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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TOMBOLA

By Paul Purnell
Rating:
3.0 / 5

TOMBOLA includes forty-three stories packed tightly into 300 pages, ranging from crime fiction to vignettes, to comedy, slice-of-life and dramatic pieces.

PRETTY BIRD OF PREY

By S.L. Phillips
Rating:
3.2 / 5

PRETTY BIRD OF PREY is a murder mystery set in the idyllic landscape of a nice, peaceful small town. However, after high school misfit Avery...

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...

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...

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.

IR Approved

ALARIC THAIN’S HISTORY OF THE 21st CENTURY

By Alaric Thain
Rating:
5.0 / 5

ALARIC THAIN'S HISTORY OF THE 21st CENTURY is a look at our world--its history, sociology, politics, and economy--as translated for genuine outsiders, our descendants of...

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