Best Independent Novels
Best novels published outside of the mainstream publishing channels.
1 Angelfall (Penryn & the End...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 61,846 ratings
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2 Beautiful Disaster (Beautif...
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 264,473 ratings
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3 The Vampire Hunter's Daught...
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 1,621 ratings
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4 Ember (Ember #1)
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 411 ratings
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5 Birthright (The Dark Gifts,...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 306 ratings
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6 Hollowland (The Hollows, #1)
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 13,459 ratings
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7 Significance (Significance,...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 25,568 ratings
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8 Switched (Trylle Trilogy, #1)
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 36,377 ratings
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9 Creatura (Creatura, #1)
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 662 ratings
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10 Existence (Existence Trilog...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 38,010 ratings
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11 After Forever Ends
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 990 ratings
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12 Prince of Wolves (The Grey ...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 20,576 ratings
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13 Onyx (Lux, #2)
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 62,718 ratings
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14 Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie T...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 1,694 ratings
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15 Reign of Blood (Reign of Bl...
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 1,242 ratings
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16 Charmeine (The Light-Bearer...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 124 ratings
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17 Breathless (The Blue Fire S...
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 1,497 ratings
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18 Blood and Light (Blood and ...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 258 ratings
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19 Compulsion (Moon Coven, #1)
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 164 ratings
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20 Dark Light
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4.49 of 5 stars 4.49 avg rating — 86 ratings
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21 Secrets of the Realm
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 169 ratings
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22 Inheritance (The Dark Gifts...
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4.55 of 5 stars 4.55 avg rating — 101 ratings
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23 The Sword and the Dragon (T...
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 918 ratings
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24 Sin
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 110 ratings
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25 Legacy Forgotten (The Avalo...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 42 ratings
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26 The Many Lives of Avery Sno...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 244 ratings
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27 H.E.A.R.T. Saga ~ The Children
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 30 ratings
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28 The Blacksmith's Son (Mageb...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 4,796 ratings
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29 Haunted Moon (Moon Coven, #...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 209 ratings
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30 Mark of the Seer (Seer Soci...
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 122 ratings
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31 The Forever Girl (The Forev...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 1,002 ratings
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32 Noir (Crimson Shadow, #1)
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 130 ratings
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33 Unbound (The Forbidden Bond...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 1,054 ratings
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34 The Conduit (Gryphon, #1)
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 480 ratings
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35 Predestined (Existence Tril...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 24,509 ratings
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36 Helpless (The Blue Fire Sag...
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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15 avg rating — 268 ratings
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37 Accordance (Significance, #2)
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 17,601 ratings
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38 Embrace (Gryphon, #2)
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4.55 of 5 stars 4.55 avg rating — 282 ratings
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39 Destiny Awaits (Juniper Gro...
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 127 ratings
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40 Guardian
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 208 ratings
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41 Defiance (Significance, #3)
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 16,095 ratings
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42 Deathless (The Blue Fire Sa...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 394 ratings
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43 The Archmage Unbound (Mageb...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 3,227 ratings
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44 Blood Will Tell (Warriors o...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 4,502 ratings
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45 October Snow
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 147 ratings
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46 The Spirit Box (John Hazard...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 132 ratings
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47 A Love Beyond Time (Power o...
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 20 ratings
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48 Easy (Contours of the Heart...
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 129,043 ratings
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49 Blood Rites (The Grey Wolve...
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 13,015 ratings
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50 Key
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 3 ratings
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51 The Shack: Where Tragedy Co...
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 281,521 ratings
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52 The Fallen Star (Fallen Sta...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 17,801 ratings
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53 Deadlier...Than the Male
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4.81 of 5 stars 4.81 avg rating — 142 ratings
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54 Just One Drop (The Grey Wol...
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4.52 of 5 stars 4.52 avg rating — 10,909 ratings
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55 The God-Stone War (Mageborn...
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 1,920 ratings
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56 Act of Redemption (The Gast...
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4.56 of 5 stars 4.56 avg rating — 43 ratings
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57 Lifetime of Moratoriums
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5.0 of 5 stars 5.00 avg rating — 1 rating
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58 A Fatal Verdict (The Trials...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 148 ratings
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59 Pandora's Box (The Road to ...
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4.56 of 5 stars 4.56 avg rating — 214 ratings
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60 The Earth Painter (Painter,...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 200 ratings
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61 Apart From Love
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 148 ratings
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62 Everlife
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 31 ratings
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63 A Hidden Fire (Elemental My...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 9,906 ratings
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64 Nobody's Slave
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 184 ratings
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65 Forever (Guardian, #2)
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4.64 of 5 stars 4.64 avg rating — 77 ratings
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66 Fire Storm (S.P.I.R.I.T., #1)
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 136 ratings
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67 Gray Justice (Tom Gray, #1)
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,273 ratings
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68 Atlas
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4.73 of 5 stars 4.73 avg rating — 74 ratings
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69 Wander Dust (The Seraphina ...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 1,843 ratings
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70 Portrait of Our Marriage
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 171 ratings
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71 Moon Spell (The Tale of Lun...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 7,969 ratings
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72 The Line of Illeniel (Mageb...
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 3,463 ratings
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73 Promise (Soul Savers, #1)
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 5,632 ratings
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74 Callum & Harper (Sleepless,...
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 9,788 ratings
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75 Forbidden (The Guardian Chr...
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 416 ratings
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76 Ruby Blue (Ruby Blue, #1)
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 347 ratings
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77 Dirty Blood (Dirty Blood, #1)
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 2,905 ratings
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78 Bold Counsel (The Trials of...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 99 ratings
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79 The Birth of Jaiden
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4.27 of 5 stars 4.27 avg rating — 99 ratings
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80 The Soulkeepers (The Soulke...
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 7,634 ratings
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81 Devotion (Soul Savers, #3)
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4.37 of 5 stars 4.37 avg rating — 2,356 ratings
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82 The Zombie Room
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 7,134 ratings
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83 Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty...
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 905,166 ratings
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84 Morbid Seraphic
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4.75 of 5 stars 4.75 avg rating — 24 ratings
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85 The Empire
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4.23 of 5 stars 4.23 avg rating — 60 ratings
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86 Lovers and Beloveds
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 183 ratings
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87 A Girl's Guide to Guys: Mee...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 76 ratings
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88 The Royal Dragoneers (The D...
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 586 ratings
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89 Devour (Devoured, #1)
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 4,989 ratings
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90 The Elephant Tree
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 6,099 ratings
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91 A Whisper To A Scream (The ...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 598 ratings
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92 The Superiors (The Superior...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 99 ratings
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93 Enchantment (Channie, #1)
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 1,917 ratings
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94 Blood Slave
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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41 avg rating — 449 ratings
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95 Purpose (Soul Savers, #2)
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 3,468 ratings
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96 Reckless Magic (Star-Crosse...
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 6,755 ratings
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97 Energy
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 79 ratings
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98 Haven (The Willows, #1)
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 393 ratings
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99 Tracing the Contours
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4.94 of 5 stars 4.94 avg rating — 47 ratings
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100 The Coffee Shop
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 108 ratings
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message 22: by M (new)

