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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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT STUART’S DESERT BURIAL?

By David Bath
Rating:
4.0 / 5

DID YOU HEAR ABOUT STUART’S DESERT BURIAL? is a sex and crime-infused Western-American road story, with hints of “Lolita” and “Thelma & Louise.”

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UNTOLD MAYHEM: An Assortment of Violence

By Mark Tullius
Rating:
4.0 / 5

UNTOLD MAYHEM is a collection of short horror stories, each of which revolves around or culminates in an act of violence. Some feature supernatural specters...

IR Approved

ENTWINE

By Tracey Shearer
Rating:
4.0 / 5

The central mystery of ENTWINE concerns who is murdering the young women of a sleepy Scottish town and why.

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SPIRALS OF FATE

By Tim Holden
Rating:
5.0 / 5

SPIRALS OF FATE takes readers through a fictionalized account of Kett's Rebellion, an uprising by farmers and laborers that took place in Edward VI's short...

THE MADNESS OF GRIEF

By Panayotis Cacoyannis
Rating:
3.5 / 5

THE MADNESS OF GRIEF deals with the rift between lie and reality in a melancholic spin of drama, intrigue, mystery and the coming-of-age for a...

ARCADE

By MF Thomas
Rating:
3.5 / 5

When Walter Jackson’s wife leaves him, taking his daughter with her, he finds his search curtailed by a global disaster and chases the narrowest of...

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WATER IS WIDER

By Marie Green McKeon
Rating:
4.0 / 5

Sydney has quietly kept her head down for years, working a steady but unrewarding job as a proofreader. But now her mother is dead, the...

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A MAN OF HONOR, or Horatio’s Confessions

By J. A. Nelson
Rating:
4.4 / 5

Told in first-person by Horatio, author J.A. Nelson’s novel follows in the tradition of historical fiction.

IR Approved

TRANSFERENCE

By B.T. Keaton
Rating:
5.0 / 5

TRANSFERENCE explains the purpose of human suffering and the essential nature of hope in the struggle that is life. 

THE POINT

By Angel I. Hawkins
Rating:
2.9 / 5

Angel I. Hawkins' THE POINT tracks a young adult relationship through five seasons, starting the summer after Willoughs' senior year in high school and throughout...

TRIBAL AFFAIRS

By Matt Dallmann
Rating:
3.5 / 5

A young woman discovers that she is, in fact, only part-human, and the heiress to a powerful genie family - but can she fight back...

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ANNA INCOGNITO

By Laura J Preble
Rating:
5.0 / 5

To ANNA INCOGNITO in the novel by Laura J. Preble, life is disastrous; something that must be survived, and often isn't.

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