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Why Amazon is driving me crazy right now

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It started with the Kindle app on my phone. I used to be able to download and read a sample of a book, and if I liked it, I could click a link at the end of the sample and buy the full book. Not anymore. Now I have to go out of Kindle, open up Safari, go to www.amazon.com.au and search for the book, then click to buy it. It is really frustrating and I can’t understand why they changed it. Were people complaining and saying they didn’t know they were buying the book when they clicked the link? Because that’s ridiculous. It tells you that you are buying it. You have to actually click on “Buy now with one click”.

Amazon, if you’re reading this, please change it back!

The other, more recent thing, is at the US site, when I click on a link on my computer to view the book’s sales page, the browser scrolls down to the reviews or the author bio or somewhere in between. I know that the reviews for a book are important, but this is beyond annoying. I click the link so I can get a better look at the book’s cover and read the product description. I’ll scroll down to the reviews when I’m good and ready. Actually, I rarely look at the reviews. I decide whether I am going to read it by all the other details. Just because someone else likes or dislikes the book, doesn’t mean I will too. And then there’s the fact that some reviews contains spoilers…

Strangely enough, if I go to the Australian Amazon site, it doesn’t do it (thankfully).

Amazon, if you’re reading this, please change it back!

I’d be interested to know if any of you find these things annoying too.

 

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Review – PODs

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By Michelle Pickett

A future that could become a reality

A deadly virus is killing people all over the world. The government has a plan to save people, but only a small percentage of the population can be saved. They will be put into PODs and sealed underground until the virus is gone, separated from their family and friends, who are left to die.

When they’ve been in the PODs for over a year, they’re let out to start a new life. But not everyone died. The virus has mutated.

Eva met David while they were stuck in the POD and now they face the people who are infected with the new strain of the virus.

There is a part of me that believes that this is how the government would handle a situation like this, especially with how they went about selecting “random” members of the population to go into the PODs. This story shows how people react to the situations they are forced into.

It’s a great story. I loved the relationship between Eva and David and liked their friends. It was hard to put my phone down and stop reading. (I have Kindle and Scribd on my phone.)

It’s impossible to talk about some of the parts I liked without writing spoilers, but I can say that I loved this book.

Here is the link to it on Amazon.com if you would like to read it yourself.

5 out of 5 stars

Review for Brightest Kind of Darkness

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By PT Michelle

Unique Ability

Nara Collins is unique. Every night, she dreams what will happen in her life the next day. It is handy to know when you will trip over something or the answers to the questions in an upcoming test. She doesn’t usually do anything major to change things, but when lives are at risk, she can’t just stand by and let it happen. So she saves them.

Then her powers start to fail her and she meets Ethan Harris. He is a mystery to her and her friend is telling her to stay away from him. She needs to find out more about him and if the rumours are true.

This story is one that draws you in and has you wondering about Nara’s powers and what Ethan’s story is, but the thing I loved was the intensity of the relationship between them. And once you think you have him worked out, he does something to throw you off again.

The mystery deepens, even as the book comes to an end, and it will leave you wanting to grab the next book in the series, Lucid. Then you’ll want to get hold of the prequel, Ethan, which tells the story from Ethan’s point of view of when they meet. You can read it before or after Book 1, but I recommend reading it afterwards.

I loved all three of these books.

Don’t worry, the next one is due out in 2013. Destiny is Book 3 in the series and I can’t wait to read it.

It’s available on Amazon right now and the Kindle version is free!

Go to http://tinyurl.com/kbm4gmh

5 out of 5 stars