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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IR Approved

WHEN THE HABOOB SINGS

By Nejoud Al-Yagout
Rating:
4.5 / 5

WHEN THE HABOOB SINGS is a lush literary tale of one woman’s quest to tell her truth, set against the backdrop of a beautiful and...

IR Approved

CITY IN A FOREST

By Ginger Pinholster
Rating:
4.8 / 5

CITY IN A FOREST is a novel about the power of the past, and freeing oneself to build a better future.

GO ASK THE DEAD

By Frank Tropea
Rating:
3.0 / 5

A young woman tries to live a life of sexual pleasure by cavorting with both humans and spirits at the same time. Fifteen-year-old Amanda grows...

IR Approved

YEAR OF THE AMPHIBIAN

By Christopher Pickert
Rating:
5.0 / 5

YEAR OF THE AMPHIBIAN is a timeless, beautifully written coming-of-age story about transformation and self-acceptance.

IR Approved

COOPERATIVE LIVES

By Patrick T. Finegan
Rating:
4.0 / 5

Residents of a cooperative New York apartment building find their lives bizarrely entangled when a financial manager's attempt to set a simple mistake right is...

IR Approved

SPARROW BEACH

By Shelby Raebeck
Rating:
4.0 / 5

A man must decide what to hold onto and what to let go of, as his marriage fades away, his daughter grows up, and a...

IR Approved

BLIND WALLS

By Conrad Bishop + Elizabeth Fuller
Rating:
4.5 / 5

Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller's BLIND WALLS is a tale of obsession and increasing madness, both scary and sad at the same time.

THE CUFFLINK

By Susan Bolch
Rating:
3.0 / 5

Susan Bolch's family saga, THE CUFFLINK, follows two generations through the twentieth century into the twenty-first, and a daughter's journey to accept her father's fallible humanity.

TILL TIMES ARE DONE

By Matthew Marullo
Rating:
3.2 / 5

An eccentric loner finds companionship and purpose with a strange visitor from another world.

DUSK AND EMBER

By Robert Jacoby
Rating:
3.1 / 5

DUSK AND EMBER is a dark tale of murder told entirely through the struggling eyes of an unstable Quaalude addict.

MAD MISCHIEF

By Susan St. John
Rating:
2.7 / 5

MAD MISCHIEF is the story of a wealthy American woman whose life is forever altered as the result of a Kenyan safari.

IR Approved

HACK

By Jeb Stewart Harrison
Rating:
4.0 / 5

HACK, the tale of one artist’s crazy plan to skyrocket his career, get the girl, and live happily ever after!

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