M Would love to vote, but I read none of the books.


message 21: by Melanie (new)

Melanie Surani I recognized way more of these books than I've read. Need to fix that!


message 20: by H.L. (new)

H.L. Reasby Stephen King isn't an independent author... as much as I enjoy his books, he really doesn't belong on this list.


message 19: by Julie (new)

Julie I voted for R A Evans, Asylum Lake, it is an awesome read. Very scary and very dark. Loved every word of it!


message 18: by L.M. (new)

L.M. Smith I added "The Citizens" and "Dhampiri" to the list. They're both still fairly new so, as independents, they aren't very well known yet. But they're getting really great reviews on Amazon and B&N and they're available for Kindle, Nook, and in paperback.

I am having a contest and the prize is a free signed, Paperback copy of "The Citizens". If you're interested in entering you can find the details on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/events/227715...


message 17: by Wanda (new)

Wanda Hartzenberg This is my fourth time in one day voting. And adding to my TBR. I should stay away.


message 16: by Jim (new)

Jim Mcfarlane H.L. wrote: "Stephen King isn't an independent author... as much as I enjoy his books, he really doesn't belong on this list."

Neither is James Patterson.


message 15: by L.M. (new)

L.M. Smith *sigh* Every indie list I've found so far is smattered with large-press books simply because there are ignorant people who blatantly insist on adding their favorite best seller to every list that they can find.

It's tough being an indie - but well worth it in other ways.


message 14: by Jim (last edited May 17, 2012 04:28PM) (new)

Jim Mcfarlane "H.L. wrote: "Stephen King isn't an independent author... as much as I enjoy his books, he really doesn't belong on this list."

Jim wrote: Neither is James Patterson."

