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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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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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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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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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.
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THE POWER OF EFFECTIVENESS THERAPY: Don't Just Survive, Learn to Thrive!

Rating: 4.5
THE POWER OF EFFECTIVENESS THERAPY is a complex and revealing psychological primer on various therapies and the mind.
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TIMING THE INFINITE

Rating: 2
TIMING THE INFINITE is an attempt to craft a love story out of a 21st century youth culture obsessed with computers, drugs and depression.