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

NEVER STOP DANCING: A Memoir

By John Robinette, Robert Jacoby
Rating:
4.7 / 5

Author Robert Jacoby spends the year after his friend John Robinette's wife's untimely death interviewing him about the meaning of life in NEVER STOP DANCING.

JOURNEY TO THE SON

By Carla A. Carlisle, Ashley Eiland
Rating:
3.0 / 5

JOURNEY TO THE SON follows the author’s personal journey to motherhood.

IR Approved

SKIN IN THE GAME: The Stories My Tattoos Tell

By Kelly Mendenhall
Rating:
4.1 / 5

Kelly Mendenhall’s heavily tattooed body forms the foundation of her memoir, SKIN IN THE GAME: The Stories My Tattoos Tell, with each inked image acting...

DON’T MIND ME, I’M JUST HAVING A BAD LIFE

By Lewis Kempfer
Rating:
3.8 / 5

DON’T MIND ME, I’M JUST HAVING A BAD LIFE is the memoir of a recovered meth and sex addict that details just how squalid and...

IR Approved

THREE YEARS IN ETHIOPIA: How a Civil War and Epidemics Led Me to my Daughter

By Cornelia E Davis
Rating:
4.7 / 5

THREE YEARS IN ETHIOPIA is a memoir that tells the story of an American doctor living and working in a war-torn country, and how the...

THE FOREST TABERNACLE

By Patrick D. Milroy
Rating:
3.9 / 5

A young man pedals thousands of miles through the Eastern American landscape and his spiritual doubts to find himself and his Lord in THE FOREST...

IR Approved

CHASING A FLAWED SUN

By Daniel McGhee
Rating:
4.5 / 5

CHASING A FLAWED SUN is a look at the tragic and seedy life of a young heroin addict and dealer.

AMSTERDAM EXPOSED

By David Wienir
Rating:
5.0 / 5

An American law student abroad develops an unlikely friendship with a Red Light District worker in the heartfelt memoir AMSTERDAM EXPOSED.

BOWING TO ELEPHANTS

By Mag Dimond
Rating:
3.5 / 5

Part travel memoir, part coming-of-age story, BOWING TO ELEPHANTS is an echanting tale of faraway places and people.

IR Approved

STEALING HOME: A Father, A Son, and the Road to the Perfect Game

By Ron Seybold
Rating:
4.7 / 5

STEALING HOME: A Father, A Son, and the Road to the Perfect Game explores family and baseball, where each new inning offers the chance to...

FRECKLED: A Memoir of Growing Up Wild in Hawaii

By T.W. Neal
Rating:
5.0 / 5

Navigating life and death choices were typical when author Toby Neal was a child in FRECKLED: A MEMOIR OF GROWING UP WILD IN HAWAII.

RESURRECTION LILY

By Amy Byer Shainman
Rating:
4.5 / 5

Through a blend of memoir and medical instruction RESURRECTION LILY tells of one woman’s struggle as a high-risk candidate for breast cancer and her triumph...

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