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
June 12, 2024

ROSES IN DECEMBER

By Mark A Gibson
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Like its predecessor, Mark A. Gibson's ROSES IN DECEMBER is a book that does not shy away from brutality, tragedy, and heartbreak. However, it does...

IR Approved
June 10, 2024

A SONG THAT NEVER ENDS

By Mark A Gibson
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A heartwarming and frequently heartbreaking tale of a young man's life, Mark A. Gibson's A SONG THAT NEVER ENDS carries a message of hope and...

IR Approved
April 19, 2024

MORAL FIBRE

By Helena P. Schrader
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Helena P. Schrader’s MORAL FIBRE is an excellent work of historical fiction that readers will love for its realistic depiction of war and the moving...

IR Approved
April 17, 2024

MARRIAGE AND HANGING

By Genevieve Morrissey
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Genevieve Morrissey’s MARRIAGE AND HANGING is a splendid historical novel that will captivate fans of mystery as it explores questions of trust in marriage, religion,...

IR Approved
April 10, 2024

SHELTER IN A HOSTILE WORLD

By Mack Little
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

The compelling narrative and rich cast of Mack Little’s slim novel SHELTER IN A HOSTILE WORLD pack a powerful punch, painting a time, place, and...

IR Approved
April 5, 2024

FULL BEAVER MOON

By Peter Skinner
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

Peter Skinner’s FULL BEAVER MOON is a captivating, challenging, and ultimately rewarding slice of historical fiction dripping with lyrical prose and Southern-tinged atmosphere.

April 3, 2024

STUMBLING STONES

By Bonnie Suchman
Rating:
2.9 / 5.0

Though a valuable story and a labor of love, Bonnie Suchman’s STUMBLING STONES doesn’t quite overcome the challenges of transmuting historical fact into compelling historical...

IR Approved
March 18, 2024

MORAL FIBRE: A Bomber Pilot’s Story

By Helena P. Schrader
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

Author Helena P. Schrader’s MORAL FIBRE: A Bomber Pilot's Story folds in all of her research effortlessly, delivering high-flying WWII action with a touching romantic...

IR Approved
March 8, 2024

COLD PEACE

By Helena P. Schrader
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

The first in Helena P. Schrader’s trilogy that retells the dramatic story of the Berlin Airlift, COLD PEACE draws the reader in with the author’s...

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...

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