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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JUST OUTSIDE OF HOPE

By Ron Kearse
Rating:
3.7 / 5.0

Ron Kearse’s JUST OUTSIDE OF HOPE is the sequel to his novel ROAD WITHOUT END. Although it continues from where the previous book left off,...

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THE SWIFT UPLIFTING RUSH AND DRAWING HANDS

By J. C. Weston
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

In THE SWEET UPLIFTING RUSH and DRAWING HANDS, a non-binary superhero confronts a powerful villain and their own past, resulting in an inclusive superhero story...

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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:...

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SIMON’S MANSION

By William Poe
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

SIMON’S MANSION is the third book in William Poe's LGBT literary fiction series.

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.

IR Approved

AFTER THE FALL

By Brad Graber
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

AFTER THE FALL, a character-driven novel by Brad Graber, explores the topics of family, love, and lies.

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THE PRINCESS OF BAKER STREET

By Mia Kerick
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A transgender teen and her childhood friend find acceptance amidst adversity in THE PRINCESS OF BAKER STREET

THE LOVE THAT DARE NOT SPEAK ITS NAME

By Fiza Pathan
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

A series of stories about people in various cultures coming out of the closet, and the different reactions they receive from their families, friends, and...

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Love + prejudice are aflame under the bright lights of 1950s NY clubs in OLYMPUS NIGHTS ON THE SQUARE

By Vanda Writer
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

WW II is over, and life in New York is returning to normal. However, peacetime for many brings with it a return to the repressive...

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