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3 Good Independent Authors to Read Today

Updated on July 21, 2019

YA: Madhuri Blaylock

Although she's relatively new to the writing world, the two books she has out are two of my favorite supernatural YA books, self-published or traditionally published. For a short time I was in school, studying for tests and preparing for a concert and reading a book a week due to a huge rush of requests that I didn't know how else to deal for. Even though it was hard for me to think straight and to think that any book was good, The Girl caught my eye because of its witty dialogue, great characters, and heroines that know what they're doing from the start.

She also even delivered well on the sequel, which is a pretty big compliment from me, because I tend to hate sequels. However, the sequel for The Girl, called The Boy, is one of my favorite books now. She showed a lot of the characters that I loved, and since it takes place a year later than The Girl, the characters are more mature, which I like because often the characters don't grow and are eighteen-year-olds acting like they're sixteen.

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Thrillers: Russell Blake

Another author I like is Russell Blake, who mainly writes thrillers and mysteries. The nice thing about him is that he publishes his work at rapid speeds, so it's hard to run out of his books.

His stories have a way of pulling you in almost from the very beginning and then keeping you there. My favorite of his books is probably King of Swords, although I like Jet very well, too. It's easy to like most of his characters within the first few pages, even the ones who are more flawed. He also does a ton of research for his books and doesn't leave vague worlds with little description up to the reader, which I've had a problem with before.

Romance: Melissa Foster

For romance I think I'll have to go with Melissa Foster. I'm not a huge fan on most straight-up romance, so this is probably not going to be that reliable review (sorry!) but I thought it was very well-written and entertaining without being too sappy. Melissa Foster writes very good books in my opinion, and she's my go-to indie romance author because I've seen other romance authors, both self-published and traditionally published, do it very wrong, or at least not to my liking at all. However, Melissa's books are definitely well-developed with good, likable but flawed characters, and is definitely worth checking out.


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