Indie Book Reviews

 

  • One star = Really bad.
  • Two stars = Mediocre, but one or two bright spots.
  • Three stars = Good; worth reading.
  • Four stars = Very good.
  • Five stars = Excellent; must-read.
  • * IndieReader receives compensation for most of the books it reviews, along with copies of those books.
, ,

THE SUGAR MERCHANT

Rating: 3.5
THE SUGAR MERCHANT by James Hutson-Wiley offers a fascinating glimpse into a surprisingly sophisticated world of the 11th century.
, , ,

THE BULLYBUSTER

Rating: 4
A teen reporter investigates a series of attacks and finds love in YA romance THE BULLYBUSTER.
, ,

WICKED NIGHT

Rating: 3.8
Love and romance mingle with vampire politics and demonic battles in Evi Rhodes’ WICKED NIGHT, the first novel in the author’s A Warrior’s Promise Series. 
, ,

DAUGHTER OF THE TOWN

Rating: 3.5
Reading much like a memoir, DAUGHTER OF THE TOWN provides plenty of small-town Texas charm with a dose of inspiration and baby-boomer nostalgia.
, , ,

ATOMIC NIGHT

Rating: 4
ATOMIC NIGHT is a mystery thriller in which private-eye Chad Kidd faces a triple murder cold case that he hopes will melt underneath the California heat.
, , ,

BYEBYE AND SHLORT

Rating: 4.5
The cartoonist and writer Eugenio Negro takes readers directly to the heart of homelessness among a group of Mexican teenagers trying to make sense of their barren, lonely lives in San Diego.
, ,

THE SIEGFRIED CONTINGENCY

Rating: 3.6
A secret document about Nazi Germany causes a gay bookstore owner in 1970s Seattle, Washington, to become involved in dark and dangerous criminal activity in the mystery thriller THE SIEGFRIED CONTINGENCY.
, ,

LURE

Rating: 3.2
Winter’s “bone-biting cold” and a dull social scene make Saskatoon, Saskatchewan seem “inhospitable” to cardiology resident Dr. John Mueller. But life heats up as his accidental possession of mysterious medical research creates an international chase in this thriller.
, , ,

DIFFERENT

Rating: 3.8
Datta Groover’s DIFFERENT is a profound exploration into the meaning of family and the value in overcoming challenges, which sit in deep-lying family issues to a shadowy past waiting to be uncovered.
, ,

THE MISSING SPIRIT

Rating: 3.5
THE MISSING SPIRIT launches an engaging immortals’ coming-of-age tale.
, , ,

ABOVE ALL THINGS

Rating: 4
ABOVE ALL THINGS follows physician-attorney-judge Russell Kussman as he fights Big Pharma and a prominent obstetrician in his first jury trial.
, ,

TINSEY CLOVER

Rating: 3.7
TINSEY CLOVER is an enchanting children’s book ideal for intermediate independent readers or read-alouds with children ages eight through 10.
, , ,

FAR-FETCHED AND HIGHLY PLAUSIBLE

Rating: 4
FAR-FETCHED AND HIGHLY PLAUSIBLE is a winning suspense novel with a brisk, breezy read and a surprisingly entertaining accountant hero.
, ,

THE LITTLE LOVE THAT COULD

Rating: 3.8
Pamela Capone’s THE LITTLE LOVE THAT COULD is a heartfelt, Christian-themed book of brief life lessons.
, ,

RATHEN: Into the Bramblewood Forest

Rating: 3
RATHEN: Into the Bramblewood Forest is a fantasy adventure with interesting character concepts and a storyline filled with magic, revenge, and redemption.
, ,

THE ANGRIEST ANGEL

Rating: 3
THE ANGRIEST ANGEL is a somewhat interesting, but low octane thriller about aliens among us and one man’s entanglement with them.
, , ,

BOBBY ETHER AND THE JADE ACADEMY

Rating: 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 both past and present.
, , ,

ACROSS THE RIVER

Rating: 4.7
Author and photographer Richard Snodgrass's lush historical novel ACROSS THE RIVER is part of his series set in the fictional west Pennsylvania mill town of Furnass.
, ,

THE PREFERRED OBSERVER

Rating: 3.5
A mixed band of outlaws, runaways, and scientists must figure out the truth behind a deadly disease and a government plot.
, , ,

THE HAPPINESS PLAYLIST

Rating: 4.5
A musician heals from intense emotional loss through his music and his writing.
, , ,

DEADBREAK

Rating: 4.8
In the aftermath of DEADBREAK, the outbreak of a fungus that brings the dead back to life as flesh-eating zombies, Jeremiah Reid must travel across post-apocalypse America to find his missing daughter.
, ,

QUANTUM MAYHEM

Rating: 3
QUANTUM MAYHEM, a fast-paced adventure that bends genres—and reality!
, , ,

PARENTECTOMY

Rating: 4
A series of case studies on parental alienation in Canada, with some recommendations for alterations to Canadian custody and child support laws.
, , , ,

REMARKABLY INTACT

Rating: 4.5
The author, who suffered a painful and scarring burn injury as a child, describes her life story and how she became involved in her life's work running a charity that helps other burn victims.