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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OPEN UP

By Alex Woodard
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

A series of vivid, free-form essays offering a candid glimpse into the life and times of a professional musician.

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GOOD MORNING, BLAKE: Growing Up Autistic and Being Okay

By Blake "Crash" Priddle
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Blake “Crash” Priddle describes his experiences growing up as a young autistic man in Canada, from early childhood to his success as a radio host.

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BEAUTIFUL ASHES

By Shelly Edwards Jorgensen
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

BEAUTIFUL ASHES is the true account of the young life of Shelly Edwards Jorgensen, a life inundated with abuse—physical, mental, sexual, emotional, and financial. Remarkably,...

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RANT

By M.K. Hoffman
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

M.K. Hoffman’s memoir is an exposé of the smorgasbord of corruption, cowardice, and self-interest that he encountered in his relentless pursuit of the truth about...

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MARATHON MAN: My Life, My Father’s Stroke and Running 35 Marathons in 35 Days

By Alan Corcoran
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Irish-born Alan Corcoran challenges himself to running thirty-five marathons in thirty-five consecutive days in honor of his father who has suffered a debilitating stroke.

THE CRAZY GOLF PRO

By Don Walin
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Bipolar disorder takes golfer from the clubhouse to the madhouse and beyond in Don Walin's memoir, THE CRAZY GOLF PRO: My Journey with Bipolar Disorder

HOW I DID IT!: Gently, Simply, Realistically and for Good! My weight loss journey from type 2 diabetes to optimal health

By Vivianne Messier
Rating:
2.9 / 5.0

A detailed, autobiographical account of one woman’s weight-loss transformation complete with meal guides and recipes.

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BIG LUCKY: Serial Entrepreneur Jim Markham’s Secret Formula for Success

By Jim Markham
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

A candid career retrospective that just so happens to reveal the twenty-two ‘ingredients’ to a renowned stylist’s secret formula for success.

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THE MAJEWSKI CURSE

By Lisa Dianne McInnes
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

THE MAJEWSKI CURSE, Lisa McInnes' memoir, is about the distinctly different but connected tragic deaths of three family members.

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NAKED INK, Diary of A Smalltown Boy

By Tobias Maxwell
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

A candid deep dive into the life of a struggling actor working his way around New York City during the late ‘70s.

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THE OTTAWA WAY: Guilty by Gender in Canada’s Capital

By Demetrios (Jim) Angelis
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

THE OTTAWA WAY: Guilty by Gender in Canada’s Capital by Demetrios (Jim) Angelis explores the traumatic results of remaining with unhealthy partners and suffering domestic...

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THREE MONTHS ON AN E-BIKE (What Could Possibly Go Wrong)

By Glenn Reddick
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

First-time author Glen Riddick shares stories from his time riding an e-bike to work through the Australian countryside in THREE MONTHS ON AN E-BIKE.

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