Indie Book Reviews (page 3)

THE VISITS & OTHER POEMS/LAS VISITAS Y OTROS POEMAS  by Mirta Yáñez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"A well-written but occasionally verbose collection that will please academics but may test the patience of lay readers."
An academic poetry opus from prolific Cuban author Yáñez (The Bleeding Wound/Sangra Por La Herida, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
FLOCKS/REBAOS by Zurelys López Amaya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"An often delightful, if somewhat repetitive, collection for the casual poetry lover."
A bilingual collection of poetry celebrating the natural world. Read full book review >

The Adventures of Piratess Tilly: Easter Island by Elizabeth Lorayne
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An eye-pleasing picture book that offers a winning mix of adventure, science, and poetry, with a strong heroine who invites readers to view the world as a place of natural wonder."
In this second installment of an ecologically based adventure series for children, a young naturalist and ship's captain sails to a remote island and discovers a threat to the local wildlife. Read full book review >
OFF THE ICE by Julie Cross
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An engaging and spicy romance that targets sports fans but with a well-developed arc suitable for aficionados of YA love stories."
In a small Minnesota town where life centers on hockey, a past trauma binds two childhood friends together, eventually leading to a close relationship in this YA novel. Read full book review >
OUR 13TH DIVORCE by Matthew Deshe Cashion
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"This seemingly cynical family tale offers redemption in unexpected places."
A literary novel explores more than a dozen mostly failed relationships, a family's quest for happiness, and the hope of salvation. Read full book review >

LYING FOR A LIVING by Steve McCondichie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An enjoyable page-turner with a reluctant hero who's as engaging as he is impulsive."
Life begins to spin out of control for a 49-year-old man in this debut novel about a midlife coming-of-age. Read full book review >
RESTLESS IN L.A. by Robin Finn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2017

"A formulaic tale about the dangers of temptation."
A mother beleaguered by stress—and frustrated aspirations—risks it all for an illicit affair in this debut novel. Read full book review >
CLIP-CLOP CHRONICLES by Angelica Witherspoon-Cassanova
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 24, 2017

"A standout story with a strong heroine and an authentic voice."
A young girl doesn't let setbacks keep her from following her passion for competitive horseback riding in this debut middle-grade novel. Read full book review >
HONOR YOUR JOURNEY by Shirley J. Gilbert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 22, 2017

"An impassioned, if at times unfocused, plea for making the world a better place by identifying and addressing the impediments to good mental health."
Part workbook, part memoir, this self-help guide offers a plan for getting beyond trauma-induced pain to enjoy a better quality of life. Read full book review >
KOBEE MANATEE by Robert Scott Thayer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Another creative blending of real-life oceanography and gentle fantasy in a smart and entertaining series."
In this latest installment of a science- and nature-based picture book series for young children, a curious manatee journeys with old and new aquatic friends to the site of a sunken ship. Read full book review >
FATAL OPTION by Chris Beakey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A character-driven tale that maintains its sincerity even in its most nerve-wracking moments."
In Beakey's (Double Abduction, 2007) thriller, an investigation into a tragic accident during a blizzard reveals a string of secrets—including a murder.Read full book review >
LIMP by Simon Eli Vella
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A humorous, free-wheeling account of youthful indiscretions."
A personal memoir that comically chronicles a youth filled with social anxiety, drug abuse, and shiftless meandering. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >