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I know there are several book threads, but with new books coming out all the time, I figured I would start a new one.

I'll download several before we cruise, but wanted ideas for new books.

I've got one of the old Kindles with the keypad and just got a Kindle Fire HD for Christmas. I'm toying with the idea of bringing both of them since the old one is easy to read in the sunlight, but I realllllly like the Fire.

Does anyone know if I were to download a movie would I be able to watch it on the Kindle, or are they only streaming via internet?

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I went to google "kindle books" and went to the kindle books and put in cruising and then sorted by price. I only found a couple of free ones. I have a few other free ones, that come now and again.

 

I read a couple of good mysteries on my Navigator of the Seas cruise on my kindle app (I have a older Acer A500 tablet, not a kindle, but the kindle app is free, so is the barnes n noble app).

 

I also have downloaded some off line games that I can play. Like Tiny Tribe and Coin Dozer. Tiny Tribe you just do tasks.. its free, Coin Dozer has the original and some others, and its like a game I see in the casino where you flip quarters into the box and it pushes coins out the bottom. How about some card games, that you can play offline while you wait for the show to start in the theater or have to wait for the comedian to start? (I meet a girl at my dinner table on conquest who was also playing tiny tribe offline during the cruise.. what a coincidence)

 

With the Kindle Fire you can do a lot of things offline that dont cost money.

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I plan to download a movie for the plane. I did this when I flew to Hawaii. It cost around the same as a paid preview movie at home ($2.99) and you have the movie for 24 to 48 hrs. It does run down you battery though. So no once you download it on the Kindle it's there and you don't need internet. LOVE my Kindle Fire!!!

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I'm not sure what your library is like in your area but if you can I would recommend checking out that resource. We have an awesome library system here and I check out all my kindle books through them. We can keep them on the kindle for 3 weeks after we check them out. Once the loan period is over it it automatically taken out of your kindle.

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I recommend you take both! For all the reasons mentioned already. If you don't have internet, they won't sync to each other, but it's not difficult to update the Fire to read in bed after you've read the other outside, for example.

 

Love my Kindles.

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The Flixster app is free and it allows you to download movies and watch them any time you want. You can put the app on any device and watch your movies. I've got it on my computer, Kindle Fire and my iPhone. When you buy a DVD that comes with a digital copy the Fixster app allows you to retrieve your digital copy and save it to watch whenever you want.

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"The Storyteller" by Jodi Picoult is a truly amazing book. I highly recommend it!

 

I agree. I am reading this book right now and am only about 1/2 done with it.

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Definitely take both Kindles. Is the keyboard one a 3-g? Amazons 3-g has expanded beyond the U.S You can rent a movie for the Fire and download from Hulu or Netflix. Check with your library to see if you can borrow from Overdrive with your library card. You can also borrow books at booklending dot com and lendleme dot com

Some great books you may want to check out: The Confession by John Grisham, The Millenium Trilogy by Steig Larsson, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford, Instant Mom by Nia Vardarlos, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I love Dana Stabenow and her Alaska mysteries and the first in both her series are free for Kindle. Check the deals of the day and the other discount lists

Some cruising books.

Santa cruise: a holiday mystery at sea (Nov 2006)

By: Clark, Mary Higgins & Carol Higgins Clark

Private investigators Regan Reilly and Alvirah Meehan are guests on the maiden voyage of the Santa Cruise, courtesy of Commodore Randolph Weed

Second sitting (Jun 2008)

By: Whitelaw, Stella

When a passenger collapses at dinner on board the luxurious Countess Georgina and later dies, cruise director Casey Jones teams up with attractive cruise doctor Samuel Mallory to try to understand a chain of bizarre events.

Dead slow ahead: a Casey Jones cruise ship mystery (Nov 2008)

By: Whitelaw, Stella

As the Countess Georgina sets sail in the Mediterraean, Casey Jones finds herself investigating as a variety of thefts and a mysterious death occur during the voyage

Killer cruise (May 2009)

By: Levine, Laura, 1943-

While teaching on a swanky cruise, wordsmith Jaine Austen soon discovers that her all-expenses-paid trip to the Mexican Riviera comes with a high price when she is faced with blackmail, a sleazy British dancer, eccentric passengers, and murder

Majestic descending (May 2007)

By: Graham, Mitchell

Katherine Adams is taking a cruise on the fabulous Ocean Majestic, the largest and most luxurious ocean liner in the world. This is exactly the break Katherine needs from her demanding Atlanta legal practice. On board, she meets John Delaney, a streetwise ex-NYPD detective who is now a lawyer. Romance is in the air, but all is not quite right aboard the Majestic

The ten word game (Jan 2004)

By: Gash, Jonathan, 1933-

Lovejoy finds himself shanghaied aboard a luxurious cruise ship en route to Russia and a prisoner of a group of schemers who hope to use his talents to steal Russia's legendary "amber room" and ransom it back in Great Britain

Murder walks the plank: a death on demand mystery (Feb 2004)

By: Hart, Carolyn G.

Pleased with the success of her murder-mystery cruise, Annie Darling and her husband, Max, are suddenly on the hunt for a killer when one of the cruise participants falls overboard, the first in a series of suspicious deaths

Bon bon voyage (Apr 2006)

By: Fairbanks, Nancy, 1934-

Food columnist Carolyn Blue's much anticipated gourmet cruise aboard the luxury liner Bountiful Feast to the Canary Islands does not turn out the way she had expected

Night train to Memphis (Sep 1994)

By: Peters, Elizabeth, 1927-

Offered a luxury Nile cruise if she will solve a murder and stop a heist of Egyptian antiquities, assistant curator Vicky Bliss jumps at the chance and is horrified when her investigations also unveil her lover's infidelities

Love overboard (Jan 2005)

By: Evanovich, Janet

Stephanie Lowe agrees to help out on a voyage of Ivan Rasmussen's Maine coastal cruise, and she goes from considering him "Ivan the Terrible" to falling for his looks, touch, and heart

Cruising (Sep 2006)

By: Day, Desiree

Meeting once every month at a lively Atlanta jazz club, four friends idealize one another's circumstances before the painful truths about their respective lives are exposed, revelations that prompt the group to share a journey of self-discovery while on a Caribbean cruise

Tapas on the Ramblas: a Russell Quant mystery (Sep 2005)

By: Bidulka, Anthony, 1962-

Private detective Russell Quant is hired by the wealthy Charity Wiser to find out who in the Wiser family wants her dead. A family reunion cruise is arranged, and as they tour the most exotic ports of the Mediterranean, Quant gains insight into the Wisers and begins to wonder who doesn't want Charity dead

Caribbean Moon by Rick Murcer

Small-town detective/workaholic, Manny Williams, is thrilled with the prospect of finally taking the long-awaited vacation he had promised his wife, Louise.

The couple’s exotic getaway begins in sunny San Juan, Puerto Rico, by attending the June wedding of a fellow Lansing police officer, followed with an incredible week-long Southern Caribbean cruise on the glamorous Ocean Duchess. Tropical paradise appears to be a perfect recipe for desperately needed R and R...until the first dead body.

 

Lynn Byer, who posts here has a couple of books set on a cruise

TROUBLE IN PARADISE is what Kelly Johnson wants to avoid. She goes on a Caribbean cruise with her pregnant sister to relax and escape from reality for a week. David Parker goes on the same cruise. He has an agenda and one woman on his mind. Then he meets Kelly. Romance can be complicated

 

Christmas in Paradise

CHRISTMAS IN PARADISE is what you get when you mix love and marriage, love without marriage, sun, sand, a Caribbean cruise, and a Christmas snowfall

 

Cindy in librarian mode

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Lots of great books recommended; one of my favorite beach reading series if you haven't read them yet are the Evanovich "One for the Money" series, very light and fun for vacations.

 

Currently broke down and re-purchased the Game of thrones TV series on amazon, still a great story; and first season at least I'm switching back and forth to the Game of thrones series which is great on the kindle and following the books closely, although I understand that changes season 2.

 

As for the Kindle fire it was amazing for movies on my last cruise, My sister and I switched off I took my paperwhite kindle also and we switched back and forth from books on the paperwhite and movies/series. I tend to start the evening with the kindle fire to have background music, then before really settling in switching to the lighter paperwhite.

 

Once you have purchased content and downloaded it into the fire you can watch without any internet so anywhere is good as long as the power holds.

On the Caribbean I think I had 4 episodes of chuck, Elementary, & Eureka and 4 or 5 movies (I have the 32 GB). Made it through most of them between flights and the cruise itself. Love my Kindle fire.

 

Next test is the Med, how many movies or TV series can I download before I bog down the system.

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If you haven't read the Outlander series, by Diana Gabaldon, I highly recommend doing so. BUT NOT while on your cruise. This book series is so addictive, that you won't want to stop reading to enjoy your cruise. Seriously.

 

(FWIW, It has a female main character, if that makes a difference to you.)

