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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
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Excellent!
Must-read.

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IR Approved
April 22, 2024

MISFIT’S MAGIC

By Fred Gracely
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

With an enchanting blend of magic, humor, and suspense, Fred Gracely’s MISFIT’S MAGIC: Shades Of Winter is a fast-paced, satisfying YA sequel brimming with epic...

April 8, 2024

SUDDENLY RURAL GIRL

By Dann Hurlbert, Kennedy Hurlbert
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

SUDDENLY RURAL GIRL by Dann and Kennedy Hurlbert stars a relatable, resilient young narrator whose ability to overcome hardship through faith and friendship is inspiring.

IR Approved
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

E. Grayson's THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF AN ORDINARY GIRL is honest and relatable; any rough edges are counterbalanced by a whole lot of heart.

IR Approved
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

J.W.S. Getty's CLEOPATRA'S TOMB AND THE REGIT TIGERS OF EGYPT is a delightful land-and-sea adventure thanks to a creative plot, a contemporary “save the world”...

IR Approved
July 5, 2023

RAIN FALLING ON EMBERS

By Liana Gardner
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Author Liana Gardner has won many awards for her middle grade novels and titles for older teens and by the end of the emotional, action-packed...

IR Approved
June 28, 2023

THE KINGDOM OF TROLLS

By Rae St. Clair Bridgman
Rating:
4.9 / 5.0

The fourth installment in Rae St. Clair Bridgman's MiddleGate series, THE KINGDOM OF TROLLS, is a well-paced, exciting addition to the magic-filled world of Wil...

June 21, 2023

SCOTTISH KNIGHT

By S T Cameron
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

Though the plot is somewhat familiar, SCOTTISH KNIGHT offers a serviceable addition to S.T. Cameron's Young Explorers series of YA adventure novels.

Rating:
2.5 / 5.0

Johnny Cassidy's THE CONSEQUENCES OF VICTORIA GREY (The Amulet Exposure) toys with interesting ideas, but the story is too vaguely executed and arcane to be...

IR Approved
April 24, 2023

PHANTOM EXPRESS

By S T Cameron
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

S. T. Cameron’s PHANTOM EXPRESS is a well-plotted, exciting addition to today's canon of middle-grade historical adventure stories.

April 21, 2023

WISHING ROCKS: Find Your Anchor

By Macall S. Robertson
Rating:
3.4 / 5.0

Macall S. Robertson's WISHING ROCKS: Find Your Anchor's message is earnest and heartfelt, but its plot is slight.

IR Approved
December 23, 2022

INCA WRAITH

By S T Cameron
Rating:
4.1 / 5.0

Simple to follow, with frequent scenes of action and tension, ST Cameron's INCA WRAITH is a perfect quick read for middle-graders enthralled by the past.

IR Approved
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Elizabeth R. Jensen's THE HAWK’S FLIGHT (Book Two of the Three Brothers Trilogy) is a beautifully designed and thoroughly entertaining sword and sorcery fantasy that...

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