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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
November 12, 2021

NOT RIGHT NOW

By K. Thomas
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

K. Thomas’s paranormal romance NOT RIGHT NOW shows a skillful and intriguing return to the world of Time to Wake, pairing well-imagined character relationships and...

IR Approved
September 10, 2021

SOUL COLLECTOR

By Duvay Knox
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A modern urban folktale with its own cadence and soul, Duvay Knox's SOUL COLLECTOR shoves aside literary constraints to tell a darkly funny, poignant, and...

IR Approved
May 17, 2021

TIME TO WAKE

By K. Thomas
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

A suspenseful new adult paranormal romance, TIME TO WAKE blends a tense, slow-burn mystery thriller with a completely original twist on supernatural lore. Clever storytelling...

IR Approved
March 26, 2021

ALMOST DAMNED

By Christopher Leibig
Rating:
4.2 / 5.0

Christopher Leibig's ALMOST DAMNED is an engaging and page-turning theological legal thriller that will appeal to fans of The Da Vinci Code and courtroom dramas...

March 15, 2021

OBSIDIAN MINE

By Karen Bailey
Rating:
2.8 / 5.0

OBSIDIAN MINE packs steamy paranormal romance and adventure into every page, but often rushes through plot points and perspectives at a dizzying pace. As the...

Rating:
2.9 / 5.0

A quiet urban fantasy with intriguing world building and fantastical beasts, Titus Murphy's BLACK OAK holds back a bit too much in its first installment.

IR Approved
October 28, 2020

SOUL SEEKER

By Kaylin McFarren
Rating:
4.3 / 5.0

Kaylin McFarren’s SOUL SEEKER is a clever, slow-building supernatural thriller that finds great strength in the way it infuses a fairly normal reality with ever-growing...

July 24, 2020

SOULSTEALER

By Shane Boulware
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Fun and fast-paced, Shane Boulware's SOULSTEALER is a great mix of urban fantasy, fantastical mythos and real world framing.

April 13, 2020

THE SEVENTH SPARK

By J.B. Lion
Rating:
3.7 / 5.0

THE SEVENTH SPARK will be a hit with those of the Christian faith who enjoy quick-paced, action-heavy epic fantasy, although the book would benefit from...

Rating:
2.9 / 5.0

Franklin Posner’s SUBURBAN VAMPIRE is an entertaining, if flawed, pastiche of the modern vampire-as-action-hero story.

IR Approved
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

RAVEN’S PEAK sets the stage for a constant battle between sinister demons and humanity, a scheming Council supposedly set up for protection, and a young...

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