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Friday, December 20, 2013

2013 Indie/Small Press Reading Challenge Link Round-up (3)

Well, I don’t think I’m going to finish my overall reading goal of 75 books this year.  As of today I’ve only managed to polish off 65, but I’m thrilled to report that I just completed my 2013 Indie/Small Press reading challenge!

The Challenge: To read 50 Indie/Small Press books in 2013.
I love this challenge.  I’m always finding some ‘new to me’ authors that make it to my favorites list and this year I’ve definitely found some!  If you’re looking for your next read, then check out the below list of fantastic indie authors.
Note: Books are listed alphabetically by author last name and are linked to the books Goodreads page.  Click on more to read my full Goodreads review.

Adams, Chole (AKA Lizzy Ford)
Broken Beauty
My Review ~ 4 of 5 stars
Broken Beauty was a tough read. The story is about a 17 year old girl named Mia who was drugged, beaten, and raped at a party. Mia comes from a privileged family. Her father is a politician; they have money, but as the saying goes,...more

Adams, Sarah
My Review ~ 3 of 5 stars 
Crushing on the Enemy was a cute story of a nice girl meeting a sweet boy. Typically this is exactly the kind of book that I love. Sweet love story, with sweet characters. Unfortunately, some parts just fell flat for me. Alyssa meets...more

Boring, Belinda
The Mystic Wolves (Mystic Wolves, #1)
My Review ~ 4 of 5 stars
Danger, mystery, and an awesome romance … Yep, this book had it all. We start out The Mystic Wolves meeting Darcy, the future mate of Mason, the Mystic Wolves alpha, and I loved her right from the start. She’s fun, has a sense of humor...more

Forget Me Not (Mystic Wolves, #2)
My Review ~ 4 of 5 stars
Action packed and leaves you begging for more. Forget Me Not is a fantastic sequel to Mystic Wolves! What I loved: I loved the swoony kisses from the first book, and we still get them in this one, but not as often. And without the...more

Brennan, Allie
Of Silk and Fire
My Review ~ 4 of 5 stars
First off, I have to say, I love the cover of this book. Of Silk and Fire was full of mystery. As the blurb says, Ella had her memories stolen, and she is determined to get them back. She wakes up on a train not knowing who she is...more

Carrillo, K.D.
Fighting Destiny
My Review ~ 2 of 5 stars
I’ve really been struggling with writing this review because I really, really wanted to love it, but sadly, although I think the story has potential, it still needs work. The overall story was interesting. Chloe (soon to be the most...more

Eden, Cynthia
A Bit of Bite
My Review ~ 3 of 5 stars
A Bit of Bite was a quick and entertaining read. I devoured this one in little under an hour and enjoyed every second of it.Eden has a knack for description. Her scenes were vivid and very enjoyable. I loved the characters, especial...more

Estes, David
The Star Dwellers (The Dwellers, #2)
My Review ~ 5 of 5 stars
This was an awesome sequel! The Star Dwellers picked up right where The Moon Dwellers left off. Tristan and Adele have split up, each with their own important mission to tackle for the rebellion against the Sun Dwellers. They had to...more

The Sun Dwellers (The Dwellers, #3)
My Review ~ 4 of 5 stars
Wow! What a book. Estes finishes off this trilogy with a bang. So much so, that I’m just itching to start The Country Saga. I want … no, I NEED to know what happens! Book three of The Dwellers Saga was action packed. This book play...more

Fire Country (The Country Saga, #1)
My Review ~ 5 of 5 stars
Let me start by saying that I’ve been a David Estes fan since I first read The Evolution Trilogy, but I swear with every book I read of his I love him more and more. They just keep getting better and better. After finishing The Dweller...more

