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

OPEN ROAD: A Midlife Memoir of Travel and the National Parks

By TW Neal
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

TW Neal’s OPEN ROAD is the story of a soul-searching road trip that addresses the author's middling years when she finds herself at a crossroads...

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RAISING, AND LOSING, MY REMARKABLE TEENAGE MOTHER

By Stacey Aaronson
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

It's not always clear who is parenting with a mother who is only 16 years older than her daughter in Stacey Aaronson's RAISING, AND LOSING,...

IR Approved

BALCONY VIEW, a 9/11 Diary

By Julia Frey
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

BALCONY VIEW is author and college professor Julia Frey's six-month diary of living in her apartment directly across the street from the World Trade Center...

IR Approved

LINES IN THE SAND: An American Soldier’s Personal Journey in Iraq

By F. Scott Service
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

LINES IN THE SAND is F. Scott Service's first-hand account of his experiences in the cauldron of war; an experience that would lead to the...

IR Approved

HITS, HEATHENS, AND HIPPOS: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer

By Marty Essen
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Marty Essen invites readers along on the exploits of a lifetime in HITS, HEATHENS, AND HIPPOS: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Adventurer.

IR Approved

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT: A Mother’s Journey to Adoption

By Raj Arneja
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT details Raj Arneja’s quest for motherhood that resulted in two trips to India to adopt abandoned, malnourished babies during the 1990s.

THE MENDED MIRROR

By Karen Celeste Hilfman
Rating:
3.2 / 5.0

A family's loving care for one another while the mystery of how author Karen Celeste Hilfman's mother came to exhibit multiple personalities is explored in...

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A CAREGIVER’S RESPONSE: Our Shared Journey

By Gary Pacernick
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A CAREGIVER’S RESPONSE: Our Shared Journey by Gary Pacernick is a book of poems that tell the tragic story of the author’s wife ongoing battle...

REFLECTIONS OF AN ANXIOUS AFRICAN AMERICAN DAD

By Eric Heard
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

REFLECTIONS OF AN ANXIOUS AFRICAN AMERICAN DAD is a memoir written from a father to his son. It seeks to provide an explanation for the...

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PLAYING SOLDIER

By F. Scott Service
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

PLAYING SOLDIER is an Iraq War veteran's memoir of his experiences in the war and their effects on his life as a veteran, the bad...

PERSEVERING FOR PEACE

By Jamie Lynn Sokoloff
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Jamie Lynn Sokoloff tells how she overcame her father’s death and her mother’s illness, along her journey of self-discovery in PERSEVERING FOR PEACE.

IR Approved

REDEMPTIVE TRAUMA: Confessions of a Defrocked Priest

By David Giffen
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Before becoming ordained, author David Giffen had few boundaries...and this tendency to live life on a razor's edge comes home to roost in the candid...

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