Indie Book Reviews

  • One star = Really bad; there’s a reason this book is self-pubbed.
  • Two stars = Mediocre, but one or two bright spots.
  • Three stars = Good; worth reading.
  • Four stars = Very good.
  • Five stars = Excellent; must-read.
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OUT OF SOMETHING UGLY

Rating: 3.7
In OUT OF SOMETHING UGLY, margot nothing takes readers on an often startlingly personal journey through a lifelong reckoning with abuse and its aftermath.
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A CHICKEN IN THE WIND AND HOW HE GREW

Rating: 4.5
A CHICKEN IN THE WIND is a series of vignettes based on guest blog posts Frank South wrote for the website of ADDitude Magazine.
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CITY-STATE DARK, a dystopian thriller

Rating: 2.7
In CITY-STATE DARK, a cataclysmic event known as “the Dry” has left Manhattan with a lack of water.
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M’S CELEBRITY

Rating: 4
A dark and tangled web of fame, philosophy, and obsession in M’S CELEBRITY.
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THE CONSTITUTION MURDERS

Rating: 3.8
When the body parts of an unidentified woman are found scattered across the country at various historical landmarks, the Department of Homeland Security brings together a team of historians to shed some light on what could be the beginnings of a national act of terror.
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THE VICTORY PERSPECTIVE

Rating: 4.5
A fanciful, dramatic retelling of the biblical creation myth.
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GHOST BULLY

Rating: 4
New homeownership comes with a deadly price for two roommates when their ghostly resident commits murder, tossing one of them into the weird and perilous afterlife.
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THE DOG THIEF AND OTHER STORIES

Rating: 3.5
THE DOG THIEF AND OTHER STORIES is an insightful exploration of ways in which people rescue animals and animals reward their rescuers.
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APE MIND OLD MIND NEW MIND

Rating: 4.2
Who hasn't wondered if something separates humans from animals and, if so, what? In APE MIND OLD MIND NEW MIND, retired psychiatrist John V. Wylie translates his own years of wondering into a intriguing theory.
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TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE: A Caregiver's Guide to Finding Freedom in the Midst of Overwhelm

Rating: 4
TAKE BACK YOUR LIFE Offers a Nurturing Nudge Toward Well being for Caregivers.
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LESSONS FROM MY GRANDFATHER

Rating: 2.9
A useful primer on finding your life’s groove and working to on what’s important, LESSONS FROM MY GRANDFATHER is delivered through the lens of nostalgia and motivational memories.
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THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT EDGEFIELD: Shining a Light on the Black Community through History, Genealogy & Genetic DNA

Rating: 4
Precipitated by the deaths of immediate family members, two women of color boldly attempt and triumph in tracing the history and providing an in-depth account of their enslaved ancestors.
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ORCASEKAI (Memoirs of a Lost Universe)

Rating: 3.8
The final installment in the series of a mind-bending trilogy that seeks to not just redefine our experience of life and time but also what existence means by undoing and reassembling the concept of reality itself.
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WELCOME TO SUGARVILLE - A NOVEL IN STORIES

Rating: 4.4
WELCOME TO SUGARVILLE - A NOVEL IN STORIES stylistically hails back to television's Twilight Zone and the pulp fantasy fiction of mid-century America.
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SOME PLACE BETTER THAN HERE

Rating: 3.5
SOME PLACE BETTER THAN HERE is a novel told by two teenagers, Danny and Mary, who find each other one summer against a landscape of conflict and familial pressures.
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THE MAD HATTER’S SON: An Annie Collins Mystery

Rating: 3.6
A nurse who reluctantly helps an old friend with a strange illness becomes involved in multiple murder cases that put her own life in danger in this entertaining mystery novel.
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IT IS ABOUT YOU: How the Government Works and How to Help Fix It

Rating: 4.1
In PowerPoint format, legal professor and lawyer Deborah Cupples examines some different ways people can help remedy the nation’s controversy-ridden federal government.
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TRUE GRANDEUR: A HOLLYWOOD NOVEL

Rating: 3.8
An arrogant young man gets a powerful lesson in art, truth, beauty, and humility from a wild relationship with a young Hollywood socialite in TRUE GRANDEUR: A HOLLYWOOD NOVEL.
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Best Reviewed Books of January

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The best reviewed books: January edition
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CHILDREN OF ANOTHER BIBLE

Rating: 4.5
A rogue angel, Kulkuz, having created another race/species of humans, attempts to protect them from her fellow angels and demons, and from their human kin.
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THE LANGUAGE OF BEARS

Rating: 4.7
When Adam Green was a child, his parents woke up one night and walked into the bear-ridden forest, never to return.
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WAITING FOR FRIDAY

Rating: 5
WAITING FOR FRIDAY is a novelistic depiction of a “cold case” murder in a sleepy small town in 1942 California. 
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UTOPAI

Rating: 2
Characters aiming to better understand society and existence debate philosophical ideologies in UTOPAI.