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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HOLLYWOOD VIA ORCHARD STREET

Rating: 3.5
Gangsters, gun molls, and old school romance combine in HOLLYWOOD VIA ORCHARD STREET, a nostalgic New York City caper.
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WINNING THE WAR ON CANCER

Rating: 3.5
The daughter of cancer researcher Mirko Beljanski, Ph.D., takes over his legacy after the suppression of his research by the French government, and his subsequent death.
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GENESIS II

Rating: 4
In a futuristic society ruled by corporations, a pair of scientists fight to save the planet’s population from genocide.
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SEASONINGS SUBSTITUTIONS

Rating: 3.5
SEASONINGS SUBSTITUTIONS by Jean B. MacLeod is a comprehensive kitchen resource for cooks in need of a last-minute ingredient swap.
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INCEPTION

Rating: 4
Sparks fly between a powerful female dragon shifter and a seductive immortal warrior who must come together to save the world from a race of deadly psychic beings in INCEPTION.
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DIVINE CHOREOGRAPHY OF REDEMPTION: Setting the Eternal Saga in Time

Rating: 5
DIVINE CHOREOGRAPHY OF REDEMPTION is an allegorical novel exploring a world in which modern humanity increasingly turns to social media to seek identity rather than the teaching of the church.
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LET’S PAINT WITH THE MASTER ARTIST

Rating: 3.5
Painter Dorothy Slikker introduces prospective artists to a favorite artist’s signature technique in LET’S PAINT WITH THE MASTER ARTIST.
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UNDER THE OAK

Rating: 3.9
UNDER THE OAK, a passionate reflection on the feelings that infuse a life.
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SPARED

Rating: 3.9
A journey to understand and forgive turns a son's healing inward in SPARED.
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THE KING OF PAWLEYS

Rating: 5
THE KING OF PAWLEYS tells the story of a ten-year-old whose summer vacation transforms into a week filled with mystery, life lessons, and budding romance when his new neighbor drags him into a quest to uncover the identities of a group of thugs that beat up her brother.
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GRAFFITI CREEK

Rating: 3.5
What seems to be a routine traffic stop spirals out of control for Cary Trubody, caught in a murderous web of lies, police brutality, and corruption.
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THE KOREAN WORD FOR BUTTERFLY

Rating: 4.9
Dead end jobs and a desire for adventure propel an American couple into the risky situation of teaching English in South Korea despite total lack of preparation.
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SECOND SON

Rating: 4
Journey to the early days of the Renaissance to a land both fantastical and historical in SECOND SON.
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THE SHAMAN’S APPRENTICE

Rating: 4.5
THE SHAMAN’S APPRENTICE is a fantastical and immersive epic following a young girl’s difficult journey into womanhood.
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EXILE ON SECOND AVENUE

Rating: 4.7
EXILE ON SECOND AVENUE tells the story of the most important week in a young writer’s life, as he wrestles with thoughts of suicide as his sister is about to be married.
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SOME RISE

Rating: 4.8
There’s a dark cloud hanging over the quiet Southwestern Pennsylvania town of Furnass, and it’s not the ghosts of the old closed down steel mills. 
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SPARROWHAWK ON THE HORIZON

Rating: 4.5
In 1851, the year of the Great Exhibition, a new American yacht challenges British counterparts to a race.
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HOME & CASTLE

Rating: 5
HOME & CASTLE's collected short stories offer an outside-looking-out perspective, following explorers of life into landscapes domestic and wild, returning with artifacts we might fear to believe, but will—as fellow travelers—wholeheartedly recognize.
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THE SECOND CORTEZ

Rating: 2.8
A long, thrilling journey; rendering Mexico and the USA as you've never seen them before.
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THE FALL OF A SPARROW

Rating: 3.5
A historian discovers a journal written by a young student in Paris during the reign of King Henry.
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THE GIRL FROM THE MOON

Rating: 3.4
Two sisters, one who can turn silver and one who can turn gold, become focal points during an alien invasion in the science fiction novel: THE GIRL FROM THE MOON.
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BREAKING VASES: Shattering Limitations & Daring to Thrive

Rating: 5
In this beautifully written memoir, Dima Ghawi tells a Cinderella tale of oppression and liberation that focuses on what patriarchy does to a girl growing up in modern Jordan.