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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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT STUART’S DESERT BURIAL?

By David Bath
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT STUART’S DESERT BURIAL? is a sex and crime-infused Western-American road story, with hints of “Lolita” and “Thelma & Louise.”

THE MADNESS OF GRIEF

By Panayotis Cacoyannis
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

THE MADNESS OF GRIEF deals with the rift between lie and reality in a melancholic spin of drama, intrigue, mystery and the coming-of-age for a...

IR Approved

ANNA INCOGNITO

By Laura J Preble
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

To ANNA INCOGNITO in the novel by Laura J. Preble, life is disastrous; something that must be survived, and often isn't.

IR Approved

THE MUSEUM OF BULLSHIT

By Brad Rau
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Brad Rau’s THE MUSEUM OF BULLSHIT starts out as a comedic narrative about a novelty museum in Washington State whose curator claims to have a...

THE SUPERHERO MEMOIRS

By Kenneth H. Kim
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

A young boy wakes up in a mental hospital, surrounded by a memoir manuscript that explains that he is really Captain Cosmos, a super hero,...

IR Approved

SIMON’S MANSION

By William Poe
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

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

AFTER OLYMPUS

By Santiago Xaman
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

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 / 5.0

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 / 5.0

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...

IR Approved

COUNT IT ALL JOY

By Mitchell Allen
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

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

IR Approved

THE WINTER SISTERS

By Tim Westover
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

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 / 5.0

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...

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