Best Indie Books/Authors
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101 In Search of Lucy
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3.19 of 5 stars 3.19 avg rating — 704 ratings
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102 When Destiny Knocks (Destin...
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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 130 ratings
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103 Demon Possession (Shadow Qu...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 1,685 ratings
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104 The Scene (Dylan Hart Odyss...
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 135 ratings
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105 Witchy, Witchy (Spellbound ...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 968 ratings
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106 A Demon Made Me Do It (Demo...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 1,327 ratings
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107 Fire with Fire (Demonblood,...
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 420 ratings
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108 Sylvianna (Ossolyn, #1)
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 20 ratings
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109 Silver Moon (Silver Moon, #1)
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 1,781 ratings
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110 Wired
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 47 ratings
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111 The Secret Diary of Alice i...
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3.14 of 5 stars 3.14 avg rating — 221 ratings
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112 Rook (Allie's War, #1)
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 107 ratings
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113 Presence (Presence, #1)
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 95 ratings
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114 Phoenix Angel (Shardwell, #1)
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 97 ratings
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115 Choices 86,400 a Day
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 19 ratings
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115 Mid Ocean
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 147 ratings
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117 The Chinaberry Tree
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 24 ratings
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118 Guardian of Time (Shardwell...
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4.78 of 5 stars 4.78 avg rating — 60 ratings
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119 Forever Sunshine
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4.55 of 5 stars 4.55 avg rating — 64 ratings
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120 While the Savage Sleeps
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 809 ratings
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120 My Boyfriend Merlin (My Mer...
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 1,242 ratings
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120 Awakening (The Watchers Tri...
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 4,055 ratings
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123 Cemetery Street
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 55 ratings
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124 Discontents: A Protest Novel
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 22 ratings
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125 A Greater Monster
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 74 ratings
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125 The Society of Sinners
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 99 ratings
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125 Glimpse (The Dwellers, #1)
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 33 ratings
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128 The Empire
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 60 ratings
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128 The Wayward Gifted: Broken ...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 66 ratings
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128 Undressed (The Manhattanite...
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 1,662 ratings
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131 Unscrupulous (The Manhattan...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 1,112 ratings
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132 Camille (Camille, #1)
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 2,061 ratings
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132 When Copper Suns Fall (Lost...
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 245 ratings
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134 Wicked (Celestra, #4)
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 4,757 ratings
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134 Forever, Christian
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4.69 of 5 stars 4.69 avg rating — 55 ratings
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136 Airborne (Airborne Saga, #1)
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 1,031 ratings
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137 Dead And Beyond (Ancient Le...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 859 ratings
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138 Vampire Princess Rising (Th...
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4.78 of 5 stars 4.78 avg rating — 98 ratings
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139 Jim Fosse's Expense Claim
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4.55 of 5 stars 4.55 avg rating — 60 ratings
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140 Heavy Duty People (Brethren...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 106 ratings
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141 Star-Crossed Rascals: Adven...
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4.66 of 5 stars 4.66 avg rating — 32 ratings
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142 Henrietta the Dragon Slayer...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 70 ratings
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143 The Nightlife: Las Vegas (T...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 282 ratings
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144 Blue Coyote Motel
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 454 ratings
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145 The Crossing
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 23 ratings
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146 Invisible Dawn (Altered Rea...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 17 ratings
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146 We Interrupt This Date
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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 171 ratings
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148 Guardian
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3.13 of 5 stars 3.13 avg rating — 61 ratings
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149 Edna in the Desert
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 31 ratings
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150 L'Immortalite: Madame Lalau...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 66 ratings
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151 The Lodge & the Tribe
