Indie Book Reviews (page 3)

AWAKENING by Shannon Duffy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Loving, imperiled teens on a quest to topple big bad government, with a few good action sequences and a somewhat familiar storyline."
Duffy's (Spectral, 2015, etc.) novel sees teens combating evil in a futuristic age. Read full book review >
CROSS DOG BLUES by Richard M. Brock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 6, 2015

"A heartening read for blues fans as well as anyone interested in the history of American music and civil rights."
In his debut novel, Brock weaves together two unexpectedly intertwined tales to illustrate the wide-reaching impact of the blues on American history. Read full book review >

Freaks I've Met by Donald Jans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2015

"An engrossing but tongue-in-cheek drama that, even at its most dramatic, will leave readers smiling."
A Spokane college graduate searches for wealth and fame in LA but finds only a string of dead-end jobs and outlandish individuals in Jans' witty debut drama. Read full book review >
ROTHAKER by Jenifer Ruff
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 2015

"Absorbing, at times gory thriller featuring an oddly compelling killer 'heroine.'"
Beautiful, superfocused,yet troubledBrooke Walton, now in medical school, is involved in yet another disappearance of a fellow female student in this second installment of a dark thriller series. Read full book review >
COMFORT AND AFFLICTION by M. F. Frosolono
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"A thriller with an uncomplicated plot that's invigorated by a main character whose profound messages will spark rumination."
A reverend's sermons at a Methodist church in Georgia find supporters and a small but potentially dangerous resistance in Frosolono's (Thoroughly Biased Opinions, 2012, etc.) religious drama. Read full book review >

Second Helpings at the Serve You Right Café by Tilia Klebenov Jacobs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"A charming story for those who enjoy a quick, action-packed, romantic fairy tale."
A quirky romantic novella about a reformed ex-con and the enterprising young woman who helps him rediscover his self-worth. Read full book review >
A Simple Guide to Overcoming Divorce Pain by Joseph V Cassarino
Released: April 1, 2015

"A straightforward, slim handbook for those in emotional distress."
In fewer than 20 pages, Cassarino attempts to guide readers through the pain of divorce via a combination of positive thinking, laws of attraction, self-help books, and communing with nature. Read full book review >
THE TRAVELING MAN by Michael P. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"An absorbing, deviant tale of redemption."
Husband and wife con artists must get back on their feet after a scheme goes spectacularly wrong in this criminally good debut by King. Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: March 31, 2015

"Contains a wealth of information for secular or mixed-religion families preparing for the God talk with kids."
Written for secular parents from a nonreligious perspective, this guide explores methods of teaching youngsters about God, religion, and spirituality. Read full book review >
MURDER AT CIREY by Cheryl Sawyer
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 30, 2015

"A promising start in a new direction featuring a headstrong but street-smart detective."
This exhilarating first stab at a murder mystery by veteran historical novelist Sawyer (Rebel, 2014, etc.) rings true. Read full book review >
A Wolf at the Gate by Mark Van Steenwyk
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2015

"A visually stunning work addressing themes of peace, generosity, and forgiveness."
Van Steenwyk (The Unkingdom of God, 2013, etc.) offers an illustrated chapter book about an angry red wolf who encounters a saintly beggar king. Read full book review >
THE HOMEPORT JOURNALS by A. C. Burch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 27, 2015

"An often vivid portrait of Provincetown life and May-December friendships, despite a bland main character."
An elderly woman and her troupe of gay live-ins take in a young man running from a bad romance in Burch's debut novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >