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5 Self-Published Books I Can't Wait to Read | Book Talk


I'm really sick of Self-Published books gaining a bad rap. Since joining the book blogging community I've found so many new favorite authors. And guess what? They're Self-Published.


If you aren't reading Self-Published books then you're missing out. The amount of creativity and original stories within the Self-Published community is enormous. Every month I'm adding more books to my TBR, and more and more are from Self-Published authors. So in light of that, I decided to share 5 Self-Published Books I Can't Wait to Read.

Unstoppable Shadow by Alex Mead

Unstoppable Shadow by Alex Mean
Unstoppable Shadow by Alex Mean

Book Blurb


Friendless orphan from the slums of Talon, Scab is no ordinary boy. So everyone keeps telling him. He’s pretty sure ‘the Slow’ doesn’t happen to anyone else, but he daren’t ask, in fear of the next beating.


Taken from the city, Scab finds himself closer than ever to having a bed of his own, but it comes at a price. A painful one.


Veteran assassin, Silas is ready for a normal life with a family. Something the Shadows would never allow. Not helping matters, the strange, grey-eyed boy from the slums gives him glimpses of how life might be with a son.


Offering Scab the opportunity to follow the same violent path as his own, Silas finds himself bound tighter to the Shadows. With his future entwined with the boy’s, he’s beginning to wonder if death may be the only way out.


Why I Want to Read This


Ah assassins, how I do love a good assassin book. Generally when I read about assassins in fantasy their stories are full of sticky situations and harsh realities. If Scab is going to enter this dark underworld, he's going to have to face some grim situations. But it intrigues me to know how Silas and Scab form their relationship and if Silas will feel any regret over pulling a boy into the world he wants to leave.

An Unmarked Grave by Kai Smith

An Unmarked Grave by Kai Smith
An Unmarked Grave by Kai Smith

Book Blurb


Someone is hunting the gods, and Christian was the first to fall. Was his sibling and wife Seren, God of Evil, the target or was it another play on the hierarchy of the gods?


Sir Franklin Heron is a revered knight in the Hoya Kingdom, humble and loyal. Tasked with escorting Dara, a future High Priestess, and niece to the Arch Bishop, his world is turned upside down as the Unmarked reek havoc throughout the lands under the protection of his king.


Will, these Unmarked mortals from the Realm of Technology, ravish the lands and people with their insatiable greed, or will Sir Heron and his men rid the mortal plague from the home?


Why I Want to Read This


To me, killing gods would take an awful lot of power and cunning. And it seems to me if gods and mortals are going to mix in the same story, there is going to be plenty of back and forth magical action. And then we have mention of the Unmarked. Perhaps we will see a mesh of tech and magic going to battle? I certainly want to read this and find out.

Last Memoria by Rachel Emma Shaw

Last Memoria by Rachel Emma Shaw
Last Memoria by Rachel Emma Shaw

Book Blurb


Dark-fantasy thriller about love, lies and memory thieves.


A darkness is spreading in Valrora and a memory thief is on the run. Stolen memories blacken Sarilla's hands, making it impossible to hide for long. The memories mix with her own and it's getting harder to stay in control. Only her family understands the curse of being a memory thief, but they got separated in their escape from the king. It's up to Sarilla to find them again, but not everything is as it seems in Valrora. She must stay in control if she's to keep her freedom, especially since it's no longer just the king who wants to find her.


Why I Want to Read This


Of all the sub-genres in fantasy, grimdark and dark fantasy are my favorites. Seeing characters reach their limits and try to overcome overwhelming odds is exciting. And it seems like Sarilla is going to have her hands full trying to deal with her past and present. And what's this about a memory thief? That alone makes me want to read this book and find out more about this new brand of magic.

The Relic Spell by Jimeno I. Novaro

The Relic Spell by Jimena L. Novaro
The Relic Spell by Jimena L. Novaro

Book Blurb


Magic rolls through Orion Tamura’s history classroom like a tidal wave of golden light that only he can see. The spell is deadly, and Orion has no idea who cast it or what they want. Answers are scarce—all of Port Monica’s sorcerers vanished fourteen years before, including Orion’s father. Armed with his limited knowledge of magic, Orion is the only one left in the city who is strong enough to investigate the origins of the spell. But the city’s leaders will stop at nothing to censor and sabotage anyone who gets close to the truth. Invisible otherworlders watch every move Orion and his friends make, and a mysterious sorcerer who knows the answers haunts Orion’s dreams.


Why I Want to Read This


How can I not read this? Mysterious magic, hidden agendas and secrets that are bound to be dark in nature. I'm a reader who enjoys a good mix of mystery, tension and magic. And it seems as though Orion is going to embark on a quest that will reveal parts of his past he never knew existed. Sign me up. I want to read this one.

Conspiracy of Ravens by J. C. McKenzie

Conspiracy of Ravens by J. C. McKenzie
Conspiracy of Ravens by J. C. McKenzie

Book Blurb


Raven Crawford knows better than to venture into the seductive world of the dark fae or agree to any of their salacious promises. She plans to pay off her debts so she can get on with her life and stay far away from the denizens of the Underworld.

Unfortunately, her numbskull twin steals from the most tempting and lethal fae of them all. Now Raven must help the Lord of Shadows get back what her idiot brother stole. Her only weapons? Just a little ingenuity and a whole lot of snark. It’s suicide for sure, but she’ll do anything to protect her twin.


Why I Want to Read This


Anything that has to do with the fae attracts my attention. I enjoy seeing how authors twist the known faerie troupes into their own creations. Not to mention the promise of a sarcastic main character is right up my ally. Give me snarky comebacks any day and I'll love your characters all the more.

So what do you think? Willing to give these Self-Published books a try? I certainly am!

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