Indie Book Reviews (page 3)

Nanjing Never Cries by Hong Zheng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2016

"A well-researched and capably written depiction of the Rape of Nanjing and its effects on victims and survivors."
American and Chinese academics face the horrors of invasion in the early days of World War II. Read full book review >
A Nude of Some Importance by Mark R. Giesser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2016

"The author weaves the narrative thread between serious and funny ably and offers a compelling 19th-century mystery plot as well."
A sequel delivers a flight through American history and a detective story full of jokes and red herrings. Read full book review >

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A useful, accessible primer for readers hoping to keep themselves looking their best."
A comprehensive self-help guide that gives readers the lowdown on the full spectrum of options for maintaining a youthful appearance. Read full book review >
Mammoth by Douglas Perry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Bursting with vigor and electrified characters and with an ending the author stamps with a knowing wink."
A small group deals with the fallout of a California ski-resort town whose residents have mysteriously vanished in Perry's (Eliot Ness: The Rise and Fall of an American Hero, 2015, etc.) thriller.Read full book review >
The Return of Sir Percival by S. Alexander O'Keefe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An engaging and epic yarn that explores the history behind the magic of Camelot."
In the first volume of a saga chronicling the exploits of a knight of the Round Table, Sir Percival returns to Albion only to find that much has changed. Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >