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

WALK THE DOG

By Isabel Jolie
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

WALK THE DOG by Isabel Jolie brings two unlikely characters -- a creative, moneyed new adult and an in-debt vet -- together in an emotionally...

IR Approved

THE INVENTOR IN THE PINK PAJAMAS (If Not You, Then Who? Book 1)

By David and Emberli Pridham
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

David and Emberli Pridham's THE INVENTOR IN THE PINK PAJAMAS is an educational picture book that teaches kids about inventions and inventors.

IR Approved

SPIRITS BESIDE US

By Chris Lippincott
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

SPIRITS BESIDE US by Chris Lippincott is a half-mystical, half-practical primer into the world of how modern-day mediums talk with the dead.

LITTLE BLUEBIRD

By Erin Murphy Welch
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

LITTLE BLUEBIRD by Erin Murphy Welch is an beautifully illustrated tale that shows kids how differences make us special.

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...

IR Approved

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...

SIZE ZERO (Visage Book 1)

By Abigail Mangin
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

The scion of a high-powered modeling agency returns from self-imposed religious exile when the years-old cold-case disappearance of his childhood friend six years suddenly heats...

IR Approved

WALKABOUT (An Open Letter to my Grandson)

By Ricardo Suarez-Gartner
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Author Ricardo Suarez-Gartner, in an effort to provide his grandchildren with a sense of their family history, tells first his own story, then that of...

IR Approved

UNPLUGGED

By Joe Barrett
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Dan Johnson used to have it all: money, success, and a gorgeous girlfriend. But then he threw it all away to unplug from the modern...

WALKING WITH THE ENEMY

By C. Read
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

In the early 1990s, C. Read joins a Bible study group and thinks she's found her family in Christ. Soon, however, the manipulations and sexual...

IR Approved

THE MORTAL GOD

By E.F. Skarda
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

In THE MORTAL GOD by E.F. Skarda, Kyle Griffin discovers he may have spent the past 25 years fighting for the wrong side.

IR Approved

DRAWN IN

By Jillian Her, Kevin Cook
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

DRAWN IN is a unique and colorful story that will inspire children of all ages to explore their own imaginations .

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