Indie Book Reviews

BARREN BRANCHES by Laurie Richards
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A stirring historical novel anchored by Richards' acutely drawn female protagonist."
A tragic dust blizzard begets life-altering changes for a Kansas schoolteacher and her family in Richards' Depression-era debut. Read full book review >
Journey to Colonus by Franklin Debrot
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An immersive, wide-ranging novel of impressive depth and candor."
Debrot's debut novel considers the achievement and futility of the activist Left. Read full book review >

PAUSE AND PONDER by Rashid Osmani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A strong poet is perceptive, eloquent, and thoughtful—and Osmani is three for three."
By turns religious, romantic, and political, this collection shows readers a skilled poet coming into his own. Read full book review >
NINE DIGITS by Jay Duret
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"An action-filled story, full of funny, topical, and sympathetic observations about the world today."
An eccentric family competes in a reality show in Duret's debut YA novel. Read full book review >
THE CRYSTAL NAVIGATOR by Nancy Kunhardt Lodge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 24, 2014

"A vividly written work of juvenile fiction that mixes fantasy and suspense with messages of empowerment, history, art, and science."
In this adventure for middle-grade readers, a young girl regains her self-confidence and discovers the power of knowledge when she travels back in time to visit great artists of the past. Read full book review >

Freaks I've Met by Donald Jans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2015

"An engrossing but tongue-in-cheek drama that, even at its most dramatic, will leave readers smiling."
A Spokane college graduate searches for wealth and fame in LA but finds only a string of dead-end jobs and outlandish individuals in Jans' witty debut drama. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2015

"An impressive use of one family to intimately portray the history of social and cultural changes over three generations."
Spanning nearly 60 years, this work of historical fiction chronicles the multitude of cultural changes in Japan after World War II from the perspective of a conflicted family of three. Read full book review >
Where the Bones of a Buried Rat Lie by Kim Ekemar
THRILLERS
Released: Aug. 16, 2014

"This well-written thriller's complex plotting and characterization make for a fine read."
In Ekemar's (The Lost Identity Causalities, 2014, etc.) second thriller in a planned four-book series, Matthias Callaghan returns to London, where he takes on the identity of his late father. Read full book review >
THE EDUCATION OF A TRAITOR by Svetlana Grobman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2015

"An intimate look at a young woman's struggle to find her own truth in a repressive society."
Grobman's debut memoir explores her childhood in the Soviet Union. Read full book review >
THE GREEN EYED GIRL by J W Chew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 17, 2014

"A fast-paced, intellectual fantasy story with lessons about values, greed, and empathy."
In this allegorical tale, debut author Chew creates a magical world of mayhem that's full of parallels to modern society. Read full book review >
A Corkscrew Life by Richard Coulson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2014

"A keenly observed, fast-paced memoir."
A well-traveled veteran of the legal and business worlds reflects on his experiences in the 20th century and beyond. Read full book review >
SHATTERED DREAMS by Bulent Senocak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 19, 2014

"A textured, involving novel about a now-forgotten crisis in the pre-modern Muslim world."
A historical novel about a flash-point event in 19th-century relations between Muslims and the West. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >