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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A Crack in Everything

Rating: 3.5
A Crack in Everything introduces us to Tamina, a sex education counselor with unconventional addictions and a phobia to mismatching colors.
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Ruling House

Rating: 4
Part two of Lopatin's astrological thriller, The Rising Sign.
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To Kill a Warlock

Rating: 4
Though there’s plenty of sex and violence in this murderous tale there’s also just the right amount of humor and fairy dust sprinkled throughout.
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Rising Sign

Rating: 4
Rising Sign will captivate readers who appreciate a written tapestry of astrology, the occult, time travel, telepathy and a riveting story of good versus evil.
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101 Recipes for Microwave Mug Cakes

Rating: 4
This cute little cookbook includes 101 recipes for Microwave Mug Cakes--from Apple Raisin to White Grapeberry.
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Cooking with All Things Trader Joes

Rating: 4
With full-color photographs, wine suggestions and cooking tips sprinkled throughout, this collection is a must for any Trader Joe's fan.
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Lily Hates Goodbyes

Rating: 3.5
The story was written to help younger children cope with the absence of a parent--in this case a father's deployment in the military.
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Weaver of Song: The Birth of Silent Night

Rating: 3.5
In the beautifully illustrated Weaver of Song, Mary Helene Jackson tells the fascinating story of "Silent Night" composer's Franz Gruber's struggle.
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For Every Season There is a Salad

Rating: 4
From Summer to Autumn to Winter to Spring, For Every Season There is a Salad celebrates the distinct, savory quality of each season and offers dishes to excite, inspire and delight.

A Peace of My Mind

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Bet you didn't know he self-published a book!
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The Hangman’s Daughter

Rating: 4
This absorbing and, at times, gruesomely descriptive story, takes place in a village in Bavaria in 1659, and within a few pages, the reader is transported to the era of witches, hangmen, doctors using herbs for curing fevers and a population of lepers.
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Switched

Rating: 4
You've read about her in USA Today and The Huffington Post. Now you can read IR's review of Switched, by indie's reigning Queen Amanda Hocking
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The Vision: Green Stone of Healing Series, Book One

Rating: 4
The Vision centers around political struggles in a fictional country/region, centered largely around the main character, whose questionable parentage turns out to be extremely significant and dangerous for most of the characters concerned. It’s a fantasy setting with very little magic, although there is some indication that there will be more supernatural plot points later in the sequels.
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Kandide and the Secret of the Mists, The Calabiyau Chronicles, Book 1

Rating: 3
Perfect for the 8-12 year old set, the book tells the story of Kandide, a spoiled nineteen year old fairy.
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Joey Comeau Book Hero

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"I feel the way bank robbers must feel before they go out on that last job that ends up getting them all killed. That is to say, optimistic."
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Be Dazzled! Norman Hartnell, Sixty Years of Glamour and Fashion

Rating: 4
Norman Hartnell (1901-1979) was a uniquely British genius. For nearly sixty years he was a major personality in the world of fashion.
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Paris, Moi and the Gang

Rating: 2.5
Documents Grendlin's daily meanderings through modern-day Paris, a journey that's mainly interesting to Grendlin.
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Twilight People

Rating: 4
Joe Del Priore’s Twilight People is a collection of forty flash fiction stories that suggest what you would have gotten if Michael Palin and Rod Serling had worked together. The spontaneity of Del Priore’s quick wit makes these pieces spark and crackle.
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Fortunate One

Rating: 3
Kevin Cohen’s novel Fortunate One is a loud, broadly written, sometimes graphic but still intriguing story of the excesses of the Hollywood elite and the untold minions who work for them.
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Worlds Apart

Rating: 4
Worlds Apart, by Miriam Sobel, is an engrossing tale of an extended Jewish family, with two brothers in New York City and their sister, brother-in-law, and mother living in Poland.
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The Brink of Destruction

Rating: 2
The central protagonist of this potboiler tale is Laura Monroe, a rookie FBI agent from Chicago who was inspired to join the FBI to prevent a repeat of 9/11, which happened when she was a teenager. She witnesses the Willis Tower's destruction from the windshield of her car and vows to bring the perpetrators to justice.
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Upcountry

Rating: 3
Jane Schumacher, a political press secretary with a chip on her shoulder, left her isolated mountain town in upstate New York at the age of eighteen, vowing never to return. Yet return she does, twenty years later, asking for forgiveness. Why?
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Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery

Rating: 4
The year is 1898, the place, San Francisco, and Annie Fuller, a young widow whose husband killed himself after losing the couple’s fortune in the stock market, is trying to make a go of it by operating a boarding house she’s inherited from an elderly aunt.