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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Long ago, when the world was new, some of its humans formed A FAMILY OF STRANGERS

Rating: 4.5
Inspired by the vitality of Paleolithic cave paintings in the Cantabria region of Northern Spain, Kathleeen Flanagan Rollins continues her series of stories about early humans in the process of discovering their environment and themselves from a distance of 14,000 years.
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CLEVER CYBÈLE: The illustrated story of an apricot, as told by wonderstruck snails

Rating: 4.2
CLEVER CYBÈLE tells the tale of an apricot’s life from her fall from the tree to her rebirth as a new apricot tree, all through the eyes of an awestruck group of snails.
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WHAT’S YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL?

Rating: 4
WHAT’S YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL? is a comprehensive guide for those who wish to learn how to find and use spirit animals to help discover gifts, overcome challenges and claim personal power in life.
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THE GIRL ON RUSK STREET

Rating: 5
THE GIRL ON RUSK STREET is the heartbreaking story of the devastating aftermath of a tragedy in small town Texas as seen through the eyes of a ten-year-old girl.
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ALL THE WOMEN IN MY FAMILY SING: WOMEN WRITE THE WORLD—ESSAYS ON EQUALITY, JUSTICE AND FREEDOM

Rating: 4.5
Powerful and poignant, ALL THE WOMEN IN MY FAMILY SING gives voice to the complexities of being a woman in an imperfect world.
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A romantic hero with a dark secret in UNLOVED

Rating: 3
UNLOVED is a romance between a gentle man living as a virtual hermit in the mountains of Maine and a woman from San Francisco who helps him discover the secret of his past.
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Revisiting the Bad Old Days in RETURN TO TAYLOR’S CROSSING

Rating: 3
When their blossoming romance is cut short by a night of cataclysmic racial violence, two black laborers flee from their sleepy Southern town and spend a lifetime trying to bury the past--only to learn (as the saying goes) the past is not dead, nor even past.
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KNOWN SHIPPABLE, WILL NOT FIX: a wacky and light-hearted Sci Fi adventure.

Rating: 4.8
KNOWN SHIPPABLE, WILL NOT FIX is a farcical tale inspired by a web comic about author Roy W. Russell’s experiences in game development on projects like Bioshock.
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THIS WAS NEVER ABOUT BASKETBALL

Rating: 4.8
THIS WAS NEVER ABOUT BASKETBALL is the strange story about an unlikely hero and a frantic cross-country race to save one of the greatest games ever invented.
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THE EAGLE & THE CHILD: THE CHILD

Rating: 5
A reluctant Israeli assassin put back into harness, Kubiar makes cultural and religious differences contained in the marriage of a practicing Jew and a wealthy Protestant as perilous as machine-gun sprays and choke-holds.
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A drama sure to pull at your heart-strings in WHAT THE VALLEY KNOWS

Rating: 3.6
Heather Christie’s WHAT THE VALLEY KNOWS is a YA drama told through three perspectives: high school senior, Molly; Molly's mother, Ann; and Molly's boyfriend, Wade.
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UNSAFE AT ANY MEAL warns: the way we eat needs to change

Rating: 4
America’s food supply is unhealthy and tainted with toxins, heavy metals, and pesticides. If we want to stay healthy, we need to choose what we eat more carefully.
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Tales depicting the joys and struggles families of all kinds present in MOTHERS, SON, BELOVEDS, AND OTHER STRANGERS

Rating: 3.5
In these fifteen stories, Janie Dempsey Watts takes the reader from Los Angeles to Georgia to Sicily as her characters navigate and discover what it means to be family.
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DEGREES OF LOVE

Rating: 3.5
An office affair shows business woman and mother Susan Sinclair what’s been missing from her marriage in this interesting and thoughtful portrayal of love.
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Armchair philosophers can believe in THE LAST FAITH

Rating: 3.5
THE LAST FAITH is a mediation on big questions, which the author attempts to answer in a few simple axioms arising from an imagined conversation with God, putting the book right in line with philosophical literature stretching back to Plato.
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Sex, Drugs & Corruption: WELCOME TO PERU

Rating: 3.1
A mad, stream-of-consciousness tale about drugs, sex, and crime, from a self-assured narrator who is sometimes the villain, sometimes the hero, and often both.
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Conspiracy thriller fans keep their ears to the ground for ROOTS, RUMORS & WRATH

Rating: 2.5
In ROOTS, RUMORS & WRATH, the destinies of a young intern and relocated Syrian refugee, an honorably discharged former solider, and a cast that includes shadowy religious figures and zealous government agents converge on an ancient chest that might contain a globe shaking secret.
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AUNT SOOKIE & ME, teaching us to find the beauty in life’s peculiarities

Rating: 4.5
It’s 1968 in the deep South. After the death of her grandmother, Poppy Wainwright boards a Greyhound bus to start a new life with her crotchety old Aunt Sookie in Savannah, Georgia.
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The perils of navigating romance, sex, friendship, drugs, Judaism, and New York City in STAINER

Rating: 4.2
While coming of age stories set among wealthy Ivy Leaguers typically take a decidedly WASPy bent, STAINER has tackled that genre with a twist.
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NOW THAT WE’RE ALONE, just the right mix of horror and humor

Rating: 3.5
NOW THAT WE’RE ALONE is a darkly humorous blend of death, gore, and terror, featuring oddly relatable characters in horribly normal situations.
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LIFE SHOULD BE SIMPLE AND EASY: IF YOU’RE DOING IT HARD, YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG

Rating: 3.5
LIFE SHOULD BE SIMPLE AND EASY is a nonfiction self-help book offering the first steps in changing a stressful, disappointing life into a calmer, richer existence.
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BLOOD BUSINESS: Crime Stories from this World and Beyond

Rating: 4
BLOOD BUSINESS is an anthology that tracks the underbelly of human nature as it drags itself through the muck of our lesser angels in twenty-seven crime stories set in this world...and beyond.