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
January 22, 2021

GET LOST DIRTY COVID-19!

By Madalsa and Zuivere
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

GET LOST DIRTY COVID-19 is a timely and relatable collection of simple but heartfelt poems that get to the core of what life during the...

IR Approved
July 31, 2019

THRESHOLD DELIVERY

By Patty Seyburn
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Patty Seyburn's new collection of poems, THRESHOLD DELIVERY, is astonishing, beautiful, and thought-provoking.  So much is covered--from the relationship that continues with her dead mother to...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Reminiscent of Pablo Neruda and Sappho, Ollie Bowen’s ON THE OCCASION OF A WEDDING, is a playful, erudite, and romantic collection of love poems.

IR Approved
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Author and poet Joseph Nicks shares (and bares) all in his latest collection of verse, CAN’T FORGET THE MOTOR CITY. 

IR Approved
May 13, 2019

OUT OF CONTEXT

By Thom Kudla
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

OUT OF CONTEXT is a collection of poetry by Thom Kudla, the author of COMMENCEMENT, concerning relationships of heart, mind, and soul.

IR Approved
April 26, 2019

TOURMALINE

By Ginger Tran
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Named for the most colorful of gemstones, TOURMALINE by Ginger Tran is a collection of poems that reflects a kaleidoscope of emotional disquietude. The stone--a...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

The author challenges herself to write a sonnet every day for a year, and succeeds.

Rating:
2.5 / 5.0

A collection of short stories, essays, poems and collected proverbs concerning fear.

IR Approved
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

BROKEN PLACES is the heartbreaking memoir of a middle-aged woman who was molested when she was a girl and is a must-read for anyone who’s...

IR Approved
March 23, 2014

Alcoholprism

By Presley Cox
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Presley Cox’s ALCOHOLPRISM is a short book of poetry designed to provide varying viewpoints of substance abuse, not only alcoholism, but can certainly be applied...

January 21, 2014

Range Of Motion

By Paul F. Lenzi
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A collection of poems and essays on topics ranging from quantum physics to the New Hampshire countryside.

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