Best Indie Books/Authors
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101 When Destiny Knocks (Destin...
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 139 ratings
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102 Demon Possession (Shadow Qu...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 1,782 ratings
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103 The Scene (Dylan Hart Odyss...
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 138 ratings
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104 Witchy, Witchy (Spellbound ...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 994 ratings
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105 A Demon Made Me Do It (Demo...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 1,369 ratings
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106 Fire with Fire (Demonblood,...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 447 ratings
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107 Sylvianna (Ossolyn, #1)
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 19 ratings
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108 Silver Moon (Silver Moon, #1)
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 1,814 ratings
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109 Wired
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 48 ratings
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110 The Secret Diary of Alice i...
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3.11 of 5 stars 3.11 avg rating — 245 ratings
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111 Rook (Allie's War, #1)
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 120 ratings
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112 Presence (Presence, #1)
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 98 ratings
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113 Phoenix Angel (Shardwell, #1)
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 102 ratings
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114 Choices 86,400 a Day
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 18 ratings
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114 Mid Ocean
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 149 ratings
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116 The Chinaberry Tree
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 26 ratings
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117 Guardian of Time (Shardwell...
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4.69 of 5 stars 4.69 avg rating — 39 ratings
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118 Forever Sunshine
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4.61 of 5 stars 4.61 avg rating — 66 ratings
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119 While the Savage Sleeps
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 862 ratings
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119 My Boyfriend Merlin (My Mer...
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 1,416 ratings
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119 Awakening (The Watchers Tri...
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 4,253 ratings
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122 Cemetery Street
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 54 ratings
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123 Discontents: A Protest Novel
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 22 ratings
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124 A Greater Monster
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 76 ratings
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124 The Society of Sinners
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 101 ratings
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124 Glimpse (The Dwellers, #1)
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 36 ratings
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127 The Empire
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 60 ratings
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127 The Wayward Gifted: Broken ...
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 71 ratings
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127 Undressed (The Manhattanite...
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 1,713 ratings
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130 Unscrupulous (The Manhattan...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 1,180 ratings
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131 Camille (Camille, #1)
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 2,142 ratings
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131 When Copper Suns Fall (Lost...
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 260 ratings
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133 Wicked (Celestra, #4)
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 4,957 ratings
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133 Forever, Christian
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4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 51 ratings
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135 Airborne (Airborne Saga, #1)
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 1,050 ratings
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136 Dead And Beyond (Ancient Le...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 890 ratings
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137 Vampire Princess Rising (Th...
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4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 114 ratings
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138 Jim Fosse's Expense Claim
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4.56 of 5 stars 4.56 avg rating — 61 ratings
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139 Heavy Duty People (Brethren...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 111 ratings
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140 Star-Crossed Rascals: Adven...
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4.66 of 5 stars 4.66 avg rating — 32 ratings
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141 Henrietta the Dragon Slayer...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 72 ratings
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142 The Nightlife: Las Vegas (T...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 298 ratings
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143 Blue Coyote Motel
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 474 ratings
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144 The Crossing
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 24 ratings
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145 Invisible Dawn (Altered Rea...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 17 ratings
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145 We Interrupt This Date
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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 172 ratings
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147 Guardian
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3.13 of 5 stars 3.13 avg rating — 61 ratings
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148 Edna in the Desert
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 34 ratings
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149 L'Immortalite: Madame Lalau...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 74 ratings
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150 The Lodge & the Tribe
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 22 ratings
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151 The Suicide Princess
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 855 ratings
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152 A Secure Heart
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 72 ratings
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153 Eldest (The Inheritance Cyc...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 193,189 ratings
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153 To Read or Not to Read
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 232 ratings
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153 Possession Of My Soul: The ...
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4.69 of 5 stars 4.69 avg rating — 16 ratings
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156 Danger Undercover (Safe Hav...
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4.79 of 5 stars 4.79 avg rating — 53 ratings
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157 For the Love of a Vampire (...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 5,525 ratings
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158 Fistful of Reefer (Lost DMB...
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 79 ratings
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159 The Moon Dwellers (The Dwel...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 1,684 ratings
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160 The Color Of Water In July
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 631 ratings
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161 Blue Sky Days
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 247 ratings
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162 Small As A Mustard Seed
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4.28 of 5 stars 4.28 avg rating — 68 ratings
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162 The Liquidator
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 34 ratings
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164 My Perfect Wedding (Helen G...
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3.36 of 5 stars 3.36 avg rating — 174 ratings
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164 Bury Farm
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 8 ratings
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166 Eternal Eden (Eden Trilogy,...
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 9,918 ratings
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167 Shaman, Healer, Heretic (Ol...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 272 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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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 178 ratings
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170 Tree of Life (Tree of Life,...
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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 48 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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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 229 ratings
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173 The Moon Coin (Moon Realm, #1)
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4.3 of 5 stars 4.30 avg rating — 162 ratings
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173 Tab Bennett and the Inbetwe...
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 367 ratings
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173 Looking Through Blind Eyes ...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 63 ratings
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173 Escaping the Arroyo
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 270 ratings
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173 Spirit Houses
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4.87 of 5 stars 4.87 avg rating — 15 ratings
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173 The Prophecy of Arcadia (Ar...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 85 ratings
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179 Dakiti (Ziva Payvan Book 1)
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4.78 of 5 stars 4.78 avg rating — 9 ratings
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180 Elemental (Auri, #1)
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 286 ratings
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180 A Perfect Husband (Sami Sax...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 133 ratings
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180 Clutch (I Am Just Junco, #1)
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 469 ratings
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180 Love, Lex (The Undergrad Ye...
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3.36 of 5 stars 3.36 avg rating — 733 ratings
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180 Phantom Wolf
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 9 ratings
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185 Pandora's Succession
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 148 ratings
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185 The Universal Mirror (Artif...
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 101 ratings
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185 Here (Here Trilogy, #1)
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 715 ratings
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188 The Gifts, A Jacody Ives My...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 72 ratings
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188 The Trees and the Night (Th...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 59 ratings
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188 The Keeper: Rebirth
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4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 49 ratings
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188 The Keeper: Revenge
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 76 ratings
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192 Reflection of Secrets (Vale...
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 31 ratings
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192 The Pool and the Pedestal (...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 70 ratings
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194 Nearly Departed in Deadwood...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 2,792 ratings
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194 Fledge (I Am Just Junco, #2)
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 244 ratings
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194 Blood Song (A Raven's Shado...
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4.55 of 5 stars 4.55 avg rating — 17,639 ratings
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197 Paranormalcy (Paranormalcy,...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 61,158 ratings
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197 Shattered Visions Haunted M...
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4.63 of 5 stars 4.63 avg rating — 27 ratings
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199 Purpose (Soul Savers, #2)
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 3,443 ratings
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199 Resistance (Saga of the Set...
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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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