Indie book reviews

IndieReader’s reviewers are tough, but fair

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

THE MESSAGE IN THE PAINTED ROCK

By Tom Blanton
Rating:
4.0 / 5

THE MESSAGE IN THE PAINTED ROCK, a century-spanning, rip-roaring mystery for readers of all ages.

IR Approved

THE WATER’S FINE

By Janice Coy
Rating:
4.5 / 5

After their week long scuba diving excursion is rocked by tragedy, two women share a friendship forged from grief and work to overcome their trauma...

IR Approved

HOLDING ON

By Richard Snodgrass
Rating:
4.0 / 5

HOLDING ON, the latest in an eight-book series, recounts the good, the bad, and the ugly in the two-hundred year history of a struggling mill...

SOLAR DIVIDENDS

By Robert Stayton
Rating:
3.5 / 5

SOLAR DIVIDENDS presents a novel policy proposal to solve grinding poverty and the climate crisis at once.

IR Approved

ME & MARIO: Love, Power & Writing with Mario Puzo, author of The Godfather

By Carol Gino
Rating:
4.0 / 5

Two writers spend decades asking life’s biggest questions, always with good humor, in ME & MARIO: Love, Power & Writing with Mario Puzo, author of...

AFTER OLYMPUS

By Santiago Xaman
Rating:
3.8 / 5

What seemed like it might have been the unraveling of the mystery of a Cold War Soviet conspiracy, AFTER OLYMPUS actually deals with a quieter...

IR Approved

SIMONE LAFRAY AND THE CHOCOLATIERS’ BALL

By Steven O'Farrell
Rating:
4.0 / 5

SIMONE LAFRAY AND THE CHOCOLATIERS’ BALL unfolds a mystery involving chocolate, international spies and a precocious 12-year-old spy named Simone.

IR Approved

RISE: An Anthology of Change

By Bonnie McKnight (Editor), Lorrie Wolfe (Editor), Introduction by Amy Rivers
Rating:
5.0 / 5

RISE is an anthology of creative work written by the Northern Colorado Writers collective. The essays, short stories, and poems in the book are united...

TIDES, TURBULENCE, AND TAILWINDS

By Lorne Christensen
Rating:
3.6 / 5

More than just the autobiography of a pilot whose career spanned 50 years, TIDES, TURBULENCE, AND TAILWINDS provides an insider’s account of the rise of...

WHERE WILL YOU GO, RICKY JO?

By Tom Murdoch
Rating:
3.2 / 5

In WHERE WILL YOU GO, RICKY JO?, a colorfully illustrated book for early readers, children can follow a Chihuahua puppy on his various adventures—from his...

THE CONMAN

By Mike Murphey, with Keith Comstock
Rating:
3.2 / 5

THE CONMAN is a fictionalized account of a journeyman pitcher’s baseball career.

THE SEVEN EXPERIMENTS

By Stephen Kanicki
Rating:
3.9 / 5

THE SEVEN EXPERIMENTS is a suspenseful morality tale about the temptations of power and lust.

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