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
October 2, 2023

THE DESTINATION BIRTH

By Alex Bisset
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Alex Bisset's THE DESTINATION BIRTH, an account of one couple’s unexpected childbirth, is a funny, feel-good tale.

IR Approved
May 9, 2022

MAXIMISE YOUR CHILD’S PERFORMANCE

By Jennie Segar
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Jennie Segar’s 154-page MAXIMISE YOUR CHILD’S PERFORMANCE is chock-full of practical advice on child-rearing and her approach will help most parents build good relationships with...

November 15, 2021

HANDING DOWN HOPE

By Nate Slaymaker
Rating:
3.7 / 5.0

HANDING DOWN HOPE may not be the first book that a person working with teenagers will turn to but as an inspirational, hands-on history from...

IR Approved
November 8, 2021

DOUBLING DOWN: The Secret Sauce for Dual-Career Families

By Ilene Gordon, Bram Bluestein
Rating:
4.1 / 5.0

Ilene Gordon and Bram Bluestein’s DOUBLING DOWN is a timely, well-observed and superbly valuable addition to the career guidance genre that draws expertly on the...

IR Approved
July 26, 2021

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

By Vivian M. Lumbard
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN is a beautiful and detailed chronicle of author Vivian M. Lumbard and her husband John's journey with their daughter’s high-functioning autism —...

IR Approved
March 3, 2021

LEARNING IN LOCKDOWN

By Dylan Meikle, Kate Meikle
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

With LEARNING IN LOCKDOWN, Dylan and Kate Meikle have succeeded in crafting a fantastically simple but superbly useful guide for navigating the often frustrating and...

IR Approved
December 28, 2020

NO MATCH FOR HER

By Travis Lee Hicks
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Readers will need a box of tissues for this heart-warming story of how a family, their friends, church, and community all pulled together to help...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

ZANDRA: My Daughter, Diabetes, and Lessons in Love, a memoir of a mother’s all-out fight to save her daughter from type I diabetes, hits most...

IR Approved
July 27, 2020

THE EQ INTERVENTION

By Adam L. Saenz
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

THE EQ INTERVENTION by Dr. Adam L. Saenz offers a clear, rational explanation of the concept of emotional intelligence, aimed primarily at teachers but useful...

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