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
February 14, 2024

FOG & FIREFLIES

By T.H. Lehnen
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

Well-imagined and confidently told, T.H. Lehnen’s FOG & FIREFLIES is thoughtful and engaging enough to please both mature YA readers and adults alike.

IR Approved
January 26, 2024

A BARGAIN WITH DARKNESS

By Peter Eliott
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A riveting, taut sequel—Peter Eliott's A BARGAIN WITH DARKNESS delivers pulse-pounding suspense and a winding, clever story as treacherous as the bleak back alleys of...

IR Approved
January 17, 2024

THE KIMONI LEGACY: Initiation

By Omari Richards
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Rich, complex, and exciting, Omari Richards's debut novel, THE KIMONI LEGACY: Initiation, will please any reader looking for fresh takes on medieval African fantasy with...

IR Approved
January 8, 2024

THE EBON KNIGHT

By James Wood
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

James Wood's THE EBON KNIGHT is a captivating dark fantasy with palpable tension, elements of horror, and a sweet (if stock) forbidden romance.

IR Approved
January 3, 2024

THE SOUL OF CHAOS

By Gregory Wunderlin
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Gregory Wunderlin's THE SOUL OF CHAOS is a double-edged sword of sci-fantasy. Rich with lore and potential, this genre-busting epic has high aspirations.

December 18, 2023

EXTRACTING MAGIC

By Isla Kinney
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Isla Kinney's EXTRACTING MAGIC is a unique entry into the ever-popular fantasy genre, as this first book promises an intriguing start to a brand new...

IR Approved
November 22, 2023

THE SINS OF KINGS

By Daniel Thomas Valente
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A promising addition to the high fantasy genre, Daniel Thomas Valente's THE SINS OF KINGS is an ambitious, engrossing debut that will captivate readers who...

November 17, 2023

SON OF THE DOOMSDAY PROPHET

By Steven J. Byers
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

A fascinating narrative opportunity, Steven J. Byers's SON OF THE DOOMSDAY PROPHET has a rambling plot and passive protagonist, but still puts a unique spin...

IR Approved
November 1, 2023

THE SOUL SECTOR

By Michael Karolewski
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

Michael Karolewski's THE SOUL SECTOR is a complex, emotionally charged fever dream of a story, a lesson in morality and coping with grief that introduces...

IR Approved
October 30, 2023

STAKED: A Vampire’s Tale

By Kim Catanzarite
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

For a vampire story, Kim Catanzarite's STAKED is a startlingly warm and wholesome tale of love, found friendship, strength of will, and purity of heart—with...

October 27, 2023

DRAKOMUNDA

By Guy Quartley
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Though as a collection it never truly coheres, Guy Quartley’s DRAKOMUNDA will thoroughly please fans of Lovecraft, Howard, and the golden age of fantasy-horror.

IR Approved
September 27, 2023

FAREWELL TO DUST AND SUN

By John M. Broadhead
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

John M. Broadhead's FAREWELL TO DUST AND SUN infuses elements of the western genre into a fictional post-apocalyptic setting. A heartbreaking, honest allegory of the...

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