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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HOCKEY KARMA

Rating: 4.8
The final installment in Howard Shapiro’s Forever Friends trilogy, HOCKEY KARMA, follows the dual protagonists Jeremiah “Jake” Jacobson, an athlete well known for his prowess on the ice, and his friend/agent, Tom Leonard.
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THE CLAWS OF PERDITION

Rating: 3.3
A collection of short stories written around dark themes, Alaric Cabiling’s unraveling narratives are sharp and at times shocking, with simple dialogue and common scenarios unfolding into lies, chaos and violence.
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VOID IF DETACHED

Rating: 4.5
The author, a minister's daughter who questioned her faith, finds new connections to a higher power through her late father's sermons.
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THE CURSE ENDS: THE STORY OF THE 2016 CHICAGO CUBS

Rating: 3.5
A beautifully illustrated version of the amazing story about how the Wrigley Field-based professional baseball team overcame the century-long “Curse of the Billy Goat” to win the World Series in 2016.
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SUPERBALL

Rating: 3.8
SUPERBALL is a relationship story taking place in 1970s Colorado driven by both hippy sensibility and philosophy.
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STRETCH FOR CHANGE

Rating: 5
Gustavo Razzetti's STRETCH FOR CHANGE offers practical advice of how to deal with life in our pinball-like age.
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MAKE A WISH FOR ME

Rating: 4.5
Moving and delicately written, this stark memoir of life after her son was diagnosed with autism is emotionally vulnerable, darkly personal and intensely raw.
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DIRTY PINK

Rating: 2.5
A genetic therapy designed to “cure” homosexuality in males ends up turning the skin of its users a bright pink color.
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ELECTION 2064: BOOK ONE

Rating: 5
Scott McDermott skillfully takes features of our era--pleas by both sides to come together in unity, quickly followed by a resumption of partisan warfare--and applies them to a not too distant America in the smoking aftermath of a Second Civil War.
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THE GLORIOUS BEYOND

Rating: 4.5
THE GLORIOUS BEYOND details the intensely personal journey one woman takes through the loss of her husband, grief, and finding the courage to move on.
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IT IS MYSELF THAT I REMAKE

Rating: 2
A young woman finds love and healing with her re-embodied spirit guide, the Irish poet William B. Yeats.
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STANDBY FOR BROADCAST

Rating: 5
A Navy nurse checks herself into a mental hospital to deal with her severe PTSD. There, she must recognize and confront the abuse she suffered as a child and the horror she witnessed while working as a nurse in Afghanistan.
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MOCK MY WORDS

Rating: 3.7
An established novelist famed for his beautiful prose, Chinese "literary genuis" David Tan, finds speaking English difficult, setting the stage for a heartfelt story about communication and the lack thereof.
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LURES

Rating: 4
LURES paints sympathetic portraits of everyday people striving after what they may never attain.
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THE VITAMIN SOLUTION

Rating: 4.3
The authors, co-founders of a vitamin company, give advice on the proper use of vitamins, both for specific conditions and general health.
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FRACTURED: My Journey Back from Death and the Lessons I've Learned Along the Way

Rating: 4
FRACTURED is less the story about Elizabeth Antonucci’s near-death experience and more about how she overcame crippling fears.
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THE BOOK OF MOON

Rating: 5
George Crowder merges the Book of Job, J. D. Salinger, and Woody Allen into an effective tale about an adolescent trying to make sense of life and death amidst the setting of a crumbling world and the scary rite of passage that is puberty.
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THE LIBRARIAN

Rating: 5
Author Philip Wilson takes the most desk-bound of professions, that of the librarian, and pits it against one of the most horrifying, in action/adventure, THE LIBRARIAN
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THE BEST OF FAMILIES

Rating: 5
Author Harry Groome soars in this tale of the privileged clinging to their social positions long past their shelf life, and how one of them seeks to escape his wealthy upbringing via combat.
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Zombies meet high-school romance in the darkly humorous CHEMISTRY

Rating: 5
Often mocked for her size, sixteen-year-old Stella Blunt learned to fiercely defend herself from bullying. But she definitely isn't ready for the designated high school weirdo Howard Mullins to fall in love with her.
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Plunge into a deep and bracing tale with BLACK WATER

Rating: 4.7
Joseph Caspar is a disappointed writer, living with his wife Noelle in a city with air so dirty it can kill. Then an old college friend offers him a project he can’t turn down.
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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.