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 MADNESS OF GRIEF

By Panayotis Cacoyannis
Rating:
3.5 / 5

THE MADNESS OF GRIEF deals with the rift between lie and reality in a melancholic spin of drama, intrigue, mystery and the coming-of-age for a...

IR Approved

THE JOURNEY OF AN ACORN

By Corey Wolff
Rating:
5.0 / 5

THE JOURNEY OF AN ACORN is the story of how a little acorn abandoned a life of pain and discovered the secret to a meaningful...

ARCADE

By MF Thomas
Rating:
3.5 / 5

When Walter Jackson’s wife leaves him, taking his daughter with her, he finds his search curtailed by a global disaster and chases the narrowest of...

IR Approved

ELEPHANTS IN MY ROOM

By Christie Nicholls
Rating:
4.4 / 5

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

IR Approved

WATER IS WIDER

By Marie Green McKeon
Rating:
4.0 / 5

Sydney has quietly kept her head down for years, working a steady but unrewarding job as a proofreader. But now her mother is dead, the...

IR Approved

A MAN OF HONOR, or Horatio’s Confessions

By J. A. Nelson
Rating:
4.4 / 5

Told in first-person by Horatio, author J.A. Nelson’s novel follows in the tradition of historical fiction.

IR Approved

COLLECTIVE AMNESIA: AMERICAN APARTHEID

By Eugene DeFriest Bétit
Rating:
4.6 / 5

Designed to counteract this country’s “collective amnesia” about the systematic racism that has marred its achievements and limited its potential, Eubene DeFriest Bétit’s book traces...

IR Approved

TRANSFERENCE

By B.T. Keaton
Rating:
5.0 / 5

TRANSFERENCE explains the purpose of human suffering and the essential nature of hope in the struggle that is life. 

IR Approved

COULD ANTHONY NEWLEY BE MY MUSE? (Or His Story Never Ends)

By Joellyn St. Pierre
Rating:
4.2 / 5

In COULD ANTHONY NEWLEY BE MY MUSE? author Joellyn St. Pierre gives a detailed account of her relationship with the spirit of late British singer,...

THE POINT

By Angel I. Hawkins
Rating:
2.9 / 5

Angel I. Hawkins' THE POINT tracks a young adult relationship through five seasons, starting the summer after Willoughs' senior year in high school and throughout...

IR Approved

ANONYMOUS IS A WOMAN: A Global Chronicle of Gender Inequality

By Nina Ansary
Rating:
5.0 / 5

From Liang Hongyu, a female Army general in China, to Gaitana the 16th Century Yalcon Indigenous Colombian activist rebelling against Spanish colonization, ANONYMOUS IS A...

TRIBAL AFFAIRS

By Matt Dallmann
Rating:
3.5 / 5

A young woman discovers that she is, in fact, only part-human, and the heiress to a powerful genie family - but can she fight back...

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