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I'll second the Outlander suggestion. My coworker insisted that I read it during my Easter cruise, and I am hooked!

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Check out the website Bookhub

I get an email daily with free-2.99 books.

Most are for Amazon.

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It helps for reading. I switched from white background and black letters to black background and white letters my last cruise with my fire.

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You all are awesome!!!! Thank you so much for all the tips!!! My "old" Kindle is the 3g and wifi. I do have the certificates for a couple of movies I recently bought where I can download the violet copy....I may need to go to the local coffee house or somewhere with decent wifi. I'm in the sticks and use the hotspot on my phone to connect to the internet. It would take forever to dl a movie.

I've checked out books before from the library for my "old" kindle but it's been a while (no clue why!) LOL I may load up before the cruise.

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If you haven't read the Outlander series, by Diana Gabaldon, I highly recommend doing so. BUT NOT while on your cruise. This book series is so addictive, that you won't want to stop reading to enjoy your cruise. Seriously.

 

(FWIW, It has a female main character, if that makes a difference to you.)

 

I love this series. Started it on a New Years Day flight back from London in 1992. And I still recommend it. A lot of history based and Fantasy thrown in for good measure!

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Caribbean Cruising by Rachel Hawthorne

Chicks Ahoy by Lynda Sandoval

Cruise Confidential by Brian David Ruins

A Night to Remember by Walter Lord

Santa Cruise by Mary Higgins Clark

A Thousand and One Nights by Lara Tupper

Titanic by Filson Young

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I am hoping someone can recommend a good clock to download onto my Kindle Fire HD? I'd like something that will not change time on its own, making it usable during a cruise. Does that make sense?

 

Thanks,

Robin

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We are sailing on the Sunshine June 7th. I am bringing both my Fire HD (watching West Wing re-runs on plane and movies) and my KK3 (for reading on deck in sunlight). As for reading suggestions, I am a big fan of Clive Cussler's Oregon Files series (all are ship based adventures). Enjoy!

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Bookbuds send you an email daily with free or 99€ ebooks available for download. You set the type, ie fiction, children, non-fiction, scifi. It's a great way to load up before a trip.

 

 

Sent using the Cruise Critic forums app

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SKINNY DIP By Carl Hanssen. So very zany and funny. Florida coastal setting.

 

Serious historical fiction: EQUATOR by Tavares. Not electronic but just order a used paperback..great for transatlantic. Setting, São Tomé off the west coast of Africa.

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SKINNY DIP By Carl Hanssen. So very zany and funny. Florida coastal setting.

 

Author name is actually Carl Hiaasen.

 

I also loved Skinny Dip and his other books. Perfect, gritty, mystery tales simmered in a Florida steamy wet, swampy setting.

 

(Trivia: Carl and I are among the 2% of "over 50 yr old native-born Floridians living in FL".)

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I plan to download a movie for the plane. I did this when I flew to Hawaii. It cost around the same as a paid preview movie at home ($2.99) and you have the movie for 24 to 48 hrs. It does run down you battery though. So no once you download it on the Kindle it's there and you don't need internet. LOVE my Kindle Fire!!!

Clarification: You rent the movie (or series, or book) and -- yes -- it's yours for 24-48 hours. Or you borrow a book from a friend on Kindle. Regardless, you've rented/borrowed something for a limited amount of time ... yes, it "disappears" off your Kindle at the appointed time ...

 

But here's the trick: If you're not done with it, keep your wi-fi TURNED OFF -- and you should keep it off anyway to preserve your battery. As long as your wi-fi is off, nothing will "transfer" in or out.

 

Useful to you? Maybe, maybe not.

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I belong to bookbub.com. Once you sign in you tell them what type(history, true, fiction, scyfy etc) that you like. Daily you will get an email offering free or cheap books. I find when I cruise I enjoy lighter reading so this is perfect. Many are new authors or giving you the first book free to hook you on a series. Works with all apps i.e. Kindle, nook, ibook.

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Since we do not know you or what you like to read, how can we reasonably be expected to recommend books to you.

 

I usually download 30 or so books from my local library to read when I travel. I know that I will not read all 30 but since I have not previewed any of them and I am not sure what my mood will be when I start reading, I am sure that there will be at least a few of the 30 that are worth reading.

 

DON

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Being a member of my local library, Frederick County, Md. Allows me to check the catalog on line and in many cases download books...including audible versions through the Maryland State consortium.

You might check out if your local library offers this, too.

 

A fascinating book...World War 2, British intelligence: OPERATION MINCEMEAT by Ben McIntyre.

