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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EL POMBERO!

By Jackie Goldman
Rating:
3.0 / 5

Heather and Jay, two best friends who have recently suffered loss, go to Venezuela to find the spot where Jay's brother died.

IR Approved

NORTH OF EDEN

By Janice Coy
Rating:
4.0 / 5

In NORTH OF EDEN, three characters’ lives intersect as they contemplate the cost of truth and the power of memory to constrain and confound us.

IR Approved

THE VICTORY PERSPECTIVE

By E.J. Kellett
Rating:
4.5 / 5

A fanciful, dramatic retelling of the biblical creation myth.

THE MOON-GLO MIASMA

By Barlow Eckel
Rating:
3.7 / 5

THE MOON-GLO MIASMA by Barlow Eckel is a vivid, detailed character portrait of an ordinary man and the romance that nearly ruined his life.

IR Approved

AUNT SOOKIE & ME, teaching us to find the beauty in life’s peculiarities

By Michael Scott Garvin
Rating:
4.5 / 5

It’s 1968 in the deep South. After the death of her grandmother, Poppy Wainwright boards a Greyhound bus to start a new life with her...

CITY OF ANGELS

By K. Patrick
Rating:
3.0 / 5

An orphaned young man must deal with government bureaucracy and an accusation of murder in order to become a champion boxer.

IR Approved

THE RED FIELD

By Jason Taylor Morgan
Rating:
4.0 / 5

THE RED FIELD is the story of a descendant of female witches who wants out of her familial duties of casting spells designed to protect...

THE BOOK OF MOON

By George Crowder
Rating:
5.0 / 5

George Crowder merges the Book of Job, J. D. Salinger, and Woody Allen into an effective tale about an adolescent trying to make sense of...

THE BEST OF FAMILIES

By Harry Groome
Rating:
5.0 / 5

Author Harry Groome soars in this tale of the privileged clinging to their social positions long past their shelf life, and how one of them...

IR Approved

Plunge into a deep and bracing tale with BLACK WATER

By Brenna Marie
Rating:
4.7 / 5

Joseph Caspar is a disappointed writer, living with his wife Noelle in a city with air so dirty it can kill. Then an old college...

BIG DREAMS, a drama full of heart-tugging surprises

By Pamela Ann Sun
Rating:
3.8 / 5

Teenager Lily Davis is an anomaly in Britain’s era of free love and drugs: she refuses to have sex until she can begin birth control.

IR Approved

MEMORIES OF A HOME: ELM STREET

By Scott Douglas Vaughan
Rating:
4.0 / 5

MEMORIES OF A HOME is a charming time-capsule treatment of Americana in the mid-1960s.

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