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

IF YOU TAME ME

By Kathie Giorgio
Rating:
4.2 / 5

Adopting an iguana launches a lonely woman’s exploration of feminism, companionship, and the politics of finding love in IF YOU TAME ME.

IR Approved

WHAT WE DO FOR LOVE

By Anne Pfeffer
Rating:
5.0 / 5

WHAT WE DO FOR LOVE is a captivating story about the depths of a mother’s love.

FIFTY PLASTIC BOTTLES AND THE SHOESHINE BOX

By Maédeiva Myre
Rating:
3.0 / 5

Cruelty and innocence meet in Pakistan in FIFTY PLASTIC BOTTLES AND THE SHOESHINE BOX.

LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT?

By Jacquelyn Middleton
Rating:
5.0 / 5

LONDON, CAN YOU WAIT? is a romance, and the sequel to LONDON BELONGS TO ME.

HEROINES OF AVALON

By Ayn Cates Sullivan
Rating:
4.7 / 5

HEROINES OF AVALON is an inspiring new take on Celtic spirituality aimed specifically at women.

IR Approved

IMMACULATE PERCEPTION

By Kik Phillips
Rating:
4.2 / 5

IMMACULATE PERCEPTION introduces readers to Lincoln, an offbeat but highly likable woman whose present life as a quirky introvert is shaped by her unusual, unsettling...

I AM LEMONADE LUCY!

By Kenneth Womack
Rating:
3.5 / 5

A Muslim student and a history buff form an unlikely friendship over the search for a plaster pear missing from the Rutherford B. Hayes Museum.

MAD MISCHIEF

By Susan St. John
Rating:
2.7 / 5

MAD MISCHIEF is the story of a wealthy American woman whose life is forever altered as the result of a Kenyan safari.

IR Approved

THE WOLF, THE WIZARD, AND THE WOAD

By Florence Love Karsner
Rating:
4.0 / 5

THE WOLF, THE WIZARD, AND THE WOAD is historical fantasy that details the training of a young woman as a healer and leader.

INDIGO DOVES

By Marie Masters
Rating:
3.8 / 5

INDIGO DOVES explores how lives intertwine, overlap, and transform, spanning generations, along with the realities of characters, both neurotypical and not.

WHAT’S LEFT UNSAID

By Deborah Stone
Rating:
3.8 / 5

Sasha is deeply committed to taking her family’s horrible secrets to her grave—at least until her son, Zac, finds a mysterious photograph that has him...

IR Approved

BREAKING VASES: Shattering Limitations & Daring to Thrive

By Dima Ghawi
Rating:
5.0 / 5

In this beautifully written memoir, Dima Ghawi tells a Cinderella tale of oppression and liberation that focuses on what patriarchy does to a girl growing...

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