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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THE BUDS ARE CALLING

By B. Coyne Davies
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Based on the author’s own experience, a disparate group of investors, lawyers, scientists, and enthusiasts come together to launch a high-tech marijuana business in the...

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KARIK’S FIRST BATTLE

By Evan Oliver
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Evan Oliver’s fantasy novella KARIK’S FIRST BATTLE follows the titular character as he volunteers exile alongside four friends so that his village may have enough...

A MAN, A MACHINE, AND THE THING IN THE DARK

By Evan Aster Reed
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Evan Aster Reed’s A MAN, A MACHINE, AND THE THING IN THE DARK follows Camden, a young mechanologist who is left traumatized after witnessing his...

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HORATIO’S PROMISE

By D. Clark Gill
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

Part-time music teacher Alfred Spellman returns to his summer home in the small town of HORATIO’S PROMISE only to be drawn into the search for...

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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.

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BEOWULF: A Verse Translation from the Anglo-Saxon

By Andrew B. F. Carnabuci
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

BEOWULF tells the legendary story a hero who defeats a monster (and its mother), becomes king, and takes a stand against a dragon. Compared with...

LOOKING FOR TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

By George Sanchez
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Howard Dunstan -- farm boy turned New Orleans stagehand -- has a crush on the play's star in LOOKING FOR TENNESSEE WILLIAMS by George Sanchez.

KILLING TIME: Physics, Lust and Greed Series Book 3

By Mike Murphey
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

The third installment of Mike Murphey’s "Physics, Lust and Greed" series, KILLING TIME, takes the concept of skipping through time and attempts to explore its...

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ALEX SIX

By Vince Taplin
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

ALEX SIX is a thriller about paranoia, human depravity, and one wealthy's obsessive desire to obtain children at any cost. Caught up in this spider's...

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SHADOWS IN THE LIGHT

By Sophie Shepherd
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A teenage girl who secretly aspires to be a martial arts warrior in a country where physical aggression is limited to the artform of dance....

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THE TOPOGRAPHY OF HIDDEN STORIES

By Julia MacDonnell
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Julia MacDonnell showcases the complexities of female relationships in THE TOPOGRAPHY OF HIDDEN STORIES, an anthology of eleven women-centric short stories.

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THE KING OF NIGHTMARE

By A. Rogers
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

When a vagrant is suddenly offered a job and a room at a tiny seaside resort, he cautiously accepts. But he has no way of...

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