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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Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters meets Harry Potter in the horror fantasy series starter, THE NIGHT PEOPLE

By Lane Alexander
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Lane Alexander’s THE NIGHT PEOPLE has an intriguing premise: all people are born with latent special abilities, but only some of them have mutated enough...

NOW THAT WE’RE ALONE, just the right mix of horror and humor

By Nicholas Day
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

NOW THAT WE’RE ALONE is a darkly humorous blend of death, gore, and terror, featuring oddly relatable characters in horribly normal situations.

IR Approved

FINAL SEASON: Monsters and eldtritch horrors may be no match for humanity’s own capacity for evil

By Wahabah Hadia Al Mu'id
Rating:
4.1 / 5.0

FINAL SEASON is a mind churning, abstract masterpiece that reveals humanity’s insecurities, emotions, and subconscious thoughts through first person accounts.

THE THORN SAGA

By Joshua Ingle
Rating:
3.7 / 5.0

An arch-demon repents his life’s work of sowing evil, while questioning the traditions of both God and the Devil.

IR Approved

Prepare For Nightmares After THE BABY MONITOR… If You Sleep At All

By Matt Ingwalson
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Starting with the simple conceit of a pair of sleepless parents, THE BABY MONITOR spins out into a hair-raising tale of a couple on the...

Classic zombies, a sympathetic heroine and daring escapes in MAR RISING

By Craig Brusseau
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A mysterious organism turns humans into bloodthirsty zombies – but where did it come from, and can it be stopped?

IR Approved

A Western Gothic adventure with a unique take on vampire mythology in: THE LAST SUNSET

By Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

THE LAST SUNSET is the fourth—and presumably final—book in the Vampire and the Cowboy series

IR Approved

Demons, death and the dark side in: WICKED PRAYERS

By S.D. Moore
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

WICKED PRAYERS is a cautionary tale for any would-be occultists considering dabbling in the darker arts: some things are better left dead.

IR Approved

Villains, heroes and secrets abound in: BLACKTIP ISLAND

By Tim W. Jackson
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

A stockbroker embezzles funds and escapes to a Caribbean island where he becomes a divemaster to avoid arrest from U.S. authorities in this adventurous story.

Horror and violence erupt when the lives of two girls collide in: KAI

By Derek Vasconi
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

In a fit of violent depression, a young girl vows vengeance on the world despite locking herself in her room.

Family history, horror and humor collide in: AMBALLORE HOUSE

By Jose Thekkumthala
Rating:
2.0 / 5.0

Part family saga and part mesh of sci-fi, paranormal, horror and off-beat humor, this is a story of Kerala civilization in the town of Amballore,...

IR Approved

College students and serial killers collide in: SEVER

By Matt Ingwalson
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

A young college student and his girlfriend must track down a psychotic serial killer.

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