IndieAthon | Indie and Self-Published Book Recommendations

I promised you a recommendation post for IndieAthon so here I am. I’ve asked some of my blogger friends for their favourites and their recommendations so a big thank you to everyone who has send me their recommendations! Without any further ado, let’s start the recommendations!


33849121Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne

“Finn’s solid. Not in body, but in being. She’s gravity and kindness and all those good things that anchor.”

“Willa’s confusing. Sometimes she’s this sweet, sensitive soul. Other times she’s like a flaming arrow you hope isn’t coming for you.”

Finn and Willa have been picked as team leaders in the future leader camp game. The usually confident Finn doesn’t know what’s throwing her more, the fact she’s leading a team of highly unenthusiastic overachievers or coming up against fierce, competitive Willa. And Willa doesn’t know which is harder, leaving her responsibilities behind to pursue her goals or opening up to someone.

Soon they both realise that the hardest thing of all is balancing their clashing ideals with their unexpected connection. And finding a way to win, of course.

Recommended by Jackie from Too Much of A Booknerd:

Future Leaders of Nowhere was one of my favourite reads of last year! It‘s a book about a survival camp game taking place in the Australian bush and it focuses very much on teamwork between different groups of people. What I loved most were the group dynamics and the fun, easy-going friendships that were formed! The book also features a super cute f/f romance between Finn (a bicon) and Willa (a badass lesbian), who are the two leaders of rivaling groups. Romantic relationships between female characters are often extremely underrated in the book community (which I don‘t understand because women are AWESOME), but the relationship between Finn and Willa felt very realistic and they were adorable! 10000/10 would recommend.

Also recommended by me! I adored this book and also read the second book. Reviews here and here.

Find it on goodreads.

23812905The Charismatics by Ashley R. Carlson

An arranged marriage. A corrupt government called Legalia. A forbidden spiritual realm.

Duchess Ambrose Killaher was just seventeen years old when exiled to Shinery-a city of snow and darkness-to marry a man who despised her, finding her only solace in an invisible companion named Roan.

Now as the poor starve in the streets below and rebellious acts become a frequent occurrence, Shinery holds its yearly celebration to commemorate Legalia’s rule. But when Ambrose stumbles into a hidden courtroom and witnesses a violent murder, she is thrust into a secret world of the supernatural-one that could endanger everyone she’s grown to care for. With the help of a handsome stranger, Ambrose learns of the past Legalia has covered up, and that she alone possesses the power to stop their unspeakable plans for the future.

Recommended by Rhianne from Little Novelist:

The Charismatics by Ashley R Carlson is a fresh new fantasy concept and I friggin loved it. Devoured the second book and I keep pestering Ashley for the third.

Find it on goodreads.

Rise of the Sparrows by Sarina Langer30255200

As a homeless orphan, shunned for having the gift, Rachael knows how to survive. The visions of people dying are only hers to see. The shadows are her safety. When Cephy comes into her life, having a friend—a friend as feared by the villagers as Rachael—seems too good to be true.

And it is. Her visions are worse since Cephy came along, and Rachael’s gut feeling urges her to walk the other way. Alone.

When Cephy burns down her old home, the villagers respond with violence: they call on the White Guard to take Rachael and Cephy away for execution. Together they flee into a world they know nothing about. In the unknown awaits a Mist Woman, a prophecy, and a young rebel who sounds sincere –

but in Rachael’s experience, no one ever is. And how can she trust him when he believes in an ancient prophecy that seems to refer to her, and asks her to commit regicide so that people with the gift can be free?

Suddenly the cold shadows of Blackrock’s winter don’t seem so bad, and Rachael is torn between finally having food and warm shelter, and surviving on her own as she always has. The Sparrows—fighters of the resistance—believe in her because the prophecy names her. But can she be the leader they need when she can’t control her own magic?

Rachael knows the struggles the gifted endure all too well. Perhaps it’s time she stopped hiding, and fought back.

Recommended by Rhianne from Little Novelist:

Rise of the Sparrows by Sarina Langer is an intricate fantasy full of magic and demons.

Recommended by Ilsa from A Whisper of Ink:

Rise of The Sparrows is an exciting fantasy novel about a girl named Rachel, who is a flawed realistic character, and a friendship with a girl called Cephy and it’s an exciting, action-packed novel which I really enjoyed! The supporting cast is fabulous, the plot is unique and there is magic and rebellions and royalty and murder and swords and it’s so epic. Rise of The Sparrows is a page turner and I would recommend it to any people who love fantasy with a hint of danger and magical powers.

Find it on goodreads.

