Indie Book Reviews (page 4)

THE ROBUSTA INCIDENT by Jennifer Fales
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Even though it dwells too often on its protagonist's misery, this book will appeal to anyone who's ever endured petty bureaucracy."
A novel packed with humor and absurd plot twists that satirizes corporate scientists and soulless management. Read full book review >
A GIRL'S GUIDE TO LIFE by Michelle Herman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A sweet, if occasionally hackneyed, book of advice for young girls."
A mother's collection of bromides to her young daughter that centers on healthy emotional growth. Read full book review >

ATLANTIS RISING by Gloria Craw
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"An enchanting debut from a promising new author of paranormal YA."
In Craw's YA fantasy debut, a teenage girl discovers she's part of a magical race—and she may be key to saving humankind. Read full book review >
STAGES OF DESIRE by Julia Tagan
ROMANCE
Released: Jan. 5, 2015

"Enchanting Regency romance with affable central characters that tastefully blends sex with essentials of the genre."
Tagan's (A Question of Class, 2014) lively romance, set in London in 1808, has a young woman falling for the man pursuing her guardian's daughter. Read full book review >
AS THE POPPIES BLOOMED by Maral Boyadjian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2015

"Powerful and sensitive, this tragic novel helps illuminate a historical episode still too little known or acknowledged."
On the eve of war and destruction, an Armenian family tries to maintain its traditional way of life in this historical novel. Read full book review >

There Is A Generation by WH Buzzard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2015

"An amusing, if occasionally implausible, coming-of-age travel adventure."
Two teenage boys see the many facets of 1950s America in Buzzard's caper-filled debut novel. Read full book review >
SEND MORE IDIOTS by Tony Perez-Giese
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"Entertaining, escapist fare; to paraphrase one of Perez-Giese's characters, it's a great idea with good execution."
In Perez-Giese's (Pac Heights, 2013) gritty mystery, a man upends his life to search for his estranged younger sibling, who's gone missing in Juarez, Mexico. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC LAUNDRY by Jacob M Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"Another strong story collection that displays the author's trademark thoughtfulness, humanity, and wit.
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Ordinary people practice the magic of deception in Appel's (Einstein's Beach House, 2014) short story collection, which won the 2014 Serena McDonald Kennedy Award for fiction.Read full book review >
Rules for the Perpetual Diet by K. S. R. Burns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A lovely ode to Paris, friendship, spontaneity and forks—both on the plate and in the road."
In Burns' (The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl, 2009) novel, a perpetual dieter decides, after her best friend dies, to follow through on "The Plan" they had made to go to Paris.Recommendations for writing a can't-put-down book: Make your protagonist funny, introspective or complicated—better yet, all three—as well as someone whom readers will immediately recognize and feel compassion for. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE MOUSE SANTI by David Eugene Ray
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A clever picture book with an unexpected punch line that will delight young readers."
A mouse who wants to be a cat has a conversation that leads to an unexpected outcome in this delightful picture book by debut author Ray, featuring illustrations by Germano (The German King, 2013). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"An inventive, entertaining mix of history, research and self-help."
Debut authors Lowell and Lola's thoroughly researched, compelling self-help work focuses on undoing "fixed mindset thinking." Read full book review >
SNAYGILL by Michelle B. Assor
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A fanciful, thought-provoking adventure."
This YA fantasy stars a pair of snake princes who must navigate a world of wonder and deception. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >