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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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January 25, 2023

GRIEF AND HER THREE SISTERS

By Jerry Lovelady
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Drawing inspiration from the natural world, poet Jerry Lovelady takes a closer look at love and providence, grace and grief.

January 20, 2023

STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART

By John Morgan Mullen
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A collection of musings, anecdotes, and reflections in verse form, covering a diverse range of subject matter.

January 4, 2023

“THE WAYLAND SESSIONS” 2017-2020

By Robin Eichele
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

This collection of poems, told in ten chapters, capture daily life between 2017 and 2020 by invoking the style of a blues and jazz artist.

May 11, 2022

HEART EXPRESSIONS: A Book on Poetry

By Alysha Potente
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

In this "book on poetry," Alysha Potente discusses the writing and study of poems after treating the reader to a number of her own verses.

Rating:
3.3 / 5.0

An eclectic collection of poems from Jerry Staudenraus ranging from humor to erotica to philosophical contemplation.

April 6, 2022

RAINBOW OF EMOTIONS

By Djehane Hassouna
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

From reflections on the elemental parts of life to whispered fears about its passage, RAINBOW OF EMOTIONS is a poetry collection that find refuge in...

March 25, 2022

A LIFE CYCLE

By Nicole Asherah
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

A self-help book in verse built around healing as a central metaphor.

IR Approved
March 16, 2022

ARTSCAPES

By Lee Woodman
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A collection of thought-provoking poems examining the oft-intriguing, occasionally befuddling relationship between the artist and their art.

January 14, 2022

TWENTYONE OLIVE TREES

By Laura Formentini
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Intended to help and encourage others in the wake of their own personal tragedies, TWENTYONE OLIVE TREES includes inspirational poems and an assortment of fables...

IR Approved
December 10, 2021

FLOWERS GROW ON BROKEN WALLS

By Farena Bajwa
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

A stunning collection of arresting prose presented in a meticulously crafted package.

IR Approved
November 22, 2021

FROM A STRIDENT WORLD OF SOFT PREVAILING THINGS

By Aldyth M Irvine-Harrison
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

FROM A STRIDENT WORLD OF SOFT PREVAILING THINGS is a vibrant, lyrical collection of poems from Aldyth Irvine Harrison which focus on the natural world...

IR Approved
October 25, 2021

FAIR NOW, LATER RAIN

By Jeremy Long
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A poignant poetry collection that explores loss and rebirth, grief and hope, and lessons learned from the natural world.

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