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

WHEN FORCE MEETS FATE

By Jamison Hill
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

A powerful first-hand account of survival in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, one that documents a decade-long battle with a difficult-to-diagnose illness.

IR Approved

CO SPECS, RECIPES & HISTORIES OF CLASSIC COCKTAILS

By Cas Oh
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

While CO-SPECS at its most elemental may seem like a simple A to Z recipe book for the bar culture’s most popular cocktails, its stylish...

IR Approved

ROSENEATH

By Dana McSwain
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A grieving couple is driven to the edge of madness by the mysterious, supernatural forces inhabiting their home in Dana McSwain’s horror novel, ROSENEATH.

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THE STORY OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE: Revised, Newly Illustrated Edition

By Author: Hugh Lofting, Adapted by: Melissa Dalton Martinez, Illustrator: Tom Tolman
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

THE STORY OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE is an illustrated adaptation of the 1920 novel about a doctor whose ability to talk with animals leads him on...

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THE TRAVELS OF IBN THOMAS

By James Hutson-Wiley
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A physician, raised first as a Muslim and then a Christian, and trained in medicine at Salerno, has numerous adventures as he travels to Jerusalem...

ALL GOOD QUESTS

By Joe Graber
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Journalist Brogan Quint has written about missing people over the years so investigating the disappearance of billionaire, John Breckon, is nothing new. But finding Breckon...

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STRONGHOLD

By Kesha Bakunin
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

STRONGHOLD portrays a grim medieval-level world struggling with imperial decay and societal upheaval, all in the shadow of a vast edifice whose keepers and functions...

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NEVER GROW UP

By Neil Ruttenberg
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Former network crime show producer Roger Hook is determined to locate the bloodthirsty killer Peter Pan in NEVER GROW UP by Neil Ruttenberg.

QAMAR AL-ZAMAN

By Ali Mahdi
Rating:
3.7 / 5.0

Different from the day of his birth, Qamar Al-Zaman lives a life of exclusion, socially unwanted, the last of his kind and driven by cultural...

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COLDWATER REVENGE

By James A. Ross
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

When successful big-city lawyer Tom Morgan visits his hometown, he doesn’t realize he’ll end up investigating a murder of a childhood friend. Aiding his brother...

AIRPLANE STORIES AND HISTORIES

By Norman Currey
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

AIRPLANE STORIES AND HISTORIES provides a meticulously researched, anecdote-driven account of some of modern aviation’s most pivotal moments.

L’ORIGINE: The Secret Life of the World’s Most Erotic Masterpiece

By Lilianne Milgrom
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Readers are introduced to Courbet’s painting L’Origine du Monde (The Origin of the World) in the prologue to L'ORIGINE: The Secret Life of the World’s...

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