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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ATHENS OPHELIA THE PARTITIONER

By Zachary Aneiress
Rating:
2.5 / 5.0

Black and gay in a mostly-white Bible Belt town, Aneiress Torian’s life as a high school student is dominated by microaggressions and bitter isolation. In...

SEARCHING FOR SARAH

By Phillip Vega
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

In SEARCHING FOR SARAH by Phillip Vega, the female partner of narrator Tomas Ruiz's newly deceased sister becomes part of the family, even though initially,...

SURVIVAL KIT

By AH Haga
Rating:
2.5 / 5.0

Kit lived happily with her wife Shadia until she was diagnosed with a neurological condition that wrecked her body. Then came zombies. Now, Kit and...

THE UNICORN, THE MYSTERY

By Janet Mason
Rating:
2.8 / 5.0

A young monk spirals into inner moral turmoil after he tells his superiors about the lone unicorn he saw, which launches a city-wide hunt for...

A GAY MAN’S GUIDE TO LIFE

By Britt East
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

“In my family, there wasn’t a single way of hating ourselves, the world, or each other that we did not try—feasting on our own flesh,...

HE LANDS IN PALM SPRINGS

By John Shekleton
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Joseph Tierney, recently diagnosed with HIV in the novel HE LANDS IN PALM SPRINGS, is the former pastor of Mater Dei, a large urban Catholic...

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NEPHI’S COURAGE: Story of a Bad Mormon

By Rory McFarlan
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

The Mormon church that Nephi has dedicated his life to seeks to address his objectionable insistence on identifying as a gay man in NEPHI'S COURAGE:...

SIMON’S MANSION

By William Poe
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

SIMON'S MANSION, the third book in the "Simon" series, is a love story, mystery, and slice-of-life biography all in one.

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