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 22 ratings
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152 The Suicide Princess
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 679 ratings
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153 A Secure Heart
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4.51 of 5 stars 4.51 avg rating — 70 ratings
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154 Eldest (The Inheritance Cyc...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 187,153 ratings
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154 To Read or Not to Read
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 200 ratings
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156 Danger Undercover (Safe Hav...
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4.79 of 5 stars 4.79 avg rating — 52 ratings
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157 For the Love of a Vampire (...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 5,363 ratings
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158 Fistful of Reefer (Lost DMB...
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 79 ratings
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159 The Moon Dwellers (The Dwel...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 1,513 ratings
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160 The Color Of Water In July
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 527 ratings
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161 Blue Sky Days
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 234 ratings
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162 Small As A Mustard Seed
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 67 ratings
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162 The Liquidator
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 29 ratings
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164 My Perfect Wedding (Helen G...
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3.34 of 5 stars 3.34 avg rating — 157 ratings
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164 Bury Farm
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 7 ratings
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166 Eternal Eden (Eden Trilogy,...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 9,639 ratings
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167 Shaman, Healer, Heretic (Ol...
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 239 ratings
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168 Wasteland (The Kin Trilogy,...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 32 ratings
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169 Lovers and Beloveds
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 166 ratings
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170 Tree of Life (Tree of Life,...
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3.33 of 5 stars 3.33 avg rating — 46 ratings
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171 The Crecian Experience
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 13 ratings
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172 TimeSplash (Timesplash, #1)
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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 218 ratings
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173 The Moon Coin (Moon Realm, #1)
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 156 ratings
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173 Tab Bennett and the Inbetwe...
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 336 ratings
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173 Looking Through Blind Eyes ...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 59 ratings
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173 Escaping the Arroyo
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 197 ratings
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173 Spirit Houses
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4.86 of 5 stars 4.86 avg rating — 14 ratings
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178 Dakiti (Ziva Payvan Book 1)
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4.78 of 5 stars 4.78 avg rating — 9 ratings
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179 Elemental (Auri, #1)
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 284 ratings
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179 A Perfect Husband (Sami Sax...
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 129 ratings
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179 Clutch (I Am Just Junco, #1)
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 442 ratings
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179 Love, Lex (The Undergrad Ye...
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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 571 ratings
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183 Pandora's Succession
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 410 ratings
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183 The Universal Mirror (Artif...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 97 ratings
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183 Here (Here Trilogy, #1)
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 670 ratings
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186 The Gifts, A Jacody Ives My...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 66 ratings
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186 The Trees and the Night (Th...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 53 ratings
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186 The Keeper: Rebirth
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4.71 of 5 stars 4.71 avg rating — 45 ratings
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186 The Keeper: Revenge
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 66 ratings
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190 Reflection of Secrets (Vale...
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4.41 of 5 stars 4.41 avg rating — 32 ratings
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190 The Pool and the Pedestal (...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 67 ratings
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192 Nearly Departed in Deadwood...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 2,566 ratings
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192 Fledge (I Am Just Junco, #2)
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 227 ratings
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192 Blood Song (A Raven's Shado...
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4.56 of 5 stars 4.56 avg rating — 16,310 ratings
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195 Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy,...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 60,164 ratings
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195 Shattered Visions Haunted M...
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4.46 of 5 stars 4.46 avg rating — 26 ratings
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197 Purpose (Soul Savers, #2)
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 3,168 ratings
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197 Resistance (Saga of the Set...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 34 ratings
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199 Sophie & Carter
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 9,849 ratings
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199 Flight (I Am Just Junco, #3)
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 ~☆ Alice♥♥ What does Indie mean? I googled it but still not sure about this.


