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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ACTS OF HOPE

By Martin Elsant
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

In ACTS OF HOPE, Book Two of Martin Elsant’s Inquisition Trilogy, star-crossed lovers Maria Lopes and Aristedes Coelho go their separate ways, each trying to...

HE LANDS IN PALM SPRINGS

By John Shekleton
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Joseph Tierney, recently diagnosed with HIV in the novel HE LANDS IN PALM SPRINGS, is the former pastor of Mater Dei, a large urban Catholic...

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DRAGONFLIES AT NIGHT

By Anne Marie Bennett
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Loving a famous music man. Life after death. Soul connection. The fine novel DRAGONFLIES AT NIGHT by Anne Marie Bennett explores all this and more.

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KALIKO ON THE SHOALS

By Emma Renault
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Kaliko searches for the true meaning of true love and comes to terms with her need for that love in the heartfelt LGBT character study...

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STREET OF STORYTELLERS

By Doug Wilhelm
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

STREET OF STORYTELLERS is a unique historical coming-of-age adventure focused around cross-cultural friendships during a period of heightening political and religious tensions in 1980s Pakistan.

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POLK GULCH

By Andrew Bardin Williams
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

POLK GULCH by Andrew Bardin Williams is the story of love and loss, featuring a girl from a punk rock band and the husband who...

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DEAR DURWOOD

By Jeff Bond
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

A modern, semi-Western thriller in which the resourceful Durwood Jones pits himself against cruel, corporate behemoths as the fate of a small Texas town hangs...

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ONCE YOU KNOW

By Madeleine Van Hecke
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

ONCE YOU KNOW by Madeleine Van Hecke takes an unsettling look at whether the betrayal of incest can be considered no big deal within a...

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MASK

By Andrea Fink
Rating:
4.1 / 5.0

Bookworm Emily must play magical princess in order to save her Sleeping Beauty sister.

EMMA’S GIFT

By Nancy Kehoe
Rating:
3.1 / 5.0

EMMA'S GIFT by Nancy Kehoe invites readers along on compassionate adventures in animal protection, first locally, and then ever onwards to exotic locations from Australia...

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RING ON DELI

By Eric Giroux
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

RING ON DELI is a subtle satire of the promise of the American Dream in which the losers and outcasts of society show creativity and...

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THE ART OF LOVE (& LOATHING)

By Stephen Daniel Ruiz
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Arthur Kimble is a middle-aged man wrestling with addiction, a failed marriage, and a writing career that suddenly lacks inspiration. Can he figure out how...

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