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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TALES OF NASH

By Ann Worthington
Rating:
2.7 / 5.0

Nash is just a normal high school kid who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. After his out-of-control drug use lands him with his...

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CALENDULA PROOF

By Steve McManus
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

When a wealthy widow’s priceless estate brings shady art collectors to a seaside tourist town, it’s up to a gang of plucky fifth-graders to untangle...

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THE LAST LUMENIAN

By S. G. Blaise
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

THE LAST LUMENIAN is an elaborate science fiction fantasy centering on a princess in a faraway universe who doesn’t know her hidden strengths and feels...

AN OUTSIDER ON THE INSIDE

By Logan Ayers
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

A high school loner, thrust into the spotlight by a family tragedy, learns the limits of his social endurance.

CC’S ROAD HOME

By Leah B. Eskine
Rating:
2.5 / 5.0

In rural 1960s Louisiana, a teenager longs for a fresh start on her grandparents’ farm while she grapples with her troubled past.

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THE WITCH OF THE SPRING

By Tom Blanton
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

In the second mystery in a series, teens Arthur and Marya set out to find the stolen diary of a 16th-century Spanish priest and in...

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