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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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...

FINDING LOST STARS

By Grace Curley
Rating:
3.2 / 5.0

FINDING LOST STARS by Grace Curley brings old souls housed within the human forms of modern-day teenagers -- as well as the Gods and Goddesses...

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CALENDULA COOL

By Steve McManus
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A group of social misfits set off on an adventure to investigate the mysterious Ghost Girl, determined to find her before their schoolyard bullies in...

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RAVEN

By Sue Loh
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Team Raven, an assorted posse of adolescent coders, are on hand in the YA novel RAVEN by Sue Loh to help save the day when...

INSIDE THE SUN

By Alexis Marie Chute
Rating:
3.2 / 5.0

The Wellsley clan in Alexis Marie Chute's fantasy YA series finale INSIDE THE SUN attempts to save the world(s).

IVAN THE GIANT

By Philip A Creurer
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

In literary middle grade mystery IVAN THE GIANT, three clever kids and a shrewd stamp collector track down a missing antique stamp.

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BLOWBACK ’94

By Brian Meehl
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Iris Jongler-Jinks comes from a family of time-travelers. For three hundred years, the family has had a musical instrument with the power to transport the...

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SWIMMING SIDEWAYS

By Cami Nihipali
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

When Abby’s Hawaiian family moves to Oregon, it’s her chance to start over. Unfortunately, moving doesn’t fix everything. Abby’s lost her connection to her culture....

THE POINT

By Angel I. Hawkins
Rating:
2.9 / 5.0

Angel I. Hawkins' THE POINT tracks a young adult relationship through five seasons, starting the summer after Willoughs' senior year in high school and throughout...

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ALL ROADS LEAD TO LAWRENCE

By Craig Leener
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Craig Leener’s fascinating sequel to This Was Never About Basketball, ALL ROADS LEAD TO LAWRENCE, sends college basketball player Zeke Archer on another 7th Dimension-inspired...

INEBRIATED

By Katey Taylor
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Seventeen-year-old Caitlyn Turner can't believe her good fortune when she attracts the attention of her favorite singer. But as the two grow closer and she...

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