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
February 19, 2024

SPILLAGE

By Michael Gross
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

From its Milton Glaser-style cover onwards, SPILLAGE by Michael Gross shines as a resurrected literary curio from another era. An infectiously entertaining comic novel, charming...

IR Approved
January 19, 2024

PROVIDENCE

By David Grosz
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

Author David Grosz beautifully crafts language, characters, and storytelling in this haunting novel about friendship, loss, and the changing nature of the wheel of fortune...

IR Approved
January 19, 2024

ACCUSTOMED TO THE DARK

By Thomas DeConna
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Thomas DeConna’s ACCUSTOMED TO THE DARK is an engaging story-within-a-story that examines a cross-section of families in the 1963 American suburbs and serves as a...

January 10, 2024

NIFTY NEIGHBORS: Mister Rogers and Jesus Christ

By Tracy Emerick, Ph.D.
Rating:
2.5 / 5.0

NIFTY NEIGHBORS is an engaging, if somewhat unfocused, look at the similarities between TV host Fred Rogers and Jesus Christ. When on point, author Tracy...

Rating:
3.4 / 5.0

In CONSTANT COURAGE, the comparison between Dr. King’s fight for civil rights and Jesus’ championing of the poor and downtrodden is well made. Though somewhat...

IR Approved
December 15, 2023

SELECTED STORIES

By Michael Glenn
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Michael Glenn's SELECTED STORIES profoundly transform apparently mundane experiences into revelations about human nature.

IR Approved
December 4, 2023

A MIRROR FOR THE BLIND

By Jeong Mu
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

At once foreign and familiar, Jeong Mu’s A MIRROR FOR THE BLIND provides keen insight into both the traditional and technological forces weighing on young...

IR Approved
December 4, 2023

NOTHING SACRED (Outspoken Voices in Contemporary Fiction)

By Edited by Bernard Schweizer and James Morrow
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

NOTHING SACRED (Outspoken Voices in Contemporary Fiction) is a finely edited, well-designed anthology of contemporary fiction. A bright start for a bold, small press.

IR Approved
November 8, 2023

A LOVE REFRACTED IN A STREAM

By Christopher Kenneth Hanson
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

While A LOVE REFRACTED IN A STREAM initially appears to have no clear destination, Christopher Kenneth Hanson's rambling narrative coalesces into a compelling tale of...

September 27, 2023

SNAKES OF ST. AUGUSTINE

By Ginger Pinholster
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Ginger Pinholster’s SNAKES OF ST. AUGUSTINE boasts memorable characters, good pacing, and a warm heart that makes the novel’s darker insights easier to absorb but...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.1 / 5.0

In E. Ozie's THE BEAUTIFUL MATH OF CORAL: A Novel, a young woman defies her father's expectations and heads to college to study STEM in...

IR Approved
September 22, 2023

THESE THINGS HAPPEN

By Michael Eon
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

Less a story and more an experiential tapestry of interwoven lives and indelible emotional scars, Michael Eon's THESE THINGS HAPPEN explores the inexplicable complexities of...

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