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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MOMMY CAN I EAT THIS?

By Maria S
Rating:
3 / 5

From dextrose to high fructose corn syrup, cavities to obesity, MOMMY CAN I EAT THIS? by Maria S. is an adventure in what people need...

HERE COMES INGO

By Odeta Xheka
Rating:
4.5 / 5

HERE COMES INGO is a beautifully-illustrated, text-free picture book that welcomes children to the world of imagination.

THE WATER PRINCESS

By Ronald Ricci
Rating:
4.5 / 5

A story within a story, THE WATER PRINCESS is a unique tale about how one of the most well-known constellations came to be.

ADVENTURES OF ONE UP MAX: Runic and the Crystal Cave

By Lisa Shawver
Rating:
4.5 / 5

ADVENTURES OF ONE UP MAX: Runic and the Crystal Cave is a book for young readers that includes a loveable dog and a young dragon. 

THE SOFA SLOTHS

By Miriam Kay, Illustrated with Jenny Dang
Rating:
5 / 5

THE SOFA SLOTHS is a delightful tale by Miriam Kay illustrating the importance of getting up and doing something--anything--other than sitting in front of a...

THE LAST SURVIVING DINOSAUR: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris

By Steven Joseph, Illustrated By Andy Case
Rating:
3.5 / 5

THE LAST SURVIVING DINOSAUR: The TyrantoCrankaTsuris by Steven Joseph is a unique tale about cranky behavior from the very last dinosaur, from whom humans are...

TRYGG, THE DINOSAUR

By Paula Louise Salvador, Illustrated by John Bindon
Rating:
4.8 / 5

Opposites attract in TRYGG, THE DINOSAUR, a bittersweet middle grades novel about orphaned dinosaurs — one a tiny carnivore, the other a huge herbivore —...

TINSEY CLOVER

By Chelsea Flagg
Rating:
3.7 / 5

TINSEY CLOVER is an enchanting children’s book ideal for intermediate independent readers or read-alouds with children ages eight through 10.

CHUG AND THUG RIDE TRIKE

By Gemal Seede, Illustrated by David Macedo
Rating:
5 / 5

Beautifully illustrated by David Macedo, CHUG AND THUG RIDE TRIKE is a rhyming children’s book ideal for little ones aged 3 through 5.

WINSTON VAN DOOZLE AND THE CHRISTMAS TARTOOZLE

By Written by Jared E. Parsons, Illustrated by Ivan Marecic
Rating:
4.5 / 5

WINSTON VAN DOOZLE AND THE CHRISTMAS TARTOOZLE, a heartwarming story about the importance of family and tradition.

COCO

By Marie-Paule Mahoney
Rating:
4.5 / 5

Orphaned bear cub Coco experiences adventures and friendship as she and protector Babou traverse the Adirondacks in this beautifully illustrated story.

THE KING OF PAWLEYS

By David Bernstein
Rating:
5 / 5

THE KING OF PAWLEYS tells the story of a ten-year-old whose summer vacation transforms into a week filled with mystery, life lessons, and budding romance...

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