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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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IR Approved
February 4, 2022

HERE WE GO LOOP DE LOOP

By William Jack Sibley
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Aside from being a comic tour de force, HERE WE GO LOOP DE LOOP also offers contemplative moments focusing on real human emotions like life...

IR Approved
August 9, 2021

DEFECTIVE FOR HIRE

By D. R. Lowrey
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

It’s Carl Hiaasen meets P. G. Wodehouse in D. R. Lowrey’s priceless debut DEFECTIVE FOR HIRE, where the plot moves, the characters feel like people...

IR Approved
June 2, 2021

LOST ON A PAGE

By David E. Sharp
Rating:
4.6 / 5.0

Combining a unique premise with a clever, twist-laden plot, David E. Sharp’s LOST ON A PAGE serves as both a satirical examination of the idea...

May 17, 2021

OOF: An Online Outrage Fiesta for the Ages

By Strobe Witherspoon
Rating:
3.4 / 5.0

A valiant attempt at satirizing the almost-too-ludicrous-for-satire world of the online hot take, OOF is cutting and reflective, a close-to-the-bone societal mirror. It’s also a...

Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

One wouldn't necessarily think that a novel could light-heartedly, yet at the same time, gravely, weave tips on how to pick up girls by discussing...

March 29, 2021

THE FRED VALENTINE SHOW

By Vincent Glen
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

In Vincent Glen's THE FRED VALENTINE SHOW, a delightfully absurdist romp, a ragtag group of talking animals and their teenage handler find employment at a...

February 12, 2021

ONE JADED ROSE

By James Byron Books
Rating:
3.2 / 5.0

ONE JADED ROSE is a high-tempo adventure--replete with elaborate scheming and snappy banter--with Australia’s high society as backdrop in this breezy tale by James Byron.

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Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

COINMAN, a thoroughly modern Indian folktale, presents a humorous portrait of a nonconformist who triumphs without trying.

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