Indie Book Reviews (page 2)

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 >
RELIGION
Released: March 31, 2015

"Contains a wealth of information for secular or mixed-religion families preparing for the God talk with kids."
Written for secular parents from a nonreligious perspective, this guide explores methods of teaching youngsters about God, religion, and spirituality. Read full book review >
MURDER AT CIREY by Cheryl Sawyer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 30, 2015

"A promising start in a new direction featuring a headstrong but street-smart detective."
This exhilarating first stab at a murder mystery by veteran historical novelist Sawyer (Rebel, 2014, etc.) rings true. Read full book review >
A Wolf at the Gate by Mark Van Steenwyk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2015

"A visually stunning work addressing themes of peace, generosity, and forgiveness."
Van Steenwyk (The Unkingdom of God, 2013, etc.) offers an illustrated chapter book about an angry red wolf who encounters a saintly beggar king. Read full book review >
THE HOMEPORT JOURNALS by A. C. Burch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 27, 2015

"An often vivid portrait of Provincetown life and May-December friendships, despite a bland main character."
An elderly woman and her troupe of gay live-ins take in a young man running from a bad romance in Burch's debut novel. Read full book review >
AFTER MIND by Spencer Wolf
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2015

"A rewarding tesseract of a novel that doesn't release its secrets easily."
A sci-fi debut about a boy who's deathly afraid of water and the family who helps reconstruct his mind after a tragic accident. Read full book review >
OF GIANTS AND OTHER MEN by Caspar Peek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2015

"A beautifully realized novel that doesn't shy away from describing the horrors of war as well as life's moments of beauty."
A lyrical family saga that brings to light an oft forgotten period of Central American history. 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 >