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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I AM LEMONADE LUCY!

By Kenneth Womack
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A Muslim student and a history buff form an unlikely friendship over the search for a plaster pear missing from the Rutherford B. Hayes Museum.

MAD MISCHIEF

By Susan St. John
Rating:
2.7 / 5.0

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

IR Approved

THE WOLF, THE WIZARD, AND THE WOAD

By Florence Love Karsner
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

THE WOLF, THE WIZARD, AND THE WOAD is historical fantasy that details the training of a young woman as a healer and leader.

INDIGO DOVES

By Marie Masters
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

INDIGO DOVES explores how lives intertwine, overlap, and transform, spanning generations, along with the realities of characters, both neurotypical and not.

WHAT’S LEFT UNSAID

By Deborah Stone
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Sasha is deeply committed to taking her family’s horrible secrets to her grave—at least until her son, Zac, finds a mysterious photograph that has him...

IR Approved

BREAKING VASES: Shattering Limitations & Daring to Thrive

By Dima Ghawi
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

In this beautifully written memoir, Dima Ghawi tells a Cinderella tale of oppression and liberation that focuses on what patriarchy does to a girl growing...

IR Approved

SECRETS AND SHADOWS

By Roberta Silman
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

SECRETS AND SHADOWS is a novel about the dangers of the secrets people keep.

IR Approved

LIVE FOR THIS

By Kathryn R Biel
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

LIVE FOR THIS is a gripping story showing how love can find people, even when they're at their worst.

IR Approved

CATWALK FAIL

By Jason Godfrey
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

CATWALK FAIL, written by model, actor, and writer Jason Godfrey, is a hilarious and insightful look at the psyche of a model desperate to hold...

IR Approved

AFTER THEY GO

By J Mercer
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Love and loss shake a family to its core in AFTER THEY GO by J. Mercer

IR Approved

MANAGING BUBBIE

By Russel Lazega
Rating:
4.8 / 5.0

A stubborn Holocaust survivor befuddles her family’s attempts to manage her twilight years.

THE NEW GIRLS: Miles from Nowhere

By Nicholas Keagan
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

THE NEW GIRLS, the first installment in the Miles From Nowhere series, follows a young woman as she begins her career as a professional ice...

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