Indie Book Reviews (page 3)

Gridley Girls by Meredith First
Released: June 21, 2016

"Readers who stick around for the reveal will be rewarded with a tale about two women's secrets that's both entertaining and surprisingly touching."
Old friends reminisce about their emotional high school years in this debut novel about acceptance. Read full book review >
Color of Blood by Keith Yocum
Released: June 21, 2016

"A scary, smart, sweet, sexy CIA tale."
Returning to work after his wife's death, a CIA investigator leaves on assignment for Australia, where he encounters danger, romance, and, unexpectedly, poetry. Read full book review >

The Veteran by Frank P. Slaughter
Released: June 18, 2016

"An ornate, gruesome, and rigorously crafted Civil War novel."
Slaughter tells the story of a Civil War veteran's attempts to silence his ghosts while working in the lumber camps of Michigan in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Risuko by David Kudler
Released: June 15, 2016

"A tight, exciting, and thoughtful first volume in what promises to be a fine series about a female ninja."
In this YA historical novel set in Japan's Sengoku period, a girl who adores climbing attends an unusual school. Read full book review >
Crowning Glory by Stacy Harshman
Released: June 14, 2016

"A quirky, clever memoir."
A woman recounts her adventures experimenting with wigs as she wrestled with her own identity. Read full book review >

The Kingmaker by Tony Bridwell
Released: June 14, 2016

"An entertaining saga about 'the power of second chances,' and resetting life and management priorities."
With his top clients involved in crises, a PR "kingmaker" realizes that he has lost sight of true leadership and purpose in this business/self-help fable. Read full book review >
Moonburner by Claire Luana
Released: June 14, 2016

"A promising start to a fantasy series that delivers a superb sense of fun and strong female characters who are both heroes and villains."
A debut secondary-world fantasy charts the story of two peoples at war across a backdrop of mysticism, celestial power, and forbidden love. Read full book review >
The Piratization of Daniel Barnes by Alex McGlothlin
Released: June 14, 2016

"A compelling, politically rich thriller."
In McGlothlin's debut novel, a lovelorn journalist becomes ensnared in the lives of modern-day pirates in Somalia. Read full book review >
Shadow of Whimsy by Ann Hymes
Released: June 14, 2016

"A captivating and uplifting tale best suited for fans of meaningful beach-town romances."
A young wife retreats to a secluded family home to reevaluate her marriage. Read full book review >
Build Me a Tower by Charles McRaven
Released: June 14, 2016

"A complicated, engrossing love story that focuses on two gifted stonemasons."
An old hand falls for his young business partner in this fiction debut. Read full book review >
Trading Salvos by Holly A. Bell
Released: June 11, 2016

"Bell's protagonist holds her own in her first outing and will surely be ready for more harrowing circumstances in a potential sequel."
A woman running a CIA safe house in Alaska garners unwelcome attention while trying to decipher a program written by her late software-engineer husband in this debut thriller. Read full book review >
The Last Sunset by Clark Hays
Released: June 9, 2016

"The stakes are higher than ever in the latest chapter of this outstandingly entertaining vampire series.
In this fourth book in The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection, Lizzie, Tucker, and the others will have to put aside their differences when an ancient enemy emerges from the shadows. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >