Challenge Day 9 – You scream. I scream. We all scream for…your 5 all-time favorite Indie books!
So, which Indie authors, or Indie books inspire you? Pick 5 and tell us why. Post on your blog, or website and tweet out the link so we know which reads get your heart pumping!
This was the Challenge of the day, not an easy task, for how do I a Read-a-holic pick 5 out of the many I have read? I tried to give a little eclectic mix of books. Something to appeal to different tastes. These are just the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to my favourite Indies. Hope they inspire you to go try something new, perhaps something a little bit different, and support Indie Authors.
*PS For My Review Rose Ratings see end of page
1. ‘Wings of Darkness’ Immortal Sorrows Series by Sherri A Wingler
“I did not lay a hand on her, and yet her soul floated free above her body. It hung there, a beautiful shade of shimmering rose gold; an old soul in a young body”
So say’s Asher upon meeting Izzy in the Prologue. (I read this on the Amazon ‘Look Inside taster). These words drew me in and so I downloaded the book and commenced reading immediately. It was so much more than I could ever have expected. There was no sexy dark angel draped across the cover to attract my attention when it first went on sale.
The story is based around 18yr old Izzy Maitland, who wants to live forever, but after a bad car crash weird things start happening. For a start her body is healing at an alarming rate. She is becoming stronger each day, whilst her family & friends weaken. She is also being stalked by a strange man. He could well be the Angel of Death.
The story is told by the two main characters Asher and Izzy, each chapter is clearly labelled with their name, so you are never in any doubt whose mind-set you are currently in.
The experiences encountered by the characters in this book, are very different from other books of this nature and I found it totally engaging. With such descriptive writing the images that were conjured filled me with awe. I thoroughly recommend reading this book it gave me such a craving for what was to follow, always wanting to know what will happen at the turn of the page. Yes it is a little frustrating, as it gives you a hunger. It left me always ready to devour the next chapter and at times I was even moved to tears.
This Book 1, ‘Wings of Darkness’ is only the appetiser for ‘The Immortal Sorrows’ Series. I am sure it will easily fit in-between books belonging to fans of the greats such as ‘The Twilight Saga’. This series could open up whole new worlds, and could lead to lots of exciting short stories too. I cannot wait for the next instalment. Don’t take my word for it, you will not know until you try it for yourself. Happy Reading J
**Note: This book contains some violence and strong language. Recommended for 16+.**
2. ‘The Vintage Coat’ Chris Turnbull
‘Time is a curious thing’
This is a delightfully sentimental story. The fact that I picked the book up at the authors' 1st ever ‘Book Signing Event’ in Leeds, along with seeing ‘The Coat’ (the inspiration behind the novel) made it even more magical.
Here is a wonderfully unique, quirky little story, about time travel. The main character Joseph Michaels is a young man, who finds he is tumbling between the present day and World War 2. A beautiful story of family & friendships, you really cannot help but fall in love with the characters. On his 1st encountered time slip, Joseph meets up with Charles (Charlie) Butterworth and they become very good friends. Charlie has a great personality, a real ladies man, but loveable and cheeky with it.
Another popular character for me was Mrs Barrow, landlady of the Angel Inn, where the boys are left to bunk, when not on military duty. Mrs Barrow is like a surrogate mother, very warm and friendly you cannot help but love her too.
After Joseph puts on 'The Vintage Coat', I truly felt the fun & sense of adventure, that he experiences slipping back in time. The story flows beautifully, not at all tangling when Joe slips between eras. The author also made me sympathise with him and experience his deepest heartache’s. Yes I did cry whilst reading some passages. The story is very touching and reaches deep into your soul.
All in all an amazing little book. I could almost have devoured it in one sitting; however I was compelled to take my time. For this exquisite read, you really need to savour each & every moment.
3. ‘Riduna (The Riduna Series Book 1) by Diana Jackson
I could almost hear the sea, and taste the salty air.
‘Riduna is the Latin name for the unique and picturesque island of Alderney, sister island to Guernsey Channel Islands, UK. This is the first novel in the 'Riduna Series,' set in the late 19th Century. For Harriet, who was born on Riduna in 1866, and many others in her community, the island seems to be a character in its own right. It is the only world they have known, or wanted to know. On the other hand, Edward lives with his head full of dreams of distant shores. As their destiny is challenged, will their devotion remain constant? Riduna tells the story of Harriet and Edward as they move towards adulthood, when conflicting dreams, tragedy and poor communications all play a role in their lives.’
To be perfectly honest I found this a little slow to start. Then for me Jane the doctors daughter & the friend of Harriet, the main character seemed a whole lot more interesting. However, as the story progressed and children became young adults it livened up. At times the words magically evoked the faint sound of the sea washing upon the rocky shore. I could almost smell the sea air.
I was moved by the tragedies that just seemed to never end for Harriet, I was warmed by the great compassion and sensitivity she showed her family, friends & neighbours. It turned out to be a wonderful story and one I would certainly recommend. Although like I said you may need to persevere through the opening pages but the story did not disappoint in the end.
4. Jason the Penguin: (He's Different) - Deb McEwan
" Eh up" said Jason
Being the traditional ‘good ole’ Yorkshire lass, I could not help but fall in love with this wonderful little picture book.
The beautiful illustrations are bright & colourful complimenting the poetic verse. The text is both light & humorously funny. It is a cleverly scripted, rhythmic read.
This little masterpiece is a true delight, for children of all ages. It had me hooked & grinning like a Cheshire cat. I am off to buy a printed copy to take and gift to my little nephew. I cannot wait to read it to him, although he'll be able to read it for himself soon.
'Jason the Penguin' is a three book series; the first was written to celebrate the arrival of a new family member and the others will follow shortly.
5. Rising Tide: Dark Innocence (The Maura DeLuca Trilogy Book 1) - Claudette Melanson
Being a fan of all things paranormal I'm always looking out for something a little different. Several friends recommended this, so I downloaded myself a copy. I knew it was going to be different from the others after checking out the cover art. Very unique graphics rather than some sexy vampiric models draped seductively over the page (don't get me wrong, I love those images too but we do get a bit bogged down at times).
*The cover has now been updated see above
Anyway; I delved deep within the pages and became hooked. It’s hard to say why without giving anything away but this story really flowed for me, I just had to keep reading. The 'Dark Innocence' part of the title is more than appropriate with Minks’ mother (sorry but I liked this little pet name better than Maura the name given to our main character) seemingly wishing to keep her daughter as an innocent child. Being very secretive, and for a very good reason.
The secrets in this little read are dragged out to the very end. The mother never allowing her daughter to mature, into something that is inevitable.
This book covers some issues that many growing teens will experience, such as peer pressure and finding where they themselves, fit into the world. It’s about making new friends and being able to accept their help in times of trouble. I hope I haven't said too much?
I recommend this highly for teens & young adults or even old fans of the paranormal like me. Don't take my word for it; just go try the book for yourself.
My Review – Rose Ratings.
1 Rose Rating = OK
2 Rose Rating = Enjoyable
3 Rose Rating = A Real Page Turner
Well I do hope you have enjoyed checking out my little selection of Indie Authors, I could give you many more but I’ll save them for another day.