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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True love is obtainable at any age according to FINDING LOVE AFTER 40

Rating: 4.5
FINDING LOVE AFTER 40 provides insightful anecdotes about various ways in which people have found the most fulfilling love of their lives, anywhere from mid-life through old age.
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WHAT SHE INHERITS

Rating: 4
From family turmoil to mystical themes, WHAT SHE INHERITS delves into the the complexities of loss, spiritual exploration, and the way the paths of two separate beings can intertwine to create a journey to healing, growth, and discovery.
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Music, mystery, and metaphysics fuse together for a psychedelic yarn in MURDER IN ROCK & ROLL HEAVEN

Rating: 3
Private investigator Gregory Angelicus is killed in a car crash and wakes up in an afterlife populated by deceased rock stars.
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Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters meets Harry Potter in the horror fantasy series starter, THE NIGHT PEOPLE

Rating: 3
Lane Alexander’s THE NIGHT PEOPLE has an intriguing premise: all people are born with latent special abilities, but only some of them have mutated enough to be able to access their talents.
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A gay detective’s vacation begets a new crime to solve ONLY IN KEY WEST

Rating: 3.3
Two detectives relaxing in laid-back Key West have their vacation cut short when a drag show goes horribly wrong and a series of high-profile deaths raise suspicion.
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Confronting fear and overcoming prejudice is at the heart of THE FINAL RUE OF NAVEENA BLEU: ONE GIRL’S QUEST FOR GUTS AND GLORY

Rating: 4.7
THE FINAL REU OF NAVEENA BLEU: ONE GIRL’S QUEST FOR GUTS AND GLORY follows the journey of a young girl who discovers her inner strength and helps to break down barriers between communities.
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Hard-boiled fantasy with a razor's edge in CUT-THROAT SYNDROME

Rating: 3.8
CUT-THROAT SYNDROME is the fourth installment of Michael Allan Scott's Lance Underphal series; it starts off at breakneck speed and then moves into overdrive.
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MOONLIGHT MAGIC: A children's bed time story in rhyme

Rating: 2.8
A sweet first book, MOONLIGHT MAGIC by Ilana Schoenfeld, joins other quiet voices soothing young children to sleep.
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EXECUTABLE FILE: hacks, pranks, and murder

Rating: 3.5
EXECUTABLE FILE is a roller coaster ride through the life a skilled hacker and college-dropout-turned-software-developer, who was finally at the top of his game until someone framed him for a double homicide.
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An ordinary Joe becomes a little more bloodthirsty in SUBURBAN VAMPIRE

Rating: 2.9
Scott Campbell is a mild mannered, church-attending IT technician, cruising his way to an overweight middle age until the psychotic, leather-clad Jack transforms him into a vampire.
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Racial tension jumps through time in THE SELAH BRANCH

Rating: 2.9
A young black woman is sent to conduct medical research in a struggling town in West Virginia, where her preconceived notions of racism in small-town America is both challenged and vindicated.
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APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: Nature's Most Versatile and Powerful Remedy

Rating: 4
In this well-organized, two-part volume that boasts an appealing cover and a clean presentation, Larry Trivieri, Jr. trumpets the healing powers of Apple Cider Vinegar, providing both a cultural and historical context and a clearly laid-out, step-by-step process for its uses in the fight against 80 ailments.
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Guidance from the afterlife and Mimosa-laden romance bubble up in BEYOND LOVE

Rating: 2.7
BEYOND LOVE by d.d. Marx , the second book in the chick lit author’s Beyond series, blends improbable romance, opulent social engagements, and an eye to the proverbial skies.
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BESIDE STILL WATERS: A CHAUTAUQUA MURDER MYSTERY

Rating: 4.8
The peace and quiet of a beautiful lakeside retreat are shattered by mystery and secrets in BESIDE STILL WATERS: A CHAUTAUQUA MURDER MYSTERY.
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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.