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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MADDIE & SAYARA

Rating: 2.9
Aimed at the younger end of Young Adult, MADDIE & SAYARA follows the adventures of two girls who become fast friends on a resort in the Bahamas but learn the limitations of their cultural differences once the vacation ends.
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THE SUNGOD'S SISTER

Rating: 4.3
Hard life lessons, sisterly love and turtles.
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STARWATCHER

Rating: 2
In a realm beset by poverty, plague, and peril, King Gravin IV looks to the stars for answers. His royal starwatcher has troubles of his own: while he barely skirts heresy with his stargazing, his son runs away to learn forbidden magic from the hated elves.
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TIMELESS TRAVELS

Rating: 5
In a series of stories, told from multiple points of view, author Joseph Rothenberg ties these divergent topics together with his creativity.
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SPACE FANDANGO: BACKSTABBER’S BLUES

Rating: 4.5
The Rock is exactly what it sounds like: a hunk of dirt and dust inhabited by only the universe’s most disreputable: thieves, pirates, and assassins inhabit the Rock, evading the law’s grasp on other planets.
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THESE THY GIFTS

Rating: 4.5
A priest's life story unfolds as background to his handling of a sex-abuse case.
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THE RED FIELD

Rating: 4
THE RED FIELD is the story of a descendant of female witches who wants out of her familial duties of casting spells designed to protect her region and heal its inhabitants in the 1920s South.
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THE STRAIGHTFORWARD INTERNET

Rating: 4
A simplified guide to exploring everything from basics to social media to the deep web
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Romance and suspense collide in small town Wyoming in SOME THINGS STAY WITH YOU

Rating: 4
A New York City photographer returns to her Wyoming roots only to become entangled in renewed feelings for a longtime friend and her small town’s seedy criminal underbelly.
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MENTOR ME: Instruction and Advice for Aspiring Writers

Rating: 4
MENTOR ME gathers together those who have been in the writing trenches, and who still, despite getting paid and honored for their work, remember the lonely and frustrating days in getting something, anything, published.
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1939 – THE PHANTOM ZEPPELIN

Rating: 3.5
A young, well-traveled boy with a gift for languages, making friends, and observing details becomes a spy for Winston Churchill as WWII begins.
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HOCKEY KARMA

Rating: 4.8
The final installment in Howard Shapiro’s Forever Friends trilogy, HOCKEY KARMA, follows the dual protagonists Jeremiah “Jake” Jacobson, an athlete well known for his prowess on the ice, and his friend/agent, Tom Leonard.
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THE CLAWS OF PERDITION

Rating: 3.3
A collection of short stories written around dark themes, Alaric Cabiling’s unraveling narratives are sharp and at times shocking, with simple dialogue and common scenarios unfolding into lies, chaos and violence.
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VOID IF DETACHED

Rating: 4.5
The author, a minister's daughter who questioned her faith, finds new connections to a higher power through her late father's sermons.
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THE CURSE ENDS: THE STORY OF THE 2016 CHICAGO CUBS

Rating: 3.5
A beautifully illustrated version of the amazing story about how the Wrigley Field-based professional baseball team overcame the century-long “Curse of the Billy Goat” to win the World Series in 2016.
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SUPERBALL

Rating: 3.8
SUPERBALL is a relationship story taking place in 1970s Colorado driven by both hippy sensibility and philosophy.
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STRETCH FOR CHANGE

Rating: 5
Gustavo Razzetti's STRETCH FOR CHANGE offers practical advice of how to deal with life in our pinball-like age.
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MAKE A WISH FOR ME

Rating: 4.5
Moving and delicately written, this stark memoir of life after her son was diagnosed with autism is emotionally vulnerable, darkly personal and intensely raw.
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DIRTY PINK

Rating: 2.5
A genetic therapy designed to “cure” homosexuality in males ends up turning the skin of its users a bright pink color.
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ELECTION 2064: BOOK ONE

Rating: 5
Scott McDermott skillfully takes features of our era--pleas by both sides to come together in unity, quickly followed by a resumption of partisan warfare--and applies them to a not too distant America in the smoking aftermath of a Second Civil War.
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THE GLORIOUS BEYOND

Rating: 4.5
THE GLORIOUS BEYOND details the intensely personal journey one woman takes through the loss of her husband, grief, and finding the courage to move on.
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IT IS MYSELF THAT I REMAKE

Rating: 2
A young woman finds love and healing with her re-embodied spirit guide, the Irish poet William B. Yeats.
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STANDBY FOR BROADCAST

Rating: 5
A Navy nurse checks herself into a mental hospital to deal with her severe PTSD. There, she must recognize and confront the abuse she suffered as a child and the horror she witnessed while working as a nurse in Afghanistan.
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MOCK MY WORDS

Rating: 3.7
An established novelist famed for his beautiful prose, Chinese "literary genuis" David Tan, finds speaking English difficult, setting the stage for a heartfelt story about communication and the lack thereof.