Indie Books

Indie books are hidden gems. Sometimes. I like to support them!

I define indie as ‘books from small presses/independent authors’, mixed with a little ‘obscure and undiscovered books not generally sold in stores (but perhaps once were)’.

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Tridea’s Children, Kevin Peake

☆☆☆☆☆- 0

Self-published, then published via author’s own small press

The worst thing I’ve ever read. Torturous and painful, with an incredible lack of understand of grammar and basic writing skill for a grown man.

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Song of the Night. Zoe Burgess

☆☆☆☆☆- 0

Self Published

A regressive, badly written book that reads like some dredged up fanfiction for a manga you’ve never read.

 

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27 Hours, Tristina Wright

☆☆☆☆☆- 0

Small press, now out of print due to author controversy

A messy, too-long, too-sloppy sci-fi tale about a group of six diverse teens who have to learn Aliens Are People Too… taken out of print because of sexual assault charges against the author.

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A Soul to Take, Emily Taylor

☆☆☆☆☆- 0

Small press

A fat book in need of a giant edit- I’m talking at least 30,000 words. Despite being, in theory, professionally edited, there’s a lot of problems in the text which make it a slow and boring read.

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Chameleon Moon, RoAna Sylver

☆☆☆☆☆- .5

Self published/author collective

Diverse and well meaning but rather uneven, with a too heavy focus on introducing ‘cool characters and concepts’ over developing them or the world about them (or having an engaging plot).

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The Book of Angels, A J Dalton (and others)

★☆☆☆☆- 1.5

Small press

Short story collection with some good stories, unfortunately dominated by the headlining (and weakest writer of the bunch) author.

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Evenfall, Gaja J. Kos and Boris Kos

★★☆☆☆- 2

Self published

A fairly typical YA novel that is mediocre, with both some new ideas befitting of an indie project- and genre-typical things we’ve seen a thousand times before.

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A Hero at the End of the World, Erin Claiborne

★★☆☆☆- 2

Small press

A fanfiction inspired, and ultimately too based, novel. Hindered by the obvious harry potter ties and a lack of engaging characters due to it.

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Beacon, Apollo Blake

★★★☆☆- 3

Self published

Short story collection focused on the same character, with promise… but jarred by lack of worldbuilding context, and a very sudden tonal shift at the end. The fact there’s only four stories makes the episodic nature of the novella feel a little odd and unbalanced, too.

 

They Who Fell trilogy, Kevin Kneupper

(book 2, book 3)

★★★☆☆- 3

Self published

Pulpy and kinda cheesy, but engaging and quite fun overall. Some cool concepts and good action marred by very very flat characters and an increasingly overpowering christian message.

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Dusk in Kalevia, Emily Compton

★★★☆☆- 3.5

Small press

Professional and well structured, though at times slightly dense and uninteresting. Still, a very composed and overall enjoyable novel with a unique premise you wouldn’t find in the mainstream market.

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Ice Massacre, Tiana Warner

★★★☆☆- 3.5

Self published

Hearty, action packed, and with an enjoyable romance. High quality writing/editing with only a few nits to pick.

 

Valhalla Trilogy, Ari Bach

(book 2, book 3)

★★★☆☆- 3.5

Small press

Utterly unique ideas, concepts, and plot points make for an interesting read. A few road bumps along the way in the form of writing or heavy handed symbolism, but near impossible to find something quite like it.

 

Mel Goes to Hell, Demelza Carlton

★★★★☆- ??? stars

Self published

Absolutely bonkers and wild. Are they good? Are they bad? What are they?

Special.

 

LINK angels series, Lyda Morehouse

(Book 2) (Book 3) (Book 4)

★★★★☆- 4.5

Out of print, mainstream pulp press

Extremely unique ideas on technology, religion, and angels while also delivering awesome characters, plot points, and a weird-rad world.