Indie Book Reviews

THE HOUSE AT 758 by Kathryn Berla
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A moving, mysterious coming-of-age story."
A debut YA novel that grapples with a slew of difficult issues, including grief, stepfamilies, loneliness and first love. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A lively peek into literary genius."
A tour of the various sources of inspiration for beloved works of literature. Read full book review >

SHIMMER by Raven Howell
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"This verbal and visual treat portrays the evening as a lively and thought-provoking place of wonder."
A prolific children's poet offers an eclectic collection of nighttime pieces. Read full book review >
YOU CAN’T BUY LOVE LIKE THAT  by Carol E. Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"This work movingly renders the complex emotional landscape of living in and out of the closet."
A gay woman recounts her experiences during the 1960s and onward in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
THE LIARS' ASYLUM by Jacob M. Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2017

"A fine collection that amply demonstrates Appel's gifts."
These eight short stories explore the author's continuing preoccupation with secrets, lies, illusions, and the uncertainties of love. Read full book review >

THE WEIGHT by Hubert Crouch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2017

"A thoughtful and highly readable legal thriller."
A famous Texas trial lawyer becomes a plaintiff in this third installment of a series. Read full book review >
SCUBA by Jimmy Olsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2017

"A thriller that offers a good read for a week at the beach."
In this novel, scuba diver Olsen (The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories, 2012, etc.) takes readers from a shipwreck 200 years ago to a present-day tale of greed, political intrigue, and mayhem.Read full book review >
DEMON FREAKS by J.R.R.R. (Jim) Hardison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A funny supernatural tale with spooky scenes, sincere emotions, and a solidly satisfying ending."
Plans to study for the SAT go horribly wrong when they are interrupted by a golfer cult's demon-summoning plot in this comic YA horror novel. Read full book review >
SPARKED by Helena Echlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A fresh, enthusiastic, and wholly satisfying take on a familiar subgenre."
Teens with newfound powers may be the only ones who can stop an ancient evil from rising in Echlin (Gone, 2002) and Watrous' (If You Follow Me, 2010) supernatural mystery.Read full book review >
SWEARING OFF STARS by Danielle Wong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An engaging romantic tale that also calls for equality."
An American student at the University of Oxford in 1919 falls in love with a dynamic women's rights activist in this debut novel. Read full book review >
27 HOURS by Tristina Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An open, imaginative work of YA science fiction."
Human teens attempt to preserve their home on an alien world in Wright's YA debut. Read full book review >
PLAYING WITH DYNAMITE by Sharon Harrigan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"A warm, engaging read about the ways in which memory distorts our understanding of family."
Years after the death of her father, a woman explores her family's past in this memoir. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >