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.
  • * IndieReader receives compensation for most of the books it reviews, along with copies of those books.
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Spire

Rating: 4
The central conflict of the story—which include strong fantasy elements cooking side-by-side with the sci-fi--exists between The Collective’s police state, the 'samples' or persons exposed to their drug experiments, and those making and distributing illegal drugs for profit.
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Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure

Rating: 5
Quantum Physics and the Art of Departure is a collection of ten short stories, each a snapshot revealing gritty irony in the lives of various characters.
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A Real Piece of Work

Rating: 5
In a thrill-ride of a mystery that leads from Manhattan to the Catskills to Washington, D.C., what begins as the simple recovery of a painting soon reveals an international art scam and a chilling secret hidden for decades.
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She Tells All

Rating: 2.5
Although Judah Lee Davis is no Dickens, Shakespeare or Fitzgerald, I doubt that any of those men could annotate the life of a nymphomaniac Southerner trying to find a man.
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Dead or Alive

Rating: 4
Journalist Erika Hayaski indulges a life long fascination and examines the mysteries behind Near Death Experiences, including her Uncle Richard as her personal case study.
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Lucy Wagner gets in Shape

Rating: 2.5
After being dumped by her handsome and exercise obsessed boyfriend, couch potato Lucy Wagner decides to rein in her love for food, break out the running shoes and get into shape!
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Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story

Rating: 5
Hippie Boy: A Girl’s Story is a young girl’s coming of age story showing her struggles as she grows up with a religious fanatic mother, a step-father she can’t stand and the man she idealizes – her father.
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Blaze of Glory

Rating: 4
Sixteen-year old Tea and twenty two year old Jaden are desperately trying to fight their attraction to one another because they are certain their parents will not approve – after all, they are cousins.
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Four Kings

Rating: 3
James Hale, a history professor, is drawn into a world of mystery and dangerous manipulation, when he begins to investigate the murder of his close friend, Aaron Miller. Chief Inspector Darley and Miller’s daughter also become unwitting players in the game of deceit and even with great cunning, it looks as though they are not going to win against their opponent - the Illuminati.
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Cassandra’s Heart

Rating: 2
Cassandra works the high-end clothing store, Magical Ways. James Austin is the no-nonsense, down to earth guy who works at the Double L. ranch. When Cassandra, the beautiful witch, bumps into horse trainer James Austin, it’s love at first sight, but is that and great sex enough to keep them together or are they just too different?
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Ingrid Darling

Rating: 1.5
Ingrid Darling is about a young woman named Ingrid Darling who is reflecting on her life, the good and bad choices she has made and how they have shaped her to become the person she is now.
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Treasure Hunter

Rating: 5
In 1953, an eleven-year-old West Texas boy named W.C. Jameson had his first adventure, which led to his second adventure - his first treasure hunt.
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Why Me?

Rating: 4.5
“Why Me?” is Sarah Burleton’s heart wrenching and thought-provoking memoir of living with a mother who abused her as a child and teenager.

Vincent Stall's "Things You Carry"

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The Stall oeuvre is marked by a minor style change that happened about ten years ago and left a trail of more ethereal, obscure works in the form of mini-comics, posters, installations and paintings. "Things You Carry" is the satisfying culmination of the imagery and ideas that make up his new style.
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Sweet Tea and Secrets

Rating: 5
Jill Clemmons returns to her small hometown to attend her grandmother Pearl’s funeral. Here she must not only deal with her grief, but the resurfacing of old memories, a former love and a mystery left behind by her grandmother – a mystery that may also be the reason for the strange occurrences at the house.
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I Loved You First

Rating: 4
Alex is a typical college freshman with a crush on a guy. The only problem is that Seth has been her best friend since high school and, he’s gay.
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The Safety Expert

Rating: 5
When Ben Keller receives a deathbed confession from an inmate at an Indiana prison revealing the identity of the man who murdered Keller’s family, Keller begins to investigate. But he is not prepared for the consequences of opening up a world of darkness that he buried years ago.
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Death By Sarcasm

Rating: 4
Death by Sarcasm is a smart detective story stuffed with sharp prose and snappy one liners.
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The International Raw Food Restaurant Directory

Rating: 4
Raw food isn't just about lettuce leaves, beetroot, and garlic. Nor is it just about juicing. In fact, raw food is a fast-growing culinary trend which many professional chefs are enthusiastically and creatively embracing.
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Come Back to Me

Rating: 5
A poignant novel that examines the interwoven nature of our fragile lives and how quickly we can Fate can change our roles instantly to turn us from the Rescued to the Rescuer; from the one everyone waited for, to the one who now must sit and wait.
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Happily Ever Afton

Rating: 2.5
Afton Lanford plans to live happily ever after with her beau Jason. When she finds out that he is having an affair with her bridesmaid, she feigns a romance with Cooper Stewart Carrington III, a stranger on the street.

Introducing Mini Fete

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Welcome to IR's newest columnist, Sarah Morean. Her posts for "Mini Fete" will include reviews and highlights of the best indie mini-comics--some limited edition, all of them extraordinary.
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Wife by Wednesday

Rating: 5
Rich, titled, and charming, Blake Harrison is in need of a wife by Wednesday, so he turns to Sam Elliot who isn’t the business man he expected. Instead, Blake is faced with Samantha Elliot, engaging and spunky with a voice men call 900 numbers to hear.
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Her Dear and Loving Husband

Rating: 3.5
An alluring paranormal romance about Sarah Alexander, who has relocated from Los Angeles to Salem, Massachusetts, where she discovers James Wentworth and the secrets from both his and her past that will free her from the visions that plague her sleep.