Our beloved Discovery Awards entry is just $69 when you combo with a Pro Review! Sale ends Nov. 28.  Learn More ›

Indie book reviews

Now
Reviewing
Audiobooks!

IndieReader’s reviewers are tough, but fair

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.

* IndieReader receives compensation for most of the books it reviews, along with copies of those books.

IR Approved
April 15, 2024

THE BARGAIN SHOPPER

By WC Latour
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

An endlessly entertaining life story of its intellectual, misanthropic main character, W.C. Latour's THE BARGAIN SHOPPER is a literary novel whose political and social commentary...

April 10, 2024

THE WREN’S SONG

By David Hudson
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

David Hudson's THE WREN’S SONG's beautiful portraits of the varied life forms in—and atop—old-growth forests render it worth the read.

IR Approved
March 27, 2024

THE HERMIT

By Katerina Grishakova
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

In THE HERMIT, Katerina Grishakova crafts a compelling character study of one man's midlife journey to rediscover purpose and meaning beyond his outwardly successful but...

March 25, 2024

DEER IN THE FIELDS OF VENICE

By D.M. Zultowski
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

DEER IN THE FIELDS OF VENICE, D.M. Zultowski's story of father Maurice Lamoreaux’s unexpected trip to Italy and the effect it has on him, is...

IR Approved
March 13, 2024

QUIET DESPERATION

By Rodney Nelsestuen
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

QUIET DESPERATION is a well-written literary novella. Author Rodney Nelsestuen has created a memorable central character who, for all of his many flaws, will eventually...

IR Approved
March 11, 2024

TOO MANY STONES

By Rodney Nelsestuen
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Rodney Nelsestuen's TOO MANY STONES is an emotionally powerful novel about how the collision of sexual ignorance and teen rape shapes life opportunities and family...

IR Approved
March 11, 2024

THE MAY QUEEN

By Michelle Tocher
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Equal parts fairy tale and grief narrative, Michelle Tocher's THE MAY QUEEN blends familiar stories with one family's larger-than-life drama. A heavy but worthwhile read.

IR Approved
March 8, 2024

SUN EYE MOON EYE

By Vincent Czyz
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

Author Vincent Czyz’s SUN EYE MOON EYE proves an engaging discourse on isolation and identity with gorgeous, imagery-saturated prose. 

IR Approved
March 4, 2024

REFUGE

By Bill VanPatten
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Bill VanPatten’s REFUGE is a rewarding, affecting, disturbing, and memorable work with significant social commentary.

IR Approved
March 4, 2024

LAKETOWN

By Gerald DiPego
Rating:
4.9 / 5.0

With themes of self-acceptance and connection to others, Gerald DiPego's expert, artful storytelling divulges the deepest yearnings of his small-town characters in the extraordinary LAKETOWN,...

IR Approved
February 19, 2024

SPILLAGE

By Michael Gross
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

From its Milton Glaser-style cover onwards, SPILLAGE by Michael Gross shines as a resurrected literary curio from another era. An infectiously entertaining comic novel, charming...

IR Approved
January 19, 2024

PROVIDENCE

By David Grosz
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

Author David Grosz beautifully crafts language, characters, and storytelling in this haunting novel about friendship, loss, and the changing nature of the wheel of fortune...

Get A PROFESSIONAL REVIEW FOR YOUR BOOK!