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 22, 2024

EMPOWERMENT (A Journey of Discovery)

By Warren Pennicooke
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Erudite and witty, fully indexed and meticulously referenced, Warren Pennicooke’s EMPOWERMENT (A Journey of Discovery) is a thought-provoking and thoroughly entertaining investigation of the cultural...

IR Approved
March 15, 2024

CREATING YOUR FIRST NOVEL

By Hank Quense
Rating:
4.1 / 5.0

In CREATING YOUR FIRST NOVEL, Hank Quense discusses fiction beyond the prose and gives helpful lessons based on his extensive publishing experience. This is an...

March 4, 2024

OM VEL WAY: Be Happy and Make Happy

By Seval Seer
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Seval Seer's OM VEL WAY: Be Happy and Make Happy covers a huge amount of ground in its exploration of Hindu spirituality.

Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Author and licensed psychotherapist Alena Scigliano treats narcissism like the proverbial hammer where every problem begins to look like a nail in her book, SWIMMING...

October 25, 2023

SPIRITUALITY 201 (Discovering The Inner Healer)

By Iván Figueroa-Otero MD
Rating:
3.3 / 5.0

Regular pupils of Iván Figueroa-Otero’s “school of life” will find much to enjoy in this well-designed volume. Its sometimes-challenging style and lack of external references...

September 8, 2023

DO BETTER! BE BETTER!

By Mark D. Estes
Rating:
2.9 / 5.0

While author Mark D. Estes has an undeniable desire to motivate, his writing voice in DO BETTER! BE BETTER! lacks a distinctive personality and the...

August 28, 2023

THE VULNERABLE ALPHA

By Jevon Almond
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Jevon Almond 's THE VULNERABLE ALPHA IS 99 percent inspiration and one percent perspiration—and while short on practical tips, his story does deal with the...

IR Approved
July 28, 2023

ME POWER

By LaNysha T. Adams
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

In its quiet insistence on the centrality of self-knowledge, LaNysha Adams’ ME POWER is a guide to empowerment, and benefits from clear thinking and positivity,...

IR Approved
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Part memoir, part communications primer, Cindy Bigbie's MY LINK TO MILDRED is a must-read for anyone in search of a reliable path to post-traumatic healing.

IR Approved
June 12, 2023

COMMUNICATE WITH COURAGE

By Michelle D. Gladieux
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Veteran coach and consultant Michelle Gladieux's COMMUNICATE WITH COURAGE provides a much-needed corrective to the struggles of effective communication that is both entertaining and informative.

May 22, 2023

EXTREME ENTREPRENEURS: Steve Jobs and Jesus Christ

By Tracy Emerick, Ph.D.
Rating:
1.8 / 5.0

Even readers who share Tracy Emerick’s Christian worldview will find the thesis of his book, EXTREME ENTREPRENEURS: Steve Jobs and Jesus Christ, strained. The comparisons...

Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Written in a concise and spirited manner for readers who believe in psychic powers and past lives, Jennifer Elizabeth Moore’s advice and perspective in EMPATHIC...

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