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

UNPLUGGED

By Joe Barrett
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Dan Johnson used to have it all: money, success, and a gorgeous girlfriend. But then he threw it all away to unplug from the modern...

IR Approved

TALES OF WONDER THE SAGA OF STICKITVILLE

By Richard R. Wyly
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A town full of oddballs in the Rocky Mountains conducts its quirky annual traditions in the midst of a bizarre mystery after a stranger crashes...

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JOE’S ODYSSEY

By Nick LaTorre
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Bored with his everyday life, a middle-aged man steals a gangster's yacht and sails around the world in Nick LaTorre’s JOE’S ODYSSEY.

IR Approved

TOXIC COOKOUT

By Rob Dinsmoor
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

TOXIC COOKOUT is a biting yet appetizing collection of short stories ranging from real-world horrors to fantasy tales involving otherworldly predators turned loose on suburbia.

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DAISY IN THE DOGHOUSE

By Joe Barrett
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

DAISY IN THE DOGHOUSE is Joe Barrett's send-up of the digital age.

GHOST BUSTING MYSTERY

By Daisy Pettles
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Modern Midwest Grannies Tackle An Old Fashioned Murder Mystery in GHOST BUSTING MYSTERY.

SOURPUSS: A Dark Comedy

By Merricat Mulwray
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

SOURPUSS is a dark comedy/satire that lashes out at multiple targets including college students, athletes, and especially fraternities.

THE OUTLANDISH AND THE EGO

By O. Ryan Hussain
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

THE OUTLANDISH AND THE EGO tells the parallel stories of several very different, unique characters whose fates are unexpectedly intertwined.

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APOCALYPSE CHOW: A Remix of Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness

By David Julian Wightman
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

Charlie Marlow's mission is to voyage deep into the Canadian wilderness to Chow, the ultimate destination restaurant owned by the mysterious Brothers. Chow's chef, Walter...

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MIDSUMMER’S BOTTOM

By Darren Dash
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A mortal is hired by Oberon, King of the Fairies, to disrupt an awful performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, with, well, Puckish results.

MONDAYS WITH MORTY: OFFBEAT LESSONS FOR SUCCESS

By Jim Tilberry
Rating:
3.7 / 5.0

Jim Tilberry Tickles The Funny Bone In MONDAYS WITH MORTY: OFFBEAT LESSONS FOR SUCCESS

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THE FATNESS

By Mark A. Rayner
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Easy to devour in one sitting, this tongue-and-cheek account of a BMI-obsessed society is both laughable and cringe-inducing.

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