Indie Book Reviews (page 3)

Marie Antoinette's Darkest Days by Will Bashor
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Impressive, well-researched, useful, and accessible, though some readers may feel that the book's sympathies for the doomed queen remain misplaced."
This scholarly work thoroughly documents Marie Antoinette's imprisonment, trial, and execution. Read full book review >
All in Fear by May Peterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"An engaging anthology of queer fiction filled with monsters, mysteries, and menace."
A collection of horror tales from six romance writers highlights queer characters in fearful circumstances. Read full book review >

Emic Rizzle, Tinkerer by Mary Ann Domanska
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Let's hope for more from Domanska, as Emic the inventor is a very appealing invention herself."
In Domanska's debut adventure for middle-grade readers, a gadget-loving girl discovers that her grandfather was a spy in World War II—and that he knew about a secret invention. Read full book review >
Lord of the Fallen by John Forrester
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A resilient female protagonist braves the perils of wizardry, ancient cults, and college life."
A teen girl who dabbles in magic finds herself immersed in a war between kingdoms and the gradual rise of a potentially dangerous cult in Forrester's (Death Mage, 2015, etc.) YA fantasy novel.Read full book review >
UP IN SPACE by Jeanne Bender
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A gentle blend of storytelling, travelogue, and reassurance and reinforcement for children beginning to explore the world."
The adventures of a sunny-natured pup continue as she adjusts to her new home in Seattle in the second installment of a travel-centered chapter-book series. Read full book review >

AN ADJUNCT DOWN by Harvey Havel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"An absorbing novel of destructive love, false friends, and the cruelty of fate."
An adjunct professor falls prey to addiction. Read full book review >
The Varangian by Bruce Macbain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"While some portions lack literary zeal, this book still delivers a highly entertaining Viking adventure."
This third installment of a historical fiction series focuses on a bold Viking's daunting mission in the 11th century C.E. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A timely, cogent work that should be required reading for policymakers."
A call for an Army-led volunteer corps to revitalize rural and small-town America. Read full book review >
FROM A SINGLE SEED by Teri Ames
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2016

"A tense, cautionary page-turner from start to finish, with well-defined protagonists and some riveting scenes."
A young coed from a prestigious Vermont college goes missing, and the local police suspect her boyfriend is guilty of foul play in Ames' (All about the Greater Good, 2016) chilling novel.Read full book review >
McCormac by John Benacre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2016

"A likable, pragmatic protagonist comes of age in a comprehensively detailed, chaotic period in history."
An adolescent boy develops a political ideology during Ireland's tumultuous Troubles in Benacre's (Shape, Shine and Shadow, 2016, etc.) latest short story collection.Read full book review >
BOB ON THE JOB by Gregory Howard Gebhart
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 25, 2016

"A charming tale that offers parents an opportunity to teach their young children about the versatility of trucks."
A large-print debut picture book showcases the many tasks that Bobcat trucks can accomplish. Read full book review >
THE SEINFELD ELECTION by C. Owen Paepke
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 24, 2016

"A brief but astute primer on the nation's economic vulnerabilities."
An analysis of the grim economic challenges that may confront the United States in the near future. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >