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

BLINK ONCE TO SPREAD SNOW

By James Christie
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

The main character in James Christie's historical novel BLINK ONCE TO SPREAD SNOW takes a look back at his long, eventful life from the vantage...

THE FRED VALENTINE SHOW

By Vincent Glen
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

A teenage boy brings his band of talking animals to a failing Las Vegas hotel hoping for a performance gig. He is hired as an...

IR Approved

THE LUCK OF MADONNA 13 (2020 Edition)

By E. T. Ellison
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

Centuries in the future, 16 year old Glendyl Fenderwell is chosen as St. Coriander’s 250th Quester. Tasked with venturing into the world outside of her...

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THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE

By Daniel G. Miller
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

In DaVinci Code-type action-thriller THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE, a Princeton professor takes on a nefarious secret society that’s stolen a tool of incredible power. When...

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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...

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ROGUE WAVE

By Isabel Jolie
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

When Adrian Tate inherits his Grandmother’s beach house, he is at a crossroads after working for Greenpeace and as a ‘repo man’ on the oceans....

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ALMOST DAMNED

By Christopher Leibig
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

ALMOST DAMNED is a follow-up to Chris Leibig's 2016 novel, Almost Mortal, and continues the story of mind-reading, not-quite-human attorney Samson Young.

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IF WE WERE ELECTRIC

By Patrick Earl Ryan
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

The twelve short stories of IF WE WERE ELECTRIC cover a dizzying range of characters and situations, from a gay teenager's doomed escape with his...

THE MENDED MIRROR

By Karen Celeste Hilfman
Rating:
3.2 / 5.0

A family's loving care for one another while the mystery of how author Karen Celeste Hilfman's mother came to exhibit multiple personalities is explored in...

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THE GODMA’S DAUGHTERS

By Isabella Ides
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Long-held secrets of the Mayan Godma Ixmukáhne are brilliantly and humorously revealed in THE GODMA'S DAUGHTERS by Isabella Ides.

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STEALING THE HOLY GRAIL

By S.M. Perlow
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

S.M. Perlow’s STEALING THE HOLY GRAIL takes the reader to 6th century Europe. A religious order protects the Holy Grail, but one of its members,...

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