When The Stars Burn Out by Anna Vera

34503277When a plague turns people into monsters, the only safe place left to live is the Ora, a spaceship beside Earth’s moon. Aboard are the specimens of the next generation, genetically modified to develop powerful abilities, which they must use to fulfill their life’s purpose: exterminating those infected by the plague and stopping the apocalypse.

From the day Eos Europa was created eighteen years ago, she’s cared about little else. But when she fails to develop an ability, everything she’s worked for is lost—that is, until soldiers start disappearing only seconds after reaching Earth’s surface.

In an act of desperation, Eos is sent to Earth to find the missing soldiers. But what she discovers challenges everything she’s ever been taught—about who she is, where she’s come from, and how the apocalypse really began—leaving her to decide whether she’ll continue to play the puppet she was created to be, or disappear like everyone else.

Recommended by Rhianne from Little Novelist:

When the stars burn out by Anna Vera was a sci-fi book which was like no other I have read and honestly got me out of my reading rut!

Find it on goodreads.

Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver31938167

The city of Parole is burning. Like Venice slips into the sea, Parole crumbles into fire.

The entire population inside has been quarantined, cut off from the rest of the world, and left to die – directly over the open flame. Eye in the Sky, a deadly and merciless police force ensures no one escapes. Ever. All that’s keeping Parole alive is faith in the midst of horrors and death, trust in the face of desperation… and their fantastic, terrifying, and beautiful superhuman abilities.

Regan, stealth and reconnaissance expert with a lizard’s scales and snake’s eyes, is haunted by ten years of anxiety, trauma and terror, and he’s finally reached his limit. His ability to disappear into thin air isn’t enough: he needs an escape, and he’ll do anything for a chance. Unluckily for him, Hans, a ghostly boy with a chilling smile, knows just the thing to get one. It starts with a little murder.

But instead of ending a man’s life, Regan starts a new one of his own. He turns away from that twisted path, and runs into Evelyn, fearless force on stage and sonic-superheroic revolutionary on the streets. Now Regan has a choice – and a chance to not only escape from Parole, but unravel the mystery deep in its burning heart. And most of all, discover the truth about their own entwining pasts.

Recommended by Alexa from A Thousand Worlds:

Chameleon Moon is special to me because I’ve never seen this many marginalized people just allowed to EXIST together in the same book. It has multiple ace characters, multiple nb characters using they/them or neopronouns, anxiety rep, PTSD rep… so many things at once, and yet it all just feels natural. It’s also a dystopia, but instead of being dark and hopeless, it’s all about sticking together and supporting each other and making it through this together. If I ever write a book, I hope it will make someone feel like Chameleon Moon and RoAnna’s other stories made me feel.

Recommended by Briony from Miss Briony:

Chameleon Moon is great, not just because it’s inclusive and epically queer – it’s fast paced and the world is rich and full of depth. The characters are complicated – they’re imperfect but they’re relatable. It’s a testament to the potential of independent writing and I’m profoundly grateful to RoAnna for their work.

Find it on goodreads.

The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

17259690Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.

Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.

But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.

Recommended by Aris from Awkward Aris:

The Foxhole Court, by Nora Sakavic, is a young adult novel that’s the first in the All For the Game series. It’s exciting, fast, and intriguing – you’ll find yourself completely invested in the characters’ lives. It follows Neil Josten (who happens to be the runaway son of a crime lord), and how he signs a contract with one of the most unstable sports teams in the country. Invented sports, murderous fathers, and fickle teammates – what’s not to like about this book? I’d recommend it for people who like a good YA novel without any romance – with a fast plot and faster action.

Find it on goodreads.


Now follow some of my own recommendations!

Something Beautiful by Amanda Gernentz Hanson33123281

Cordelia and Declan have been best friends since they were three years old. By the time they hit middle school, Cordelia—Cord, to Declan—is already feeling the blackness in her life as depression takes hold. Their mutual attraction to each other leads to a serious high school relationship, one with their foundation of friendship at the forefront. Cordelia seems to have her mental health under control. All appears to be well.

However, when Declan starts to accept his own fluid sexuality, it sets something in motion in their lives that is both beautiful and tragic as they learn to love each other for who they are.

When I picked up this book I wasn’t initially going to read it right away, I just started reading a few chapters and before I knew, I was well into the book and I couldn’t stop. This book follows the two characters Cordelia and Declan from when they were very young to the age of 25-30(?). Initially, the two are just really good friends but throughout the story, their relationship changes into something new. It is not just about their friendship, but also about Cordelia’s mental health. She suffers from depression and suicidal thoughts and I thought it was very well incorporated in the story. The story is at the same time sad and uplifting. Declan struggles with his sexuality and it covers a topic of sexuality that I haven’t really read about before.

Find it on goodreads.

