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

THE BULLYBUSTER

By Clay Cormany
Rating:
4.0 / 5

A teen reporter investigates a series of attacks and finds love in YA romance THE BULLYBUSTER.

IR Approved

BOBBY ETHER AND THE JADE ACADEMY

By R. Scott Boyer
Rating:
5.0 / 5

Thrills and adventure lead Bobby Ether past tragedy as he searches to unlock special powers that can save his friends and connect him to family...

IR Approved

THE GREEN SOLDIER

By J. Edward Gore
Rating:
4.8 / 5

THE GREEN SOLDIER is a Civil War story about a young Union soldier from Kentucky—a fine piece of historical fiction suitable for young adult and...

IR Approved

THE PRINCESS OF BAKER STREET

By Mia Kerick
Rating:
4.0 / 5

A transgender teen and her childhood friend find acceptance amidst adversity in THE PRINCESS OF BAKER STREET

IR Approved

THE EDGE RULES

By Melanie Hooyenga
Rating:
4.5 / 5

THE EDGE RULES, is the third book in The Rules Series, is an engaging romance about second chances and reinvention.

IR Approved

ABOVE THE STAR: THE 8TH ISLAND TRILOGY

By Alexis Marie Chute (Author and Illustrator)
Rating:
4.2 / 5

A dying teenager may find her cure in a strange other world inhabited by fire-beings, yellow-eyed goblins, and evil sand creatures in ABOVE THE STAR:...

IR Approved

RISE OF HOWLERS

By Bob Bannon
Rating:
4.4 / 5

RISE OF HOWLERS is a fast-paced YA horror adventure.

WITCHES’ QUARTERS

By Laura M. Snider
Rating:
2.6 / 5

WITCHES' QUARTERS is a story of high adventure and fantastical intrigue.

IR Approved

DEAR JANE

By Marina DelVecchio
Rating:
4.3 / 5

DEAR JANE is a harrowing story of abuse and the power of stories.

IR Approved

JAMHURI, NJAMBI, AND FIGHTING ZOMBIES

By Ted Neill
Rating:
4.2 / 5

Contemporary fables with a sci-fi twist in JAMHURI, NJAMBI, AND FIGHTING ZOMBIES.

IR Approved

THE WOLF AND THE RAIN

By Tanya Lee
Rating:
4.1 / 5

Environmental disaster has drastically reshaped North America into two countries--the orderly military state that raised Samarra to be a soldier/assassin and a bewildering land of...

DEATH BY THE RIVER

By Alexandrea Weis + Lucas Astor
Rating:
3.0 / 5

A golden-boy football star with a nasty secret turns rapist and murderer- but can he be caught before he kills again?

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