message 2: by Coral (new)

Coral As far as I know - Indie music/art/film/books - meant people that were handling things pretty much on their own without the backing from a major studio or publisher.

Indie press also means small press or small publishing houses. Not the big traditional ones.

Now, because of the Internet and availability of eBooks and the ability of individuals to publish their books electronically, to me it means independent authors who are publishing their own work.

Anyone who knows more, please feel free to chime in. :)


message 3: by Coral (new)

Coral hehe I'm a life-long reader so I think it's a great time to be reader too. :)


Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper I don't know that these are the "best ever" books or anything like that.

They all have the same editing issues. You know, the stray word in the wront tense or spelling and/or missing words here and there.

Having said that, I enjoyed reading every one of them. It takes a certain kind of magic to make a story come alive. These writers have the magic, and it's in their books. They deserve some love. (I loved the books.)

It just makes me wonder how much help a publishing company could have been to them with their polishing machine and army of editors if they had just accepted their work instead of trying to force them into writing to meet a formula?


message 5: by Coral (new)

Coral Hugh (A.K.A. Hermit the Curmudgeon) wrote: "I don't know that these are the "best ever" books or anything like that.

They all have the same editing issues. You know, the stray word in the wront tense or spelling and/or missing words her..."


This list got totally out of hand. I originally meant it as a list that I personally read/reviewed and thought was great... and then it got hi-jacked. lol I don't know how to fix it except start a new list? But I don't know if you can even make a closed list.

I have an Indies-good read shelf which does have only the books I've read and anyone is welcome to check it out or ASK ME!

I'd love to give you suggestions of Indie authors that I found to be really good. Good editing, good cover is a must, but story trumps all. I'm very eclectic so will probably find something you like...

Also I blog about all the Indies I read at alchemyofscrawl.wordpress.com

:)


 ~☆ Alice♥♥ Coral wrote: "Hugh (A.K.A. Hermit the Curmudgeon) wrote: "I don't know that these are the "best ever" books or anything like that.

They all have the same editing issues. You know, the stray word in the wront ..."


Ask Suzanne to help you. She is a librarian who can correct and clean up lists. She does it all the time.I hope I didn't spell her name wrong. Susanne maybe


message 7: by Coral (new)

Coral lol it would go from 386 to 93. How do I contact a librarian?


message 8: by Coral (new)

Coral Nope, I looked at the rules and all lists are public. My shelf has my private Indies-good read so please friend me and check that out or ask me if you are unsure.

I'm not saying everyone else on the list is bad, I'm only one reader and have just listed the books that I've read and thought were good.

:)


message 9: by Coral (new)

Coral Alice wrote: "Coral wrote: "lol it would go from 386 to 93. How do I contact a librarian?"

Susanne is on most Listopias. You can also go on the group for librarians and ask for help. I have voted on hundreds ..."


No problem Alice. Thanks for your help!


Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper I appologize for intruding. If I could take mine back, I would.


message 11: by Coral (new)

Coral Hugh (A.K.A. Hermit the Curmudgeon) wrote: "I appologize for intruding. If I could take mine back, I would."

For intruding? I don't understand. You're welcome to comment.


message 12: by Coral (new)

Coral Oh shoot, now I feel bad. No one else is going to delete anything so you shouldn't. I have a private list so this is no problem.

I just had no idea this list would catch on. Sorry!


message 13: by Linda (new)

Linda Rae ~☆ Alice☆~ wrote: "What does Indie mean? I googled it but still not sure about this." Indie writers--we write and publish our own books without use of a traditional publisher.


message 14: by Charles (last edited Feb 10, 2013 03:25PM) (new)

Charles O'Donnell Linda wrote: "~☆ Alice☆~ wrote: "What does Indie mean? I googled it but still not sure about this." Indie writers--we write and publish our own books without use of a traditional publisher."

An independently (read: self) published author. With Kindle, iBooks, Nook and more, it's easier than ever to self publish. Which means tens of thousands of self-published books hit the eBook sites every month. Including mine!


message 15: by Riley (new)

Riley Banks How is 50 Shades an Indie book? It was a commercial success!


message 16: by BookChic (new)

BookChic Club Riley wrote: "How is 50 Shades an Indie book? It was a commercial success!"

Because it was self-published. Doesn't matter how well it sold or whatever. Since E.L. James self-published (or went through a small publisher) it, it's an indie book.


message 17: by Lea (new)

Lea E.L. James (shudders can't believe I said that name) is not an indie book. It was bought up by Random House. Kinda ya know a big ass publisher. So no, should not be on this list.


message 18: by BookChic (new)

BookChic Club It was originally self-published though and then once it was a success, bought up by Random House and distributed widely as paperbacks.


message 19: by Lea (new)

Lea BookChic wrote: "It was originally self-published though and then once it was a success, bought up by Random House and distributed widely as paperbacks."

Nope was never self pub'd. It was published by the writers coffee shop. And all the poor schmucks that read it as fanfiction bought it and 6 months later Random House bought it up.


message 20: by BookChic (new)

BookChic Club Still though, the Writers Coffee Shop is not a major publisher and therefore an indie one and the book belongs on this list. The reason Random House bought it is because it was such a huge seller despite being a title from a little-known independent publisher. It doesn't matter if the book was later bought by a major publisher and mass-produced. What matters is the initial publication- was it self- or indie-published? If yes, it belongs here.


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