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
January 8, 2024

TRUE GRACE

By Karen E. Osborne
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

Through a story that is as heartrending as it is gripping and inspiring, Karen E. Osborne’s TRUE GRACE (A Black Woman's Journey to Save Her...

IR Approved
December 29, 2023

CROSSING DARKNESS

By Alexander C. Juden
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

In CROSSING DARKNESS, Alexander C. Juden delivers a fast-paced historical thriller that deftly incorporates post-WWI politics, European espionage, and complicated personal relationships.

November 29, 2023

SAVING MADONNA

By Kate Bristow
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

Through deeply personal stories, Kate Bristow's SAVING MADONNA offers a window into the potential for both depravity and nobility of people at war—and underscores the...

IR Approved
November 8, 2023

SKY OF ASHES, LAND OF DREAMS

By Erin Jamieson
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

A beautiful and engrossing read, Erin Jamieson's SKY OF ASHES, LAND OF DREAMS paints a complex and captivating portrait of people and their ways of...

IR Approved
October 27, 2023

VALE

By Tess Bentley
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

An assured and inventive debut by Tess Bentley, VALE is an modern update of the classic Victorian romances with a neat twist that adds a...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

Thoughtfully crafted and genuinely heartrending, Charles M. Clemmons's AILA'S JOURNAL (A Tale of Southern Reconstruction) is a powerful exploration of race, identity, and human connection...

IR Approved
October 11, 2023

DANISH CONNECTION

By Keith Thye
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Keith Thye's historical novel DANISH CONNECTION is a fascinating and ultimately moving family chronicle, rendered with clean, straightforward prose and a deep affection for its...

IR Approved
October 6, 2023

BIG MAN JUDAS

By Jonathan Maas, James Maas
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

Dense with action and propelled along by strong pacing and a compelling sense of urgency, BIG MAN JUDAS by James and Jonathan Maas is an...

IR Approved
August 30, 2023

MY PLACE AMONG THEM

By J Stanion
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

MY PLACE AMONG THEM, an affecting narrative of the lives of Plains Indians at the turn of the 20th century was drafted by author J....

IR Approved
August 2, 2023

A MOTHER’S NATURE

By Monica Brillhart
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A MOTHER'S NATURE continues to expand a familiar myth into a surprisingly human tale of love, grief, and coming-of-age. Monica Brillhart's take on Persephone shines...

July 19, 2023

LUCIUS: A Soldier’s Journey

By Rev. Michael H. Lavery
Rating:
3.7 / 5.0

Rev. Michael H. Lavery's well written historical novel, LUCIUS: A Soldier’s Journey, convincingly addresses human struggles with loyalty, faith and morality and is populated by...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Jane Austen enthusiasts will enjoy Alice McVeigh's tale, DARCY: A Pride and Prejudice Variation, which has a style that is faithful to the original, while...

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