A lot of people automatically dismiss books that are self published or published by small publishers. Many think that if a book isn’t published with one of the huge publishers that it must be horrible, right? Wrong. Some of my absolutely favorite books are either self published or from small publishers. Here are a few of my favorites and why…
Switched by Amanda Hocking is one of my all time favorite books. It’s about trolls, but Amanda Hocking puts a spin on the tales we were all told as children. I’m not the only one who loves this self published series. In fact, movie rights have already been sold and St. Martin’s Griffin, one of the largest YA publishing companies recently bought the entire Trylle Trilogy of which Switched is the first book.
Rising Shadow by Jacquelyn Wheeler is about a group of teens who discover they have superpowers. This book is a book lovers of comic book characters, along with any YA reader will enjoy. There is currently three books in the series, with at least two more on their way. Fun fact: My review is quoted on the back of the paperback edition of this book!
Minder by Kate Kaynak is a must-read for fans of Kelley Armstrong’s Darkest Powers series, or L.J. Smith’s Dark Visions trilogy. It’s about a school for psychically gifted teens, where they learn to use their powers for good—and some for evil.
Hex by Ramona Wray reminds me a lot of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. Hex is about a magically gifted girl who falls in love with a boy she learns is an angel—whose mission in life is to end her.
In the Spotlight by Ann Mauren is a great contemporary novel with adult appeal, though it is indeed a young adult novel. It’s about a girl who learns that she has a team of bodyguards watching her every move… and then she falls in love with one of them.
Phantom Universe by Laura Kreitzer is one of the best books I have ever read. It’s a dystopian novel about a terrifying futuristic world. It has pirates, time travel, and romance. What else do you need in a book?
So don’t be too quick to judge a book by its publisher—or lack of one. Good books don’t always get big publishers. And big publishers don’t always publish good books. Thanks, Amy, for having me on your blog.