When I find a series I love, I want to gobble up book after book after book. And with these series-starters currently available in Kindle Unlimited, you won’t have to pace yourself before leaping into books two and three. From J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy masterpiece to a former Marine determined to solve cases that others cannot, these books will take readers on epic fictional journeys.
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Whether you read the Lord of the Rings series long ago or just never got around to starting it, now is the perfect time to visit the land of wizards, elves, orcs, men, Ents, and, of course, hobbits. J.R.R. Tolkien is the grandfather of modern fantasy, and The Fellowship of the Ring not only helped launch an entirely new genre, it gave readers a toehold in the vast and complex mythology of Middle-earth. If you hanker for more after you’ve concluded the trilogy, move on to The Silmarillion, also in Kindle Unlimited.
The Book of the Unnamed Midwife (The Road to Nowhere 1) by Meg Elison
Meg Elison’s postapocalyptic road trip of a novel won the Philip K. Dick Award, even as it posed the question, How would we react if women all but died out? When a former nurse recovers after nearly dying from a fever that’s swept through the human population, she discovers she’s among the one percent — that is, the one percent of female survivors left in the world. Determined to be more than a commodity in a brutal new landscape, the unnamed midwife travels from pocket to pocket of “civilization,” offering women a new hope. The first in a series of three interconnected stories, this chilling novel is the perfect book to read while waiting for The Testaments, Margaret Atwood’s sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, which hits readers’ hands in September.
The Short Drop (Gibson Vaughn) by Matthew FitzSimmons
At four books and counting, the Gibson Vaughn mystery series starts with a bang with The Short Drop. Named an Amazon Best Book of the Month in December 2015, Matthew FitzSimmons’ debut novel sets former marine and hacker Gibson Vaughn on the trail of a 10-year-old case that he’s never forgotten: the disappearance of young teen Suzanne Lombard. Suzanne’s father is now running for president, and new information makes Vaughn question the long-accepted assumptions about Suzanne’s fate. This political thriller has gained a 4.5 average star rating on more than 9,000 customer reviews, and fans can continue Vaughn’s adventures with Poisonfeather.
Sweet Lake: A Novel (A Sweet Lake Novel Book 1) by Christine Nolfi
Get your summer reading fix with this charming contemporary novel. Linnie Wayfair has a lot of expectations riding on her attempt to make the Wayfair Inn a success. Her parents think her brother could do a better job (though no one else does), the eccentric Sweet Lake Sirens think Linnie needs to own her own strength, and Linnie’s best friends want her to finally get a (love) life. When Linnie’s no-good brother returns to Sweet Lake, the best and worst of small-town living is on full display as Linnie learns whom she can truly depend on — including herself. Linnie’s best friends get their own stories filled with laughter and love in the next two Sweet Lake novels, The Comfort of Secrets and The Season of Silver Linings.
The Wedding Shroud (A Tale of Ancient Rome Book 1) by Elisabeth Storrs
A riveting historical novel set among the Etruscans in 406 BC, The Wedding Shroud marries political drama with domestic passions. When a young Roman woman, Caecilia, is married to an Etruscan leader to keep the peace between their peoples, she never suspects that her eyes will be opened to more freedoms than she imagined. Author Elisabeth Storrs weaves fascinating historical details about ancient Rome with Caecilia’s personal journey, setting readers’ feet on a path they will want to continue with the next two books in the series, The Golden Dice and Call to Juno.
Uglies (The Uglies Book 1) by Scott Westerfeld
Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies asks readers to imagine a world in which an operation (and not just ye olde nose job) at age sixteen will turn awkward, ugly teenagers into “pretties.” And then imagine who would want to reject that option. Tally can’t wait to become a pretty but when her friend, Shay, runs off to join a group of rebels and avoid the surgery, law enforcement pressures Tally into following Shay and spying on the rebels. This evocative dystopian tale gives teen and adult readers plenty to think about even as we navigate a real world that too often still prizes beauty over individuality. Follow up Uglies with Pretties, Specials, and Extras.
The Body Reader (Detective Jude Fontaine Mysteries Book 1) by Anne Frasier
After being held in captivity by a madman for three years, police detective Jude Fontaine emerges back into the world damaged but determined to put her horrific past behind her. But not everyone wants Fontaine back on the street and investigating crimes, including her new partner, Detective Uriah Ashby. A serial killer stalking young women forces the two detectives to put their differences aside, even as secrets could undermine their new truce. Author Anne Frasier won the Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original for The Body Reader, and Jude Fontaine’s investigations continue in The Body Counter and The Body Keeper.
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