Hello! Can you believe it is already the 11th. We have so many presents wrapped that I honestly don’t think they will all fit under the tree. Granted some of them are gigantic (small children=bigger gifts, how does that work?)
Anyway, if you have been keeping up you will notice that I didn’t post anything yesterday. That is because I wanted the spotlight to be on the Bring Me Home blog tour. Its such a wonderful book, Bree is a lovely person, and all the proceeds go to charity. So if you haven’t checked out the post yet here is a link. Bring Me Home Blog Tour
Now to move onto todays topic. I want to put a spotlight onto the Top 5 Indie Books I read this year. Tomorrow will be the published top 5. But for today I want to show you some books you may have overlooked, or had on your TBR for so long, or maybe just never got around too.
(FYI keep watching because there may be a super secret amazon giveaway in two days, only on the blog. Because you are all amazing for supporting me. I will remind you again tomorrow.)
Top 5 Indie Reads 2018
Beast of Shadow & Light (The Curse of the Lycan Book 1)
by Stephany Wallace
Synopsis: I barely escaped with my life…
In the dusky woods of Fairbanks Alaska, the tale of a monster was born. But that’s just a scary story, right? Wrong. I’m Lucy Adler, and after walking through the forest one night, I discovered the legend is real, and the danger is greater than we imagined.
Yet, no one believes me.
Thoughts: This was not at all what I expected. The story was well thought out and dramatic. The ending was enough to want you to read the next book. The romance was adorable and not what you are expecting. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves shifters and deeper stories than what the cover looks like.
Havenwood Falls High – Falling Deep
by J.L. Weil
Synopsis: More than any other aspect of high school, Mallory Dorian dislikes most the mean girls. Every school has them, and her new school, Havenwood Falls High, is no exception. Beautiful. Fearless. Popular. They are the kind of girls everyone envies but secretly hates. Why they decide to make Mallory’s life a living hell, she can’t figure out. Maybe she looked at one of them wrong. Maybe she took away all the attention, being the new girl. Or maybe it’s because she is falling for one of their boyfriends—Torent Stark, the mysterious and troublesome guy whom she can’t seem to get out of her head.
Thoughts: Who doesn’t love a good new girl in town with hidden powers? Everyone does, or maybe it’s just me. But Weil does a fantastic job of adding to the Havenwood falls high collection. No need to read any of the others. But if you have you may see common themes and people.
Now go forth and enjoy a swoon boy, new girl, and magical powers.
by Astrid Arditi
Synopsis: A hero’s tournament. A defiant contender. Does one girl have the courage to take on Mount Olympus?
Hope’s world doesn’t have room for heroes. She barely has time for schoolwork, swim team, and taking care of her ailing mother. But when she’s invited to a mysterious tournament, the all-powerful hosts won’t take no for an answer.
Thoughts: I was skeptical at first but in the end this book blew all of my expectations away. The world building, character, and story are so well written you can see yourself there. You develop connections to characters and root for them. Hope is flawed and relatable but grows so much. Her story and those of the others are relatable and heartbreaking.
The cover is gorgeous but what’s inside really is the art. I cannot praise this enough.
by Emory Gayle
Synopsis: What if the person you had been dreaming of, since you were a child, was real? KyLaya Constantilly is barely holding her life together after her father falls ill and it is left to her to lead the kingdom of Triton. Keeping her city safe from Siren attacks proves to be more than she was bargaining for when she finds herself at the mercy of one of them. When a handsome stranger saves her from a fate worse than death, KyLaya is whisked away from all she knows and into the clutches of a Sirenite, a Siren’s son. But, the Sirenite isn’t what she expects and though a part of her knows she should fear him, something inside her falls for his kindness and charm. Will KyLaya be able to open herself up to a love that is eons in the making, or will she remain faithful to her people and the engagement to a man she could never fall in love with?
Thoughts: If you haven’t read anything by Emory Gayle she has another series about mermaids that runs at the same time as this. I highly recommend that you read both series. This one is beautifully written from different POV. There is romance, fighting, and tons of intrigue.
by Kelly St. Clare & Raye Wagner
Synopsis: More than anything, I crave adventure. But in the disease ridden land of Verald, life is mapped out much like the well-established rings of our kingdom.
At the very heart reigns our vicious king and Lord Irrik, an invincible dragon shifter, at his side. Their power poisons the land and the people, leading to a steadily mounting number of enemies.
But change is coming.
Thoughts: I had heard so many good things about this book but I just couldn’t bring myself to read it.
I wish I would have started sooner. This was amazing, to put it mildly. A long game novel that had so many twists and turns you wondered when it would all be revealed. The whole series is hilarious, swoony, and full of one bad ass female. Dragons, Shifters, Healers, and oh so much more.