Indie Book Reviews

  • One star = Really bad; there’s a reason this book is self-pubbed.
  • Two stars = Mediocre, but one or two bright spots.
  • Three stars = Good; worth reading.
  • Four stars = Very good.
  • Five stars = Excellent; must-read.
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MY NEW FRIEND, GRIEF

Rating: 4.5
As author Anna Hodges Oginsky goes through the Kubler–Ross steps of grieving after the sudden death of her beloved father, she writes about her personal approaches to finding meaning and relief.
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RICE & ROCKS

Rating: 4.5
A young boy goes on a journey with his aunt and magic pet parrot to see how people enjoy rice and beans all over the world.
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BEYOND TITHES & OFFERINGS

Rating: 4
BEYOND TITHES & OFFERINGS (2ND Edition) clearly defines tithes and offerings, and provides a different approach for conscientious Christians to determine their own spiritually inspired criteria for sharing their wealth with those in need.
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HUSBAND: My 40-Year Marriage to a Gay Man

Rating: 4.5
The subtitle of Joanne Blackwelder’s memoir, HUSBAND, says it all: “My Forty-Year Marriage To A Gay Man.”
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Sharing the beliefs and perspectives in: THE EVANGELICAL EXPERIENCE

Rating: 5
A former Evangelical Christian gives his experiences with the movement, and explains the beliefs and perspectives of those within it.
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DREAM ELECTRIC

Rating: 3
A virtual reality game becomes real in DREAM ELECTRIC.
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BILLY BEDIVERE IN THE QUEST FOR THE DRAGON QUEEN

Rating: 4.5
BILLY BEDIVERE IN THE QUEST FOR THE DRAGON QUEEN is a solid fantasy quest adventure for early middle-grade readers.
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SOLE SILENCE

Rating: 4
In SOLE SILENCE, author M.AR.S brings the social media age into the cliques that inevitably form in high school, with a character that did not grow up on even the most basic of technologies and, as a result, is shunned because of it.
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PLAINS TO THE PACIFIC

Rating: 5
PLAINS TO THE PACIFIC is the autobiography of Robert Slothower, a pioneer farmer and rancher whose life and adventures spanned several states and over eighty years.
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NUMBERS GAME

Rating: 3.8
Imagine a nation in which every citizen’s net societal worth can be boiled down to a single rating – one that is forever tattooed on their forehead for all to see. Now imagine what would happen if the system that awarded those ratings was broken – perhaps even corrupt. That’s the premise of NUMBERS GAME.
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EXPECTING SUNSHINE

Rating: 5
The author, mourning for a baby son who died in her arms at birth, must confront the depths of her loss and find healing when she becomes pregnant with her third child.
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REAL FOOD FOR HEALTHY PEOPLE: A recipe and resource guide

Rating: 4.5
REAL FOOD FOR HEALTHY PEOPLE is the recipe and resource guide that proves eating well can be done deliciously.
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THE AMARANT

Rating: 2.8
Part high school drama and part paranormal adventure, THE AMARANT brings fiction to life when a high school student uncovers the existence of vampires and unlocks a deadly secret about her own genetic makeup.
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FEDERAL PRISON HANDBOOK

Rating: 5
Christopher Zoukis, a prison inmate turned writer, advocate, and law student, offers a comprehensive guide to how to survive, avoid conflict, and seek out opportunities to better oneself while incarcerated.
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A JOURNEY WITH PANIC

Rating: 5
The authors explain cognitive behavioral techniques for dealing with panic attacks.
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BABY BOOMER ENTREPRENEUR

Rating: 4
BABY BOOMER ENTREPRENEUR gives the reader strategies on how to achieve financial independence that, unfortunately in books of this type, can only be validated by practicing them.
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MAIL-ORDER ANNIE

Rating: 4
The main character in MAIL-ORDER ANNIE is a trailer park-dwelling English teacher named Frank who is afflicted with considerable sexual frustration.
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Clint Marsh + Karima Cammell on their IRDA Winning THE TROLL COOKBOOK

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Don't feed the trolls—let the trolls feed you! Trolls are folkloric creatures found in many lands, and in these pages they offer us enchanting and personal ways to savor good food every day.
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PINK SLIPS

Rating: 5
Not since "Rosemary’s Baby" has a thriller revealed how vulnerable women are when pregnant.
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Drugs, photography and murder in DARKROOM

Rating: 5
DARKROOM is a highly-polished atmospheric descent into a seedy world of drugs, murder and photography populated by vibrant characters.
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RADAR ROAD: THE BEST OF ON IMPULSE

Rating: 4.5
RADAR ROAD: THE BEST OF ON IMPULSE is a collection of twenty-five exquisite short stories artfully strung together by Best New American Voices nominee Nath Jones.
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Mary Maddox on her IRDA Winning DARKROOM

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Day Randall, a gifted but unstable photographer, has gone missing. No one cares except her friend Kelly, who follows the trail into an underworld of drugs, violence, and ruthless men who will do anything to protect their secrets.
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MISTS OF THE SERENGETI

Rating: 4.7
"Everything is one...we are all connected." That profound Maasai saying is the theme brilliantly explored through the characters and plot of this new romantic literary fiction.
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SOMETIMES I'M SO SMART I ALMOST FEEL LIKE A REAL PERSON

Rating: 3.7
SOMETIMES I'M SO SMART is an intriguing, illuminating look at the problems with refusing to acknowledge others as people, not pawns.