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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THE TOWER PRINCESS

By Michelle Tocher
Rating:
4.9 / 5.0

Michelle Tocher merges fiction and nonfiction in her beautiful memoir THE TOWER PRINCESS, in which she discusses how fairy tale princesses, in particular Rapunzel, are...

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WHO THE HELL IS RALPHY?

By Ralph Cover
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

WHO THE HELL IS RALPHY? is a long and comprehensive memoir of an Australian rancher and his adventures.

LIVING DEAD WHILE BEING ALIVE

By Michelle L Melendez
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Intergenerational cruelty is revealed and overcome in Michelle L. Melendez's memoir LIVING DEAD WHILE BEING ALIVE, A GIRL LOST IN BROOKLYN.

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THE SECOND CHILD

By Regina Toffolo
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

Regina Toffolo boldly shares her story in THE SECOND CHILD, inviting readers into her personal history dealing with addiction, mental illness, and abusive relationships.

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AN IMPOSSIBLE WIFE

By Rachael Siddoway
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

AN IMPOSSIBLE WIFE shares story of the Wasden family and husband Mitch’s perspective in learning how to care for his wife and himself as the...

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WHEN FORCE MEETS FATE

By Jamison Hill
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

A powerful first-hand account of survival in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, one that documents a decade-long battle with a difficult-to-diagnose illness.

THE COURAGE OF A BUTTERFLY

By Edmond E Frank
Rating:
3.6 / 5.0

Jeffrey has a heart problem so severe he 'should' die, but he doesn’t. Instead he encounters the angel of death, and strikes a deal to...

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DESIREE, THE MUSIC OF MY SOUL

By Peggy Race
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Peggy Race endeavors to create a safe home for a rescue dog known to be an accomplished escape artist in DESIREE, THE MUSIC OF MY...

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RUNNIN’ WITH FROGS

By George Worthington
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

RUNNIN’ WITH FROGSoffers an inspirational, first-hand account of Rear Admiral George R. Worthington’s life and career, including time spent as a member of the famed...

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HEALING HEARTS: Shatterproof

By Jeanine LeBlanc
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Compiled by Jeanine LeBlanc, HEALING HEARTS: Shatterproof is a collection of true-life stories about everyday heroes transcending life's toughest challenges.

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BRAIN STORM: A Life in Pieces

By Shelley Kolton
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Shelley Kolton's BRAIN STORM: A Life in Pieces is a memoir about surviving ritual abuse, along with its resultant Dissociative Identity Disorder, as the author...

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HATS AND OTHER MUSINGS: Stories from a New York Life

By Keri English
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Keri English offers up a raw and introspective confessional of a young writer wrangling with life, loss, and mental health in her memoir, HATS AND...

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