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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VIVIE’S SECRET

By Terry Lee Caruthers
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A 12-year-old girl escapes Hungary amidst a revolution in 1956, leaving her entire family behind in the process. She makes it to the United States,...

Snatch 2&20

By Luke Fellows
Rating:
2.3 / 5.0

SNATCH 2&20 is a satirical insider’s look at Wall Street, following one hedge fund manager from big banks in New York City to a Silicon...

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NAKED TRUTH: OR EQUALITY THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT

By Carrie Hayes
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Regardless of where many think a woman's sole place and situation must be, in the historical novel NAKED TRUTH: OR EQUALITY THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT by...

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INDEPENDENCE DAY

By Rachel Teller
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

In the YA novel INDEPENDENCE DAY, author Rachel Teller takes a look at Borderline Personality Disorder, a mental health issue causing malfunctions from internal self-image...

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A THIN PORRIDGE

By Benjamin Gohs
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A story of family and forgiveness, strength and personal sovereignty, Abeona Browne struggles to make sense of life upon the death of her father in...

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EMPIRE PALADIN: Realm of the Dead

By M. S. Valdez
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

Zombies, and zealots, and magic – oh my! EMPIRE PALADIN is a ton of Dungeons & Dragons-esque fun with a little of the Borgias thrown...

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WALK THE DOG

By Isabel Jolie
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

WALK THE DOG by Isabel Jolie brings two unlikely characters -- a creative, moneyed new adult and an in-debt vet -- together in an emotionally...

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THE INVENTOR IN THE PINK PAJAMAS (If Not You, Then Who? Book 1)

By David and Emberli Pridham
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

David and Emberli Pridham's THE INVENTOR IN THE PINK PAJAMAS is an educational picture book that teaches kids about inventions and inventors.

LITTLE BLUEBIRD

By Erin Murphy Welch
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

LITTLE BLUEBIRD by Erin Murphy Welch is an beautifully illustrated tale that shows kids how differences make us special.

FINDING LOST STARS

By Grace Curley
Rating:
3.2 / 5.0

FINDING LOST STARS by Grace Curley brings old souls housed within the human forms of modern-day teenagers -- as well as the Gods and Goddesses...

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CALENDULA COOL

By Steve McManus
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A group of social misfits set off on an adventure to investigate the mysterious Ghost Girl, determined to find her before their schoolyard bullies in...

SIZE ZERO (Visage Book 1)

By Abigail Mangin
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

The scion of a high-powered modeling agency returns from self-imposed religious exile when the years-old cold-case disappearance of his childhood friend six years suddenly heats...

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