Indie book reviews

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Our Reviewers won’t judge your book as compared to other self-published titles, but against other books, period. Our ratings are based on the following criteria, although reviewers are able to award partial stars (i.e. a 1.3 or a 4.7), rather than rounding up or down to a whole or half number.

1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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SIMON’S MANSION

By William Poe
Rating:
4.6 / 5

SIMON’S MANSION is the third book in William Poe's LGBT literary fiction series.

AFTER OLYMPUS

By Santiago Xaman
Rating:
3.8 / 5

What seemed like it might have been the unraveling of the mystery of a Cold War Soviet conspiracy, AFTER OLYMPUS actually deals with a quieter...

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THREE TERRIBLE TALES

By Margaret F. Chen
Rating:
4.0 / 5

In THREE TERRIBLE TALES, Margaret Chen explores lonely womanhood and the unsettling nature of questioning one’s own sanity through three brief but eerie, stories.

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VICES/VIRTUES

By Beatrice DeSoprontu
Rating:
4.5 / 5

VICES/VIRTUES centers around the women who work at a BDSM dungeon, as dominatrixes, each with a story to tell, demonstrating the virtues (and vices) that...

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COUNT IT ALL JOY

By Mitchell Allen
Rating:
4.0 / 5

COUNT IT ALL JOY lyrically unfolds the story of a small-town life filled with anxiety and alienation.

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THE WINTER SISTERS

By Tim Westover
Rating:
5.0 / 5

A city doctor must contend with a trio of sisters in the backwoods of nineteenth century Georgia, where the town is held captive by their...

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WHERE THEY GRAZE WITHOUT FLOWERS

By R. Joseph
Rating:
5.0 / 5

Soft sentences introduce Rev. Kin as he struggles with good deeds and the impulses of life. Sitting atop a quiet goodness, Kin moves from the...

GOOD MORNING, MR. DALTON

By Ana Shapkaliska
Rating:
2.8 / 5

In a series of short chapters, Ana Shapkaliska builds a kaleidoscopic view of the moment a woman’s life shifts and she transitions a dilapidated marriage...

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GRACE IN THE WINGS

By Kari Bovee
Rating:
5.0 / 5

GRACE IN THE WINGS takes readers back in time to the 1920s, following Grace Michelle, a Ziegfeld Follies costume designer as she is thrust into...

FIFTY PLASTIC BOTTLES AND THE SHOESHINE BOX

By Maédeiva Myre
Rating:
3.0 / 5

Cruelty and innocence meet in Pakistan in FIFTY PLASTIC BOTTLES AND THE SHOESHINE BOX.

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WHEN THE HABOOB SINGS

By Nejoud Al-Yagout
Rating:
4.5 / 5

WHEN THE HABOOB SINGS is a lush literary tale of one woman’s quest to tell her truth, set against the backdrop of a beautiful and...

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CITY IN A FOREST

By Ginger Pinholster
Rating:
4.8 / 5

CITY IN A FOREST is a novel about the power of the past, and freeing oneself to build a better future.

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