Indie-Mas is my annual recap of all the great independently-published books I read in the previous year. I like to take this time to share the love–both by helping promote great indie books and giving them away! So without further ado…

On the ninth day of Indie-Mas, my author gave to me:

A feisty woman who can raise the dead
My favorite kind of love triangle
A New Orleans-based Fantasy with a Snarky Fairy
An Elemental Epic Fantasy
A Steampunk Dystopian
A Male-POV of my favorite trilogy
A Twin with Problems
An epic fantasy that left me breathless


Liz Lemon, The Vampire Slayer

Full disclosure, Liz Meldon is one of my squishies (that is, a really wonderful person that I call a good friend). This could go one of two ways, usually. In some cases, there’s the awkward moment of having to tell your friend, “Babe, I love you, not your book.” Happily, this was not a case of that.

I love a tried-and-true-trope as much as the next gal (Special Snowflake Saves Kingdom? Sign my ass up!), but I also love seeing real relationships seep into those tropes. It’s why I loved Karen Lynch’s series. And it’s why I loved The Fool, and The King.

Delia reminds me a lot of Lyssa. There’s competency there, but there’s also shooting oneself in the foot. She’s trying to prove herself in a world where everyone thinks she doesn’t belong. And then she goes and gets herself bitten by a vamp. Who surprisingly wants to date her now.

Claude (said vamp) is also not your typical guy either. I actually cheered when he told her, “Look, we can either date, or we can not, but I’m not doing this hot and cold shit. Make up your mind.” There’s something to be said for a man with the self-awareness to call out bullshit. And I love it.

This one is definitely in the R rating of books, although TBH, she could’ve left the sex out and it would’ve worked just as well. Cannot wait to see what happens in The Queen, which should be arriving sometime next year.

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