Indie Book Reviews (page 2)

TINDERBOX by Rachel Grant
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"An exciting tale that offers an entertaining mix of action and romance."
An American archaeologist in Africa uncovers a dangerous conspiracy while investigating the discovery of a lifetime in Grant's (Poison Evidence, 2016, etc.) thriller.Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 9, 2017

"A finely drawn, menacing tale that effectively understates its flashy locale."
In Johnson's debut thriller, a sizable, hidden stash of cash triggers greed, deceit, and murder among a group of Las Vegans in the mid-1980s. Read full book review >

Bedtime for Buzzy by T.J. Hackworth
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A giggleworthy ode to creativity perfect for youngsters who have trouble saying good night."
When a boy refuses to go to bed, his toys encourage him to rest in this debut picture book. Read full book review >
IN JAKE’S COMPANY by James Murrow
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A complex, sobering read that lays bare the sordid, damaging compromises of the drug-manufacturing world."
A generational family novel set against the backdrop of the burgeoning pharmaceutical industry. Read full book review >
MELHARA by Jocelyn Tollefson
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A violent, dramatic, and ultimately hopeful debut despite some pacing issues."
In this contemporary horror/fantasy novel, a Canadian woman confronts her destiny when a demon claims her as his queen. Read full book review >

ROCK PAPER SCISSORS by Matty Dalrymple
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A deadly game involving a dangerous girl that does have a winner: the reader."
A secret fertility experiment goes wrong in this thriller. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A fantasy that embraces its love-triangle motif and deftly manages to create a believably fragile political system at risk of collapse—unless the heroine can save it."
Magic and mayhem return to the world's libraries in this YA sequel. Read full book review >
AGE OF ORDER by Julian North
Released: Feb. 6, 2017

"A promising debut that re-energizes tropes in the dystopian sci-fi genre."
In North's debut YA novel set in a violently divided, high-tech New York City, a poor girl enrolls in a Manhattan school that serves as an enclave for the fabulously rich, powerful, and dangerous. Read full book review >
IS GOAT BEEF? by Jeffery M. Camp
Released: Feb. 2, 2017

"An enlightening, entertaining, and surprisingly moving hybrid of anecdotal military memoir and cookbook."
A decorated, retired Army veteran shares stories and recipes. Read full book review >
The Purest Gold by Heather Starsong
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A sweeping melodrama of the frontier."
A widowed minister, fleeing the scandal of a forbidden affair, relocates from Massachusetts to Colorado with his teenage daughters in this historical novel set in the 1860s. Read full book review >
Leap: Journey of a Young Global Leader from Singapore by Yap Kwong Weng
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"An inspiring story that needs a unifying theme."
Kwong Weng's debut memoir recounts a life of remarkable persistence. Read full book review >
An Intangible Affair by G.X. Chen
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"The returning investigators have little to do, but readers gain an emotionally rich tale of ill-fated love."
Two amateur detectives wonder whether a married couple's isolated deaths were more than an accident and suicide in Chen's (Death Comes to Lake Como, 2016, etc.) mystery-drama. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >