What are the best free books from Smashwords and Epubbud?

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    #1The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars

    The Fault in Our Stars tells the love story of Hazel and August, cancer-afflicted patients who met in a support group and developed a deep relationship revolving their situation.


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    Samantha Fields
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I have seen this book in particular being sold as a free purchase one time, I may have missed that deal because this book definitely got a lot of praises and gained a lot of loyal fans added to its already huge fan base. I would consider this one to be one o the best that became free one time from Smashwords simply because it already got a movie adaptation years back."
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    Fablehaven is the first book in Brandon Mull's Fablehaven series. Published by Shadow Mountain on June 14, 2006, Fablehaven is about Kendra and her brother Seth and their quest to save Fablehaven.


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    Kelly Little
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "What a fun, epic story! I liked the series from the start and got into it really rapidly. I wasn't even expecting to like it, I mean look at the cover art... But it's really well written, and the plots are diabolical in their complexity and twists. And the characters are deep, believable (although of course, given the genre, a little suspension of disbelief is necessary). And the ending is so satisfying it made me want to go back in time to when I was just starting the journey!"
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    #3The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)

    The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)
    The Maze Runner is the first novel in The Maze Runner series written by James Dashner which centers on Thomas who wakes up in the lift and had an amnesia. 


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    Megan Richardson
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book will have you on the edge of your seat and hoping not to have bad dreams of slime monsters. The characters are each distinct and interesting. Real page turner. Great story line. "
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    #4Rot & Ruin

    Rot & Ruin
    Set in a post-apocalyptic America that is infested with zombies, Benny Imura is struggling with finding a job. Since everyone who is unemployed when they turn 15 sees their rations cut in half, he has no choice but to start working as a zombie hunter. 


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    Keith Patel
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Zombies and a post apocalptic scenario = me buying it. I loved this book. I love zombies and this had just the right amount of action"
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    #5Princess Academy

    Princess Academy

    Princess Academy is a novel by Newbery Honor-winning author, Shannon Hale. It tells the story of a girl named Miri as she attends a princess academy with other girls from her village, all in the hopes of becoming chosen by the prince.


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    Nancy Bennett
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "A slow-moving read at first but turned out to be a beautiful story. I feel the author did wonderfully with the character descriptions and stories. My favorite was the tale of the forest people and how the main character befriended them. "
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    #6Paper Towns

    Paper Towns
    Paper Towns is a book by JohnGreen that tells a story about Margo and Quentin. Margo is famous in their university but her friends betrayed her so she asked for Quentin's help to prank them, but the next day she's gone missing.

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    Marcela Muñiz
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Paper Towns is an interesting book about some college drama that unfolds to be potentially harmful. The book is available for purchase on Amazon, as well as for purchase on Smashwords. Epubbub seems to have gone defunct, so that is not an option to purchase from."
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    #7Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires)

    Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires)
    Claire Danvers isn't having the best college freshman experience: the popular girls are making sure she never forgets she's in the last ladder of the school's social scene. Everything will change when some dangerous creatures make it to the campus looking for blood. 


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    Gilberto Marín
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "My niece is really into the vampire story phase and enjoys this book. I wondered why she liked it so much so I gave it a try and it is a bit interesting and I find it that it is good to improve reading level. Only thing it's not free if you are looking for a Smashwords and epubbud book."
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    #8The Selection

    The Selection

    The Selection is the process where 35 girls compete against each other for a chance to seduce Prince Maxon. Every girl dreams about this opportunity, everyone but America Singer, who is already and love with another man. It will all change as soon as she meets Prince, who could very well be the man of her life. 

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    Petra Barrios
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The Selection is a bit of weird book; I found the gender politics a bit retrograde. I wish it had deconstructed some of the rules of the world a bit more. As it is, the female characters all felt empty to me and without any real motivation of their own."
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    #9Sharp Objects

    Sharp Objects

    Sharp Objects is a contemporary crime mystery thriller novel written by Gillian Flynn. It is first published in 2006 by Broadway Paperbacks.


