Book Reviews

The latest indie book reviews from Self-Publishing Review

Review: Blade’s Edge by Virginia McClain ★ ★ ★ ★★

Blade's EdgeBlade’s Edge, by Virginia McClain, is an excellent fantasy novel that will keep readers turning the pages.

The Kisōshi are elite warriors with elemental powers. They have ruled and protected the people of Gensokai for over a thousand years. The belief that there are no female Kisōshi is widespread and unquestioned by most.…

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Review: Vaporized by Victor Levine ★ ★ ★ ★

VaporizedVaporized by Victor Levine follows the exploits of up-and-coming/down-and-out musician Jon Cells who’s looking for his big break in the New York music scene of the early eighties. In the meantime, he’s working at a perfume factory, which is under investigation by the FBI for possible drug connections.…

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Review: Packing Parachutes by Robert H. Sarkissian ★ ★ ★

Packing ParachutesHumor is hard. Pathos is much easier. Show a character being chased by a monster, and if you’re good at your craft, readers will sweat and squirm. Show poor orphaned children dying of hunger, and you may draw tears from your readers even if you aren’t that good.…

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Review: Just Pru by Anne Pfeffer ★★★★★

Just PruJust Pru, by Anne Pfeffer, is a laugh out loud, heartwarming story about a twenty-five-year-old woman named Prudence Anderson.

Prudence hates her name, and prefers being called Pru. One night, while sitting in her apartment in Los Angeles watching television, a fire erupts in her building and she has to be evacuated.…

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Review: Swim a Crooked Line by Al X. Griz ★★★★

Swim a Crooked LineSwim a Crooked Line by Al X. Griz follows several people’s lives in Nebraska: a farmer and his family including Chad who’s enlisted in the army in Afghanistan, and Rico, a linebacker for the Cornhuskers. Each character is richly imagined and contends with major societal issues. …

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