How the Brits used a dead body deposited near Cadiz, Spain, to fool German intelligence into thinking the Allies would invade Greece in their push to retake Europe.

Our library has it in audible and book form

 

Just be careful: your book will be returned automatically in 21 days!

Susan

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I usually load up with Jack Reacher or Tom Clancy books before my cruises, however I have had friends that have a Amazon kindle unlimited subscription and for a set monthly fee, it gives you access to 1.2 million titles or something like that.

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I'm not sure what your library is like in your area but if you can I would recommend checking out that resource. We have an awesome library system here and I check out all my kindle books through them. We can keep them on the kindle for 3 weeks after we check them out. Once the loan period is over it it automatically taken out of your kindle.

 

+1.

 

Last cruise I downloaded 35 books into my reader. I knew that I would not be able to read them all but since I could not preview them, I downloaded a whole bunch.

 

Cost to me was zero.

 

DON

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I usually load up with Jack Reacher or Tom Clancy books before my cruises, however I have had friends that have a Amazon kindle unlimited subscription and for a set monthly fee, it gives you access to 1.2 million titles or something like that.
Keep in mind that with that kind of a subscription, you have the books essentially "in a library". Before you can begin reading Book #1, you must download it -- and I have two thoughts on that:

 

- I prefer to make my choices /download my books before the cruise. I don't always make my choices fast, and downloading does take time. I'd rather spend time at home -- before the cruise -- making my choices, then I'd have a handful of books ready.

- I think these subscription places only allow you to download 1 book at a time, which means you'd be forced to download during the cruise.

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If your Kindle is signed up with Amazon, you should be getting the emails with books on sail. As everything these days tracked on the web, if you by mysteries, they give you mysteries on sale. First of the month usually has the best as they are putting book #1 from series on sale to get you a little bit pregnant and come back for the second book etc.

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I love book suggestions. Here are some favorites of mine

 

The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje...young boy sent alonerom his Sri Lanka uncles home to join his mother in England. Adventures (think Tom Sawyer) and coming of age.

EQUATOR by Tavares. Cocoa plantation life on West African island ((Sao Tome) excellent, well written with some good romance but not just: political intrigue, too.

AND FINALLY

SKINNY DIP by Carl Hiaasen. Wife pushed overboard off Fla coast...hilarious revenge ensues.

Susan

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If you are looking for books you can not put down (maybe not good for a cruise) one choice is Lee Child's Jack Reacher series.

The Prey series by John Sanford is also very good and just a bit easier to put down.

An author, whom I think has some of the best ending, is Tami Hoag. Her mysteries some times have multiple twists at the end you don't see coming, but are very sound. The clues were there all along!

Just picked up a copy of SKINNY DIP by Carl Hiaasen recommended by MaisonRose above. Only 20 pages in, but is seams like fun easy reading.

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If your Kindle is signed up with Amazon, you should be getting the emails with books on sail. As everything these days tracked on the web, if you by mysteries, they give you mysteries on sale. First of the month usually has the best as they are putting book #1 from series on sale to get you a little bit pregnant and come back for the second book etc.
Yes, I love this new Amazon promotion! I get the choice of six categories, not just mysteries (or any other one category). I don't know how they decide who gets what ... or whether we all get the same choices. What is it? 1.99 for a book that's not yet available? The first time they offered this deal, I didn't understand (should've read better) that you can't choose more than one at this price, and I scooped up the first one ... so now I look over all the options before I make my choice.

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Yes, I love this new Amazon promotion! I get the choice of six categories, not just mysteries (or any other one category). I don't know how they decide who gets what ... or whether we all get the same choices. What is it? 1.99 for a book that's not yet available? The first time they offered this deal, I didn't understand (should've read better) that you can't choose more than one at this price, and I scooped up the first one ... so now I look over all the options before I make my choice.

I have not seen where only 1 was available at the sale price, though I don't buy that many all at once. I have picked up a few of the 99 cent ones at one time though. The one I thought was funny was the Jame Paterson offer for a release next April that I got a few days ago. It is one thing to try and get pre-sales, but 11 months out? Maybe he is trying to raise money for a round the world cruise!:rolleyes:

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A couple things I've read and enjoyed lately:

 

- The Fae Fever series /Makayla Lane series by Karen Marie Moning. It's an urban fantasy series. Unpredictable, characters are wonderful and memorable. I'm not sure whether to say it's high fantasy or not; it's set in Ireland, but it includes magic.

