Indie Book Reviews (page 3)

VOICES by R.E. Rowe
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 27, 2015

"A well-written, if somewhat overambitious, YA tale."
Rowe's (Creatures of the Lake, 2011, etc.) genre-spanning YA novel features a romance between an ex-track star with a heart problem and a brilliant street artist who hears voices. Read full book review >
TERRIBLE SWIFT SWORD by Nancy Hendricks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2015

"An often vivid, heartbreaking story full of great historical detail and human pathos."
Five American Civil War survivors connect onboard the ill-fated steamer Sultana in Hendricks' (Senator Hattie Caraway, 2013) historical novel. Read full book review >

BAD MOOD DRIVE by Alan Douglas
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 25, 2015

"Sturdy characters and an endless batch of surprises make the glaring translation problems relatively easy to overlook."
Getting the largest piece of a wealthy man's inheritance may drive his children to undertake a few bad deeds, including murder, in the English-language version of Douglas' debut thriller. Read full book review >
Simple Habits for Complex Times by Jennifer Garvey Berger
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 25, 2015

"Finely tuned and richly written. A welcome, insightful take on what it takes to be a highly competent leader."
Two leadership consultants offer an enlightened view of how leaders must adapt to the complexities of business. Read full book review >
Straight from the Gut by Vivek Sardana
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2015

"A satisfying, informative memoir of the perseverance and bravery necessary to survive a painful illness."
A harrowing journey into and out of colonic disease. Read full book review >

Wrong Side of the Grave by Bryna Butler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 21, 2015

"Butler revives the moribund with her fresh take on aliens, vampires, and the undead."
An alien who feeds on vampires is stumped when the recently dead in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, are apparently no longer dead in Butler's (Book of the Lost, 2013, etc.) YA supernatural thriller. Read full book review >
THRIVING WITH CHRONIC PAIN by Sean Meshorer
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 20, 2015

"A positive, open-minded, and practical overview."
A comprehensive guide to living with constant pain. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 19, 2015

"A very funny but sometimes self-indulgent account of life chasing art and avoiding responsibility."
Christopher (Emily's Little Pilot of Loquacious Weather, 2013, etc.) has figured out the secret to consistently landing a job on the quick: brazenly, confidently lie about your credentials. Here's his comedic, meandering quest to find quick employment and avoid a long-lasting career. Read full book review >
Franco Corelli and a Revolution in Singing by Stefan Zucker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Strictly for opera aficionados, a detailed, passionate analysis of what makes tenor singing and its practitioners unique."
A critical look at the evolution of operatic tenor singing, from the 19th century to the present. Read full book review >
It's Not About The Dog by Susan Taylor Chehak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"An acerbic, stirring collection from a master of the craft."
Chehak (What Happened To Paula: The Anatomy of a True Crime, 2014, etc.) returns to fiction with a collection of short stories. Read full book review >
EXIGENCY by Michael Siemsen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"A highly recommended, character-driven sci-fi novel in the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein."
In Siemsen's (The Opal, 2013, etc.) sci-fi novel, scientists embark on a long-distance, one-way voyage—and encounter disaster. Read full book review >
LYING FOR THE LORD by Johnny Townsend
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"Another of Townsend's shrewd, evocative, wryly humorous, occasionally didactic scenes of Mormonism and its discontents."
Countless fibs, evasions, and hypocrisies buttress the verities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in these slyly subversive stories. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >