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
March 20, 2024

RETURN TO THE LION’S DEN

By Gregory Treakle
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

G.S. Treakle's RETURN TO THE LION'S DEN is a powerful debut novel that will resonate with anyone who has struggled to make peace with a...

IR Approved
November 22, 2023

TOO FAST

By Erik E Morales
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

In TOO FAST, Erik E. Morales offers a harrowing, heartfelt portrait of lives touched by abuse, neglect, and hope.

IR Approved
October 16, 2023

THE PENNY MANSIONS

By Steven Mayfield
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Full of heart, humor, and suspense, Steven Mayfield's THE PENNY MANSIONS is a beautiful and multifaceted piece of fiction that is expertly rendered at every...

April 24, 2023

LEGACY OF A PRINCESS

By B. Kinde
Rating:
2.5 / 5.0

In LEGACY OF A PRINCESS, B. Kinde weaves a sci-fi-tinged narrative of a princess in peril that, were its real-world inspirations not so thinly veiled,...

February 8, 2023

THE FREEMAN

By J.C. Harach
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Author J.C. Harach artfully turns a seemingly simplistic plot into a provocative and potentially controversial story in THE FREEMAN.

IR Approved
December 14, 2022

WHEN WE LOST TOUCH

By Susan Kraus
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

WHEN WE LOST TOUCH by Susan Kraus is arguably her most ambitious novel as the author depicts the devastating effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic...

Rating:
2.8 / 5.0

Too broadly absurd to offend progressives and too simplistic to provide a meaningful critique of the left, Dan Chabot's EMMA'S ARMY (How Millions of Angry,...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A.I. Fabler's THE SEED OF CORRUPTION is a heady stew of influences, from the travel literature of John Le Carré and Graham Greene to the...

IR Approved
June 3, 2022

GIANT OF THE VALLEY

By Harry Groome
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

With GIANT OF THE VALLEY and THE WITNESS, author Harry Groome has succeeded in crafting two thoroughly enjoyable novellas of very high caliber that show...

April 6, 2022

THE YESTERDAY GIRL

By Sharleen Nelson
Rating:
2.9 / 5.0

Sharleen Nelson’s skilled plotting and pacing carries THE YESTERDAY GIRL to a satisfying end, but a flawed hero mars this otherwise entertaining time-travel romance.

IR Approved
March 9, 2022

GANG GIRL

By David Whittet
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

GANG GIRL is the gripping story of toxic relationships and confused loyalties within a New Zealand multigenerational gang family, where betrayal, retaliation, and greed create...

IR Approved
March 4, 2022

TEARS OF THE ANGELS

By Jerold Bishop
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Jerold Bishop's TEARS OF THE ANGELS is a book where love triumphs over abuse in a deeply heartwarming fashion – but only after a great...

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