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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NAIMERA: Absence of Grace

By Michael D. Ganzberger
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

In NAIMERA: Absence of Grace, ex-Navy SEAL and FBI agent Mike Murphy is tasked with rescuing the daughter of a billionaire scientist after she is...

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OPEN ROAD: A Midlife Memoir of Travel and the National Parks

By TW Neal
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

TW Neal’s OPEN ROAD is the story of a soul-searching road trip that addresses the author's middling years when she finds herself at a crossroads...

IR Approved

MERMAID OF VENICE

By Jincey Lumpkin
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

In MERMAID OF VENICE, a serial killer mermaid attempts to evade murder charges and her traumatic past, all while running a business empire and falling...

BETWEEN A AND Z

By A.E.M. Nason
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

A girl from Amsterdam and a boy from Zanzibar unwittingly fall in love despite knowing they must soon part ways in A. E. M. Nason’s...

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ARAYA

By E. Detorres
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

ARAYA is a story of human resilience, leading readers through a dark and dangerous forest exploring at once the strength and fragility of the human...

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ENGAGE AT DAWN: Seize and Destroy

By Edward Hochsmann
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Fusing elements of science fiction and military thriller, ENGAGE AT DAWN: Seize and Destroy is romp through a shady criminal underworld deal gone wrong, ably...

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MY NAME IS NOT ROSLYN JAMES

By Kerri McLoone
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

In this second installment in Kerri McLoone's THE SEARCH FOR HOPE series, a witch must uncover an ancient book in order to thwart a demon...

IR Approved

FALL FROM GRACE

By Susan J Kraus
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Grace McDonald is a successful therapist, wife and mother, but when she begins to counsel a new client who feels trapped in an emotionless, controlling...

LACKING EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY: A Lowbrow Novel of Questionable Necessity

By Mark A. Henry
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

LACKING EVIDENCE TO THE CONTRARY: A LOWBROW NOVEL OF QUESTIONABLE NECESSITY by Mark A. Henry is slapstick political parody of a patriotic sort.

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THE SOLUNA’S WAY

By Anna Hodges Oginsky
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A young girl is whisked away to another world where she’s tasked with restoring the peace before it’s ravaged by destructive weather and political strife.

THE BODY BLOG

By Rachel K. Wentz
Rating:
2.9 / 5.0

A blog in book form, THE BODY BLOG is a series of mini-articles explaining the body and its functions.

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RAISING, AND LOSING, MY REMARKABLE TEENAGE MOTHER

By Stacey Aaronson
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

It's not always clear who is parenting with a mother who is only 16 years older than her daughter in Stacey Aaronson's RAISING, AND LOSING,...

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