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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January 18, 2023

LAME GAME

By Clyde Sampson II
Rating:
3.2 / 5.0

Clyde Sampson looks back on his school years as an outcast to offer words of wisdom for youths who face similar struggles.

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Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

An educator and nonprofit business leader analyzes American society to come up with his key to happiness.

IR Approved
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A memoir in which an acting teacher details her troubled youth and subsequent self-growth and prescribes a combination of meditation, journaling and spending time in...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

A comprehensive, scholarly and accessible investigation of the entheogenic Amanita muscaria mushroom, known commonly as fly agaric, and its associated mushroom varieties.

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April 27, 2022

REAL PRISON REAL FREEDOM

By Rosser McDonald
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Rosser McDonald tells the story of Rickie Smith, "the most violent man in Texas prisons," in REAL PRISON REAL FREEDOM, a chronicle of a broken...

April 25, 2022

THE JESUS RING

By Daniel Harry
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

When veteran Phil Christian finds a ring on the beach and slips it on his finger he discovers it was previously worn by Jesus and...

Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A memoir of adversity and guidebook for living with authenticity and passion, CHASING TIGERS IN THE DARK is a raw, candid account of a survivor's...

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February 21, 2022

CALLED

By Marlena Fiol, Ed O'Connor
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

CALLED, by Marlena Fiol and Ed O’Connor, is the story of Mennonite missionary couple John and Clara Schmidt, their connection with Argentinian activist Anastasia Brighton,...

January 31, 2022

WHY?

By William Search
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Author William Search attempts to address the purpose of human existence through a study of religion, philosophy, and science, and comes up with the belief...

Rating:
3.4 / 5.0

AN INTRODUCTION TO SPIRITUALITY offers readers a clear and concise explanation of ‘core spiritual principles’ in the hope that a greater understanding of spirituality will...

December 22, 2021

ETERNITY IS HERE

By Shirley Wallace Reaves MDiv.
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

An upbeat discussion of God’s plan for salvation aimed at open-minded nonbelievers.

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December 1, 2021

BUTTERFLY AWAKENS

By Margaret E Nocero
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

A candid autobiographical account of one woman’s transformative journey through the stages of grief that provides a cathartic roadmap for self-discovery.

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