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Old 02-07-2019, 02:49 PM   #826
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Remembered to check today, and it went very quickly. The book's not compatible with the Paperwhite, and can't even be downloaded. The Kindle app on my phone lets me download and view it, but it forces landscape mode and displays two pages side-by-side. Not exactly an optimal reading experience, although the images looked great, only small. Kindle for PC also did the side-by-side thing, but it worked fine full-screened. It was quite funny and I'm glad I picked it, even if it is really short.

Any tablet using the Kindle app can probably view it and it'll look fine, but I'm guessing all the e-ink Kindles are out of luck.
Thanks -- good summary.
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Old 02-09-2019, 12:48 PM   #827
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I ended up going with It's Not Hansel and Gretel, simply because the preview looks pretty funny. The rest sounded too awful to me to want even for free.
I think I am in the same boat...
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Old 02-10-2019, 06:55 AM   #828
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Worst choices for a long while. I picked "Where the Forest meets the Stars", as the least unappealing of the book descriptions.

As I feared, it was almost sickly sweet at times. However, somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed it. The characters were well drawn and it was quite well written. Between the plot itself and the devices used it kept my interest.
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Old 02-12-2019, 09:16 AM   #829
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I also went with Where the Forest Meets the Stars.

This is probably not the right place, but I'm thinking about cancelling my Amazon Prime subscription. Back when it was less than $100/year, I was using it enough on my own (between the music storage, cloud storage, Kindle access, video bookmarks, etc.) to justify having two accounts in the same house, but now that it costs me nearly $130 (and finding that other music/cloud/ebook/video providers are more worthwhile for me), I don't think I'm getting my money's worth and I'm going to go back to sharing my husband's account.

Once I do that, I won't be eligible for the Kindle First book anymore, correct? He can get it, and share it with me, but I won't be able to access it on my own? Honestly, I can buy myself one book every month (a month later) for half the cost of Amazon Prime -- probably less if I opt out of months that I would otherwise choose "least objectionable and willing to try out this genre/author" -- so it's not a big deal, but somehow it feels more valuable when it's early and free. LOL

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Old 02-12-2019, 10:06 PM   #830
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Worst choices for a long while. I picked "Where the Forest meets the Stars", as the least unappealing of the book descriptions.

As I feared, it was almost sickly sweet at times. However, somewhat to my surprise, I enjoyed it. The characters were well drawn and it was quite well written. Between the plot itself and the devices used it kept my interest.
Went there as well after reading your post and ignoring the very unassuming blurb. I think this months they picked books with horrible uninviting blurbs, at least how I feel. The only thing I did not like was the end.
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I wish it stayed closer to impossible fiction than to transition into plausible non fiction.
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Old 02-13-2019, 12:36 AM   #831
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Went there as well after reading your post and ignoring the very unassuming blurb. I think this months they picked books with horrible uninviting blurbs, at least how I feel. The only thing I did not like was the end.
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I wish it stayed closer to impossible fiction than to transition into plausible non fiction.
I hear you there Duckie.

Had the book gone the other way, imagine the chill when:

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The two adult protagonists, having failed to find the girl as a missing person, instead came across an article describing her death, with photo!


I'm certainly not sorry I read it. And the author shows promise. I'll have to watch for her next book. Though she can certainly go either way.

I should add that your comment about the blurbs is spot on. A good one is just so important to many prospective readers.
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Old 02-13-2019, 12:36 AM   #832
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I also went with Where the Forest Meets the Stars.

This is probably not the right place, but I'm thinking about cancelling my Amazon Prime subscription. Back when it was less than $100/year, I was using it enough on my own (between the music storage, cloud storage, Kindle access, video bookmarks, etc.) to justify having two accounts in the same house, but now that it costs me nearly $130 (and finding that other music/cloud/ebook/video providers are more worthwhile for me), I don't think I'm getting my money's worth and I'm going to go back to sharing my husband's account.

Once I do that, I won't be eligible for the Kindle First book anymore, correct? He can get it, and share it with me, but I won't be able to access it on my own? Honestly, I can buy myself one book every month (a month later) for half the cost of Amazon Prime -- probably less if I opt out of months that I would otherwise choose "least objectionable and willing to try out this genre/author" -- so it's not a big deal, but somehow it feels more valuable when it's early and free. LOL
I believe that Prime allows you to share benefits, including streaming, with one other adult in your house. I think it also creates a shared household for all your books. I don't know exactly how it works.
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I should add that your comment about the blurbs is spot on. A good one is just so important to many prospective readers.
Yup. Case in point: last month's Blood for Blood sounded good blurb wise, but it is the first First Reads book I started and gave up on after just 10%. Good thing we had two choices, as Smoke and Summons was very enjoyable (to me). A blurb sometimes does make the book sound too good.
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And I think they let you pay $2 for one first book, can't remember if when I did this I got it immediately.
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