Indie Book Reviews (page 2)

Freaks I've Met by Donald Jans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 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 >
AWAKENING by Andi O'Connor
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"With a touch of sci-fi, this penultimate installation of a fantasy series delivers rich characters and complex plotlines."
In this second installment of O'Connor's (Silevethiel, 2013, etc.) YA fantasy series, a young man, fighting to save the world, is tested when an old adversary returns to wreak more destruction. Read full book review >

PAPER OR PLASTIC by Vivi Barnes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"An enjoyable read with enough emotional turmoil and sweet romantic moments to satisfy the YA crowd.
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First impressions can be deceiving, as Barnes (Olivia Twisted, 2013, etc.) reveals in her new YA novel.Read full book review >
How (Not) To Fall in Love by Lisa Brown Roberts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A promising debut featuring a crackerjack heroine who doesn't need a hero to complete her sweet, rambling quest."
In Roberts' debut YA riches-to-rags story, the daughter of a self-help guru searches for her lost father and finds herself. Read full book review >
THE THEMIS FILES by Sylvain Neuvel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"Like the giant alien artifact in the story, this novel is so much more than the sum of its parts—a page-turner of the highest order!"
This stellar debut novel—revolving around a top-secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens—masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >

FALSE GUILT by Peter Fritze
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Impressive execution and admirable in its open defiance of traditional murder mysteries."
In Fritze's (The Case for Killing, 2014) thriller, a colleague's death stirs up old memories for a man who years ago had been arrested for a friend's murder. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2015

"An impressive use of one family to intimately portray the history of social and cultural changes over three generations."
Spanning nearly 60 years, this work of historical fiction chronicles the multitude of cultural changes in Japan after World War II from the perspective of a conflicted family of three. Read full book review >
The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 29, 2015

"The simple plot is merely a foundation for intriguing characters who provide the real experience."
In Bingham's (Love Story, With Murders, 2014, etc.) latest thriller, South Wales DC Fiona Griffiths' third outing finds her undercover trying to expose a group committing computer fraud and leaving bodies in its wake. Read full book review >
BEWARE THE SHEEP by M. Lewis-Lerman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 29, 2015

"Could be the start of a fantastic series if, along with a few improvements, the characters and world remain this solid."
In Lewis-Lerman's debut YA fantasy, magical adventures begin for a young girl when her friend grows terribly ill and she becomes determined to save her. Read full book review >
RISKING IT ALL by Tessa Bailey
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"This intense, erotic romance pairs brisk action with well-developed characters."
An undercover policewoman falls for the criminal assigned to protect her in a taut romantic thriller by author Bailey (Staking His Claim, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A moving memoir that's particularly timely, given the current health care debate in the United States.
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A heart-rending debut nonfiction account of a couple's struggles with insurance companies as they tried to recover from a catastrophic accident. Read full book review >
SIMESTA by Marianna Palmer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 25, 2015

"Strong in concept, shaky in execution."
Marianna and Esther Palmer's debut fantasy-adventure novel takes readers to the world of Telda, where gods and humans with elemental powers battle for control. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >