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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IR Approved

WADE

By J.A. Carter-Winward
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

JA Carter-Winward's WADE follows a widower coping with both grief and years of sexual — and personal — repression.

IR Approved

ELLIPSIS

By Kristy McGinnis
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

ELLIPSIS is a poignant novel about a woman who loses her child and finds renewed purpose in trying to save another.

THE RACHEL PROJECT

By Jide Familoni
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

As a Nigerian born Black man, Dr. Femi Fatoyinbo is ever so carefully navigating the world of American higher education as a scientist and professor....

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THE PATH OF THE TAPIR

By Michael Jarvis
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A private investigator is sent to Costa Rica to find a man who fled the scene of a fire that killed two American women on...

LOOKING FOR TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

By George Sanchez
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Howard Dunstan -- farm boy turned New Orleans stagehand -- has a crush on the play's star in LOOKING FOR TENNESSEE WILLIAMS by George Sanchez.

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THE TOPOGRAPHY OF HIDDEN STORIES

By Julia MacDonnell
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Julia MacDonnell showcases the complexities of female relationships in THE TOPOGRAPHY OF HIDDEN STORIES, an anthology of eleven women-centric short stories.

FROM I-80 TO GALWAY BAY

By James Christie
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

A frantic yarn on the fall-out from a tragic car crash, FROM I-80 TO GALWAY BAY is the story of a pair of people whose...

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ENEMY COMBATANT

By David Winner
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

In David Winner’s ENEMY COMBATANT, the personal becomes political as two disaffected Americans play ham-fisted heroes in the Caucasus.

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LOVING MODIGLIANI

By Linda Lappin
Rating:
4.9 / 5.0

Equal parts fantastical ghost story, mystery, and epistolary fiction, Linda Lappin's LOVING MODIGLIANI is a genre-bending ride through the life (and afterlife) of Amedeo Modigliani's...

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A WOUNDED DEER LEAPS HIGHEST

By C.P. Mangel
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Life becomes far more difficult for teenaged, book-devouring Asa after her parents--an African-American father and his white Jewish wife--inherit a large farm in North Carolina,...

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GLORY DAYS

By J.P. Michaels
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

GLORY DAYS is a novel about a sportscaster who goes back to his hometown for his silver-anniversary high-school reunion and confronts the reality of racism...

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2 BY SOUTH: Precious Blood and Rattlesnake in a Cooler

By Frank South
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

2 BY SOUTH by Frank South are two one-act plays from the early-‘80s Off Broadway Theater scene. 

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