Saturday, March 19, 2011

Indie Spotlight: Our Favorite Indie Reads

Today is Day 6 of the Indie Reads Appreciation Week and today we some awesome Indie Recommendations for you. Jami from YA Addict and Julie from A Tale of Many Reviews are both stopping by to share some of their favorites with you. I have also thrown in a few titles! If you are still looking for more Indie recommendations, check out the list of reviews from this week.

by Elizabeth Isaacs recommended by Jami at YA Addict
"The Light of Asteria by Elizabeth Isaacs has everything I want in a novel. Not only do I love the protagonist (and the love interest *swoon*), but I love every character in this book. They are all so well written. The world of Kailmeyra the author has created is beyond incredible. I want to jump in the book and live there! The writing is top notch; you can feel the author's passion for her story while reading. This was my favorite book I read in 2010. And that says a lot, because I read a ton of fabulous books last year. Independent or not, The Light of Asteria is one of the best books out there.You MUST read it!" 
 If Nora Johnson hadn't been on campus that day she would have never known her true destiny. Helping her friends move into the dorm that she wanted to call home, Nora accidentally collides with mysterious stranger, Gavin Frey. His very first touch sends flames through her heart. The world seems different-something within her has changed. She tries to resume her mundane life, but she is now consumed with the one whose very presence ignited her soul, the one with eyes of emerald. Nora soon learns that an energy buried deep within has been unleashed. She now wields unimaginable power and has become Gavin's source, his strength. Her newfound joy is shaken when she discovers that Gavin is not who he appears to be and she has been thrust in the middle of a war of mythical proportions. Negativity allows all things evil to flourish, the earth is under siege. The fate of creation hinges on the power within her heart. Will she be strong enough to survive? A gripping tale of unbounded love and ancient power, The Light of Asteria will take you on an epic adventure filled with war, treachery, and demons, as well as unimaginable delights.


by Amber Scott
recommended by Julie at A Tale of Many Reviews
 "This book has the right amount of everything: romance, paranormal elements, Irish history, and great characters that you invest in."
Druid Magick... Breanne grapples with the old ways, her mentor murdered before she masters her talents. The stranger washed ashore must be the key to proving murder. Knight Errant... Ashlon made a vow to bury the Bloodstone, it's horrific past, it's secrets, in the farthest reaches of Ireland. Fate's Twisted Course... Passion binds them but betrayal will test every belief under an Irish Moon.

Beautiful Demons
by Sarra Cannon
recommended by Julie at A Tale of Many Reviews
"Great YA paranormal series! The plot is intriguing, the characters stand out, the twists are OMG worthy. And just  have to read to find out about Jackson."
Harper Madison isn't like other girls. She has extraordinary powers, but her inability to control them has gotten her kicked from so many foster homes she's lost count. Shadowford Home is her last chance, and she hopes Peachville High will be the fresh start she needs. But when evidence ties her to the gruesome murder of a Demons cheerleader, Harper discovers this small town has a big secret.

by Imogen Rose
recommended by Julie at A Tale of Many Reviews
"The Portal Chronicles stands on its own with not only paranormal elements but sci-fi as well! Very unique, great characters, young love, and mystery. The plot thrills and creeps me out to the possibility of alternate realities."
Come Find Me Two Years Ago...
Six words that propelled ice hockey playing tomboy, Arizona, into an alternate dimension. In one moment she went from being an ice hockey playing teenager in New Jersey to a glamorous cheerleader in California.
She found herself with a new dad. She found herself in a new life. One that she had apparently lived in always. Everyone knew her as Arizona Darley, but she isn't.
She was Arizona Stevens. She knew she had to find her way back to her real life, to her real dad. Then she met Kellan. 

by Amanda Hocking
recommended by Sarah at That Bookish Girl
"Hollowland is far and away my favorite Hocking book. It honestly blew me away; it exceeded my expectations in every way. it is obviously a horror story, but it is an extremely character driven one. The action and excitement are both expertly written, but it is the characters who make this book. They are what keep you on the edge of your seat, they are what keep you reading all night." {Read Full Review}
"This is the way the world ends - not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door." Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way - not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.

by Tess Oliver
recommended by Sarah at That Bookish Girl
"I LOVE this book. Camille is such a saucy, quirky and intelligent character - it's practically impossible not to love her. Nathaniel Strider is also a wonderful character, he is extremely dynamic. The plot line is exciting, the characters are intriguing, the writing is superb... basically the book is fantastic!" {Read Full Review}
At a time when society conforms to the strictest rules and most proper etiquette, sixteen-year-old Camille Kennecott and her guardian, Dr. Bennett, live a most unconventional life. They hunt werewolves.When unwitting victim, Nathaniel Strider, wanders into one of their full moon pursuits, Camille and Dr. Bennett believe they have found a specimen for their study. Finding a scientific key to unlocking the mystery of lycanthropy would end their late night excursions. Yet beneath the irresistible exterior, Nathaniel is transforming into a flesh-tearing monster, and as each experiment fails, Camille loses another inch of her soul to him. In a month’s time, she must face the prospect of destroying the boy who has stolen her heart.

A Chance For Charity
by S.L. Baum
recommended by Sarah at That Bookish Girl
"The storyline in this one is AMAZING. The characters are also incredibly easy to love - you won't be able to put this book down!" {Read Full Review}
A new family has just arrived in the isolated mountain town of Telluride, Colorado. Welcome the Johnstons – Jason (a doctor), Rachel (a designer), and their niece Emily (a current High School Senior). Emily has lived the life of a quiet loner in the past, trying to go unnoticed. But with Telluride being such a small and welcoming town, she finds a group of friends at school almost immediately. When Emily meets Link (another new transplant in town) her world turns upside down. She doesn’t understand why she feels a magnetic pull toward him, or why she unknowingly lets her guard down around him. Link is just as confused by his own need to be with her. Emily knows she is playing with fire. She should be doing whatever she can to keep herself isolated, to keep Link from getting too close. Danger has a way of finding Emily’s family – that is what keeps them on the move. They arrive in a new town every few years – it is safer that way. Because… Emily isn’t really Emily… her real name is Charity – and Charity has an even bigger secret. Charity and her family are not like other people, they have “skills” that mere mortals cannot begin to comprehend. Before long, Charity is struggling with the reality that her two lives are coming closer to each other with each passing day. Soon Link will find himself wrapped in a supernatural world that he never knew existed – and discover that mortals are not the only beings that walk this earth. 


Anonymous said...

Nice! I see some titles on here I haven't heard of before and will be sure to check out. :) Thank you for the recs!

Judy said...

Goodness, all of these look very good and my check out pile is becoming worse than my TBR pile!!

I will check these out!!

elizabethisaacs said...

I've often said one of the biggest perks about writing a book is getting to know others through the stories we share. Your kind words mean more than you know. Thank you!

Amber Scott said...

What a wonderful way to start my day! Thanks so much for the amazing list I get to be a part of!!

Hope Collier said...

Excellent choices and featured authors! Haven't read them all, but I can vouch for The Light of Asteria! Excellent book! Thanks for the spotlights. I love the great recommendations :D

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