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    Janice Barnes
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "Reporter Camille has spent some time in a mental hospital in Sharp Objects. When she gets out she is faced with a troubling assignment and has to return to her home town to complete it. She has to cover the murders of two teenage girls and face her own demons in the process."
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    #10The 5th Wave

    The 5th Wave

    The 5th Wave is the first book in the young adult science fiction series The 5th Wave written by Rick Yancey which centers on Cassie who will trust no one as beings who look like humans are killing the humans they see until she meets Evan Walker. 


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    Sandra Olivares
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "I am not really sure on how this book can be acquired for free because to be honest I have not read the book yet but I am familiar with this one. The 5th wave is definitely one to pick up if you are one of those huge fans to Sci fi generally, as long as you want a little bit of variety."
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    #11Dark Places

    Dark Places

    Dark Places is a crime mystery thriller fiction novel written by Gillian Flynn. It is first published in 2009 by Shaye Areheart Books.


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    Susana Soriano
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "It is an interesting story, but lacks some editing. The author seems to wander away some times."
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    #12The Storyteller

    The Storyteller
    The Storyteller tells the story of Sage Singer and her unlikely friendship with Josef Weber. Things change when Josef confesses to a terrible secret, and the both of them must choose between punishment and forgiveness.

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    David Huerta
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "A popular book about a baker and a secret and forming relationships. This is the type of story I would see in a low budget tv show. "
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    #13The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus)

    The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus)
    The Lost Hero, the first book in Rick Riordan's Heroes of Olympus series, is centered on three new demigods: Jason, Piper, and Leo who go on a journey with their newly discovered powers to look for a lost hero and fulfill a long-awaited prophecy.


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    Vincent Perkins
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Smashwords has released some of the most interesting books that I have ever read. I remember reading one of their books over an entire Christmas vacation. This was a long time ago but I don't feel like buying the book over. I think this is an interesting alternative to buying having to rebuy the books. "
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    #14An Abundance of Katherines

    An Abundance of Katherines
    An Abundance of Katherines is an intriguing romance book about Colin Singleton, who was dumped by 19 different girls all named Katherine. In this book, John Green details Colin's attempt to break the curse.

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    Vibhore Pillai
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I feel like as far as the best free e-books from Smashwords and EPUBbud go I would have to rate an abundance of Catherine's as one of the top books! I read it from cover to cover and what seemed like just two days. It was definitely one of the best read that I've got for free; I can't think of anything right off the top my head that beat it!"
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    #15Beastly (Kendra Chronicles)

    Beastly (Kendra Chronicles)

    Beastly is a contemporary retelling of the classic fairy tale Beauty and The Beast. Kendra the witch teaches Kyle Kingsbury a lesson for his cruelty by transforming him into a beast. To break the spell, the girl he truly loves must love him in return.


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    Kathryn Hart
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "My daughter came to me one day asking if I could help her find a free book on Smashwords and Epubbud. We decided to look around together and landed on the title Beastly (Kendra Chronicles). This novel turned out to be one of the best choices that we could have made! What an enjoyable book."
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    #16Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, is an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. A horrific family tragedy sets Jacob in a remote island where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he explores, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous, and they may still be alive.

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    Ann Wallace
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is a great classic book! The story is great, and makes your childs imagination run wild, thinking about the possibilities that this book touches on. If only they could happen! Both of my kids love this book, and there is a movie as well that is amazing. Give this to your kid, they will love it!"


Best What are the best free books from Smashwords and Epubbud
1The Fault in Our StarsBooks 57 Paid
2FablehavenBooks 51 Paid
3The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner)Books 48 Paid
4Rot & RuinBooks 42 Paid
5Princess AcademyBooks 40 Paid
6Paper TownsBooks 38 Paid
7Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires)Books 37 Paid
8The SelectionBooks 35 Paid
9Sharp ObjectsBooks 25 Paid
10The 5th WaveBooks 21 Paid

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