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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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FIFTY PLASTIC BOTTLES AND THE SHOESHINE BOX

By Maédeiva Myre
Rating:
3 / 5

Cruelty and innocence meet in Pakistan in FIFTY PLASTIC BOTTLES AND THE SHOESHINE BOX.

WHEN THE HABOOB SINGS

By Nejoud Al-Yagout
Rating:
4.5 / 5

WHEN THE HABOOB SINGS is a lush literary tale of one woman’s quest to tell her truth, set against the backdrop of a beautiful and...

CITY IN A FOREST

By Ginger Pinholster
Rating:
4.8 / 5

CITY IN A FOREST is a novel about the power of the past, and freeing oneself to build a better future.

GO ASK THE DEAD

By Frank Tropea
Rating:
3 / 5

A young woman tries to live a life of sexual pleasure by cavorting with both humans and spirits at the same time. Fifteen-year-old Amanda grows...

YEAR OF THE AMPHIBIAN

By Christopher Pickert
Rating:
5 / 5

YEAR OF THE AMPHIBIAN is a timeless, beautifully written coming-of-age story about transformation and self-acceptance.

COOPERATIVE LIVES

By Patrick T. Finegan
Rating:
4 / 5

Residents of a cooperative New York apartment building find their lives bizarrely entangled when a financial manager's attempt to set a simple mistake right is...

SPARROW BEACH

By Shelby Raebeck
Rating:
4 / 5

A man must decide what to hold onto and what to let go of, as his marriage fades away, his daughter grows up, and a...

BLIND WALLS

By Conrad Bishop + Elizabeth Fuller
Rating:
4.5 / 5

Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller's BLIND WALLS is a tale of obsession and increasing madness, both scary and sad at the same time.

THE CUFFLINK

By Susan Bolch
Rating:
3 / 5

Susan Bolch's family saga, THE CUFFLINK, follows two generations through the twentieth century into the twenty-first, and a daughter's journey to accept her father's fallible humanity.

TILL TIMES ARE DONE

By Matthew Marullo
Rating:
3.2 / 5

An eccentric loner finds companionship and purpose with a strange visitor from another world.

DUSK AND EMBER

By Robert Jacoby
Rating:
3.1 / 5

DUSK AND EMBER is a dark tale of murder told entirely through the struggling eyes of an unstable Quaalude addict.

MAD MISCHIEF

By Susan St. John
Rating:
2.7 / 5

MAD MISCHIEF is the story of a wealthy American woman whose life is forever altered as the result of a Kenyan safari.

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