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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Wilderness Heart

Rating: 3
Set in the dense forests of Idaho, Wilderness Heart is a modern-day romance novel exploring the issues of strong women, strong men and the conflicts that arise in a relationship that wavers between love and hate.
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What's Wrong With Me?: A Girl's Book of Lessons Learned, Inspiration and Advice

Rating: 4
What’s Wrong with Me? is an overtly religious book which aims to provide girls with a better understanding of how to have a personal relationship with God.
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The City of Lost Secrets: A Mara Beltane Mystery

Rating: 3
Mara Beltane is rather successful chick literature novelist who has lost her direction and passion for her work, until she watches an investigative report about the burial tomb of Christ.
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Season of The Shadow

Rating: 4
Fletcher Stedman and Kyndee Brock have an idyllic romance at Seabrook, the Stedman plantation in Virginia.
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Goliath Gets Up

Rating: 5
Goliath Gets Up is about a rag-tag bunch of friends-by-circumstance who, led by a man who might have been a dragon in a previous life, decide they must do something important in order to change their lives.
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Whole Latte Life

Rating: 5
Like a delicious latte, readers will want to savor this polished debut novel about the ruptured friendship between two middle-aged moms from Connecticut on a girls’ weekend in New York City
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Grieving a Soulmate

Rating: 5
Grieving a Soulmate is a candid and often heart-wrenching, part diary, part self-help book designed to inform, guide and prepare the reader through the dying process, death of and grieving over a loved one, based on author Robert Orfali’s own experience of losing his soulmate Jeri after a ten-year battle with cancer.
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They Cooked the Books: A Humorous Look at the World of White-Collar Crime

Rating: 5
They Cooked the Books is written in fifteen parts, with each section casting a metaphorical and honest light on the origins, original meanings and present day usage of sayings related to financial doings (legal and otherwise).
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Hang On

Rating: 4
It’s 1973 and Holly Salvino is just trying to Hang On. But when Holly meets Trevor, a roadie for a famous English rock band, her life starts to seem more like a “soap opera than real life.”
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The Girls' Guide to Dating Zombies

Rating: 4
When Hattie Cross, a magazine writer at The Daily Scoopage and author of The Girls’ Guide to Dating Zombies, researches a story and unwittingly uncovers a major story that could change the world as she knows it.
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The Mercury Vapor Lamp Experience: A Story of Aspergers and Aliens

Rating: 4
Reminiscent of the beloved classic, "E.T", Howard J. Levinson has written a science fiction gem that leads the reader on an innocent and unearthly journey to an ultimate battle between good and evil.
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Rasputin and The Jews: A Reversal of History

Rating: 4
When we think of Grigory Efimovitch Rasputin, we recall his historical reputation as a rogue, a criminal, and an evil man who was often thought to be responsible for the ultimate downfall of the Russian Romanov Empire. Colon disputes this theory in her concise and factual historical account, Rasputin and The Jews: A Reversal of History.
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Am I There Yet?

Rating: 4
Goldstein Lebovitz writes about her childhood, her adulthood, her family, and the bizarre situations that she finds herself in, all of it peppered with light humor.
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Training Tessa

Rating: 3
Tessa has lost her job in Michigan and struggles to find a quick solution to pay her part of her ailing mother’s nursing home bill. As she applies for a position titled “Receptionist Plus” she has no idea how much of a plus she will need to perform.
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Fast Times in Palestine

Rating: 4
Pamela Olsen graduated from Stanford with a degree in physics and no idea what she wanted to do next. So she worked as a bartender and saved some cash until a friend asked her if she wanted to visit the Middle East.
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The Policeman and the Dog Who Always Caught the Bad Guys

Rating: 4
The Policeman and the Dog Who Always Caught the Bad Guys is a beautifully illustrated book that takes place in the small town of Pumpkinville, where Officer Cherries and his pet police dog Hunter keep the bad guys at bay.
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Scat

Rating: 3
The narrative begins in July, 2203 in the Sinai Peninsula. Earth is divided into Western and Eastern Blocs, there are 21 billion people to feed and resources are dwindling. The people’s only hope for survival, besides seeking what's left of Earth’s minerals, is to mine the Outer-Rim planets.
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Darkmage

Rating: 4
Darien Lauchlin has just been made a Grand Master of Aerysius when his brother, Aiden—who has just made a pact with the Lord of the Netherworld, Xerys—uses his power to utterly destroy Aerysius, a city high on a mountain.
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The Oxbury Proposal

Rating: 3
Jason Park, alias Tom Drake, has no memory. It’s 2028 and he's scrambling around in Manhattan—now known as the Abandoned City—chased by men he doesn't know and for reasons he can't fathom.
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The Scorpion’s Nest

Rating: 5
The Scorpion’s Nest begins with a secret mission in 1939. It ends with the modern-day descendants of the people involved, while weaving through two opposing espionage groups—an international organization determined to prevent terrorism (but who just might be terrorists themselves), and a relic of the Nazi medical program masquerading as a pharmaceutical company, determined to create worldwide biological weapons available to the highest bidder.
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In Leah's Wake

Rating: 4
In Leah’s Wake is the compelling story of a girl and her family whose lives are slowly unraveling into chaos and separation.
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Comfortably Unaware

Rating: 4.5
Comfortably Unaware maintains that our food choices are depleting our planet’s resources because “the major cause of biodiversity loss on our planet is from the livestock we raise for food and from overfishing of our oceans,” and calls for the consumer to be aware of the brainwashing by the media and become more educated on how to make choices that will save our planet.
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View from the Edge

Rating: 4
Joshua Feenics is a university professor caught up in the politics of academia at the same time he is struggling with his internal demons.
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The Golden Ball

Rating: 5
As many learned from Gregory Maguire's book, Wicked, there are often two sides to every story. The Golden Ball: The Fairy Tale of the Frog Prince and Why the Princess Kissed Him, explains this one from the frog's point of view.