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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A BAGFUL OF KITTENS HEADED TO THE LAKE

By Cathy Carlton Hews
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

A BAGFUL OF KITTENS HEADED TO THE LAKE is a collection of personal essays of a daughter as Alzheimer’s robs her of the father she’s...

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I WILL WRITE LOUDLY SO YOU CAN HEAR ME

By Karyn M. Bruce
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

I WILL WRITE LOUDLY SO YOU CAN HEAR ME recounts Karyn M. Bruce's life story in a series of poems about abuse, loneliness, resilience, and...

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DOES SHE THINK OF ME

By Cathy Thrun
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

DOES SHE THINK OF ME by Cathy Williams-Thrun is one woman's discovery of what teenage birth mothers, adoptive families, and sorrowful choices made long ago...

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A SINGLE DESPERATE PRAYER

By Ludmila Ritz
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

An honest, sometimes raw, account of a young girl’s first years as a street kid that is both heartbreaking and life-affirming – A SINGLE DESPERATE...

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THE SURVIVOR STORY OF ARNELLE

By Arnelle Cruz
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

THE SURVIVOR STORY OF ARNELLE by Arnelle Cruz details the events of one woman's somewhat traumatic life, and how she lived to tell the tale.

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STARGAZER

By David Scott
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

David Scott's STARGAZER is a memoir filled with stories about growing up in mid-century, rural Australia and its movie-theater industry.

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FROM RATS TO CADILLACS

By Fred Anthony Lamac
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

FROM RATS TO CADILLACS by Fred Anthony Lemac is a trip down memory lane from the point of view of one old-timer who has seen...

LIFE WITH OLLIE

By Donna Bourgeois
Rating:
2.8 / 5.0

LIFE WITH OLLIE by Donna G. Bourgeois tells the story of a woman’s lifelong struggle with her domineering mother, aiming to help empaths cope with...

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HOMOAMERICAN

By Michael Dane
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

In HOMOAMERICAN, Michael K. Dane tells the story of his life, including his mother's escape from an abusive household, a career built on showmanship that...

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ELEPHANTS IN MY ROOM

By Christie Nicholls
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

ELEPHANTS IN MY ROOM is a witty, vivid, well-written series of true stories about growing up, relationships and family.

RAISED IN PIMP CITY: The Uncut Truth About Domestic Human Sex Trafficking

By Armand King
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Part memoir part history, RAISED IN PIMP CITY by Armand King documents the ups and downs of the pimping lifestyle.

NO MORE DODGING BULLETS

By Amy Herrig
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Amy Herrig traces the story of her life from childhood to adult business involvement with The Gas Pipe, her father’s smoke shop retail chain, and...

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