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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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,...

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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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An amusement park featuring werewolves, vampires, and zombies is a facade for a diabolical plan: MONSTERLAND

By Michael Phillip Cash
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

The owner of Monsterland invites teens to opening day with a dare: "Let's see if Monsterland can scare the daylights out of you."

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Angels, demons and supernatural warriors battle in: CROSSBACK

By Paul Proffet
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Recovering from defeating an ancient demon, Doyle and Briar gather warriors to hunt down and stop a sinister entity targeting children.

Disturbing and weird; unflinchingly grim at every turn, TWISTED REUNION shocks and even charms.

By Mark Tullius
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

This is a collection of sordid little short stories, where nothing is quite as it seems and people tend to meet rather grisly ends.

A dystopian world’s super-human in: ROTVILLE

By Bryce Bentley Summers
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

A genetically enhanced man, designed to be a super-gladiator, must break out of a prison in a quarantined city and rescue a pair of gifted...

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Fantastical, weird, and macabre stories resonant: WITH A VOICE THAT IS OFTEN STILL CONFUSED BUT IS BECOMING EVER LOUDER AND CLEARER

By JR Hamentaschen
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Hamantaschen’s collection of nine short stories displays a wide-ranging writing style that is a deft blend of horror, the bizarre and literary pop-culture.

With monsters terrorizing the earth, there’s still comedic value in: APOCALYPSE IDAHO

By Rich Lundeen
Rating:
2.5 / 5.0

An unsuspecting town in the Upper Midwest is hit with a plague of ravenous monsters, and a band of quirky survivors try to stop them...

Horror is unleashed as demons invade a peaceful Irish town in: LAKE OF FIRE

By Mark Sant
Rating:
2.5 / 5.0

A demonic invasion takes over the British Isles and threatens the entire world. Darrows Glen was a peaceful little Irish town – until the demons...

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In the Shadow of St. Anthony

By Andrew Hernon
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

An arrogant, selfish adolescent must find the better man inside him when an old friend is attacked by supernatural forces.

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In the House of Leviathan

By B.D.Bruns
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Nestled along the Italian coastline, the seas rage outside Amalfi, threatening the fishermen that sustain the city, while a terrifying spirit haunts the Apuzzo family...

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