Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! This fun weekly meme was created by Lainey over at GingerReadsLainey. If you want to join in the fun and be apart of the #T5W … you can find all the details at the GoodReads page.
This week’s topic is Top 5 Favorite Self-Published Books.
Occasionally it is nice to go on a search for books that you wouldn’t usually find in your local bookstore. Sometimes you get approached by self-published authors to read their books for honest reviews. So today I have compiled a list of some of my favorite self-published books that I have enjoyed reading or would like to read in the near future!
5. Belvedor and the Four Corners by Ashleigh Bello
WIN OR DIE. Whichever your fate, freedom is certain.
In the world of Olleb-Yelfra, everyone is born a slave and raised in the City of the Four Corners. The city is comprised of four districts—Healer, Creator, Agrarian, and Warrior—each playing a key role in the world’s ultimate survival.
Seventeen-year-old Arianna Belvedor, a slave to the Warrior’s District, is committed to earning a life of freedom but is bound by the ultimate rule: Win or Die. Her only chance of leaving the city with her life is to rightfully earn her citizenship during the annual Free Falls Festivals on her eighteenth year—A treacherous tradition in order to celebrate the strong and eliminate the weak from the world.
Though her will to survive is strong, Arianna succumbs to her defining weakness, curiosity. It only takes one pivotal moment, one broken rule to send her spiraling down a dangerous path. As she unearths the truth of a dark history and a secret which cannot be ignored, Arianna is thrust deeper into a maze of deception. Searching for a way back to ordinary, Arianna Belvedor must battle her way through this chilling yet enrapturing world. It’s up to her to accept the truth, but will she live to reveal the shattering secrets she’s come to know?
4. The Witching Elm by C.N. Crawford
Seventeen-year-old sorcerer Tobias Corvin tumbles through a blizzard and arrives—half frozen and half dead—in another world. Trapped in Boston, he tries to blend in at an old boarding school while secretly plotting to save his home.
But if anything can distract him from his mission, it’s the wild-haired and intriguing Fiona. She is determined to learn the truth about his dangerous magic.
When a spectral army from Toby’s world begins slaughtering Bostonians, he and Fiona must stop the carnage. They face unspeakable dangers unearthing the dark secrets of New England’s past—a past that holds the key to saving both worlds from destruction.
3. Insanity by Cameron Jace
After accidentally killing everyone in her class, Alice Wonder is now a patient in the Radcliffe Lunatic Asylum. No one doubts her insanity. Only a hookah-smoking professor believes otherwise; that he can prove her sanity by decoding Lewis Carroll’s paintings, photographs, and find Wonderland’s real whereabouts. Professor Caterpillar persuades the asylum that Alice can save lives and catch the wonderland monsters now reincarnated in modern day criminals. In order to do so, Alice leads a double life: an Oxford university student by day, a mad girl in an asylum by night. The line between sanity and insanity thins when she meets Jack Diamond, an arrogant college student who believes that nonsense is an actual science.
2. Air Awakens by Elise Kova
A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…
The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.
Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all—the Crown Prince Aldrik—she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined.
1. The Last Seeker by Fleur Camacho
Tristen wakes to find a man watching him from the mirror.
A chill runs through Tristen’s body as the familiar robed priest stares at him longingly. The priest struggles to open his mouth; the stitches that lace his lips together slowly rip apart and jut raggedly from his mouth. His bloody lips stretch wide as he leans towards Tristen, trying to suck him into a deep black hole.
Ever since Tristen, a sixteen year old teenager, is assigned to work with Ailey on a school project, his life takes a thrilling and alarming turn. Tristen can’t stop the inexorable pull he feels toward Ailey; just being around her draws him in completely, blindly and with disastrous consequences. At the same time, an evil priest invades Tristen’s dreams and threatens to kill his mom.
Soon, Tristen and his friends find themselves magically transported to Fifteenth Century France and Tristen discovers that he is the last-born Seeker – destined to save the past and the influential figures who shape it. When someone tries to kill him, Tristen must make a choice: embrace his destined purpose and risk loosing everything or be stuck in the past running for his life forever.
This is not a novel about vampires, werewolves or ghosts. This is not your regular romantic, time traveling, coming-of-age story. This is the first book in a magical, paranormal, fantasy series about a regular kid who finds out he is destined to become the new Seeker to save the world from a bloody ending. If Tristen had known that pairing up with Ailey would trigger a magical ancient prophecy ushering in the beginning of the end of the world, he might have stayed in bed that day.
I hope you enjoyed my Top 5 Wednesday this week. So grab one of these books an enjoy a story you may not have heard of before! Let’s support the indie authors more!
Until next time,