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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Glorify Each Day

Rating: 3
Tommy Morrison is too complex a guy for his own good and the story he tells reflects the depth of his complexity.
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Besserwisser: A Novel

Rating: 3.5
Like a double wheat dark brew in a Munich biergarten, Steve Anderson’s latest book goes down easily. It is the loving tour of Munich you never got to take in your twenties.
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The Indie Cred Test

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It's like what a standardized test would be if it grew a pair.
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An Inconvenient Marriage

Rating: 3
It’s the late 1800s in Virginia, and Sue Lewis, a “spinster” in her early thirties, is hell bent on saving her family’s farm.
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The Faithful

Rating: 2.5
A Presbyterian pastor who is seriously questioning his faith is suddenly thrown into the midst of a paranormal murder mystery.
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Whole Truth Eating and Recipe Guide

Rating: 3.5
Designed to give the reader a deeper understanding of food and its effect on long-term health and vitality.
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Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living

Rating: 4
Includes over 200 dairy-free recipes, a comprehensive guide to dairy substitutes and more.
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The Braces Cookbook

Rating: 3.5
Fifty comfort-food recipes perfect for tender-teeth days, including stay-soft cookies, soothing drinks, and delicious dinners.
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A Girl Like You

Rating: 3.5
The sixth book in the Donavan Creed series opens with Creed on the hunt for his kidnapped girlfriend, Rachel Case.
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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.