Indie Book Reviews (page 10)

Enlightened by Lauren Eckhardt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"A light, fast read that provides equal measures of quirky fun and heavy-handed allegory, though it struggles to transport readers as easily as it shuffles around its main character."
Eckhardt (The Remedy Files: Illusion, 2014) creates colorful worlds, from bleak to bright, in this surreal, slightly hallucinatory novella about an abducted woman, possibly magical fireflies, and an enigmatic spiritual guide. Read full book review >
SEND MORE IDIOTS by Tony Perez-Giese
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"Entertaining, escapist fare; to paraphrase one of Perez-Giese's characters, it's a great idea with good execution."
In Perez-Giese's (Pac Heights, 2013) gritty mystery, a man upends his life to search for his estranged younger sibling, who's gone missing in Juarez, Mexico. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"An engaging primer on Scottish culture that can teach kids how similar their lives are to their peers' around the world."
Travel to Scotland and learn about life and culture from a child's perspective. Read full book review >
Rules for the Perpetual Diet by K. S. R. Burns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A lovely ode to Paris, friendship, spontaneity and forks—both on the plate and in the road."
In Burns' (The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl, 2009) novel, a perpetual dieter decides, after her best friend dies, to follow through on "The Plan" they had made to go to Paris.Recommendations for writing a can't-put-down book: Make your protagonist funny, introspective or complicated—better yet, all three—as well as someone whom readers will immediately recognize and feel compassion for. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE MOUSE SANTI by David Eugene Ray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A clever picture book with an unexpected punch line that will delight young readers."
A mouse who wants to be a cat has a conversation that leads to an unexpected outcome in this delightful picture book by debut author Ray, featuring illustrations by Germano (The German King, 2013). Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"An inventive, entertaining mix of history, research and self-help."
Debut authors Lowell and Lola's thoroughly researched, compelling self-help work focuses on undoing "fixed mindset thinking." Read full book review >
SNAYGILL by Michelle B. Assor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A fanciful, thought-provoking adventure."
This YA fantasy stars a pair of snake princes who must navigate a world of wonder and deception. Read full book review >
THE AUTUMN CRUSH by Andrew Eustace Anselmi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A novel with laudable ambitions that doesn't generate enough real drama to galvanize its torpid narrative."
In Anselmi's debut novel, a self-made man is accused of murdering his business partner and wife. Read full book review >
GRANT OF IMMUNITY by Garret Holms
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"Fans of legal thrillers will be appeased, but the energetic, brisk story makes a thoroughly enjoyable read for anyone."
In Holms' debut legal thriller, a crooked cop manipulates the justice system to wreak havoc on the lives of a judge, a fellow officer, and a young woman. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"An invaluable glimpse into the people and society (and two young lovers' hearts) of the antebellum South."
A collection of letters between two young members (future husband and wife) of the landed elite of the South in the decades preceding the Civil War. Read full book review >
THE BLACK CARRIAGE by Edward B. Crutchley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"Rich with world history and a burning central question, the story provides an array of real-life characters and fascinating locations."
From author Crutchley (Innovation Trends in Plastics Decoration and Surface Treatment, 2014) comes a novel concerning missing gold and the tumultuous world events in the time of Napoleon. 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 >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >