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

EPHEMERAL WINGS

By Eva Silverfine
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A Mayfly nymph travels from habitat to habitat along a wild stream in search of a luscious feeding ground that will help her grow wings...

IR Approved

THE GOLD DARK SUMMER

By Susan Papas
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A coming-of-age story set at a British boarding school in the late 1950 that navigates an important season in the life of 14-year-old Sadie Stirling.

IR Approved

THERE’S NO BASKETBALL ON MARS

By Craig Leener
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

THERE'S NO BASKETBALL ON MARS is a young adult sci-fi adventure that follows young Lawrence as he joins a space mission tasked with the retrieval...

CANDLEWOOD: A Wizard’s Heritage

By Carol Louise Standley
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A seemingly-ordinary farm boy living on the edges of a mysterious, magical forest, is propelled into a world of wonder and peril when an evil...

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ENEMY’S KEEPER: Forbidden Ties (Book One in the Enemy’s Keeper series)

By Kyrie Wang
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

YA novel ENEMY’S KEEPER: Forbidden Ties follows a reclusive peasant girl as she is swept up in a complex face-off between Anglo-Saxons and Normans during...

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NAVIGATORS QUEST FOR A KINGDOM IN POLYNESIA

By Fata Ariu Levi
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

A comprehensive overview exploring the legend, myth, and mystery surrounding the ancient Polynesian mariners.

SUMMER OF ’82

By T. Allen Madding
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

As they prepare to graduate from high school, best friends Ricky, Jimmy, and Buck face an uncertain future in SUMMER OF '82, a coming-of-age novel...

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A LOST PENNY

By Rhonda Eason
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A coming-of-age story about a Black girl, her ambitions, overcoming trauma, and finding one’s true path.

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PUSHING PAWNS

By Dima Novak
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A high school freshman and his friends take on the ruthless world of competitive scholastic chess with the help of an eccentric grandmaster.

EDEN

By C.J. Singh
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

EDEN is a dystopian novel set in a not-so-distant future wherein a fever that has devastated the human population leads a young woman to discover...

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TAINT: A Novel

By Janet Kelley
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Set in a Kansas high school in 2001, TAINT is an in-depth exploration of the dark side of high school, including sexual assault.

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THE MYSTERY OF RASCAL PRATT, OR, THE PRETTY RED

By W. Robbie Scott
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

THE MYSTERY OF RASCAL PRATT, OR, THE PRETTY RED melds historical fiction with a young adult novel to deliver an adventure teeming with pirates of...

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