Fantaskey, Beth
The Wedding of Antanasia Jessica Packwood and Lucius Valeriu Vladescu (Jessica, #1.5)
My Review ~ 5 of 5 stars
The Wedding of Antanasia Jessica Packwood and Lucius Valeriu Vladescu was a perfect lead up to the next book in this series. I absolutely loved every part of this story. I loved the rituals for the vampire wedding. I loved that...more

Fletcher, M.J.
The Cape Beanery Chronicles
My Review ~ 4 of 5 stars
I must say, this book of short stories was fantastic. They flowed seamlessly with the series, adding some great scenes that I thoroughly enjoyed. Sometimes with short stories, especially when they are scattered bits and pieces of a...more

The Detective Inspectors
My Review ~ 4 of 5 stars
Wow…just wow. This book left me breathless. At the beginning, I really thought I was going to lose my mind. Nightshade is back, which should have made me jump for joy, because, well, I absolutely love him, but he was different. ...more

Skeleton Key Guild
My Review ~ 4 of 5 stars
A great ending to an awesome series! I’ve really been putting off writing this review. I’m not ready to admit that it’s over. The Doorknob Society Saga has been one heck of a ride, and I’m sad to see it end. But with all good things,...more

Ford, Lizzy
Katie’s Hellion (Rhyn Trilogy, #1)
My Review ~ 5 of 5 stars
5 Fan-freakin-tasitc Stars! I love books that make you keep reading no matter how tried you are. Katie’s Hellion kept me up late into the night absorbing the pages as fast as I could. I can’t even begin to count how many times I...more

Katie’s Hope (Rhyn Trilogy, #2)
My Review ~ 5 of 5 stars
Another awesome book from Lizzy Ford! Well, I didn’t think it was possible, but I liked Katie’s Hope even more than Katie’s Hellion. Ford has created some fantastic characters. In this segment, we get a deeper look at who they...more

Rhyn’s Redemption (Rhyn Trilogy, #3)
My Review ~ 5 of 5 stars
Fantastic!!! Rhyn’s Redemption pulls you in from the first page and doesn’t let you go. I couldn’t put it down. There was just some much going on in this series. Demons, Immortals, Death. There was a tone of danger, and loads of...more

Gabriel’s Hope (Rhyn Eternal, #1)
My Review ~ 5 of 5 stars
I don’t even know where to start. I guess first off, if you haven’t read the Rhyn Trilogy yet, then I would recommend reading it before diving into this awesome treat of a story. Gabriel’s Hope picked up right where the Rhyn Trilogy...more

Deidre’s Death (Rhyn Eternal, #2)
My Review ~ 5 of 5 stars
Loved this book! Lizzy Ford’s books are seriously addictive and this one is no different than the rest. Like each of her books that I’ve read, I picked this one up and couldn’t put it down. Absolutely fantastic! Deidre’s Death picked...more

Darkyn’s Mate (Rhyn Eternal, #3)
My Review ~ 5 of 5 stars
Holy cliffhanger! It’s been a few days since I’ve finished this book and I still feel lost. I almost want to read it again in hopes that when I reach the last page there will be a different ending. But seriously, Darkyn’s Mate was...more

Zoey Rogue (Incubatti, #1)
My Review ~ 5 of 5 stars
Holy hotness! Lizzy Ford has done it again with this sexy paranormal romance. Lizzy’s writing is seriously addictive. Zoey Rogue is the fourth book of hers that I have read within a week, and it gripped me tight right from the...more

Hear No (Hidden Evil Trilogy, #1)
My Review ~ 5 of 5 stars
I’ve been trying to write this review for a few days now and each time I write it, it’s riddled with spoilers. Since I do not want to give anything away, because this really is a book you need to read and experience for yourself, I’m...more

My Review ~ 4 of 5 stars
I always enjoy Lizzy’s stories, and this one was no different than the others. Within just a few pages I was pulled into this magical world and it held me tight right to the end. Dark Summer pulled on my every emotion. You know it’s...more

My Review ~ 5 of 5 stars
Voodoo, family curses, serial killer, black magic, mystery, suspense, action, romance, betrayal. Doesn’t this sound like an awesome mix? Well, guess what … Cursed has it all. Like always, Ford’s writing sucked me in from the first...more

Forrest, Bella
A Shade of Vampire
My Review ~ 4 of 5 stars
Well this was an entertaining book. I have to admit that I really wasn’t sure what to think about it at first, but in no time at all I was sucked into the story and couldn’t put it down. The Story Sophia is kidnapped on her...more

Goldfinch, Lena
The Language of Souls
My Review ~ 4 of 5 stars
The Language of Souls was a quick and enjoyable romance novella. I devoured this treat in on sitting and enjoyed every page. Solena’s journey starts with a dangerous climb into the mountains, as she makes her way to a foreign land in...more

Gray, Elena
Night Visions
My Review ~ 4 of 5 stars
This book was packed full with sexy romance, suspense, and action. There really never was a dull moment. An awesome start to a series. Samantha Cade is anything but average. She sees things, mostly death, and she is pretty sure she...more

Hayden, Emily Jack
My Review ~ 2 of 5 stars
I really wanted to love this book. The excerpt used as the back cover story gripped me right away and I was super excited to jump into this story. The overall plot was interesting. Genetically enhanced people living in an...more

Johnson, Jenna Elizabeth
Luathara (The Otherworld Trilogy, #3)
My Review ~ 3 of 5 stars
Action, romance, magic; this segment of the Otherworld Trilogy had it all. It’s time for the final battle between Meghan and the Morrigan. When Cade recovers from the last time they met up with the Morrigan, he shows up on Meghan’s...more

Khun, N.
Tucked In: Lianna (The Hollywood Files, #1)
My Review ~ 3 of 5 stars
Well this was a fun novella! Full of action and suspense with lots of lust mixed in. This one kept me interested right until the end. I really enjoyed Tucker’s character. He was easy to follow along and I loved his attitude. I...more

Tucked In: Jessica (The Hollywood Files, #2)
My Review ~ 2 of 5 stars
I wanted to love this book. Really, I did. After the first one, I was super excited to read this. I was dying to know more about Jessica. But there was just something … awkward about it, and to be honest, I didn’t like Jessica at all...more

Kinney, DeAnna
Exposing Kitty Langley
My Review ~ 5 of 5 stars
What a wonderful story. Not only is there a giggly school girl romance but Kinney tackles the ever-present issue of schoolyard bullying in this novella. Kitty, who at one time was one of the “mean girls” walked into school one...more

Loving Lily Lavender
My Review ~ 3.5 of 5 stars
Loving Lily Lavender was a cute story that had me grinning and at times groaning. What I loved: The thing that pulled me into this book was the romance. Lucas and Lily are such a sweet couple and watching their...more

Box of Gaza
My Review ~ 4 of 5 stars
Box of Gaza was an interesting story. We start of this tale meeting Johnny, a young boy full of adventure and mischief. His best friend shows him a magic box, and begs him to promise to protect it at all cost. Eight years later, Johnny's...more

Raven's Rose (Charity, #3)
My Review ~ 5 of 5 stars
Kinney did a fantastic job wrapping up the Charity series. Instead of carrying on with only Charity and Levi’s story, she gave her readers three great short stories on some of the secondary characters, weaving Charity and Levi throughout...more

Sammy the Sea Cow Makes a New Friend
My Review ~ 5 of 5 stars
This is such a great children's story and its exactly the kind of story I would read to my children (if I had children). Sammy the Sea Cow Makes a New Friend is about a Manatee named Sammy. He is a gentle and kind Manatee without any...more

Lanc, Alexandra
The Chords of Change
My Review ~ 4 of 5 stars
The Chords of Change was such a sweet short story. It had me smiling from beginning to end. If you are looking for a super quick, heart-warming...more

Lyrics of the Heart
My Review ~ 4 of 5 stars
I don’t even know where to start… Lyrics of the Heart was heart-wrenching and beautiful; an emotional rollercoaster. A story of loss, love, and most of all, hope. With so few pages, I really didn’t think that there could be so much...more

Reine, S.M.
Six Moon Summer (Seasons of the Moon, #1)
My Review ~ 3 of 5 stars
Well, I backtracked a little. After reading New Moon Summer (The Cain Chronicles, #1), I was really confused about Rylie’s character, so I decided to start from the beginning and read the Season of the Moon series. (I hadn’t realized...more

New Moon Summer (Seasons of the Moon: Cain Chronicles, #1)
My Review ~ 3 of 5 stars
New Moon Summer was a super quick read (only about 50 pages). Reine kept my attention right until the end with this fast paced tale. The blurb pretty much says it all so I’ll get straight to the review. Although I liked the character...more

Smith, Christina
Finding Abigail
My Review ~ 5 of 5 stars
Smith does it again! Finding Abigail is a wonderful story of heartbreak, love, and most of all, a woman’s journey as she pulls herself from her darkest point in life and fights to find herself again. What I loved: I have to admit...more

Riley's Torment (A Moon's Glow Novel, #2)
My Review ~ 4 of 5 stars
Riley’s Torment didn’t miss a beat. It picked up nicely from where Riley’s Secret left off, and had me sucked back into the world that Smith has created within just a few pages. If Megan thought Nate’s enemies were behind them, she...more

Riley's Redemption (A Moon's Glow Novel, #3)
My Review ~ 4 of 5 stars
Well, this is my third try writing this review. For some reason I just can’t seem to find the right words without giving a heap of spoilers. So here goes take #3 …I’ve read all of Smith’s books and have enjoyed each one, but A Moon’s...more

Stokes, Tawny
My Review ~ 3 of 5 stars
I had a bit of a love hate relationship with this book. It was unique and entertaining, but I didn’t really care for the hero—Trevor. Thane was much more interesting, and honestly, I liked him way better. What I loved: Salem was a...more

Twist, Gayla
Call of the Vampire (The Vanderlind Castle, #1)
My Review ~ 4 of 5 stars
Mystery, vampires, budding romance, and some good action. Call of the Vampire was definitely an entertaining read. Well, the blurb sets up this story perfectly so I’ll get straight to the review. Aurora was easy to love. I loved her...more

Heart of the Vampire (Vanderlind Castle, #2)
My Review ~ 3 of 5 stars
Heart of the Vampire was a solid second book to the Vanderlind Castle series. It had action, romance … It was a great mix of everything that I want in a book. We dive into this segment with Aurora fighting to move on with her life with...more

Webb, Rita

My Review ~ 4 of 5 stars
This was such a cute story. At fewer than 100 pages, Playing Hooky was an entertaining way to spend an hour. Emma’s best friend Jason shows up on her 21st birthday to take her out on an adventure. He brings her to a circus where she...more

Williams, A.J.
Bounty for Hunter (Bounty of Hire, #1)
My Review ~ 4 of 5 stars
Hot and steamy … yep, this book was definitely that. Originally I had rated Bounty for Hunter a 3 star on Goodreads, but it’s been a few days since I finished it, and the story and characters are still stuck in my head. I figured that...more

Bounty's End (Bounty for Hire, #2)
My Review ~ 3 of 5 stars
The second book in Wiliams Bounty for Hire series takes place at the same time as the first one. It’s centered on Thomas and his love interest Wen. Thomas is a bounty hunter who has had enough. He wants to move on, and he wants his...more

Young, Wm. Paul
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
My Review ~ 3 of 5 stars
Well, this was definitely an interesting story. Before I start my review, I need to say that I typically do not read this kind of book. A good friend of mine made me promise to read it, which is probably the only reason why I actually...more

Well, that's the list.  I hope you all had fun with your own reading challenges this year.  I know I did.  :)


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