It's September and time for a new list of 100 Books for $3.99 or Less in ebook format from Amazon. There is one heavily fairy tale influenced novel and a few more picks that I chose to highlight here but do browse them all. The prices usually last for the entire month although books have been known to disappear from the list early, so don't wait until the end of the month if you are truly interested in a title.
Darkwood by M. E. Breen is $1.99. This is the fairy tale influenced one although not one particular fairy tale takes center stage.
Darkness falls so quickly in Howland that the people there have no word for evening. But for thirteen-yearold Annie, the dark is almost soothing compared to the misery of her cruel aunt and uncle's house. When Annie finally escapes, she finds herself on a journey that will take her deep into the forest-where fearsome creatures lurk-and to the glittering halls of a palace. Hints of the Brothers Grimm add magic to this spellbinding and beautifully told story.
The Extra-Ordinary Princess by Carolyn Q. Ebbitt is also $1.99.
Princess Amelia is the least likely person to become queen of the land of Gossling, from her position as the fourth daughter to her non-princessy ways. But when a plague sweeps the land, kills her parents, and leaves her evil uncle in power, it is Amelia who must find the courage to save her kingdom-and her sisters. Readers will be thoroughly enchanted by the coming-of-age of an unlikely princess.
The Farwalker's Quest by Joni Sensel is $1.99. This one is also bargain priced in paperback and hardcover although those prices may not last throughout the month.
Ariel has always been curious, but when she and her best friend Zeke stumble upon a mysterious old telling dart she feels an unexplained pull toward the dart, and to figuring out what it means. Magically flying great distances and only revealing their messages to the intended recipient, telling darts haven't been used for years, and no one knows how they work. So when two strangers show up looking for the dart, Ariel and Zeke realize that their discovery is not only interesting, but very dangerous. The telling dart, and the strangers, leads them to a journey more perilous and encompassing than either can imagine, and in the process both Zeke and Ariel find their true calling.