Indie Book Reviews

Biome by Ryan Galloway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"An indelible red-planet backdrop enhances an already rugged, tenacious story of a colony's cadets learning to rely on one another."
Part of a Mars terraforming settlement, a teenager has six days to figure out why doctors are repeatedly wiping her peers' memories—and why she's retained her own—in this sci-fi debut. Read full book review >
Secrets of Worry Dolls by Amy Impellizzeri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A novel of grief, love, and truth that offers insights about a family and a satisfying resolution."
A daughter comes to terms with family secrets as she deals with the effects of two tragedies from New York's recent history. Read full book review >

Emic Rizzle, Tinkerer by Mary Ann Domanska
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Let's hope for more from Domanska, as Emic the inventor is a very appealing invention herself."
In Domanska's debut adventure for middle-grade readers, a gadget-loving girl discovers that her grandfather was a spy in World War II—and that he knew about a secret invention. Read full book review >
Marie Antoinette's Darkest Days by Will Bashor
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Impressive, well-researched, useful, and accessible, though some readers may feel that the book's sympathies for the doomed queen remain misplaced."
This scholarly work thoroughly documents Marie Antoinette's imprisonment, trial, and execution. Read full book review >
All in Fear by May Peterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"An engaging anthology of queer fiction filled with monsters, mysteries, and menace."
A collection of horror tales from six romance writers highlights queer characters in fearful circumstances. Read full book review >

Over the Edge by Meredith Wild
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A satisfying continuation that offers appealing characters and plenty of risqué action."
A provocative proposition leads to a tantalizing relationship in the third novel of Wild's (Into the Fire, 2016, etc.) romance series.Read full book review >
Dying to Give by Gary B. Shelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2016

"An often moving tale that humanizes the process of organ donation."
Shelly's (Discovering Computers, 2012, etc.) novel explores the quandaries of a family struck by unthinkable tragedy. Read full book review >
The Dead of August by Panayotis  Cacoyannis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2016

"A sophisticated, comic novel that brilliantly captures the triumph and folly of art, media, and publishing."
A London obituary writer is called to the home of a reclusive artist with a mysterious agenda in Cacoyannis' debut novel. Read full book review >
Pearl of the Seas by Ruth Finnegan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 17, 2016

"Rollicking and wise, this sailing story mixes prose, poetry, and song, offering a special lyrical gift."
A tale for young readers draws on the enchantments of sea travel. Read full book review >
The Pendant Saga by J.A. Knighted
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 16, 2016

"A complex but promising start to a colorful time-bending adventure."
The Pemberton siblings fall into a portal on their grandfather's property, leading to adventures involving pirates and a mystical world in this first installment of a debut children's fantasy series. Read full book review >
Magic Flute by Patricia Minger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A smart and uplifting tale of personal and musical renewal; an impressive debut."
Tragedy puts a young flutist on a new and challenging path. Read full book review >
5 Days to Landfall by Robert Roy Britt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2016

"A vigorous tale in which a violent, inescapable storm terrorizes everyone, even the villains."
A forecaster at the turn of the millennium, using a nonoperational program of her own design, fears a hurricane is headed straight for an ill-prepared New York City in this thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >