Today we’ve got a very exciting post—I’ll be sharing with you some more amazing Indie books that I’ve found for the Indie Accords readathon. If you’re interested in seeing my original TBR and all the information for the readathon, you can click through here to see that post.
Just a disclaimer that as far as I know these are all Indie published books. Sometimes it can be a little hard to tell, so let me know if there are any I’ve included that aren’t.
The Clothier’s Daughter by Bronwyn Parry
I’d honestly forgotten about this one and the fact I owned it until I made my part of this collab with my good friend, Mel. I bought this as soon as it was released after meeting the author at an event, but it’s on my Kobo and I don’t tend to use that all that often now that I have a Kindle. However, I do love a good historical romance and I don’t really have that many on my TBR for this month so this will quietly possibly ending up being one of the first ones I read. Along with this being historical, I believe this also has a bit of a mystery aspect to it as well which honestly sounds great. I’ve been loving other books that have that same mix lately, so I’m hoping this’ll be another great one to add to that list. If you have any recommendations for other good historical romances by Indie authors, I’d love to hear them!
Bacchanal by Veronica G Henry
This has been an ad on Goodreads for me for what feels like months now. I was always kind of vaguely interested in it but usually when I go on Goodreads today it’s to check details of a book for a post or to grab a cover so I always just kept forgetting to look it up. I do have to say that I’m a little hesitant about this one. It takes place in a carnival and I don’t know whether that’ll bring up the same feelings in me as circuses do—which is basically, I don’t enjoy reading about them. I could rant about my dislike of circuses forever, but we’ll just leave it there. I do however find myself very intrigued by the magic, fortune-tellers and demons part of this. And I can’t not mention that beautiful cover, it’s truly gorgeous. Here’s hoping it’ll be another one I end up enjoying!
The Wolf at the Door by Charlie Adhara
This is another one I’m super hesitant about. I haven’t really read shifter romances before and I’m not sure if it’ll be my thing or not. I used to read a lot of paranormal when I just started reading YA, but that was like 12 years ago and included things like Twilight, Shiver, Nightshade and other things like that. No shade to those because I did genuinely enjoy them at that age, but they don’t even register on the smut scale do they? But this does sound like an interesting story—it follows a former FBI agent who is paired up with his enemy in this like werewolf investigation division. It sounds like a bit of a wild ride, but I love crime shows that have the same kind of premise so I’m hoping it will translate nicely into a book too. This is also a five-book series, so if I enjoy it then I’ve definitely got plenty to keep me occupied in the future. Isn’t that literally the best thing?
Gild by Raven Kennedy
I’m a sucker for anything mythology-inspired, especially when it’s a little different to anything else out there. This one is inspired by King Midas, which is something I’ve literally never seen in a book before so I’m extremely intrigued by that. I admit I’m definitely going to have to brush up my knowledge of the original myth because I don’t really remember too much beyond the basics. Add to the fact that this seems to have a paranormal, fantasy twist to it and I’m sold. Plus that gorgeous cover, yes! This has quite a few mixed reviews, but the people who enjoyed it seem to really, really love it so that’s kind of promising. It probably helps that I’m really feeling those mythology retellings, even more than usual, right now. Give me all the sexy mythology retellings now! Seriously though, if you have any recommendations for this sort of thing, leave those below as well.
The Power of Hades by Eliza Raine and Rose Wilson
See, I totally wasn’t kidding about being in the myth mood right now! As with all the others, the cover was definitely a contributing factor as to why I decided to add this one to my list for the month. This one sounds like a lot of fun—the protagonist is taken from her average life in Manhattan by Zeus and is forced to participate in these trials to win a place as the Queen of the Underworld and a marriage to Hades. Funnily enough, she’s not thrilled with the idea at first but I’m sure she’ll come around to it and we’ll get to the good stuff. I’ve read this kind of story before—it’s kind of a staple within Greek mythology retellings, right? The Greek Gods really long a good set of trials, don’t they? But I’m interested to see how it will work with two authors, will it be split perspectives between the protagonist and Hades, or something else? I guess we’ll wait and see with this one!
Savage Lands by Stacey Marie Brown
I actually found this one in the recommendations section of The Power of Hades and I just thought that cover was so cool that I couldn’t resist looking into it. This sounds like a wicked book, to be honest. It takes place in a world where the gap between Earth and the fae world has collapsed during a war and now there’s all this political intrigue and whatnot going on. It takes place in Budapest, and the protagonist is a human who has sorted lived this privileged life up until one night. There’s a prison, there’s a sexy fae and something referred to as ‘The Games’ which I’m pretty sure is like a fight to the death kind of situation. If nothing in that synopsis grabs your attention, I don’t know what to tell you! I think this might be one of the first ones I pick up because it just sounds like a really interesting read. This is part of a trilogy, but Stacey Marie Brown seems to have a lot of other series available to read as well!
A Touch of Darkness by Scarlett St. Clair
This is actually one of the first books I bought on my Kindle over a year ago now and I still haven’t gotten around it. What a shocker, huh? But my best friend, Angel, really loved this series when she read it recently so it gave me a little push to give this one a try as well. Again, this is another mythology retelling—this time it’s Hades and Persephone, which you know, the best. I’ve heard this is kind of dark, edgy retelling so we’ll see how I go with that. I think we all have different limits as to how much ‘darkness’ we can take and that can be different from book to book as well. I do know that Angel quite likes her darker romances, like this one and MC romances and whatnot and I know that I’ve only really enjoyed a couple here and there. But you never know, sometimes books can surprise you and end up being a perfect read for you even when if they’re a little out of your comfort zone!
Music of the Night by Angela J. Ford
This one also comes from Angel, though more of a ‘omg, have you seen this?’ rather than an actual recommendation. This is a Phantom of the Opera meets Beauty and the Beast retelling. Like, excuse me? If you could just zap that directly to my brain, please and thank you. Sadly, this doesn’t have the greatest reviews on Goodreads—most people are giving it about a 3 stars which definitely isn’t terrible. There’s a fair amount of four and five stars as well so I’ll definitely be holding on to my hopes that I end up really enjoying this one as well. I don’t really have a whole lot to say about this one past that, but I’m excited for it anyway.
So there’s the post for today. I’d love to hear what you’re reading if you’re joining in with Indie Accords this month or if you have any recommendations for me, or for anyone else!