 

- The Highlander series by Karen Marie Moning. Okay, I actually read them a couple years ago, but they intertwine with the above-mentioned Fae Fever series. They're romance novels, and they lack the depth of plot of the Fae Fever series, but they're wonderful quick and easy reads -- if you're looking for something light.

 

- The Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear (one more's still to come in this series, and the waiting is killing me!) by Patrick Rothfuss. Absolutely beautiful language. I read the first chapter ... and then went back and read it again because it was just so lovely. It's high fantasy, and the main character is fascinating. Orphaned early in life, he's had to make it on his own, and -- against all odds -- he's made it to University. Magic university. Wonderful story, and I haven't yet decided whether the main character is a reliable narrator.

 

- The Glassblower Trilogy by Petra Durst Benning. Again, gorgeous language; you can just sink into the words. Takes place in a small German town in which everyone is involved somehow in the glass trade. Men "sit at the lamp" and women paint /package /sell glass. Every family has a specialty, and the main characters' family is prosperous and happy -- until Dad dies, leaving them with no one to blow glass. (I'm not giving away too much; this happens in chapter one.) The three daughters are thrown into crisis, and each one chooses to deal with it in a different way. It's a simple read, but the themes are deep, and the author doesn't buy into the typical must-have-happy-ending-for-all-even-if-unrealistic.

 

- The Two Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman. Two brothers, their wives and their children share a duplex -- but everything isn't completely happy within the families. The older brother has only daughters, and he is upset about it. He desperately wants a son to follow in his footsteps, to whom he can leave his business. And he makes everyone else miserable because he lives so close to his brother and his four sons. Upstairs, the younger brother's wife is sad that her sons are growing up so fast, and she feels that they are growing away from her. She is jealous of her sister-in-law's close relationship with her daughters. Both women are expecting another baby, and in a strange twist, they find themselves in a very unusual situation ... and it comes with more twists and secrets than you'd expect. The initial situation is predictable; nothing else in the book is.

 

- The Light Between Oceans by ML Stedman. A young lighthouse keeper and his wife are blissfully happy in their remote home ... except for one thing: They desperately want children, yet every time she becomes pregnant, she miscarries. So when they find a baby, they face difficult choices. These are awful people, but you find yourself saying, "Yeah, but what would I do in that circumstance?"

 

 

- The Forever King by Warren Murphy and Molly Cochran. Are you a King Arthur fan? Bet you didn't think you'd ever read a modern Arthur story! (Actually, the Arthurian archetype has been retold many, many times, but it's usually buried a bit ... not so here.) A washed-up cop and a young boy discover they are the reincarnations of Galahad and Arthur, and Arthur's old enemies are chasing them. Very nicely done, the characters are deep and likeable.

 

 

- The Seasons Series by Dorris Domning. Leave it to a writer to compose FIVE novels and call it a seasons series! This is an historical romance set, an easy read, and the five stories are rather predictable ... but it's better done than most romance stories, and it's nice, light reading for a vacation.

 

- The Mortal Instruments ... or the Clockwork series, both by Cassandra Clare. Have you caught the TV show about Shadowhunters? Well, it stinks, but the books upon which the show is based is wonderful. This is YA lit, but it's not dull for adults. Mortal Instruments was written first and probably is best to read first because it explains more clearly just what the characters are. They're Shadowhunters, a group of paranormal beings that protect the earth. I actually enjoyed the second series more; however, as I began the first book in the second series I said, "Hey, they're just ripping off the original series!" But it didn't take me long to realize I was wrong. The storylines begin similarly, but they quickly become different storylines ... and the ending of the Clockwork series may be one of the most satisfying endings I've ever read. My teenaged daughter announced, "This is how Twilight should've ended!" And she's right.

 

- The Matthew Shardlake Mysteries by CJ Sansom. Historical fiction, the main character is a humpbacked man who works for the king. Shardlake is a likeable character who is forced to investigate wrongdoings in the church. I don't usually enjoy mysteries, but a friend recommended this series, and I did enjoy it.

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Hi MrsPete

How odd - not sure how I saw this thread - looking for something on photos- anyway having stumbled, read you post and again sheer coincidence I just downloaded The Mortal Instruments series yesterday for DW.

I am not sure how "dodgy" this site is as they are all free but sometimes get taken down ! ! for copyright reasons?

You can just search for a book or an author- browse or find new releases- anyway you can have a look and use it or not.

Downloads are epub or text - I have never tried the read on line.

http://ebook.bike/books/141120/The-Mortal-Instruments---Complete-Collection

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