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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
April 5, 2024

FULL BEAVER MOON

By Peter Skinner
Rating:
4.7 / 5.0

Peter Skinner’s FULL BEAVER MOON is a captivating, challenging, and ultimately rewarding slice of historical fiction dripping with lyrical prose and Southern-tinged atmosphere.

April 3, 2024

STUMBLING STONES

By Bonnie Suchman
Rating:
2.9 / 5.0

Though a valuable story and a labor of love, Bonnie Suchman’s STUMBLING STONES doesn’t quite overcome the challenges of transmuting historical fact into compelling historical...

IR Approved
April 3, 2024

DREAMS OF A DRAGON GIRL

By Bonnie Jacoby
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

With a distinct take on dragons, lush world-building, and great characterization, DREAMS OF A DRAGON GIRL enthralls with adventure, emotionally adept prose, and a vivid...

April 3, 2024

KAWABUNGA KITTEN!

By Doc Pruyne
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A fast paced, full throttle comic novel full of crazy characters and outlandish scenarios. Doc Pruyne’s KAWABUNGA KITTEN! (OR THE MAGNIFICENT TRIUMPH OF THE SPLENDID...

IR Approved
April 1, 2024

LOSING MY BREATH

By J Rose Black
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Unexpectedly poignant, J. Rose Black's LOSING MY BREATH is a rare, emotionally driven contemporary romance that delves into PTSD, self-isolation, and grief from a veteran’s...

IR Approved
March 29, 2024

THE LAST REFUGE

By Christina Bacilieri
Rating:
4.4 / 5.0

For a debut novel, THE LAST REFUGE bodes well for Christina Bacilieri’s future work—not least this promising YA fantasy saga. The novel’s prose is assured,...

Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

Léonie Rosenstiel’s PROTECTING MAMA: Surviving the Legal Guardian Swamp is a passionate, well-researched exposé about the perils of adult guardianship.

March 29, 2024

CARETAKER

By R.J. Halbert
Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

R.J. Halbert's CARETAKER is a heady read once the pace starts to pick up, making for a promising start to this supernatural thriller series.

March 27, 2024

WILD ATLANTIC WAY ANTHOLOGY

By Mary Heeran White
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

A book firmly embedded in its physical space—Ireland's craggy West coast—Mary Heeran White's WILD ATLANTIC WAY ANTHOLOGY is an insider’s exploration of a place that’s...

IR Approved
March 27, 2024

THE HERMIT

By Katerina Grishakova
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

In THE HERMIT, Katerina Grishakova crafts a compelling character study of one man's midlife journey to rediscover purpose and meaning beyond his outwardly successful but...

IR Approved
March 27, 2024

YELLOW BUTTERFLIES

By Maryanne J. Kane
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

Author Maryanne J. Kane combines humor with the right amount of pathos in YELLOW BUTTERFLIES, a moving meditation on faith, family, and redemption.

March 25, 2024

HOODWINKED IN HOTLANTA

By Elizabeth R. Jensen
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Elizabeth R. Jensen's HOODWINKED IN HOTLANTA offers a unique take on the effects of a pandemic.

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