happy that the majority of the responses have been supportive ones like yours. I appreciate your taking the time to comment!

  16. Mimi Valentine

    WENDY. <3 You honestly write some of the best, most honest, reliable, and trustworthy reviews out there and it makes me so sad that this happens to anyone -- especially you! You don't have to feel rushed with posting reviews. Even though I miss seeing your name come up on my feeds, I give you BIG hugs and just want you to feel better first! :) <3

    And WOW, so many more awesome deals! Thank you times a million for sharing the awesomeness! :)

    • Wendy Darling

      You are such a sweetheart, Miss Valentine. Thank you for that, and I absolutely agree this should never happen to anyone! And I gratefully accept the big hugs. :)

  17. Andrea @The Bookish Babes

    Thanks for posting these, Wendy! I love a great find.

    I read your comments in the PW article. Your words and actions speak well for your fellow bloggers. Can’t wait to see you back at reviewing!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

    • Wendy Darling

      Thanks Andrea. It’s an issue that affects just about everyone who writes non-paid reviews, so I’m hopeful that another major publication writing about it will help curb these meltdowns. Appreciate your commenting.

    • Wendy Darling

      I’m glad you enjoy it, Dawn! They take a little bit of hunting down, but it’s worth it when so many people can take advantage of them.

  18. The Happy Booker

    I think that you handled the whole thing with much more grace than I would have and I have a ton of respect for you.
    I may be a sporadic blogger/reviewer, but I am a consistent friend and you can certainly count on my support :)

    • Wendy Darling

      You made me tear up a little bit with that comment, Donna. Thank you so much for your virtual hugs, they mean more to me than you could possibly imagine.

  19. starryeyedjen

    I’m glad you’re not letting these unfortunate events keep you down (or away). I love reading your reviews and seeing your commentary on books, and I’ve never found you to be unkind. I appreciate your honesty and, quite honestly, find it refreshing that you don’t gush over every single book you read. I hope that you won’t let a few bad apples deter you from doing something that you obviously enjoy very much.

    • Wendy Darling

      Thanks so much, Jen. I tend to trust reviewers who post critical reviews as well as glowing ones, so I try to be as honest as I can. I appreciate your support.

  20. elena

    Aw, Wendy!! It really is unfortunate these things keep on happening but hopefully they’ll stop now. I know we don’t know each other that well but lots and lots of well wishes for you X

    • Wendy Darling

      I hope it doesn’t happen to *anyone* in the future, Elena! It’s unacceptable and absolutely avoidable. Thanks for your kind wishes.