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

TOXIC COOKOUT

By Rob Dinsmoor
Rating:
4.6 / 5

TOXIC COOKOUT is a biting yet appetizing collection of short stories ranging from real-world horrors to fantasy tales involving otherworldly predators turned loose on suburbia.

IR Approved

ENTWINE

By Tracey Shearer
Rating:
4.0 / 5

The central mystery of ENTWINE concerns who is murdering the young women of a sleepy Scottish town and why.

IR Approved

SPIRALS OF FATE

By Tim Holden
Rating:
5.0 / 5

SPIRALS OF FATE takes readers through a fictionalized account of Kett's Rebellion, an uprising by farmers and laborers that took place in Edward VI's short...

THE MADNESS OF GRIEF

By Panayotis Cacoyannis
Rating:
3.5 / 5

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

THE JOURNEY OF AN ACORN

By Corey Wolff
Rating:
5.0 / 5

THE JOURNEY OF AN ACORN is the story of how a little acorn abandoned a life of pain and discovered the secret to a meaningful...

ARCADE

By MF Thomas
Rating:
3.5 / 5

When Walter Jackson’s wife leaves him, taking his daughter with her, he finds his search curtailed by a global disaster and chases the narrowest of...

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ELEPHANTS IN MY ROOM

By Christie Nicholls
Rating:
4.4 / 5

ELEPHANTS IN MY ROOM is a witty, vivid, well-written series of true stories about growing up, relationships and family.

IR Approved

WATER IS WIDER

By Marie Green McKeon
Rating:
4.0 / 5

Sydney has quietly kept her head down for years, working a steady but unrewarding job as a proofreader. But now her mother is dead, the...

IR Approved

A MAN OF HONOR, or Horatio’s Confessions

By J. A. Nelson
Rating:
4.4 / 5

Told in first-person by Horatio, author J.A. Nelson’s novel follows in the tradition of historical fiction.

IR Approved

COLLECTIVE AMNESIA: AMERICAN APARTHEID

By Eugene DeFriest Bétit
Rating:
4.6 / 5

Designed to counteract this country’s “collective amnesia” about the systematic racism that has marred its achievements and limited its potential, Eubene DeFriest Bétit’s book traces...

IR Approved

TRANSFERENCE

By B.T. Keaton
Rating:
5.0 / 5

TRANSFERENCE explains the purpose of human suffering and the essential nature of hope in the struggle that is life. 

IR Approved

COULD ANTHONY NEWLEY BE MY MUSE? (Or His Story Never Ends)

By Joellyn St. Pierre
Rating:
4.2 / 5

In COULD ANTHONY NEWLEY BE MY MUSE? author Joellyn St. Pierre gives a detailed account of her relationship with the spirit of late British singer,...

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