Indie Book Reviews

The Amazing C on Science by Robin deBoer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 29, 2014

"A breezy tale that delivers morality with sparkling wit."
Classroom rivalries and childhood misadventures take center stage in deBoer's charming debut YA. Read full book review >
Destiny by Sonya Wadhera
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 2, 2015

"A delightful foray into magic, Indian culture, and the power of belief."
Wadhera and Wadhera's debut children's book uses Indian folklore to craft a fairy tale about believing in oneself and accomplishing the impossible. Read full book review >

The Boy and the Bastard by Russell Newell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 24, 2015

"First-rate thriller in the vein of Joseph Finder."
When his son goes missing, a successful young businessman searches for him as his own life falls apart. Read full book review >
The Red Sheet by Mia Kerick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 20, 2014

"A well-written YA novel that balances honest storytelling with a strong anti-bullying message."
A would-be heroic high school junior comes to terms with both his sexuality and his behavior toward others. Read full book review >
The Lost Girls by Mari Bianca
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Detailed spells and robust personalities make this a bolder-than-average YA adventure."
Bianca's (Serenade, 2014) YA fantasy sees a teen witch learning her craft while coping with her dark, strange past. Read full book review >

Shades: The Gehenna Dilemma by Eric Dallaire
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2015

"A compelling, comic-book-ish action-thriller in which life's new inevitables are death, taxes, and a gruesome post-mortem payment plan."
In a future where reanimated human corpses are an invaluable slave-labor force, government agent/hacker Jonah Adams searches for his kidnapped lover and discovers the ghastly secret of the zombie trade. Read full book review >
Middle Waters by John Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2015

"A buoyant undersea-alien yarn that'd make an awesome beach read."
Odd disappearances and deaths, UFOs, and incredible deep-sea technology threaten to submerge naval scientist Jason Parker in alien intrigue. Read full book review >
The Cult of Leo by Kaye Freemartin
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A fresh addition to an enjoyable series."
Continuation of Freemartin's (The Currents of Scorpio: The Zodiac Mysteries Book 3, 2014) Zodiac Mystery series featuring the Cuspians, women reviled for having been born on the cusp of two zodiac signs.Read full book review >
Nothing by Linda Naseem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A riveting, intense portrait of substance abuse and the havoc it can wreak on family and friends."
Naseem's gritty debut follows a Christian woman recovering from an abusive marriage rife with drugs and physical violence. Read full book review >
Dear Prudence by Prudence Farrow Bruns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 26, 2015

"A moving, spiritual account of a search for meaning through meditation."
A woman depicted in one of the Beatles' most famous songs tells her story. Read full book review >
Touching the Hem of Heaven by Jay Desind
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"Compelling photos whose color, composition, and subjects invite lingering attention."
Text and photographs document the author's 2010 trip to Nepal, undertaken in hopes of escape and discovery. Read full book review >
American Sons by Christopher Boyce
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2014

"A compelling, immersive memoir of crime, punishment, and the redemptive qualities of love and atonement."
A catharticmemoir retracing the lives of the real men behind The Falcon and the Snowman espionage chronicle and the 1985 movie it inspired. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >