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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COOPER GOES TO THE VET: Golden Retriever

By Donna Santini
Rating:
3.0 / 5

It’s time for Cooper’s regular check-up at the vet. But this golden retriever isn’t happy about it! Will his owners manage to get him there?

AMANDA’S WHALE TALE

By Kerrie Elizabeth Godding
Rating:
2.8 / 5

Written and illustrated by Kerrie Elizabeth Godding, AMANDA’S WHALE TALE tells the story of a girl who drifts out too far at sea and is...

IR Approved

GNARLYS OF THE NORTH WOODS

By Mary Cuffe Perez
Rating:
4.5 / 5

This spirited tale--presented from the viewpoints of Gnarlys, Gnomes and other creatures--explores daily life in the woods including the impact of humans on nature.

MADAME X AND THE WORLD BENEATH

By Eileen Conway
Rating:
3.9 / 5

MADAME X AND THE WORLD BENEATH is a captivating children’s book ideal for intermediate independent readers or read-alouds with children ages eight through 10. Ten-year-old...

THE WONDERS OF THE PECULIAR PARASOL

By Mark M. Even
Rating:
3.1 / 5

When three young relatives head for a birthday party, their adventurous play brings them into contact with a parasol with the capacity to transport them...

IR Approved

TORC THE CAT SAVES THE BUNNY

By NONA
Rating:
4.5 / 5

TORC is a cat with a big heart and big dreams. No feline fantasies of cat-and-mouse for this furry guy, who instead aspires to become...

IR Approved

THE L.I.E.

By Brian Barrie
Rating:
4.0 / 5

THE L.I.E. is an illustrated book for young adults about an emotionally withdrawn, brilliant woman who, through her passion for science, ultimately is befriended and...

WHERE WILL YOU GO, RICKY JO?

By Tom Murdoch
Rating:
3.2 / 5

In WHERE WILL YOU GO, RICKY JO?, a colorfully illustrated book for early readers, children can follow a Chihuahua puppy on his various adventures—from his...

IR Approved

MY UGANDAN HILL

By C. H. Colman
Rating:
4.8 / 5

When Charles Colman's family move to Uganda, Africa, they discover a world far different than post-WWII Britain.

ELFISH: The King of Rockfish

By Billy Simpson, Jr.
Rating:
3.8 / 5

ELFISH: The King of Rockfish is an underwater re-imagining of a rock star’s ascent.

IR Approved

REECE’S VINTAGE TALES

By N. Reece Ho-Sheffield
Rating:
4.0 / 5

A set of new and inspired-by stories in REECE’S VINTAGE TALES give parents a variety of morality lessons to choose to read with and to...

NO ORDINARY GIFT

By Evon Smith
Rating:
3.0 / 5

A kitten named Petra adapts to a new home - but will a squirrel-sparked adventure cause disaster?

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