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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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.
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The Broken Past: A James Buckner Mystery

Rating: 3.5
Set in Prohibition-challenged 1923, Corinth, MO is turned upside down when two murders are discovered the same day.
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Tangling with Tyrants: Managing the Balance of Power at Work

Rating: 3.5
Tangling with Tyrants provides field-tested, practical solutions drawn from actual scenarios in a variety of corporate settings.
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In Spite of the System

Rating: 3.5
A truly frightening story about mistaken identitiy that will keep you turning the pages. Here is a Kafka-esque experience that really happened.
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A Secret of the Universe

Rating: 4.5
In delving into the depths of human nature and rationality as few have before, A Secret of the Universe provides a new take on the battle between faith and skepticism for the post-9/11 world.
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Houses In My Heart

Rating: 4
A behind-the-scenes glimpse into more than two dozen of decorator Carleton Varney's best, most original, and never-before-published projects--including his own private residences.
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Camelot's Kitchen

Rating: 4
In addition to recipes and secrets on making sensational salads, Camelot's Kitchen offers 64 full-color pages of Camelot, an adorable bunny.
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Among Us Women

Rating: 3
A bold, yet sensitive story of three closely connected women living in the 1980's and a dramatic testimony to the innate intelligence of all women who have the courage to look inward and walk forward.
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A Very Rich Man

Rating: 3
A wealthy and socially prominent family reunites in the wake of a father's aneurysm, and all hell breaks loose as a brother and sister uncover a wealth of secrets about their father's past.
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In the Pink: Dorothy Draper-America's Most Fabulous Decorator

Rating: 4.5
Like Martha Stewart, Dorothy Draper was a preacher and teacher whose how-to books and Good Housekeeping columns provided middle-class housewives with affordable ideas for making their homes more functional and comfortable.