Indie Book Reviews (page 2)

The Pendant Saga by J.A. Knighted
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 16, 2016

"A complex but promising start to a colorful time-bending adventure."
The Pemberton siblings fall into a portal on their grandfather's property, leading to adventures involving pirates and a mystical world in this first installment of a debut children's fantasy series. Read full book review >
Criminal Zoo by Sean McDaniel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A penetrating look inside a killer's head; disquieting but insightful."
A debut thriller tells the story of a killer imprisoned in a facility that may be more barbaric than the atrocities he's committed. Read full book review >

Magic Flute by Patricia Minger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A smart and uplifting tale of personal and musical renewal; an impressive debut."
Tragedy puts a young flutist on a new and challenging path. Read full book review >
5 Days to Landfall by Robert Roy Britt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2016

"A vigorous tale in which a violent, inescapable storm terrorizes everyone, even the villains."
A forecaster at the turn of the millennium, using a nonoperational program of her own design, fears a hurricane is headed straight for an ill-prepared New York City in this thriller. Read full book review >
The Rainbow Zoo by Lucille Lang Day
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 14, 2016

"An excellent candidate for reading aloud, helped out by attractive, textured illustrations."
Two children go to a zoo where they meet a wide assortment of unusually colored animals in this rhyming, illustrated book for young children. Read full book review >

Rightful Heir by Becca Ketelsleger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2016

"Will appeal to fans of classic sword-and-king fantasy, especially with its likable lead, but needs additional editing."
A female warrior, who is a natural leader, stars in this retelling of the King Arthur myth. Read full book review >
Opposite of Frozen by Jan O'Hara
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 11, 2016

"A sweet, heartfelt series love story."
O'Hara's debut romance stars a former major league baseball superstar with a major chip on his shoulder, a woman with an aversion to commitment, and a raucous crew of elderly vacationers. Read full book review >
The Tragedy of Moses by Elliott Kanbar
RELIGION
Released: Nov. 11, 2016

"A fast-paced and engaging biblical dramatization."
A revisionary look at the story of Moses. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2016

"A laudable sci-fi yarn that's both irreverent and relevant."
In Richter's (Mating Rituals of Migratory Humans, 2013) dystopian novel, a lowly citizen may be the "Chosen One," destined to lead a revolution against a government that thrives on fear. Read full book review >
Inside the Flavor League by Paul Moser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 2016

"A conspiratorial, character-driven, and fantastically creative tale of high-end liquor and outlandish melodrama."
A satirical yarn traces the roots of a secret society monitoring and fiercely protecting the sanctity of alcoholic beverages. Read full book review >
Prophet of Loss by Kennedy Weible
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"An often striking account of religious opportunism."
In this drama, a charismatic cult leader exploits a downtrodden family. Read full book review >
The Making of Bhishma by Kamesh Ramakrishna
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A unique, entertaining attempt to reconcile the ambiguities of an ancient myth with its archeological record."
In this debut installment of Ramakrishna's retelling of the Indian epic, the Mahabharata, warrior Devavrata Bhishma recounts a long road of intrigues and misunderstandings that led to his renunciation of a crown and the eventual eruption of a war. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >