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

JOURNEY TO THE HOPEWELL STAR

By Hannah D. State
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

When an alien boy shows up at Sam Sanderson’s doorstep and whisks her away to his home planet, a prophecy reveals that she is an...

NOT MYSELF TODAY: A Paranormal Thriller

By Muriel Ellis Pritchett
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Lindsey, a teenage soccer star  dies on the field and awakens in the body of a sex-trafficking victim who stole money from her drug dealer...

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LOST ONE STANDING

By Hector Hill
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A clever teen tries to outsmart a criminal mastermind when his New England prep school is held hostage in Hector Hill's LOST ONE STANDING.

GROWING UP MEATHEAD

By James B. Zimmerman
Rating:
3.7 / 5.0

GROWING UP MEATHEAD recounts the innocence of author James B. Zimmerman’s 1970s Baltimore childhood—building forts, riding bikes, discovering girls—as well as the anguish of dealing...

HIRANA’S WAR

By Britta Jensen
Rating:
3.7 / 5.0

In HIRANA’S WAR, second in a YA space fantasy duet, when two alien races—one with incredible magical and technological resources, the other with only a...

ELOIA BORN

By Britta Jensen
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A life-altering revelation forces a teenager and her closest friend on a perilous journey across the harsh terrain of their planet, where they learn shocking...

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KISSING DAISY PARKER

By Michael Milton
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

KISSING DAISY PARKER follows a trio of teenagers growing up in the small fishing village in Scotland. Misfits and outcasts, they support each other, only...

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STREET OF STORYTELLERS

By Doug Wilhelm
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

STREET OF STORYTELLERS is a unique historical coming-of-age adventure focused around cross-cultural friendships during a period of heightening political and religious tensions in 1980s Pakistan.

EMMA’S GIFT

By Nancy Kehoe
Rating:
3.1 / 5.0

EMMA'S GIFT by Nancy Kehoe invites readers along on compassionate adventures in animal protection, first locally, and then ever onwards to exotic locations from Australia...

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BLACK FOREST

By J Scott Boyd
Rating:
4.9 / 5.0

Fifteen year-old Jack refuses to stop looking for clues about his father's disappearance two years ago...even if it means tangling with a band of local...

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VIVIE’S SECRET

By Terry Lee Caruthers
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A 12-year-old girl escapes Hungary amidst a revolution in 1956, leaving her entire family behind in the process. She makes it to the United States,...

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INDEPENDENCE DAY

By Rachel Teller
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

In the YA novel INDEPENDENCE DAY, author Rachel Teller takes a look at Borderline Personality Disorder, a mental health issue causing malfunctions from internal self-image...

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