Indie Book Reviews (page 2)

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 >
DESOLATION CANYON by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"A grand, well-rounded adventure that mixes nature, Native American lore, and the history of the Desolation Canyon region."
London's (The Seasons of Little Wolf, 2014) middle-grade novel follows six people on a transformative rafting trip.Read full book review >

THE MARK ON EVE by Joel Fox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"An intriguing novel about a woman developing her stance on women's rights over the course of America's history."
In Fox's (Lincoln's Hand, 2013, etc.) historical drama, a woman cursed with immortality dedicates her eternal life to ensuring that a female candidate makes it into the White House. Read full book review >
Godkiller, Vol. 1 by Matt Pizzolo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 7, 2015

"Deftly unorthodox and wickedly delectable; not so much a story as an experience."
In Pizzolo's stellar graphic novel—the first three issues of his debut comic-book series—an orphan boy braves a desolate, post-apocalyptic land in search of a heart for his sister. Read full book review >
AWAKENING by Shannon Duffy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Loving, imperiled teens on a quest to topple big bad government, with a few good action sequences and a somewhat familiar storyline."
Duffy's (Spectral, 2015, etc.) novel sees teens combating evil in a futuristic age. Read full book review >

CROSS DOG BLUES by Richard M. Brock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 6, 2015

"A heartening read for blues fans as well as anyone interested in the history of American music and civil rights."
In his debut novel, Brock weaves together two unexpectedly intertwined tales to illustrate the wide-reaching impact of the blues on American history. Read full book review >
Freaks I've Met by Donald Jans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 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 >
ROTHAKER by Jenifer Ruff
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 2015

"Absorbing, at times gory thriller featuring an oddly compelling killer 'heroine.'"
Beautiful, superfocused,yet troubledBrooke Walton, now in medical school, is involved in yet another disappearance of a fellow female student in this second installment of a dark thriller series. Read full book review >
COMFORT AND AFFLICTION by M. F. Frosolono
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"A thriller with an uncomplicated plot that's invigorated by a main character whose profound messages will spark rumination."
A reverend's sermons at a Methodist church in Georgia find supporters and a small but potentially dangerous resistance in Frosolono's (Thoroughly Biased Opinions, 2012, etc.) religious drama. Read full book review >
Second Helpings at the Serve You Right Café by Tilia Klebenov Jacobs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"A charming story for those who enjoy a quick, action-packed, romantic fairy tale."
A quirky romantic novella about a reformed ex-con and the enterprising young woman who helps him rediscover his self-worth. Read full book review >
A Simple Guide to Overcoming Divorce Pain by Joseph V Cassarino
Released: April 1, 2015

"A straightforward, slim handbook for those in emotional distress."
In fewer than 20 pages, Cassarino attempts to guide readers through the pain of divorce via a combination of positive thinking, laws of attraction, self-help books, and communing with nature. Read full book review >
THE TRAVELING MAN by Michael P. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"An absorbing, deviant tale of redemption."
Husband and wife con artists must get back on their feet after a scheme goes spectacularly wrong in this criminally good debut by King. 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 >