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The latest indie book reviews from Self-Publishing Review

Review: Connected by Kat Stiles

★★★★ Connected by Kat Stiles

Connected by Kat Stiles is an entertaining paranormal escape for young adult readers.

Emily is a high school student who doesn’t feel like she fits in. To make matters worse, Em discovers she has a special power. Fortunately, she isn’t alone and her best friend Roz has her own gift.…

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Review: A Tale of Witchwood Park by S.W. Develin

★★★★½ A Tale of Witchwood Park by S.W. Develin

A Tale of Witchwood Park by S.W. Develin is a heartfelt, humorous and insightful adventure.

Important life lessons come in many forms, and the boundless creativity of A Tale of Witchwood Park follows in that tradition – a memorable, amusing and profound piece of fantasy fiction for young readers.…

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Review: In the Mind of Revenge (The Shamed Book 1) by Liv Hadden

★★★★ In the Mind of Revenge by Liv Hadden

Society would tell you it makes me dangerous. I would agree. I am dangerous, and I am powerful.

In the Mind of Revenge: Book One of The Shamed Series by Liv Hadden is a thriller that tackles hot-button social issues in a way that forces the reader to rethink the importance of what society deems as normal.…

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Review: Wyrd, TX by David Shawn

★★★★½ Wyrd TX

Wyrd, TX by David Shawn is a terrifying, stylish thriller.

Balancing humor, wit and terror is an ability that few authors ever master, but David Shawn releases a macabre tour de force in Wyrd, TX, a city that time seems to have forgotten, but demons have not.…

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Review: How to Fail at Life: Lessons for the Next Generation by Mark Aspelin

★★★★★ How to Fail at Life: Lessons for the Next Generation by Aspelin Mark

Failure sucks. There’s no denying that. But every pratfall and tumble has an upside, even if it’s just the schadenfreude of knowing someone else screwed up too, or even worse than you ever have.

Enter Mark Aspelin. Aspelin bills himself as an “experienced practitioner in the failure arts” who has “been there, done that, and got the t-shirt when it comes to messing up in life.” Aspelin boasts years of speaking experience prior to his newfound membership into the circle of author-hood, focusing on the subject of failure and the lessons to be learned from the falls we inevitably take in life.…

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Review: American Zeroes by John DiFelice

★★★★½ American Zeroes by John DiFelice

American Zeroes by John DiFelice is a darkly comic bit of brilliance.

Novels that defy classification make for an entertaining read, and that is precisely what John DiFelice delivers in American Zeroes. Behind the rambling and sometimes confusing storyline is an intelligent and witty author who knows which subtle buttons to push for laughs, tears and thoughtful musing, forcing readers to see the world through his twisted lens.…

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Review: Sunspots by Gary Martin

★★★★ Sunspots by Gary Martin

Many sci-fi authors focus on unique plot details and extensive exposition to stand out, doing all they can to create a memorable world for their readers. Books like Sunspots, however, show the other side of the sci-fi genre: the banality of space travel when it’s “just a job.” John is a believable character because readers can immediately relate to him; he is a blue-collar worker on a space scow hauling garbage away from Earth.…

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