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
May 27, 2024

ALWAYS JULIA: The Art of a Life

By Ava Zacardi
Rating:
4.1 / 5.0

Ava Zacardi's ALWAYS JULIA: The Art of a Life is a wholesome and emotional story about how it’s never too late to find closure and...

IR Approved
May 1, 2024

MUDDLED CHERRIES

By Sally Collins
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

Author Sally Collins writes with wit and clarity, telling a coming-of-age story that is both important and entertaining in MUDDLED CHERRIES.

Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Jonea Mounsey’s I CHOOSE THE MOON: My Journey from the Midwest to the Middle East is a mostly fluid, inspiring memoir of perseverance and adventure.

April 19, 2024

CALIFORNIA DREAMING

By Noa Silver
Rating:
3.2 / 5.0

Noa Silver’s evocative imagery and strong dialogue imbue CALIFORNIA DREAMING with memorable narratives and characters. 

IR Approved
April 10, 2024

SEVEN PERFECT DAYS

By Francesca Vespa
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Built on the premise that “sometimes your friends break your heart the most,” Francesca Vespa’s SEVEN PERFECT DAYS grapples with this ugly truth in several...

March 18, 2024

TELL ME YOUR PLANS

By Torres & Firsht
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

A torrid romance turned bitter-but-reasonably-satisfying revenge tale, TELL ME YOUR PLANS by Torres & Firsht will appeal to those who like to see hard-working women...

IR Approved
March 13, 2024

THIRTY-EIGHT DAYS OF RAIN

By Eva Asprakis
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

Eva Asprakis is a gifted writer, and THIRTY-EIGHT DAYS OF RAIN deserves attention for its focus on the problems of young-adult émigrés.

IR Approved
January 31, 2024

THE STATES

By Norah Woodsey
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Norah Woodsey's THE STATES is a clever answer to the question, “What if Anne Elliot had a modern woman's options—social, financial, and technological?” It also...

December 1, 2023

THE SECRETS INSIDE

By Katherine Tirado-Ryen
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Katherine Tirado-Ryen illuminates a warning sign against predatory older men in her compulsively readable novel, THE SECRETS INSIDE.

IR Approved
November 15, 2023

TWO WEEKS OF SUMMER

By Katherine Tirado-Ryen
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

TWO WEEKS OF SUMMER by Katherine Tirado-Ryen is a rock-solid chick-lit novel—engaging, humorous, and touching. Like its protagonist, it may not be perfect, but it...

IR Approved
November 15, 2023

FORGETTING ME

By Katherine Tirado-Ryen
Rating:
4.1 / 5.0

Katherine Tirado-Ryen's FORGETTING ME is an engaging and thoughtful book about memory loss and reclaiming one's own identity, with a sharp plot twist in the...

IR Approved
November 13, 2023

THE DAY BEFORE TOMORROW

By Monique Britten
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A challenging and emotional read in terms of subject matter, Monique Britten's THE DAY BEFORE TOMORROW is not for the faint of heart—a beautiful narrative...

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