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

NINE WAYS TO EMPOWER TWEENS #LIFESKILLS

By Kathleen Boucher
Rating:
5.0 / 5

NINE WAYS TO EMPOWER TWEENS #LIFESKILLS is packed with useful tips, exercises and references to help teenagers build a strong personal foundation. 

IR Approved

HOMOAMERICAN

By Michael Dane
Rating:
4.0 / 5

In HOMOAMERICAN, Michael K. Dane tells the story of his life, including his mother's escape from an abusive household, a career built on showmanship that...

IR Approved

TOXIC COOKOUT

By Rob Dinsmoor
Rating:
4.6 / 5

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.

IR Approved

THE JOURNEY OF AN ACORN

By Corey Wolff
Rating:
5.0 / 5

THE JOURNEY OF AN ACORN is the story of how a little acorn abandoned a life of pain and discovered the secret to a meaningful...

IR Approved

ELEPHANTS IN MY ROOM

By Christie Nicholls
Rating:
4.4 / 5

ELEPHANTS IN MY ROOM is a witty, vivid, well-written series of true stories about growing up, relationships and family.

IR Approved

COLLECTIVE AMNESIA: AMERICAN APARTHEID

By Eugene DeFriest Bétit
Rating:
4.6 / 5

Designed to counteract this country’s “collective amnesia” about the systematic racism that has marred its achievements and limited its potential, Eubene DeFriest Bétit’s book traces...

IR Approved

ANONYMOUS IS A WOMAN: A Global Chronicle of Gender Inequality

By Nina Ansary
Rating:
5.0 / 5

From Liang Hongyu, a female Army general in China, to Gaitana the 16th Century Yalcon Indigenous Colombian activist rebelling against Spanish colonization, ANONYMOUS IS A...

RAISED IN PIMP CITY: The Uncut Truth About Domestic Human Sex Trafficking

By Armand King
Rating:
3.0 / 5

Part memoir part history, RAISED IN PIMP CITY by Armand King documents the ups and downs of the pimping lifestyle.

NO MORE DODGING BULLETS

By Amy Herrig
Rating:
3.5 / 5

Amy Herrig traces the story of her life from childhood to adult business involvement with The Gas Pipe, her father’s smoke shop retail chain, and...

45’s ABC: An Alternative Alphabet Book To Trump All Others

By John Barron Dennison
Rating:
3.7 / 5

45’S ABC is not your typical alphabet book, as letter by letter, it offers reminders of vaguely forgotten scandals with humor and deadpan critique.

IR Approved

IS IT ABOUT THAT BOY?

By Jeremy Gavins
Rating:
4.2 / 5

IS IT ABOUT THAT BOY? is a troubling memoir that rips the bandage off deeply personal wounds to reveal unsettling truths about man’s inhumanity to...

IR Approved

SOUTHERN CONVERT

By Amelia S. Hussain
Rating:
4.5 / 5

SOUTHERN CONVERT by Amelia S. Hussain is the chronicle of one woman’s journey from Midwest girl to Muslim woman.

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