Indie Book Reviews

THE MASTER YESHUA by Joyce Luck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2015

"An ideal example of how fiction can be used to present and explore alternative concepts in history and religion."
A grounded retelling of Christ's life and the early days of the church from the gospel of his ailing nephew. Read full book review >
DEVIL'S DAUGHTER by Hope Schenk-de Michele
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 14, 2015

"A worthwhile jaunt for readers interested in a mix of magic, mankind, and the sinister ploys of the devil."
Debut authors Schenck-de Michele and Marquez's urban fantasy novel about Lucifer's daughter and a peculiar shop. Read full book review >

ON THE CARPET by Mary Maillard
Released: June 20, 2014

"A fascinating, scholarly glimpse into what it meant to be a Southern belle."
This collection of historical correspondence illuminates a North Carolina belle's upbringing, courtships, marriage, and death at age 22 following childbirth. Read full book review >

"Recommended reading for classicists (and budding Indiana Joneses) graduating beyond Edith Hamilton."
Lundwall contends that far from being ignorant and backward savages, the preliterate cultures that created mankind's most ancient mythological tales had a high degree of intellectual sophistication. Read full book review >
JON FIXX by Jason Squire Fluck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"An exciting, comical page-turner about the gritty underbelly of love."
Fluck follows the adventures of a romance-writer-for-hire in his debut novel. Read full book review >

ACROSS THE INLET by Gail Summers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A poignant story that explores what it means to be a family and the power of forgiveness."
In Summers' captivating debut novel, family secrets and buried pain threaten to tear three sisters apart as they reunite to care for a dying stepparent. Read full book review >
THE DUST OF EARTH by Dylan Huntington
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 19, 2015

"Sci-fi enthusiasts should prepare to be lured in by this series entry that's sturdier and more assertive than the first."
Huntington's (The Rings of Elpída, 2013) sci-fi series continues, as the inhabitants of a dying Earth train youngsters to acclimate to another planet—and its mind-invading alien species. Read full book review >
IT'S A MINEFIELD by Robert Horn
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"A damning account of the mining industry and a rousing call for its reform."
Horn reveals the troubling truths of the mining industry in this insider's account. Read full book review >
Thinking Good Thoughts About Me by Mary K McGranaghan
Released: Feb. 12, 2015

"A delightful method for inspiring confidence in any child."
A debut self-help book for young ones that aims to help them build their self-esteem. Read full book review >
Under an English Heaven by Alice K. Boatwright
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2014

"A well-crafted outsider's view of Cotswolds village life that will appeal to mystery buffs."
Californian Ellie Kent, the vicar's new wife, is just breaking in her tweeds when she finds an unidentified body in Boatwright's (Collateral Damage, 2012) charming mystery. Read full book review >
BLOOD FATHER by Tessa Dawn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 12, 2014

"Love letter to Blood Curse fans, but new readers are invited, too."
In the sixth volume of Dawn's Blood Curse series, the Silivasi brothers learn the whereabouts of their father. Read full book review >
MASON'S KEEPER by Cynthia J. Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 2014

"An inspiring tale of a young man's efforts to save his family, and himself."
In Stone's compelling follow-up to Mason's Daughter (2012), a brave young man flees home and embarks on a journey to adulthood. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >