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
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Though Steven Joseph's CRANKY SUPERPOWERS seems rather too idiosyncratically arranged to be read as a self-help tome, the book is consistently funny and perhaps best...

IR Approved
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

More than a survivor's tale, WHAT THEY COULDN'T TAKE by Adira James is an enlightening resource in the battle against child sex trafficking and a...

Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Tracy Emerick's CONSUMMATE COACHES: Bill Belichick and Jesus Christ, is a promising but incomplete analysis of how two men–Bill Belichick and Jesus Christ–measured up as...

Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Readers will feel uplifted by Brion K. Hanks' technically flawed but emotionally vibrant poems in his TALES OF A TRAVELER IN POETRY AND PROSE.

IR Approved
June 23, 2023

SOMETHING’S GOING ON HERE

By Ruth Cherry, Ph.D.
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

No mere thriller, Ruth Cherry 's SOMETHING’S GOING ON HERE is a well-written and fascinating deep dive into one man’s reckoning with a town’s tragic...

Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Written by Patty Merski and beautifully illustrated by Chanda Patel, MOTHER BEACH (the joy of finding beach glass) features reflections on the whimsicality of a...

Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Written in a concise and spirited manner for readers who believe in psychic powers and past lives, Jennifer Elizabeth Moore’s advice and perspective in EMPATHIC...

January 18, 2023

LAME GAME

By Clyde Sampson II
Rating:
3.2 / 5.0

Pithy and heartfelt, Clyde Sampson II's LAME GAME eschews social science for a personal connection with young readers who could use some words of encouragement.

IR Approved
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Well-researched and relatable, Jeff Golden's RECLAIMING THE SACRED is a book that seeks to uncover the key to happiness--and in the end may actually do...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Jocelyn Jones' inspiring memoir, ARTIST (Awakening the Spirit Within) merges beautiful language and appealing visual design with practical advice in a book that's sure to...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

For those interested in mycology, pharmacology, and the role of psychoactive substances in world mythology and religion, Author/editor Kevin Feeney’s excellent, integrative volume, FLY AGARIC,...

IR Approved
April 27, 2022

REAL PRISON REAL FREEDOM

By Rosser McDonald
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

With its gruesome depictions of violence and bleak portrait of prison life, REAL PRISON REAL FREEDOM can be a grueling reading experience. Ultimately, however, it...

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