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.
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Why Me?

Rating: 4.5
“Why Me?” is Sarah Burleton’s heart wrenching and thought-provoking memoir of living with a mother who abused her as a child and teenager.

Vincent Stall's "Things You Carry"

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The Stall oeuvre is marked by a minor style change that happened about ten years ago and left a trail of more ethereal, obscure works in the form of mini-comics, posters, installations and paintings. "Things You Carry" is the satisfying culmination of the imagery and ideas that make up his new style.
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Sweet Tea and Secrets

Rating: 5
Jill Clemmons returns to her small hometown to attend her grandmother Pearl’s funeral. Here she must not only deal with her grief, but the resurfacing of old memories, a former love and a mystery left behind by her grandmother – a mystery that may also be the reason for the strange occurrences at the house.
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I Loved You First

Rating: 4
Alex is a typical college freshman with a crush on a guy. The only problem is that Seth has been her best friend since high school and, he’s gay.
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The Safety Expert

Rating: 5
When Ben Keller receives a deathbed confession from an inmate at an Indiana prison revealing the identity of the man who murdered Keller’s family, Keller begins to investigate. But he is not prepared for the consequences of opening up a world of darkness that he buried years ago.
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Death By Sarcasm

Rating: 4
Death by Sarcasm is a smart detective story stuffed with sharp prose and snappy one liners.
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The International Raw Food Restaurant Directory

Rating: 4
Raw food isn't just about lettuce leaves, beetroot, and garlic. Nor is it just about juicing. In fact, raw food is a fast-growing culinary trend which many professional chefs are enthusiastically and creatively embracing.
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Come Back to Me

Rating: 5
A poignant novel that examines the interwoven nature of our fragile lives and how quickly we can Fate can change our roles instantly to turn us from the Rescued to the Rescuer; from the one everyone waited for, to the one who now must sit and wait.
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Happily Ever Afton

Rating: 2.5
Afton Lanford plans to live happily ever after with her beau Jason. When she finds out that he is having an affair with her bridesmaid, she feigns a romance with Cooper Stewart Carrington III, a stranger on the street.

Introducing Mini Fete

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Welcome to IR's newest columnist, Sarah Morean. Her posts for "Mini Fete" will include reviews and highlights of the best indie mini-comics--some limited edition, all of them extraordinary.
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Wife by Wednesday

Rating: 5
Rich, titled, and charming, Blake Harrison is in need of a wife by Wednesday, so he turns to Sam Elliot who isn’t the business man he expected. Instead, Blake is faced with Samantha Elliot, engaging and spunky with a voice men call 900 numbers to hear.
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Her Dear and Loving Husband

Rating: 3.5
An alluring paranormal romance about Sarah Alexander, who has relocated from Los Angeles to Salem, Massachusetts, where she discovers James Wentworth and the secrets from both his and her past that will free her from the visions that plague her sleep.
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The River Panj

Rating: 4
Derek Braun is working for Emergency Relief Corps in Afghanistan when terrorists attack the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. An ex-Notre Dame football star, he has been doing relief work in Central Asia for five years and is planning for this to be his final tour of duty.
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Winter Haven

Rating: 3
Devon Lecusken returns to his hometown of Winter Haven with a bag full of, well, baggage, and its residents are not ready to bring on the welcome home brigade just yet. While news of Devon’s return spreads like a bad a rash, maybe love has the ability to save him.
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Summer’s Journey: Volume One - Losing Control

Rating: 2.5
A blend of contemporary romance and erotica, “Summer’s Journey” begins with Summer’s decision to recover from her recent divorce by seeking the sexual freedom she has always desired.
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Counting from Zero

Rating: 2.5
To invade a computer, a virus relies on human help, such as clicking on an unsolicited e-mail attachment or inserting an infected floppy disk. "Counting from Zero" is about attacks on computers and computer networks, the attackers, and the defenders.
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January Kills Me

Rating: 3.5
Samantha Rialto, a recently divorced, defensively snarky middle school music teacher, has taken up surveillance photography as a way to fill the gaps in her educator’s salary. That is until a particularly cold week in January when Sam finds herself entangled in a mystery involving dead people, copious amounts of cash and a nutty Tai Chi enthusiast.
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Chasing Amanda

Rating: 4
In this suspenseful tale set in quiet, small-town Boyds, Maryland, a seven-year-old girl named Tracey mysteriously vanishes from a playground.
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The Abbey

Rating: 4
Ash Rashid is a former homicide detective who can't stand the thought of handling another death investigation. In another year, he'll be out of the department completely. That's the plan, at least, until his niece's body is found in the guest home of one of his city's most wealthy citizens. The coroner calls it an overdose, but the case doesn't add up.
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Just Run

Rating: 4
A tired, old Russian mobster—ready to retire—is forced to continue after his family is kidnapped by his boss, in this fast-paced thriller that often defies the conventions of the genre.
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Brainrush

Rating: 3.5
When terminally ill combat pilot Jake Bronson emerges from an MRI with extraordinary cognitive powers, everyone wants a piece of his talent--including Battista, one of the world's most dangerous terrorists.
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Delicious Flavors

Rating: 4
Great entertaining ideas and personal anecdotes, together with a collection of recipes that are Mediterranean in spirit and American in practicality.
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Television Can Blow Me: Reviews That Give TV a Lump in its Throat

Rating: 4
Irreverent, witty, at times downright shocking, writer James Donaghy presents his “best” (which does not necessarily mean glowing) reviews in this entertaining and outrageous compendium.