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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SHRAPNEL IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

By Carol Es
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

SHRAPNEL IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY is Carol Es’s memoir recounting her experiences of sexual abuse and its traumatic aftermath, her years as a drummer...

IR Approved

THE GIRL WHO SAID GOODBYE: A Memoir of a Khmer Rouge Survivor

By Heather Allen
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

THE GIRL WHO SAID GOODBYE is a memoir that recounts Siv Eng’s capture and forced labor in Cambodian work camps run by the Khmer Rouge,

LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU’RE FAMOUS, CHRIS

By Chris Clark
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Welsh author Chris Clark, with the aid of diary entries, letters and old photos, tells his life story as it takes him from Wales and...

INTOXICATING TANGO: My Years in Buenos Aires

By Cherie Magnus
Rating:
3.2 / 5.0

INTOXICATING TANGO documents the author’s move to Buenos Aires, and deep engagement with it’s enticing tango scene. Half travelogue, half journey of self-discovery, it’s a...

IR Approved

HOPE DANCING: Finding purpose and a place to serve among the Maya

By Leslie Baer Dinkel
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

HOPE DANCING is Leslie Baer Dinkel's memoir about what what one person can do to help heal the world's ills, while "Finding purpose and a...

IR Approved

SAILING BLUE WATER MYSTIQUE SOLO: SAILING THE EXUMAS ALONE

By H Downing Lane
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A retired teacher and sailing coach’s journey of re-self-discovery while sailing the blue waters surrounding the Bahamas. 

IR Approved

MANAGING BUBBIE*

By Russel Lazega
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

The audiobook version of the 2018 IRDA Winner (for Biography) MANAGING BUBBIE features Tony and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin, The Love Boat's Gavin Macleod,...

IR Approved

NAKED (IN ITALY): A Memoir About the Pitfalls of La Dolce Vita

By M.E. Evans
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

When Misty, a young woman from Salt Lake City flees the States to study art in Florence, Italy after her younger brother's tragic and sudden...

IR Approved

NEVER STOP DANCING: A Memoir

By John Robinette, Robert Jacoby
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

Author Robert Jacoby spends the year after his friend John Robinette's wife's untimely death interviewing him about the meaning of life in NEVER STOP DANCING.

JOURNEY TO THE SON

By Carla A. Carlisle, Ashley Eiland
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

JOURNEY TO THE SON follows the author’s personal journey to motherhood.

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SKIN IN THE GAME: The Stories My Tattoos Tell

By Kelly Mendenhall
Rating:
4.1 / 5.0

Kelly Mendenhall’s heavily tattooed body forms the foundation of her memoir, SKIN IN THE GAME: The Stories My Tattoos Tell, with each inked image acting...

DON’T MIND ME, I’M JUST HAVING A BAD LIFE

By Lewis Kempfer
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

DON’T MIND ME, I’M JUST HAVING A BAD LIFE is the memoir of a recovered meth and sex addict that details just how squalid and...

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