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

GRIMDARK: Tales of Exile

By Kyle Fox
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

In Kyle Fox’s gritty fantasy novella GRIMDARK: TALES OF EXILE, a valiant fallen knight traverses a burning landscape destroyed by an apocalyptic war with gruesome...

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BILLY GOATS GRUFF: The Origin

By Roar Alexander Mikalsen
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

BILLY GOATS GRUFF: THE ORIGIN by Roar Alexander Mikalsen retells the familiar Norwegian fairytale of the three brave goats and the troll under the bridge,...

TALES FROM ARA I: Into the Unknown

By Gleem
Rating:
3.1 / 5.0

Harlette, a romance novelist, is swept through a mirror to the world of Ara and finds herself in the kingdom of Nimrod, held by the...

IMMIGRANT HUSTLE

By Amine Rahal
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

In IMMIGRANT HUSTLE, author Amine Rahal brings together a collection of fifty insightful interviews from American immigrants who have found personal and financial success through...

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BEYOND THE PALE BLUE SUN: Book Two in the Saga of the Cerulean Universe

By Kip Koelsch
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

Second in an epic sci-fi series, BEYOND THE PALE BLUE SUN picks up eleven years after the destruction of the research ship S’trava with waterworld...

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BLACK RIFLE

By Alex Davidson
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A tough-as-nails detective endures personal and professional loses on the trail of a murderous gunman, while a world-weary assassin searches for higher meaning in a...

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EMERGENCE

By Ellie Beals
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Cass and Noah Harwood spend as much time as possible in their cabin, where Cass takes long hikes with the couple's three dogs. Unbeknownst to...

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LATVIAN FOLKTALES

By Astrida Barbins-Stahnke
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

LATVIAN FOLKTALES is, as the title states, a collection of ancient folktales from Latvia, a nation with a long history of cultural repression. Through these...

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SISTERS OF THE VINE

By Linda Rosen
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Set in the 1960s, SISTERS OF THE VINE is the story of Liz Bergen, a housewife turned grape farmer grappling with marital discord and finding...

IN SIX DAYS

By M. Quilman
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

When a truck dealership is destroyed by unknown assailants, law enforcement scrambles to apprehend the culprits. Further attacks point to eco-terrorism, and IN SIX DAYS...

SUNSKAALD

By Scott Pike
Rating:
2.8 / 5.0

SUNSKAALD is a world where magic is dying, and dragons thought extinct and where a slumbering evil is bent on eradicating the rest. But a...

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THE GIRL IN CELL 49B (Emily Calby Book 2)

By Dorian Box
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Four years ago Emily Calby barely escaped her family's murder. Now she's been caught with an illegal firearm and her hidden identity has been revealed....

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