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 17, 2023

THE EVER PART OF ALWAYS

By Toby K. Davis
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Toby K. Davis’s beautifully written and always engaging, THE EVER PART OF ALWAYS (Keely Tucker’s First Adventure) is a heartfelt tale for young and older...

IR Approved
December 28, 2022

THE FREELANCER

By C.J. Fournier
Rating:
4.1 / 5.0

In THE FREELANCER, C.J. Fournier’s debut, a well-told crime plot is used to humanize the male perspective in the stories we tell about fatherhood, relationships,...

IR Approved
October 3, 2022

BLOOD SAPPHIRE’S REVENGE

By Bruce Farmer
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

With a central premise of a globe-trotting duel between a sophisticated and complex female sniper and a cartoonishly monstrous villain,  Bruce Farmer's BLOOD SAPPHIRE’S REVENGE...

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Rating:
4.1 / 5.0

Exploring one of history’s most enduring mysteries, Bart Rice’s KNIGHTS TEMPLAR TREASURE FOUND is a solid debut from a talented writer and historian.

IR Approved
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN SHOELACE is an exciting story for middle-school readers that plays for laughs more than swashbuckling high seas adventure, with an endearing...

IR Approved
November 10, 2021

JUST RIVER

By Sara B. Fraser
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Sara B. Fraser's prose is fluid, stylish and filled with exquisite turns of phrase. This may be only her second novel but she writes with...

IR Approved
October 15, 2021

THE DIABOLUS LEGACY

By Saul Kenneth Falconer
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

The marriage of historical fiction and thriller (with a little backwoods noir thrown in for extra spice) combine well in THE DIABOLUS LEGACY, an irreverent...

IR Approved
April 23, 2021

THE IMPORTANCE OF NOW

By Paul Schumacher
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

THE IMPORTANCE OF NOW, a story about overcoming the past and appreciating the present, is a heartwarming tale of redemption and forgiveness that is both...

IR Approved
April 12, 2021

THROUGH A FOREST OF STARS

By David C. Jeffrey
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

David C. Jeffrey’s inventive, intricate plots and world creation in THROUGH A FOREST OF STARS are definitely worth exploration in this first series volume, as...

IR Approved
December 23, 2020

GLORY DAYS

By J.P. Michaels
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

J.P. Michaels’ GLORY DAYS is a fascinating examination of the racism and turmoil in small-town southern America and its hostility to racial justice, told through...

IR Approved
December 21, 2020

SEASON OF WAITING

By Jim Christopher
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

SEASON OF WAITING by Jim Christopher is a thoughtful thriller imbued with attention-grabbing other-worldly elements and emotive characters whose stories are skillfully intertwined to keep...

IR Approved
November 2, 2020

ACTS OF HOPE

By Martin Elsant
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

After a somewhat slow beginning, ACTS OF HOPE, Book Two of Martin Elsant’s Inquisition Trilogy, ramps up the tale of a group of idealistic and...

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