Indie Book Reviews (page 4)

Miracles and Conundrums of the Secondary Planets by Jacob M Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"A fine collection of memorable stories with a delicately surreal edge."
Short stories haunted by the longings of their connection-starved characters, but mediated by the wry intelligence of their narrators. Read full book review >
Just Chaaa...  by David Kearney
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 29, 2015

"A creative, solution-filled book about restoring rest, health, and vitality to one's life."
This short guide to a healthier, more relaxed, and balanced lifestyle posits strategies that are easy and memorable. Read full book review >

Circulus de Potentia by Jim West
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 29, 2015

"An ideal read for middle-graders who like plenty of magic and adventure."
West (Libellus de Numeros, 2014) returns with another historical YA novel in his series about young Alex and her continuing adventures in a magical world.Read full book review >
Healer's Magick by F.L. Karsner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2015

"The first in a promising series filled with likable characters and fun adventures."
Adventure abounds in the Scottish Highlands in Karsner's debut novel, in which a special woman with untapped elemental powers tries to stay one step ahead of a ruthless soldier bent on exacting revenge. Read full book review >
The Novel Life of Coral Ambrose by Bonnie Ballou
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2015

"A clever genre-hopper that espouses the healing power of books."
In Ballou's debut novel, a troubled bookworm gets her chance to step inside the world of literature. Read full book review >

JEWELS OF ALLAH by Nina Ansary
Released: June 25, 2015

"A well-documented and persuasively written examination of the change in Iranian women's status under the country's secular and religious governments."
A nuanced look at the role women have played in Iran in the 20th and 21st centuries. Read full book review >
FOUR SEATS by Aaron Cooley
THRILLERS
Released: June 25, 2015

"A scorching pace makes this savvy thriller a quick read."
In Cooley's (Shaken, Not Stirred, 2013) legal thriller, a U.S. Supreme Court policeman uncovers a conspiracy while searching for the people who bombed the Supreme Court. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 25, 2015

"Tales that smolder but never quite ignite."
A late writer's stories about life, childhood, and racism. Read full book review >
Released: June 24, 2015

"JFK, RFK, MLK, Lincoln, John Lennon, and a host of others speak from beyond death in this engaging series of purported afterlife conversations."
A meditation on the afterlife constructed as a series of conversations with an array of dead people, from the very famous to the entirely ordinary. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"An often lighthearted but also profound recounting of a life in search of art and faith."
A memoir charting an artist's lifelong challenge to accept his calling. Read full book review >
End of the Rainbow by Bill Miller
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 23, 2015

"A passionate call for social change."
An African-American novelist muses upon the world's enduring racial tensions in this nonfiction work. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 22, 2015

"Ego aside, a highly pertinent, applicable how-to for business leaders."
An expert at business turnarounds shares his method for advancement. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >