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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UPON THIS PALE HILL

By Patrick Ashe
Rating:
3.7 / 5.0

In UPON THIS PALE HILL, Brandon, a soon-to-be college graduate is forced to navigate the adult world, but the expectation to get a decent job...

IR Approved

THE SWIFT UPLIFTING RUSH AND DRAWING HANDS

By J. C. Weston
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

In THE SWEET UPLIFTING RUSH and DRAWING HANDS, a non-binary superhero confronts a powerful villain and their own past, resulting in an inclusive superhero story...

DAYS PASSED

By McEntry Dunbar II
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

McEntry Dunbar’s DAYS PASSED is a sweeping, epic tale of human connection, loss and love told through the stories of two best friends and childhood...

IR Approved

THE NEON GOD

By Ben D'Alessio
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

An ancient Greek god wreaks havoc in 21st century New Orleans in THE NEON GOD.

IR Approved

THE LOVELOCK

By Eichin Chang-Lim
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Personal triumphs and family tragedies mark the milestones of a young woman’s life in THE LOVELOCK.

SECRETS THE WALKERS KEEP

By J. Morgan Michaels
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

In SECRETS THE WALKERS KEEP, the first in a new series that mixes magic and family drama, the sudden death of a young man’s mother...

THE SPEECHWRITER

By J.P. Maximus
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Two friends bonded by the craft of speechwriting take opposite sides in a campus election that captures worldwide attention when a series of murders unsettle...

IR Approved

THE FIVE WISHES OF MR. MURRAY McBRIDE

By Joe Siple
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

One-hundred-year-old Murray McBride is still recovering from the recent death of his wife and debating whether life is worth continuing.

QUEEN OF CORONA

By Esterhazy
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A recent high school grad travels to Poland after a protest ends in tragedy in QUEEN OF CORONA.

IR Approved

LAST EXIT TO MONTAUK

By Phillip Vega
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

A doppelganger in a grocery store stirs up the memory of a summer fling in a middle-aged man, who recounts in detail the lust, love,...

Racial tension jumps through time in THE SELAH BRANCH

By Ted Neill
Rating:
2.9 / 5.0

A young black woman is sent to conduct medical research in a struggling town in West Virginia, where her preconceived notions of racism in small-town...

GETTING GAY

By Bryce Hunter
Rating:
2.7 / 5.0

GETTING GAY is a story about the ways that insular communities, rampant homophobia, and unchecked ideology impact us all.

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