There are some shake ups in the New York Times Combined Print and Ebook Fiction list this week. Safe Haven is still #1, but Lisa Gardner takes over the #2 spot with Touch and Go. Maya Banks makes a big splash with Rush, her answer to Fifty Shades and the review for this one has been all over the place. I've heard the hero does something that is a big turn off for most readers. It's #2 in Ebook and also #4 on the USA Today this week.
Familiar faces in the top 10 are Gone Girl, the Fifty Shades trilogy and Private Berlin. Lisa Kleypas makes her mark with Crystal Cove at #12, the fourth book in her Friday Harbor series that has a touch of magic in it.
Self Published author, A.L. Jackson is a double hitter this week with Lost in You at #11, the prequel to Take this Regret. And Take This Regret is at #35. Gail McHugh's Collide is still holding on at #16
Books made into movies really help with sales for such titles as The Silver Linings Playbook at #7, Warm Bodies at #20, Life of Pi at #24 and World War Z at #25.
There's also some new faces on the Young Adult list this week. Marissa Meyer's Scarlett, the sequel to Cinder (Cinder is #14) is #4. Gail Carriger bursts onto the YA scene with her YA debut, another steampunk with Etiquette and Espionage at # 9 and Cory Doctorow is at #10 with Homeland.
Onto the USA Today best sellers...
This list is full of goodies, the majority being many self published authors. A few I had mentioned in the past have hit this list this week
Elizabeth Naughton is still holding strong in the top 10 with Wait for Me at #7.
Spots 21-23 are all self published authors. Georgie Cates makes her first appearance with Beauty From Pain (I called it last week that it would chart), followed by Collide and Hopeless.
I called it a few weeks with Caitlyn Cross' Fate Interrupted and this wonderful descriptive excerpt: "his erection searching for a way out of his jeans like a whale trapped beneath a sheet of ice." (Reader really like purple prose euphemisms where the penis is compared to a bloated whale?). This one, whale erection and all is #43.
Self Published Author Notable Mention: Caught Up In Us by Lauren Blakely is #92. Prices at $2.99, and a contemporary romance. Some reviews say this is a sweet book but it's considered "brainless" reading.
Self Published Author Notable Mention: One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy is #119. Priced at .9 cents, but review say this is not written well and the characters were underdeveloped.
I'm so thrilled that Tahereh Mafi has finally charted with the sequel to Shatter Me, a series I adore. Unravel Me is #135.
Jane Graves who is traditionally published takes the #136 spot with a self published book- I Got You Babe was formerly published traditionally back in 2001.
Book that could chart in the future...
If You Stay (Beautifully Broken) by Courtney Cole is in the top 20 over at B&N and in the top 5 on various categories on Amazon. This is a 354 page book priced at $3.99, released last week. It has over 1,400 reviews on Goodreads and for the most part the reviews have been positive. But it appears based on the very long blurb that really should be condensed, the male love interest is an "asshole". I guess this straddles the New Adult line?
Goodreads reviewer, Becky N says: "I LOVED Pax. He immediately grabs at your heart strings. He is broken and makes you want to fix him. He is sexy as hell too! And oh, some of the things he says and does in the book! But Pax is far from perfect. He is a seriously f'ed up individual. He uses drugs and women to numb the emptiness he feels. But I will give him credit for being honest about it. Make no mistake, he is in your face honest and makes no apologies for it"
But Goodreads reviewer Sarah had this to say: "I’m also tired of reading the same old clichéd, played-out stories of the heroine, justifying the hero’s rude and inexcusable behaviors, because of his “dark” past. And, I don’t think sexist, and/or misogynistic behavior/lingo, is romantic at all."
Synopsis: 24-year old Pax Tate is an asshole. Seriously.
He’s a tattooed, rock-hard bad-boy with a bad attitude to match.
But he’s got his reasons.
His mother died when Pax was seven, leaving a hole in his heart filled with guilt although he doesn’t understand why. What he does know is that he and his dad are left alone and with more issues than they can count.
As Pax grew up, he tried to be the kid his father always wanted; the perfect golden boy, but it didn’t work. His dad couldn’t overcome his grief long enough to notice and Pax couldn’t keep up the impossible perfect façade.
So he slipped far, far from it.
Now, he uses drugs and women to cope with the ugliness, the black void that he doesn’t want to deal with. If he pretends that the emptiness isn’t there, then it isn’t, right?
And it’s never more apparent than when he meets Mila. Sweet, beautiful Mila Hill is the fresh air to his hardened frown, the beauty to his ugly heart. He doesn’t know how to not hurt her, but he quickly realizes that he’s got to figure it out because he needs her to breathe.
When memories of his mother’s death resurface from where he’s repressed them for so long, Mila is there to catch him when the guilt starts making sense. Mila is the one…the one who can save him from his broken troubled heart; from his issues, from the emptiness.
But only if he can stop being an asshole long enough to allow it.
He knows that. And he’s working on it.
But is that enough to make her stay?
And there you have it! Your chart topping books for the week.