Best Indie Books/Authors
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299 The Hour of the Time
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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 246 ratings
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299 Circles
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 88 ratings
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303 A Life of Death
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4.63 of 5 stars 4.63 avg rating — 35 ratings
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303 The Bringer
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 860 ratings
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303 Death by Zamboni
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 61 ratings
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303 We Have Confidence! (Must'v...
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 17 ratings
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303 Evolution: Vol. 1
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4.59 of 5 stars 4.59 avg rating — 27 ratings
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308 Reluctant Guardian
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 61 ratings
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309 Shangri-La Trailer Park
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 29 ratings
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310 How to Date an Alien (My Al...
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 792 ratings
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310 Everblue (Mer Tales, #1)
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 4,030 ratings
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312 Whirl (Ondine Quartet, #1)
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 1,732 ratings
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313 Desert Rice (Desert, #1)
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 133 ratings
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314 Shattered Wings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 49 ratings
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314 The Crown Conspiracy (The R...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 6,777 ratings
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316 Seeds of Discovery (Dusk Ga...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 974 ratings
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316 Hot Sinatra
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 34 ratings
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318 Between (Between, #1)
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 416 ratings
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319 All Torc'd Up
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4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 3 ratings
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320 The Strip (The Big Bad Wolf...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 3,053 ratings
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320 Breathe
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 12 ratings
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322 The Spell (The Big Bad Wolf...
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 3,300 ratings
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323 From Man to Man (Wroge Elem...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 77 ratings
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323 It Began With Ashes (Wroge ...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 42 ratings
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325 The Hunt (The Big Bad Wolf,...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 2,125 ratings
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325 Fearless Magic (Star-Crosse...
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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36 avg rating — 4,062 ratings
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325 Black Moon (Silver Moon, #2)
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 1,513 ratings
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328 Evolution: Vol. 2
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4.67 of 5 stars 4.67 avg rating — 6 ratings
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329 WANTED: Dead or Undead (The...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 417 ratings
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330 The Persnickety Princess (T...
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4.56 of 5 stars 4.56 avg rating — 41 ratings
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331 The River Runes
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 31 ratings
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332 The Stolen: Two Short Stories
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 60 ratings
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333 Become (Desolation, #1)
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 1,316 ratings
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334 A Walk in the Snark
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3.25 of 5 stars 3.25 avg rating — 380 ratings
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335 Typhoon (Dustrunners, #1)
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 31 ratings
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335 The Russian Renaissance
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 25 ratings
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335 Girlfriends
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3.0 of 5 stars 3.00 avg rating — 2 ratings
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338 Chosen (Stained, #3)
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 1,913 ratings
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339 The Fixer (Lawson the Fixer...
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 442 ratings
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340 Make Mine A Heel
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 5 ratings
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341 Trevor's Song
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 64 ratings
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342 Bleak Midwinter Tales
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating
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343 DeVante's Coven (DeVante, #2)
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 6 ratings
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343 Exile's Burn
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 39 ratings
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345 DeVante's Children (DeVante...
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 17 ratings
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345 Blood Line
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 6 ratings
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345 Demonmachy
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 10 ratings
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348 Threads: The Reincarnation ...
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 714 ratings
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349 This Dark Magic
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3.0 of 5 stars 3.00 avg rating — 11 ratings
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350 Lost at the Con
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3.57 of 5 stars 3.57 avg rating — 127 ratings
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350 Leadville.: 300 Days Away.
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 5 ratings
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350 Pinky Promise?
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating
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350 The Dark Age (Survivors of ...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 47 ratings
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350 Blood Drunk: Faded Blue
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 45 ratings
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350 Ignite (Midnight Fire, #1)
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 4,450 ratings
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350 The Sphinx Project (The Chi...
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 247 ratings
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350 An Unlikely Arrangement (Ve...
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 56 ratings
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350 The Chronicles of Vallanie ...
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 4 ratings
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350 Dreams Reign Supreme
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4.58 of 5 stars 4.58 avg rating — 12 ratings
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350 The Doorknob Society
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 367 ratings
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350 Foreign Identity
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 84 ratings
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350 Amethyst Eyes
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4.59 of 5 stars 4.59 avg rating — 49 ratings
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350 Teenage Rewrite
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 186 ratings
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350 The Past Never Ends
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 56 ratings
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350 Barriers of the New World
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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 26 ratings
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350 Love Dreams
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 64 ratings
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350 The Deception Dance (The De...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 83 ratings
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350 Painted Faces (Painted Face...
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 4,140 ratings
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350 The Sity (The Sity, #1)
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 29 ratings
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350 Seven Days (The Chronicles ...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 340 ratings
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350 Shadows of Tockland
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 15 ratings
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350 Hard Wired: A Crash Course ...
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2.97 of 5 stars 2.97 avg rating — 31 ratings
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350 A Love Beyond Time (Power o...
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 21 ratings
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350 Boom Baby, the escape from ...
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4.8 of 5 stars 4.80 avg rating — 5 ratings
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350 Deadly Pleasures
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 76 ratings
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350 Zero Sight (Zero Sight, #1)
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 3,543 ratings
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350 Master of Illusion (Book Two)
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 5 ratings
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350 Bloodlust
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 33 ratings
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350 Fifteen Weekends (The Weeke...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 71 ratings
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350 Speak Easy, Anne
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 7 ratings
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350 Unseen
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3.24 of 5 stars 3.24 avg rating — 17 ratings
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350 Assuming Names (Criminal Mi...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 277 ratings
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350 All My Love, Detrick
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 458 ratings
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350 Entertaining Angels
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4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 4 ratings
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350 Cloak of Shadows (Netherwal...
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4.7 of 5 stars 4.70 avg rating — 10 ratings
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386 Mundahlia (The Mundahlian E...
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 162 ratings
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386 Bad Dog to Best Friend
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 10 ratings
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386 Dawn of Darkness (Daeva, #1)
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 370 ratings
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386 Evolving Ecstasy (Almost Hu...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 199 ratings
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386 Lost Reflections (Almost Hu...
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 212 ratings
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386 Haven (The Willows, #1)
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 395 ratings
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386 The Sekhmet Bed (The She-Ki...
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 804 ratings
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386 Exiled (The Protector, #1)
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 1,663 ratings
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386 Dreamwalker (Persephone's L...
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3.22 of 5 stars 3.22 avg rating — 116 ratings
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386 The Gatherer (Chronicles of...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 6 ratings
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386 The Broken Parts of Us (The...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 516 ratings
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386 Hart Attack (Titan, #5)
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4.45 of 5 stars 4.45 avg rating — 249 ratings
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398 Man Against the Future
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 30 ratings
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398 Caged by Damnation (Caged, #2)
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 89 ratings
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398 I Think All Men Are Gay!
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 5 ratings
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1,394 books · 1,561 voters · list created April 29th, 2011 by Coral (votes) .
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Coral
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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

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

:)


message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

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 Linnea (new)

Linnea 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 Linnea (new)

Linnea 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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