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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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February 16, 2024

JOURNEY TO THE DARK GALAXY

By Hannah D. State
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

Hannah D. State's JOURNEY TO THE DARK GALAXY is a well-constructed YA space saga that manages to keep the reader engaged, even through its more...

IR Approved
November 29, 2023

LOOPHOLE

By Alex Hugie
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

LOOPHOLE, the debut YA novel by Alex Hugie, is well-paced, packed with action, and works as a sophisticated allegory: a moral conundrum tackling issues of...

IR Approved
November 17, 2023

THE FUTURE KING | Return of the Once Monarch

By Vishnul Jain
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Vishnul Jain's THE FUTURE KING | Return of the Once Monarch is a fascinating (though uneven) epic that combines myths and legends from around the...

IR Approved
October 27, 2023

NOT MY FAULT

By SB FRASCA
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

A unique and endearing teen protagonist drives S.B. Frasca’s NOT MY FAULT, a feel-good coming-of-age novel about loneliness, relationships, and accountability.

IR Approved
October 2, 2023

BLUE SPELL

By John Harvey
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

John Harvey's BLUE SPELL is an action-packed, multi-layered story that excels at merging hard science fiction, mystery, and YA romance into a page-turning futuristic thriller.

IR Approved
September 6, 2023

DIARY OF A MARTIAN: The Discovery

By Stephen B. Haunts
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

The first installment in a fast-paced upper middle-grade adventure that offers a fun, heartfelt sci-fi story with messages of a sustainable future, DIARY OF A...

August 16, 2023

UNCLUTTER: A Survivor’s Story

By Winnie D Pagora
Rating:
3.6 / 5.0

Though frequently dark and harrowing, debut novelist Winnie D Pagora's UNCLUTTER (A Survivor’s Story) is an effective and affecting YA novel that tackles difficult subjects...

August 11, 2023

EXTINGUISHING SHADOWS

By Heather Beal
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

Heather Beal's EXTINGUISHING SHADOWS is an accessible and fast-paced text planted firmly in an underworld of magical folklore and vampire fantasy that remains fresh with...

IR Approved
July 31, 2023

BROKEN SKY

By John Harvey
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

John Harvey's BROKEN SKY is a terrific, action packed YA novel that is imaginative, carefully structured and driven by entertaining characters. A winning start to...

July 12, 2023

CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS GIRL

By Dan Birk
Rating:
3.3 / 5.0

Though debut author Dan Birk's CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS GIRL isn’t quite up there with the best YA spy novels, the author has created a...

IR Approved
July 12, 2023

RAINBOW STATE

By Mariah Ashley
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

Mariah Ashley's RAINBOW STATE is a rousing mix of family drama and adolescent relationships rendered with uncommon grace, exploring the complexities of grief, healing, and...

IR Approved
July 7, 2023

MAGDA, STANDING

By Christine Fallert Kessides
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

Debut author Christine Fallert Kessides' wonderfully rich young adult novel, MAGDA, STANDING, includes period details which are convincingly evoked and a fully realized protagonist in...

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