Indie Book Reviews (page 3)

The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An entertaining, nicely nuanced depiction of teen relationships and challenges."
A bookish Star Trek fan, stung by a summer liaison, meets an attractive computer whiz during a search for a boyfriend who won't break her heart in this YA novel.Read full book review >
The Poison Tree by Henry I. Schvey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A kind of nonfiction Portnoy's Complaint but with a lot less sex; intricately renders a dysfunctional family's life in the mid-20th century."
A professor describes growing up with his dysfunctional family in New York. Read full book review >

Olivia Decoded by Vivi Barnes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An emotionally mature YA thriller that gives hope to troubled teens."
A newly adopted hacker becomes the target of a well-hidden stalker in this sequel. Read full book review >
Kalifus Rising by Alane Adams
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Indelible characters, both good and evil, and a rescue storyline that refuses to dawdle."
In this second installment of a YA fantasy series, a boy's friends rush to save him before a teen witch surrenders to dark magic. Read full book review >
The Adventures of Gracie & MonkeyBear by C.S.  O'Kelly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 5, 2016

"Young readers who love to pretend will see Gracie as a kindred spirit and look forward to future seasonal adventures in this planned kids' book series."
A girl and her dog rescue pretend dinosaurs, aliens, and whales in this debut ode to imaginative play by O'Kelly with illustrations by Farrell.Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 4, 2016

"A personal, conversational, and positive perspective on handling the ups and downs of cancer treatment and survival."
In this debut guide to thriving through a cancer diagnosis and the healing process, the author gives intimate, friendly, and firm advice about handling family, medical providers, fear, and decision-making. Read full book review >
VERITAS: The Pharmacological Endgame by Alessandro Boccaletti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2016

"An appealing tale of conspiracy and murder, occasionally interrupted by excessive particulars."
Australian scientists develop of a vaccine to eradicate obesity, which ignites a swift and ultimately lethal response from an international pharmaceutical organization in Boccaletti's (Big, Fat American Lion Book, 2016) thriller.Read full book review >
Saving Phoebe Murrow by Herta Feely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 2016

"A harrowing but uneven domestic drama that explores the web of interpersonal motivations and reactions surrounding a traumatic event."
A novel illustrates the consequences of online bullying. Read full book review >
Normal's Just a Cycle on a Washing Machine by Len Bourland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2016

"A memoiristic collection that shines with quiet strength."
A housewife and mother in a Dallas suburb chronicles various changes in her life in this compilation of humor pieces. Read full book review >
Triple Love Score by Brandi Megan Granett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An entertaining romance novel with an engrossing plot, a conflicted heroine, and a couple of surprising, poignant takeaways."
A young poetry professor debates whether to follow her heart or mind. Read full book review >
Coulrophobia & Fata Morgana by Jacob M. Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"An ambitious and provocative grouping of stories filled with peculiar characters."
A collection of short stories plumbs the depths of the human psyche. Read full book review >
Storm Wolf by Stephen Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A dark supernatural outing, featuring indelible characters as sharp as wolves' teeth."
A man cursed with "wolf magic" travels to 19th-century Europe in search of a possible cure in Morris' (When Brothers Dwell in Unity, 2015, etc.) horror fantasy.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >