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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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MARI, WHY I NEEDED TO RETURN FROM THE FUTURE

By Winfried Sedhoff
Rating:
3 / 5

An accident strands Benjamin Ecclestone, a time traveler from the 22nd century, in Australia, where he falls in love.

NO ORDINARY GIFT

By Evon Smith
Rating:
3 / 5

A kitten named Petra adapts to a new home - but will a squirrel-sparked adventure cause disaster?

AT DADDY’S HANDS: Courage Knows No Age

By Jacob Paul Patchen
Rating:
4 / 5

In Jacob Paul Patchen's novel AT DADDY'S HANDS: Courage Knows No Age, victims of systemic abuse take matters into their own hands.

IF YOU TAME ME

By Kathie Giorgio
Rating:
4.2 / 5

Adopting an iguana launches a lonely woman’s exploration of feminism, companionship, and the politics of finding love in IF YOU TAME ME.

THE ZYGAN EMPRISE TRILOGY

By YS Pascal
Rating:
3.2 / 5

THE ZYGAN EMPRISE TRILOGY follows the story of a teenage girl as she becomes an intelligence agent on another planet, travelling through time in order...

MY FATHER, MY KING

By Pamela Taylor
Rating:
3 / 5

A first-person historical fiction on the regal politics of a world of castles and kings, MY FATHER, MY KING is as much about personal politics...

COME THE EVENTIDE

By Chris Riker
Rating:
3.4 / 5

COME THE EVENTIDE is an apocalyptic novel set in an indeterminate future where ecological collapse has left a dwindling human population.

JUST ANOTHER GIRL ON THE ROAD

By S. Kensington
Rating:
4.1 / 5

Difficult history, abuse, war and love combine in this emotional examination of the end of World War II, as well as the horrendous fallout, and...

FATHER CARDOSO’S MANUSCRIPT

By Samuel Miles Morley
Rating:
4 / 5

FATHER CARDOSO’S MANUSCRIPT is a well-paced detective story set in 1920s Los Angeles featuring Detective Lou Smithers, a little person and his plucky sweetheart, Grace Lane.

THE DREAM DEFENDERS

By Neal DenHartog
Rating:
4.5 / 5

Two young teenagers fight to defend the dream world—and the innocent dreamers in it—from rogue nightmarish creatures while uncovering an ominous plot that threatens the...

JIHADI BRIDE

By Alastair Luft
Rating:
3.4 / 5

Alastair Luft’s JIHADI BRIDE is an account of a teenage girl’s experiences in a terrorist organization and an exploration of healing, accepting change, and fighting...

A THIN PLACE

By David Weiskircher
Rating:
4.5 / 5

A teenage dairy farmer wrestles with the dissolution of his family, the development of his own identity, and the beginnings of a new romance after...

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