[Free Audiobook] A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig [Children’s Fantasy Adventure]

A Boy Called Christmas by British author Matt Haig is the 1st story in his Christmas trilogy of children’s holiday adventure tales with fantasy elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

The series gives an alternate backstory for Santa Claus and his family in the modern day, undergoing Christmas adventure quests, and this installment is narrated by actor Stephen Fry.

The story stars a young boy who goes in search of his missing father, traveling to the North Pole on adventures which include meeting reindeer and trolls and the elves of Elfheim village, who are experiencing problems only young Nikolas might be able to solve.

Offered worldwide until 12 PM Eastern Time on November 20th, available as a DRM-free MP4 download directly from the publisher and in their app.

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[Free eBook] Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt [Young Adult Friendship Drama Novel]

Heat of the Moment by Lauren Barnholdt is the 1st novel in her Moment of Truth series of contemporary teen friendship drama with romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ HarperTeen imprint.

This is Barnes & Noble’s featured Free Fridays selection for the weekend. The series focuses on the evolving friendship between a group of high school girls who while still freshmen, wrote emails to their future selves detailing their aspirations, switching the spotlight to each girl in turn.

This one stars a girl who is about to graduate, who receives her reminder email and begins to question the seemingly perfect but unsatisfactory life she has lived in the meantime, which she hopes to change.

Offered in the US only, available from multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Portrait of a Cavalier: William Cavendish, First Duke of Newcastle by Geoffrey Trease [Biography]

Portrait of a Cavalier: William Cavendish, First Duke of Newcastle by the late British author Geoffrey Trease, who was honoured with a fellowship in the Royal Society of Literature, is his biography of the 17th century historical figure, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1979 by Macmillan. This biography of the titular poet, playwright, courtier, and English Civil War military figure is written at a level suitable for both teen and adult readers (according to one of the quoted newspaper reviews), and makes use of letters and poems from the family’s papers, which were previously unpublished at the time it was originally written.

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[Free eBook] Captives of Time by Malcolm Bosse [YA Medieval Historical Novel]

Captives of Time by the late author Malcolm Bosse, a recipient of the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for young adult literature in translation, is his standalone YA historical drama novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1987 by Delacorte Press and was one of my favourites growing up, though I lost track of it when the library got rid of their old copy, so I’m pleased to see it available as an e-book now. The story is set in 14th century Europe and stars two abruptly-orphaned children who undertake a perilous journey in search of their clockmaker uncle, and find their supposed place of refuge becoming decidedly unsafe as they get caught up in plague and politics during the older sister’s apprenticeship. NB: This probably falls on the mature themes side of YA, due to depictions of violence and other potentially disturbing content. YMMV.

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Late 14th century Europe.

The lives of sixteen-year old Anne and her mute younger brother Niklas are shattered when they witness the senseless murder of their parents by a band of marauding soldiers.

Now alone, Anne and Niklas begin the perilous journey north in the hopes of finding their uncle Albrecht, a clockmaker – and their only chance for survival.

But medieval Europe is a violent place, and as they forge onwards, Anne and Niklas must beware of the dangers that lurk ahead…

Upon finding refuge with their uncle, Anne soon learns the art of clockmaking – and of her uncle’s revolutionary plans to invent a clock. But these plans soon attract the attention of rival forces who also seek to control the power of time.

With dangerous foes lurking on every corner, as well as the ever-present threat of the Plague, will Anne and Niklas ever find safety?

A gripping tale of survival and bravery, Captives of Time features a colourful cast of characters whilst capturing the harsh realities of life in 14th century Europe.

[Free eBook] The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones [YA Urban Portal Fantasy]

The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones, a pseudonym for prolific British YA fantasy author Allan Frewin Jones is the 1st novel in his Faerie Path series of young adult hidden heritage urban portal fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ HarperTeen imprint.