The Thieves of Nottica by Ash Gray

34376899In a world where humans are evil, invading aliens, Rigg is the youngest member of the Keymasters, a band of professional thieves who use their skills to defy an overbearing government known as the Hand. It is a world full of pollution, intrusive surveillance cameras, and injustice, where any who “give the finger to the Hand” are punished with death. The Keymasters are hired to steal a highly sought after treasure, but when one of their number is lost during the job, they find themselves the tools in a power play for said treasure — a mysterious lockbox that no one can open. To ultimately survive in the end, the Keymasters must battle their way through mechanical monsters, airships, and politics, literally going through shit (they travel through a sewage pipe) to make it out alive.

This book is about a group of thieves who are not quite human and it’s so good! I loved the characters and their interactions. It’s set in a kind of steampunk world but it’s also like sci-fi. I loved the diverse representation (so much diversity. So much). I highly recommend it!

Full review. Find it on goodreads.

In Ageless Sleep by Arden Ellis 34218098

Mal is a spy, a misanthrope, and a coward; growing up in the brutal Reaches has taught her that honor is a quality best left to the dead. Her latest mission: to hijack a cryo-ship carrying the brilliant daughter of the Sovereign King, and deliver her straight into enemy hands.

But when a vital component of the ship’s cryostasis system malfunctions, the only person who can keep the unconscious passengers alive is the woman Mal was sent to kidnap. Alone together on a ship of silent sleepers, Mal must remember that she and Aurora are enemies—or risk them becoming something much more dangerous.

In Ageless Sleep is a novella that is an f/f retelling of Sleeping Beauty and it is so good! It is about a spy who kidnaps an entire spaceship but due to a malfunction has to wake up her kidnapping target. It takes place in space and there’s a lot of politics in the background but it focuses on Mal and Rory and their relationship. The only complain I had was that it is too short, I just wanted more!

Full review. Find it on goodreads.

29011221In the Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers

Hope is dying. Hope Jackson has lived her short life to the fullest, but her four closest friends are dangling on the brink of disaster. Right before dying of a rare heart condition, Hope sets up a scavenger hunt across New York City using her graffiti art. The directions she leaves her friends are simple: Solve the clues hidden in her art, and they’ll solve the problems haunting their lives. Hope is dead. Two days after her heart fails, Hope’s friends are thrown together: Aiden, her best friend, whose plans to attend college have been scattered by his OCD. Kali, her foster sister, whose last ties to sanity are as razor-thin as her anorexic waistline. Erik, her high school crush, whose success as an athlete is based on a lie with no end in sight. And Sam, her online pen-pal, whose perfect life exploded into chaos in the aftermath of a school bombing. Together, the four teens take to the streets of New York to complete Hope’s scavenger hunt and fulfill her dying wishes. But in order to unravel the clues hidden in Hope’s graffiti, her friends will have to confront their personal demons head on. Hope is within reach.

This is by far my favourite indie book I’ve ever read. I can’t believe how underrated this gem is. This book has amazing characters, a great plot and so much diversity. It is about some heavy topics but the book is actually really funny and light. The characters all have such a distinct voice and also their POV chapters are so originally formatted. I just want to reread it right now.

Full review. Find it on goodreads.


So that was the long list of recommendations, I hope you found it useful! Thanks again to everyone who has send me their recommendations and I highly recommend checking out their blogs!

Will you read any of these? Or perhaps you already have? Which indie/self-published books do you recommend? Let me know in the comments below!

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30 thoughts on “IndieAthon | Indie and Self-Published Book Recommendations

  1. I haven’t read any of the books mentioned here, but I’ll keep an eye out for them now! I love that you decided to spotlight some great Indie/Self published novels because a lot of indie and self published novels don’t get enough attention. Great post!

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  2. Oh thank you so much for all of the amazing recommendations here, Lia ❤ I really want to read Future Leaders of Nowhere, that sounds amazing and that last recommendation, In The Hope of Memories, sounds AMAZING just as well, I have to add it to my TBR 😀

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  3. I didn’t realise the foxhole court was indie haha. It was my favourite book /series from last year.
    I’ve just been writing up a list of books to read for indieathon myself and chameleon moon is already on the list. But I think I’ll have to add the thieves of nottica. If it’s about theives then I’ll probably love it and it sounds awesome!

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  4. In Ageless Sleep and Something Beautiful both definitely caught my eye! And not just because the covers are gorgeous haha. Thank you for the indie recs, it’s so wonderful to see self-published books being posted about in a positive light 🙂

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  5. I haven’t really though about a TBR yet. But now that I think about it, I will probably be reading The Alpha Drive by Kristen Martin, this will be my first book of her so I can’t really recommend anything yet. I am really excited to participate in this readathon!

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