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

FROM UNDER THE SUN

By Kordel Lentine
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

FROM UNDER THE SUN is a modern, young adult, time-travel fantasy adventure.

IR Approved

EVERHAVEN: Book One of the Reaper Trilogy

By Elizabeth J. Rekab
Rating:
4.9 / 5.0

In EVERHAVEN, a supernatural young adult novel, a young woman begrudgingly takes up the mantle of the job no one wants in her seemingly utopian town,...

IR Approved

HAWNT

By Elizabeth J. Rekab
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

A listless teen ghost and a spunky medium fall in love while fighting off a ruthless demon in the eerie YA paranormal romance HAWNT.

IR Approved

NEVER SAY NEVER

By Justine Manzano
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Justine Manzano’s NEVER SAY NEVER explores the difficult truths of coming-of-age, the trials of young love, and fantastical magic.

DISBANDED

By Frances Pauli
Rating:
2.9 / 5.0

Sookahr the snake is destined to change the world in the YA fantasy novel DISBANDED by Frances Pauli.

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CHLOE AFLOAT

By Geraldine Burrows
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Former reality TV star Chloe Crandall is looking forward to a normal summer. Then she’s recruited to go undercover on a ship filled with wannabe...

BETWEEN A AND Z

By A.E.M. Nason
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

A girl from Amsterdam and a boy from Zanzibar unwittingly fall in love despite knowing they must soon part ways in A. E. M. Nason’s...

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LOST ON THE EDGE OF ETERNITY

By Jonathan Floyd
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

LOST ON THE EDGE OF ETERNITY is about the profound, ghostly side of a small town, and a bid to put right the unfilled lives...

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SHADOWS IN THE LIGHT

By Sophie Shepherd
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A teenage girl who secretly aspires to be a martial arts warrior in a country where physical aggression is limited to the artform of dance....

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BUTTERFLIES IN THE SYSTEM

By Jane Powell
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Through an endlessly traumatizing series of events, teenager Samara Long clings to her few true friendships, her sense of humor, and her writing, and eventually...

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THE PRINCESS ELECTRIC

By Derek Silver
Rating:
4.1 / 5.0

THE PRINCESS ELECTRIC is an original YA fantasy that follows Violet into Dementia, a reality where holding onto memories can mean a fight to the...

THE RARE

By Diane Anthony
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A suicidal teen in a dystopian city flees bullies, her overbearing mother, and an oppressive government with her best friend at her side and discovers...

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