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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IR Approved

LOST ON THE EDGE OF ETERNITY

By Jonathan Floyd
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

LOST ON THE EDGE OF ETERNITY is about the profound, ghostly side of a small town, and a bid to put right the unfilled lives...

IR Approved

SHADOWS IN THE LIGHT

By Sophie Shepherd
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A teenage girl who secretly aspires to be a martial arts warrior in a country where physical aggression is limited to the artform of dance....

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BUTTERFLIES IN THE SYSTEM

By Jane Powell
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Through an endlessly traumatizing series of events, teenager Samara Long clings to her few true friendships, her sense of humor, and her writing, and eventually...

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THE PRINCESS ELECTRIC

By Derek Silver
Rating:
4.1 / 5.0

THE PRINCESS ELECTRIC is an original YA fantasy that follows Violet into Dementia, a reality where holding onto memories can mean a fight to the...

THE RARE

By Diane Anthony
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A suicidal teen in a dystopian city flees bullies, her overbearing mother, and an oppressive government with her best friend at her side and discovers...

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LISTEN MAMA

By M.S.P. Williams
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Though faced with the ever increasing obstacles of caring for his mentally ill mother and four siblings, Manny never gives up hope of holding his...

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THIS WAS ALWAYS ABOUT BASKETBALL

By Craig Leener
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Interdimensional hijinks ensue in this YA coming of age tale where a young basketball player must save the fate of the sport from the evil...

TALES OF NASH

By Ann Worthington
Rating:
2.7 / 5.0

Nash is just a normal high school kid who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. After his out-of-control drug use lands him with his...

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CALENDULA PROOF

By Steve McManus
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

When a wealthy widow’s priceless estate brings shady art collectors to a seaside tourist town, it’s up to a gang of plucky fifth-graders to untangle...

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THE LAST LUMENIAN

By S. G. Blaise
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

THE LAST LUMENIAN is an elaborate science fiction fantasy centering on a princess in a faraway universe who doesn’t know her hidden strengths and feels...

AN OUTSIDER ON THE INSIDE

By Logan Ayers
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

A high school loner, thrust into the spotlight by a family tragedy, learns the limits of his social endurance.

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KISSING DAISY PARKER

By Michael Milton
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

KISSING DAISY PARKER follows a trio of teenagers growing up in the small fishing village in Scotland. Misfits and outcasts, they support each other, only...

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