Best Independent Novels
Best novels published outside of the mainstream publishing channels.
796 Be Witched (Jolie Wilkins, ...
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796 Iron Men (Pirates of the Na...
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4.55 of 5 stars 4.55 avg rating — 38 ratings
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803 The Cutting Edge
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803 The Nation's Daughter
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3.19 of 5 stars 3.19 avg rating — 26 ratings
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803 Forty Days (Neima's Ark, #1)
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 84 ratings
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803 Allegiant (The Guardian Tri...
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4.5 of 5 stars 4.50 avg rating — 70 ratings
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807 A Demon Awaits
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 39 ratings
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807 Southern Investigation
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4.86 of 5 stars 4.86 avg rating — 7 ratings
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807 Head Above Water
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 16 ratings
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807 Redheads are Soulless
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 88 ratings
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807 Beyond the Veil (The Grey W...
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4.55 of 5 stars 4.55 avg rating — 7,396 ratings
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807 Guardian (The Guardian Tril...
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4.45 of 5 stars 4.45 avg rating — 92 ratings
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813 The Vigilantes
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 24 ratings
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813 Mind Games
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 47 ratings
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813 See (See, #1) (Web of Heart...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 672 ratings
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813 It's A Dog's Life (Lorne Si...
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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 40 ratings
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813 Girl with Guitar (Kylie Rya...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 3,889 ratings
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818 Daystar (Morningstar, #3)
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4.68 of 5 stars 4.68 avg rating — 22 ratings
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818 London Broil (Fractured Fai...
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3.34 of 5 stars 3.34 avg rating — 85 ratings
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818 Toil and Trouble (Jolie Wil...
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4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 5,919 ratings
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818 The Day Zombies Ruined My P...
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 60 ratings
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822 A King in a Court of Fools
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 125 ratings
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822 Alone (Serenity, #1)
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 701 ratings
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822 Clockwise (Clockwise, #1)
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 1,826 ratings
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822 My Planet or Yours
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 11 ratings
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822 Passion, Fire and Fury
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3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 42 ratings
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822 Out of the Dark (The Grey W...
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4.54 of 5 stars 4.54 avg rating — 8,702 ratings
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828 The Goblin Adventures
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828 Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, #1)
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 91,609 ratings
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830 Heroes A2Z #11: Kung Fu Kit...
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4.8 of 5 stars 4.80 avg rating — 5 ratings
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830 A Time For Change
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3.34 of 5 stars 3.34 avg rating — 61 ratings
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832 Shadow House
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4.82 of 5 stars 4.82 avg rating — 11 ratings
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832 The Silent Treatment (Kat S...
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4.53 of 5 stars 4.53 avg rating — 15 ratings
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832 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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832 Elvis Has Not Left the Buil...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 417 ratings
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836 Cataclysm Baby
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4.47 of 5 stars 4.47 avg rating — 176 ratings
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836 Wilde's Fire (Darkness Fall...
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 357 ratings
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838 Billy's Family
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838 Grey Amber
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 5 ratings
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838 Shift (The Protector, #2)
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 696 ratings
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838 Exiled (The Protector, #1)
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 1,330 ratings
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838 Cruel Justice (A Lorne Simp...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 496 ratings
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843 Breathing into Stone
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843 Dark Days (The Childe, #2)
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 144 ratings
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843 Bet you can't... Find Me
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 157 ratings
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843 Dark Promise (Between World...
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847 Small As A Mustard Seed
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 67 ratings
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847 Finding Emma (Finding Emma,...
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3.67 of 5 stars 3.67 avg rating — 3,371 ratings
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847 Enza
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 33 ratings
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847 Into Thin Air (Freedom Figh...
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 23 ratings
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847 Dark Horse (Jim Knighthorse...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 1,176 ratings
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847 Intuition (Intangible, #0.5)
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 681 ratings
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853 The Merry-Go-Round
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3.3 of 5 stars 3.30 avg rating — 341 ratings
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853 The Star Child (The Star Ch...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 104 ratings
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853 The Woman in White
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 65,926 ratings
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853 The White Aura (White Aura,...
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 522 ratings
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857 Fade
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 15 ratings
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857 Just Evil (Evil Secrets Tri...
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 460 ratings
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857 When Destiny Strikes (Desti...
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 49 ratings
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860 Okay
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860 Wastes Away (Wastes Series,...
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4.68 of 5 stars 4.68 avg rating — 22 ratings
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860 A Time To Heal
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 44 ratings
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860 Illumine (Illumine, #1)
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 631 ratings
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860 Beowulf: A New Verse Transl...
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3.37 of 5 stars 3.37 avg rating — 130,421 ratings
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860 The Changeling (Weald Fae J...
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 174 ratings
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866 Neverdark
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 109 ratings
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866 Sacred Secrets, A Jacody Iv...
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868 The Ninespire Experiment
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868 Saved (The Shadow Vampires,...
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868 Runes (Runes, #1)
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 1,490 ratings
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871 Back from the Dead: The Tru...
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4.7 of 5 stars 4.70 avg rating — 10 ratings
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872 The Oregon Trail Is the Ore...
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 123 ratings
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872 Final Justice  (A Lorne Sim...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 144 ratings
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872 The Modified (The Biotics T...
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 116 ratings
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875 Sam And The Dragon
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875 Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 74,852 ratings
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877 Witch-Born
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877 Shadow of the Sun (Timeless...
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 715 ratings
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877 The Secret Diary of Alice i...
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3.14 of 5 stars 3.14 avg rating — 219 ratings
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877 Beast Master, Vol. 1 (Beast...
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4.24 of 5 stars 4.24 avg rating — 13,528 ratings
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881 Entasy (Prophecies of The N...
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 110 ratings
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881 Pretty In Black (Pretty in ...
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883 Abyss (Timeless, #3)
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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40 avg rating — 189 ratings
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883 Black Bird, Vol. 1 (Black B...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 16,998 ratings
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885 Phantom Universe (Summer Ch...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 305 ratings
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885 Tangled Webs
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885 The Mane Event (Pride, #1)
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888 The Sapphire Talisman (Tali...
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888 Second Chances
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890 I'd Tell You I Love You, Bu...
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891 Hunt for Hollowdeep
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892 Stories V!
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892 Revolution (Collide, #4)
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894 The Graveyard Book
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 191,987 ratings
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894 Aurora Sky (Aurora Sky: Vam...
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896 Night Marchers (Night March...
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 1,225 ratings
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897 Betrayed (The Vampire Journ...
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897 The Vincent Brothers (The V...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 31,287 ratings
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897 Trapped (Here Trilogy, #2)
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900 Misadventures Of Fatwoman
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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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