Indie Book Reviews

I Just Want Out by Jodi Schuelke
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 7, 2016

"An insightful, empathetic strategy for separation."
Life coach Schuelke shares lessons that she learned from planning her exit from an emotionally abusive marriage in this debut how-to guide. Read full book review >
Released: April 12, 2016

"A rallying cry for women who are tired of carrying the world on their shoulders."
A compact, feminist self-help manual that encourages women to stop trying to save others and instead save themselves. Read full book review >

Ptaath's Hammer by Wim Baren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"A tale about an underwater city that delivers a sensuous and gripping historical fantasy wrapped inside a contemporary romance."
A startling archaeological discovery leads to the revelation of a lost world. Read full book review >
Storm Wolf by Stephen Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A dark supernatural outing, featuring indelible characters as sharp as wolves' teeth."
A man cursed with "wolf magic" travels to 19th-century Europe in search of a possible cure in Morris' (When Brothers Dwell in Unity, 2015, etc.) horror fantasy.Read full book review >
Blood Transparencies by Randy White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2016

"Well-crafted verses with strong images and good storytelling."
This collection of poems explores themes of childhood, family, and growing up, often making ancient connections with the natural world. Read full book review >

HIDER/SEEKER by Tom Claver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 20, 2015

"A novel about a finder that's a real find."
An expert at getting people off the grid must find a woman he helped to disappear in this debut thriller. Read full book review >
A Clearing in the Forest by Kim Love Stump
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 14, 2016

"Spellbinding and untraditional, this fantasy with a brave royal could teach Disney a few things about princess adventures."
A debut YA fantasy stars a princess who must venture forth into the world before she's allowed to rule. Read full book review >
AutoFlick by John Bancroft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2016

"An American coming-of-age tale told with warmth and humor."
In Bancroft's debut novel, a Boy Scout becomes a man in a small Pennsylvania town in the late 1960s. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 16, 2016

"A solid history of the Singer company from the invention of the sewing machine to the days of leveraged buyouts."
A corporate history of one of the world's leading sewing machine manufacturers. Read full book review >
The Blackmail Photos by Michael P. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2016

"A tightly executed thriller, and the high point of a great series."
In this third installment of his Travelers series, King's (The Computer Heist, 2016, etc.) con-artist couple target a would-be politician.Read full book review >
Juicy Jack Adventures: The Great Chinchilla Chase by Leigh Carrasco
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN

"Young readers will enjoy Jack's adventures while learning about the value of loyalty and a little about Peruvian culture."
A reluctant hero makes guinea pigs cool in this illustrated chapter-book sequel set in Peru. Read full book review >
Marsco Triumphant by James A. Zarzana
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2016

"Compulsively readable military sci-fi with a strong humanist side that isn't overwhelmed by bloodshed and doomsday weapons."
Zarzana's (The Marsco Dissident, 2013) bravura second installment in his ongoing saga continues his broad-canvas approach to political power plays, betrayals, and invasions at the end of the 21st century. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >