Handpicked Kindle Books for May 5 Judged by Their Covers

Today’s Picks – Best Handpicked Kindle eBooks – Grab Bag Thursday

Here are our eBook picks for Thursday, May 5. Today we’re featuring books from a variety of genres. And don’t forget to check out the latest Shelfbuzz Book Club featuring bestselling thriller author Russell Blake. Enjoy!

Savage Run by E. Squires

Genre(s): YA, Sci-fi

Seventeen-year-old Heidi Cruise has one chance at freedom, but it involves breaking the law and completing Savage Run, a life-threatening, male-only obstacle course program.Nicholas Volkov has one goal: to make sure when he becomes president over the hierarchical society of Newland that he doesn’t follow in his tyrannical father’s footsteps.After Heidi registers for Savage Run, Nicholas discovers that she’s a girl. Being a rebel in his own right, Nicholas doesn’t turn her in, but decides to help in any way possible.Heidi struggles through the obstacle courses in Savage Run. Physically and emotionally drained… (more)

Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper by JL Bryan

Genre(s): Paranormal, YA

Ellie Jordan’s job is to catch and remove unwanted ghosts. Part detective, part paranormal exterminator, Ellie operates out of Savannah, Georgia, the most haunted city in the United States. When a family contacts her to deal with a disturbing presence in the old mansion they’ve recently purchased, Ellie first believes it to be a typical, by-the-book specter, a residual haunting by a restless spirit. Instead, she finds herself confronting an evil older and more powerful than she’d ever expected, rooted in the house’s long and sordid history of luxury, sin, and murder. The dangerous entity seems particularly interested… (more)

UnEnchanted by Chanda Hahn

Genre(s): YA

Mina Grime is unlucky, unpopular and uncoordinated; until she saves her crush’s life on a field trip, changing her High School status from loser to hero overnight. But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is descended from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business. Which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her it’s next fairytale victim.To break the fairy tale curse on her family and make these deadly occurrences stop, Mina must finish the tales until… (more)

The Book of Sight by Deborah Dunlevy

Genre(s): Paranormal, YA

A book can be a wonderful gift.When Alex received an unexpected package, she never dreamed the book it contained would change her life forever. After all, the words inside were gibberish.She had no idea the places that book would take her, the friends that book would help her make or the wonders that book would reveal. She had no clue the trouble that book would bring, either.A book can be a dangerous gift… (more)

The King’s Puzzle, Book 1 of 6: An Angus Wolfe adventure by Ian Wilson

Genre(s): YA, Mystery, Historical

Sixteen-year-old Angus Wolfe attempts to solve the “King’s Puzzle”, a 1939 mystery involving his grandfather, King George VI, and the Royal Train. A young, gorgeous female politician demonstrates a link between the King’s Puzzle and an unsolved disappearance in her own family. She also introduces Angus to more dangers and temptations than he could ever imagine, much to the chagrin of his girlfriend Amanda… (more)

Rise of the Dragons by Morgan Rice

Genre(s): Fantasy

Kyra, 15, dreams of becoming a famed warrior, like her father, even though she is the only girl in a fort of boys. As she struggles to understand her special skills, her mysterious inner power, she realizes she is different than the others. But a secret is being kept from her about her birth and the prophecy surrounding her, leaving her to wonder who she really is.When Kyra comes of age and the local lord comes to take her away, her father wants to wed her off to save her. Kyra, though, refuses, and she journeys out on her… (more)

Swans Are Fat Too by Michelle Granas

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Natalia Lanska, formidable Polish pianist, is dead. No one is really sorrowing, except maybe her granddaughter Hania, whose own career as a concert artist never took off due to a terrible weight problem. Feeling unwanted, Hania arrives in Warsaw for the funeral hoping for a warm welcome from her relatives. Instead, they saddle her with their appalling children, decamp, and refuse to return. Hania’s situation is at first improved and then complicated when a neighbor–the very correct, very austere descendant of an old Polish family–asks her to proofread an amateur history project. Hania sets to work with a… (more)

