Close to a year ago a friend of my recommended a service called BookBub which allowed me to pick out some genres that I enjoy reading and every day it sends me a selection of Kindle books on Amazon that are either on sale or sometimes are free deals. Now as you can imagine there are a LOT of misses with this service as a lot of times they are up and coming writers, self published authors, or published authors who don’t have a lot of clout and sometimes who don’t have a lot of skill. BUT most of the time I am getting the books for free or for 99¢ or at most usually $1.99 and I HAVE found a number of good finds within all three of those price points. It’s a great service because given the cheap factor I’m a lot more willing to go out on a limb and try a book that I normally wouldn’t plop down $6.99 for without some pretty good indication that it was going to be worth the money. Such was the case the other day when I was intrigued by the blurb for a book by Michael Siemsen entitled A Warm Place Place to Call Home.
Now I don’t tend to gravitate towards demon stories, vampires–yes, werewolves–yes, witches and goblins and monsters, oh my–yes, but not so much demons. However it was 99¢ and I was intrigued by the blurb so “why not” ruled the day and I’m am so glad that it did. I’m not going to do a book review per say because I think it would be very difficult to do without ruining the premise of this book. However, let me say that it is difficult in a world that has a sea of books both old and new available to come up with something that is fresh and this author manages to take a fresh spin on something. It reminded me of when I read Warm Bodies and thought, hm, this guy really took a tired genre and breathes some originality into it. He also did a good job of making a character who is not really likeable, be intriguing and sympathetic none-the-less.
I highly recommend both giving both this book AND the BookBub service a try (being aware that you will wade through a lot of misses to get to the hits, but hey, it’s easy to delete them off your Kindle or make good use of the “send a sample now” feature of Amazon).