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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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LEAP THIRTY

By Diane Lowell Wilder
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Poet Diane Lowell Wilder debuts with a thought-provoking collection of poetry about relationships, mining events from her life from her childhood in the 1970s to...

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SONGS FOR THE CLEVELAND AVENUE WARRIORS

By Gary E. Moore
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Gary Moore's explores timeless themes such as love, duty, and the loss of innocence with this series of poems.

VIGNETTES OF THE POSSIBLY DYING

By KB Eliza
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

KB Eliza's VIGNETTES OF THE POSSIBLY DYING is a collection of prose poems, filled with imagery, bitterness, and wonder.

A NECESSARY EXPLOSION: Collected Poems

By Dan Burns
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A NECESSARY EXPLOSION is author Dan Burns's first published collection of poetry in which the author shares his perspective as a writer, artist, and world...

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SONGS FOR SOLO VOICE

By James R. Whitley
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

The poems of SONGS FOR SOLO VOICE are told by the sometimes darkly humorous voice of a man stunned by the abrupt ending of a...

THE VOICE OF THE ROOSTER AND THE LESSONS IT TEACHES

By Ellen Beth Berman
Rating:
3.2 / 5.0

In THE VOICE OF THE ROOSTER AND THE LESSONS IT TEACHES Ellen Beth Bernan explores the human relationship with our own soul through this short...

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REFLECTIONS ON MOUNTAINEERING

By Alan V. Goldman
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

REFLECTIONS ON MOUNTAINEERING is a unique dissertation in poetry by a devoted mountaineer who offers his philosophy on, and perceptions of, the immutability and majesty...

TWILIGHT: Awaking the Stars – Poems of the Night’s Light

By Gary W. Burns
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

In TWILIGHT: AWAKENING THE STARS – POEMS OF THE NIGHT’S LIGHT, author Gary W. Burns shares a collection of lyric poetry that is short and...

SHORT POEMS, LONG TALES

By Rashid Osmani
Rating:
2.5 / 5.0

A series of short poems concerning life, love, emotions and philosophy.

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DARK AND LIGHT VERSE

By Allen Lee Ireland
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Allen Ireland turns his attention to a variety of subjects in this colorful, engaging and enjoyable collection that dances between the brightly hopeful and the...

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BEOWULF: A Verse Translation from the Anglo-Saxon

By Andrew B. F. Carnabuci
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

BEOWULF tells the legendary story a hero who defeats a monster (and its mother), becomes king, and takes a stand against a dragon. Compared with...

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CHARM AND STRANGE POEMS

By Linda Casebeer
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

An intelligent, well-crafted collection of lyrics to fuel readers’ imaginations and lift their spirits.

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