All The Dead Things by Simon Paul Woodward

Genre(s): Paranormal, Contemporary Fiction

Stan Wisdom is cursed by the stifling influence of an overprotective mother and the ability to see monsters invisible to everybody but him. When a new found friendship is threatened, rage leads Stan to reveal himself to the monsters and the hunt is on. Pursued through an endlessly repeating day, Stan uncovers the dark secret fuelling his mothers fear and finds himself at the centre of a supernatural civil-war with the future of life and death at stake… (more)

Mail Order Bride: CLEAN Western Historical Romance: The Governor’s Half-Blind Scarred Bride: Frontier Inspirational Romance by Faye Sonja

Genre(s): Historical

In 1873 New York, where communities were grappling with the aftermath of the civil wars many wounded and disfigured came home and were lauded for their efforts. Tara Whitter who had been born in one eye with a scar running across it, her disability made her inferior. ABANDONED & PENNILESS… As a child, she had grown with her deficit being used as a defining factor by the people around her… She try… well… She will always try as she might to show them that she was strong willed, caring and gentle but eventually she will still be treated like something broken… (more)

Between Heaven and Texas by Marie Bostwick

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Welcome to Too Much–where the women are strong-willed and the men are handsome yet shiftless. Ever since Mary Dell Templeton and her twin sister Lydia Dale were children, their Aunt Velvet has warned them away from local boys. But it’s well known that the females in Mary Dell’s family have two traits in common–superior sewing skills and a fatal weakness for men.While Lydia Dale grows up petite and pretty, Mary Dell just keeps growing. Tall, smart, and sassy, she is determined to one day turn her love of sewing into a business. Meanwhile, she’ll settle for… (more)

Fifty Million Reasons by Heather Wardell

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Angela has typical lottery-player plans: help friends and family, give more to charity, and escape her rut. But when she wins big, she faces angry relatives, her own unexpected greed, and a lawsuit from the person who put her in that rut. Almost nobody treats her normally, and they’ve got fifty million reasons not to.She can buy anything she wants now, but can she buy the life she needs… (more)

Emotionally Charged by Selina Fenech

Genre(s): Paranormal, YA, Fantasy

Fear makes Empaths fast. Anger makes them strong. Lust gives them control. When emotions grant superpowers, what does love mean? Livvy has always been good at reading the emotions of people around her. When disaster strikes and she has to fight to survive, she learns her powers are so much more. She is an Empath.Livvy meets others of her kind and is swept into a world that is everything she ever wanted. Or so she first thinks… When Livvy meets the Empaths’ opposite, one with the ability to stop their powers from functioning, Livvy is caught up in a… (more)

A Questionable Friendship by Samantha March

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Brynne Ropert and Portland Dolish have been best friends since being paired as roommates in college. Seven years later they are now twenty-five, married, and living in Maine– but the two women couldn’t be more different. Brynne finds fulfillment in her life as a wife, mother and owner of a small caf and bookshop, but is struggling to expand her family. Portland is still coping with her mother’s death during her childhood, and her marriage is unraveling before her eyes. Portland envies her friend’s seemingly stable and easy life while Brynne doesn’t understand the growing distance between them and… (more)

The First Supper: a tale of two hours by Karen Schiff

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Politics Make Strange Bedfellows — And Even Stranger Suppers! Take a family feud, add a heap of hot-button issues, toss in a healthy dose of farce, and what do you get? A hilarious new spin on the classic film, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”, reimagined to reflect some of the absurdities of today’s political times. One fine day, Amanda Worthington, daughter of wealth and privilege, returns home from college with shocking news. At her side is boyfriend Brian Grace, the son of strict social conservatives who, by the way, will be arriving any minute now. The Graces’ visit–and the… (more)

The Mud Sisters by Edie Claire

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction

Once upon a hot, lazy summer at Indian Lake, Pennsylvania, two giggling twelve-year-old girls swore to stay best friends forever. But some promises are hard to keep…When hospital social worker Teagan Hansen is called to the bedside of a Jane Doe who has been beaten and left for dead with no ID and no memory, she expects to be dealing with a victim of domestic violence. The last thing she expects is to look into the eyes of the childhood friend who disappeared abruptly from her life fourteen years before.Concussed, broken, and hypothermic, Jamie can’t remember… (more)