Likewise Stephenie Meyer, P. C. Cast, Suzanne Collins.


message 13: by Belinda (new)

Belinda Check out this amazing new author & give her books a try...you won't be disappointed!
Mary Kate Kopec Mary Kate Kopec
DIP & DEVOUR by Mary Kate Kopec DIP & DEVOUR
Love & Bullets by Mary Kate Kopec Love & Bullets
The Awesome Adventures of Randi Raindrop by Mary Kate KopecThe Awesome Adventures of Randi Raindrop


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message 11: by Gary (new)

Gary Tenuta I added my book, Ash: Return Of The Beast, but it didn't show up on the list. I'm assuming it would appear at the bottom of the list but I don't see it. Guess I'm not surprised. I've been on goodreads for a couple of years now and I'm still baffled by how most of it works... or doesn't work. Like, for instance, above this comment window there's a link that says "add book/author". But when I enter the title of my book it says "no books found". Maybe if I hang around here for another couple of years I'll figure it out. LOL


message 10: by Belinda (new)

Belinda Hi Gary, I found your book listed on Goodreads...
Ash  Return of the Beast by Gary Val Tenuta
But this list is a bit confusing. It is constantly changing. You might want to just try and add it again if you still don't see it. Good luck!

PS: Your book sounds really interesting, not my usual type of reading...but if I get brave enough, I might have to check it out. ;)


message 9: by L.M. (new)

L.M. Smith Hey Gary,

I had the same problem with my books when I first started using Goodreads but realized that the more I searched for them and included them in posts the more consistent and precise their listings became.

For me part of the problem was that I was searching for "The Citizens" and about 100 books would come up with similar titles but I wouldn't see mine anywhere. I tried "The Citizens: A Jazz Nemesis Novel" and got nothing, then tried L. M. Smith and got nothing.

Finally realized Goodreads is very picky about what you search for. I can always find my book by searching either "The Citizens (A Jazz Nemesis Novel) or L.M. Smith, without a space between the L. and the M.

For the longest time Goodreads had about four other novels listed on my author's page that weren't mine but I sent them an email and they fixed it.


message 8: by Gary (new)

Gary Tenuta Belinda wrote: "Hi Gary, I found your book listed on Goodreads...
[bookcover:Ash: Return of the Beast]
But this list is a bit confusing. It is constantly changing. You might want to just try and add it again if y..."


"... if I get brave enough, I might have to check it out." I get it. I had to get brave enough to write it. LOL! Like the title of my blog post says: "The Writing of ASH: RETURN OF THE BEAST - Or How I Learned Not To Be Afraid Of The Dark". :-)

http://bookblogs.ning.com/profiles/bl...


message 7: by Gary (new)

Gary Tenuta L.M. wrote: "Hey Gary,

I had the same problem with my books when I first started using Goodreads but realized that the more I searched for them and included them in posts the more consistent and precise their ..."


Thanks, L.M. - I remember when there were a couple books on my page that weren't mine, also. But eventually they just disappeared. I guess with a site this huge there are bound to be glitches of one sort or another. :-)


message 6: by Gary (new)

Gary Tenuta M.R. wrote: "Part of this list's ranking is based on the book itself. Notice at #12 I have one fewer vote than #13, but I am ranked higher. that is because my book has a few hundred rankings and theirs only a f..."

Hey Michael! Thanks for the kind words.
And congrats on having so many of your titles ranked in the goodreads top 100!


message 5: by M Todd (new)

M Todd Gallowglas Why the heck are the Hunger Games books on this list? They are hardly Indie books.


message 4: by Haley (new)

Haley Not many Indie books have covers that attract the reader. The typography is horrible. The only one I read was Angelfall, and there was way too many words on each page and the cover's not so great. The book inside was amazing and interesting. These people need better designers! I could do better than many of these covers.


message 3: by Susan (last edited Aug 21, 2012 06:21PM) (new)

Susan Clark Haley wrote: "Not many Indie books have covers that attract the reader. The typography is horrible. The only one I read was Angelfall, and there was way too many words on each page and the cover's not so great. ..."

I think you'd like my cover and formatting (THE RELATIONSHIP SHOPPE: A Novel) I can gift you a copy of the book ...


message 2: by Vicky (last edited Aug 31, 2012 01:37PM) (new)

Vicky I'm cleaning up this list a bit. I removed a ton of James Patterson books and working on some of the author authors mentioned above (King, Collins, etc.).

Can anyone speak to Melissa de le Cruz? The books I'm looking at are all published by Hyperion - but I'm not sure if she originally published independently or not.

I'll add this to my list of lists to check, so feel free to comment if you find any other authors who don't fit!

Also Removed:

Julie Kagawa
Mistress of Dragons
Paladins of Shannara: Allanon's Quest
The Golden Compass
Grave Secrets
Legend


message 1: by Laura (new)

Laura "Zena" Ramirez H.L. wrote: "Stephen King isn't an independent author... as much as I enjoy his books, he really doesn't belong on this list."
They are talking about stand alone books.


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