February YA Book Bargains

I recently started posting on Twitter whenever I spot a great #bookbargain for a few reasons:

  1. It’s really important that everyone has access to books they can fall in love with, especially young people. Not everyone can afford to spend £7.99 on the high street for a paperback, but anyone who has a computer, phone or tablet can download the free Kindle app or order series from lesser known suppliers online.
  2. I get really excited when I can buy lots of new books without a huge feeling of guilt. Especially if I want to try new authors, it mitigates the risk factor and encourages me to branch out.
  3. I get really excited when I see a book that I have read and enjoyed on offer because I genuinely think your life would be improved by reading it. It also means I can force my friends to read and discuss them with me.

Most of the book bargains I post are Kindle e-books, simply because they tend to have much cheaper offers due to their digital nature. Another good way of getting bargains though is through buying a whole series as a collection from places like The Works and The Book People.

So here are my book bargains for February. I’ll keep updating this list as I find more. The prices will probably go back up without warning, so I’ve included the last date that I saw each book at the listed price.

half bad

‘Half Bad’ by Sally Green
£1.99 on Kindle e-book as of 18.02.16 (click here)
It’s in the Kindle Half Term sale so will likely only be on sale until 21.02.16

“Meet Nathan Byrn . . .

He’s half White Witch, half Black Witch.
His mother was a healer, his father is a killer.
He’s been kept in a cage since he was fourteen.

But if White Witches are good and Black Witches are evil, what happens if you are both?”

Notes: I’ve read this book and loved it. I’d recommend it to anyone who likes a darker fantasy story with beautiful, emotional prose. The second book in the series (‘Half Wild’) is already out and the third book (‘Half Lost’) is coming out at the end of March this year.  I can’t wait! You can follow Sally Green on Twitter here: @Sa11eGreen

Uglies

‘Uglies’ by Scott Westerfeld
£0.99 on Kindle e-book as of 18.02.16 (click here)
It’s in the Kindle Half Term sale so will likely only be on sale until 21.02.16

“Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.

But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty.”

Notes: It’s the usual dystopian future/breaking away from the system book. I actually bought all four books in the series a while ago but haven’t read past the first few chapters of ‘Uglies’ yet, mainly because I got annoyed my fingers kept smudging the black cover. Maybe I should buy the e-book instead. You can follow Scott Westerfeld on Twitter here: @ScottWesterfeld

Anna‘Anna and the French Kiss’ by Stephanie Perkins
£1.99 on Kindle e-book as of 18.02.16 (click here)

“Anna is less than thrilled to be shipped off to boarding school in Paris, leaving a fledgling romance behind – until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with a longed-for French kiss?”

Notes: I bought this book because a) it was cheap and b) I saw a recommendation for the series in a book vlog yesterday. I literally just finished it about 5 minutes ago. This is a contemporary romance aka basically 382 pages of sexual tension, and not in a bad way. It will make you want to go to Paris right now. You can find Stephanie Perkins on Twitter here: @naturallysteph

Poison Study

‘Poison Study’ by Maria V. Snyder
£1.99 on Kindle e-book as of 19.02.16 (click here)

“In the territory of Ixia the government maintains control through the Code of Behaviour, forbidding the practice of magic, but danger lurks in mysterious places…Imprisoned for murder Yelena Zaltana’s punishment is death, until she is reprieved – for a price.

As the Commander of Ixia’s food taster she will risk assassination from poison daily, a position she would be a fool to refuse… In a world where magic equals death and freedom is for the lucky few, survival is all Yelena has and the battle for her life has just begun.”

Notes: This is one of my all time favourite books. I love it so much.  In case there wasn’t enough reason to read it, the sequels ‘Fire Study‘ and ‘Magic Study‘ are also £0.99 and £2.99 respectively. A whole trilogy for under £6! Read this if you like magic, castles,  intrigue and brooding men.

cuckoo

Cuckoo Song’ by Frances Hardinge
£0.99 on Kindle e-book as of 19.02.16 (click here)
It’s in the Kindle Half Term sale so will likely only be on sale until 21.02.16

“When Triss wakes up after an accident, she knows that something is very wrong. She is insatiably hungry; her sister seems scared of her and her parents whisper behind closed doors. She looks through her diary to try to remember, but the pages have been ripped out.

Soon Triss discovers that what happened to her is more strange and terrible than she could ever have imagined, and that she is quite literally not herself. In a quest find the truth she must travel into the terrifying Underbelly of the city to meet a twisted architect who has dark designs on her family – before it’s too late . . .”

Notes: I haven’t read this yet, but I bought it when I saw the price because I’ve heard nothing but praise since her novel ‘The Lie Tree‘ won Costa Book of the Year 2015. This sounds a little creepier than what I normally read (I’m a wuss) but based on the reviews, I’m sure it will be worth it. You can find Frances Hardinge on Twitter here: @FrancesHardinge

ink and bone

‘Ink and Bone’ by Rachel Caine
£0.99 on Kindle e-book as of 19.02.16 (click here)
It’s in the Kindle Half Term sale so will likely only be on sale until 21.02.16

“In 48 AD, a fire set by the troops of Julius Caesar destroyed much of the Great Library of Alexandria. But what if the fire had been stopped? What would the Library have become? Fast forward: the Great Library is now a separate country, protected by its own standing army. It has grown into a vast power, with unquestioned and unrivalled supremacy. Jess Brightwell, seventeen and very smart, with a gift for mechanical engineering, has been sent into the Great Library as a spy for his criminal family.”

Notes: Another novel I’ve just bought and haven’t read yet. There was no way I could pass this by after seeing mention of the Great Library of Alexandria, plus the theme around the power of knowledge sounds fascinating. Rachel Caine is on Twitter here: @rachelcaine

There are loads of other YA books in the Kindle Half Term Sale, so if you want to peruse the whole list then you can find it here until…probably the end of half term.

Have you seen any book bargains that I’ve missed? Tweet me here: @JadeDH!

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