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
December 5, 2022

THE MAGICAL LANDS OF MIDENDHIL

By Davide Simon Mazzoli
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A teenage boy’s world is turned upside down when he discovers that he originates from a magical land called Midendhil and that this realm is...

IR Approved
November 18, 2022

I DON’T LIKE BLUE

By Lyric C. Faulder
Rating:
4.1 / 5.0

A young adult novel that celebrates queer identity.

IR Approved
October 24, 2022

ALL THE LITTLE THINGS

By Heidi Dischler
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Following the death of her mother, teenager Caroline suffers from panic attacks that affect the quality of her life. It is only when she learns...

IR Approved
October 17, 2022

STARTING TOMORROW

By Nikki Lampe Nalchajian
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A young adult drama that shines a light on a largely misunderstood topic.

IR Approved
September 28, 2022

LIFE IS INEVITABLE

By Daniel Santos
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Author Daniel Santos blends gritty themes surrounding teenage suicide with supernatural elements in his debut YA novel, LIFE IS INEVITABLE.

IR Approved
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

An unassuming boy with a hidden gift and loads of untapped potential receives an unlikely invitation to attend an ultra-prestigious high-school–what could go wrong?

IR Approved
August 12, 2022

TOMMY AND THE ORDER OF COSMIC CHAMPIONS

By Anthony Grate, Anthony Rapino
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Eleven-year-old Tommy has troubles both at home and in school. His sole comfort is an animated series called Order of Cosmic Champions. An award contest...

IR Approved
August 5, 2022

THE TIMEMATICIAN

By Steven Bereznai
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

In THE TIMEMATICIAN, the second installment in Steven Bereznai’s GEN M series, readers follow the exploits of the self-proclaimed genius Doctor BetterThan as he repeatedly...

IR Approved
August 3, 2022

EPHEMERAL WINGS

By Eva Silverfine
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A Mayfly nymph travels from habitat to habitat along a wild stream in search of a luscious feeding ground that will help her grow wings...

IR Approved
July 6, 2022

THE GOLD DARK SUMMER

By Susan Papas
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A coming-of-age story set at a British boarding school in the late 1950 that navigates an important season in the life of 14-year-old Sadie Stirling.

IR Approved
June 3, 2022

THERE’S NO BASKETBALL ON MARS

By Craig Leener
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

THERE'S NO BASKETBALL ON MARS is a young adult sci-fi adventure that follows young Lawrence as he joins a space mission tasked with the retrieval...

June 3, 2022

CANDLEWOOD: A Wizard’s Heritage

By Carol Louise Standley
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A seemingly-ordinary farm boy living on the edges of a mysterious, magical forest, is propelled into a world of wonder and peril when an evil...

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