The series is split between the modern world of London and the hidden world of Faerie, as the heroine discovers that she is a princess who has been lost for centuries among the mortals. This installment sets up her return to court and the beginning of her many problem-solving adventures as her former fiancée finally locates her, only to find herself torn between two worlds even as she must relearn her old life and face a threat to Faerie. NB: if you don’t want to know exactly what’s behind the threat to Faerie, avoid reading the blurbs for the next few novels in the series, which contain significant spoilers for important plot twists in this one.

Offered in the US only, available at B&N as their exclusive Free Fridays selection for the weekend.

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[Free Audiobook] Little Women by Louisa May Alcott [Classic Literature Novel]

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is her classic lit novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Penguin Random House Audio.

This audibook edition is read by actress Christina Ricci (of The Addams Family movie fame) and is an unabridged edition giving the full story of the four sisters of the March family and their various adventures during the mid-19th century, which was originally published in 1868 and has since become a much-beloved coming-of-age classic for readers of all ages.

Offered only until 11:59 AM Eastern Time on March 24th, available DRM-free to Canada & the US (possibly other countries as well), as PRH Audio’s featured Free Book of the Month offer.

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[Free eBook] The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman [YA Historical Urban Fantasy]

The Dark Days Club by Australian author Alison Goodman, a recipient of the Aurealis Award and a Tiptree Award honouree, is 1st novel in her Lady Helen trilogy of YA Regency historical urban fantasy, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Walker Books.

This is also known as Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club, which was used by its original Australian publisher Angus & Robertson, and is being made free to promote the upcoming release of the 2nd novel The Dark Days Pact, due in January. The series is set in a magical version of the 19th century British Regency. This installment sees the debut of the heroine as she enters not only into London society for her first Season, but also the deeper, darker, and no less dangerous underworld of the supernatural.

Offered in the UK, Europe, and many other regions worldwide except North America, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delaney [Young Adult Supernatural Fantasy]

The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch by bestselling British author Joseph Delaney is the 1st novel in his The Last Apprentice sub-series which is the foundation of his Spook’s Universe setting of tween/YA supernatural dark fantasy adventures, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher HarperCollins’ Greenwillow imprint.

This was originally published under the title of The Spook’s Apprentice in the UK, where the series is known as The Wardstone Chronicles. This dark fantasy/light horror series is set in a magical version of Lancashire County, where supernatural beings haunt the English countryside and Spooks are elite magicians who are highly-trained to combat the evils that arise. This sub-series follows the training of the titular last apprentice of one such Spook, whose previous apprentices all had a very high mortality rate, with this installment introducing the one who will eventually survive, if he can overcome various fatal challenges including the titular witch.

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[Free eBook] The Next Together by Lauren James [YA Time Travel Science Fiction with Romance]

The Next Together by Lauren James is the 1st novel in her Next Together series of young adult historical science fiction novels with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Walker Books.

This is the 1st novel in a duology told in a partially epistolary style, where two young persons are repeatedly reincarnated throughout history from the 17th to 21st centuries, with a mysterious mission to fulfill every time, falling in love only to be torn apart until their next encounter in their next lives, as they try to piece together what is happening in the future through records from the past. This is also the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and is apparently a special promotion timed with the recent release of the 2nd novel which wraps up the duology.

Offered in most regions worldwide except Canada & the US, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Another Together by Lauren James [YA Sci-Fi Historical Mystery]

Another Together by Lauren James is a mystery-themed short story in her Next Together series of young adult historical science fiction novels with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Walker Books.

The series is centred around two young lovers who repeatedly reincarnate throughout history in order to fulfill mysterious missions before being torn apart again. This standalone short story takes place in the 1940s during WWII, and has them attempting to catch a killer at Bletchley Park, headquarters of the code-breaking circle (of which mathematician Alan Turing used to be a part). NB: I don’t know whether this particular short story has any overt sfnal elements in it, but the actual novels involve time travel and future reminiscing over past actions.

Offered in most regions worldwide except Canada & the US, available at multiple retailers.

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