Indie Book Reviews (page 4)

RUNGLE IN THE JUNGLE by Robert Logan Rogers
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"An upbeat story with a moral about believing in yourself accompanied by fantastic illustrations—but told in stilted verse."
Get ready to race! Jungle animals, led by three delightfully illustrated animal children, are racing for the joy of it in this rhyming children's book debut by Rogers (Out of His Mouth!, 2012). Read full book review >
Café Noir by Ross C. Hardy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A fairly small portion, but don't be surprised if this bitter brew keeps you up all night."
Consumerism runs wild in a chaotic, violent future dominated by the corporate superpower Krater Koffee. Read full book review >

All Hailed The Singularity by Dan Pausback
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 9, 2015

"A fast-paced, if occasionally buggy, cyberthriller with some nail-biting passages."
In Pausback's apocalyptic debut thriller, a deadly hacker unleashes a virus that threatens to delete the human species. Read full book review >
THE CLEOPATRA AFFAIR by Eric Vinc3nt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 7, 2015

"Archaeological mystery and murder wandering in a desert of dialogue."
American spy hero Tristan Boumann uncovers the lost tomb of Cleopatra in this stand-alone murder mystery in Vinc3nt's Pyramider spy-fitrilogy. Read full book review >
METAL STORM by William Sumrall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2015

"A novel about a landmark battle that's too disorganized to make anything of its intriguing parts.
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A debut historical novel from U.S. Marine Sumrall that retells the story of Custer's "Last Stand" in savage detail. Read full book review >

AWAKENING by Andi O'Connor
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"With a touch of sci-fi, this penultimate installation of a fantasy series delivers rich characters and complex plotlines."
In this second installment of O'Connor's (Silevethiel, 2013, etc.) YA fantasy series, a young man, fighting to save the world, is tested when an old adversary returns to wreak more destruction. Read full book review >
Yearning for Normal by Susan Ellison Busch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"A moving, intelligent examination of raising a child with a disability."
A nurse tells her personal story of having a child with a severe genetic disorder. Read full book review >
FADING INTO FOCUS by Joan Kantor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"An evocative, concentrated rendering of a complex relationship."
Kantor (Shadow Sounds, 2010) explores the dreams, dementia, and death of her mother in this memoiristic volume of poetry. Read full book review >
"Grandma, What Is A Soul?" by Karen E. Herrick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 4, 2015

"A well-executed picture book detailing one path the soul could take."
Herrick (You're Not Finished Yet, 2011) offers an illustrated explanation of what happens when we die. Read full book review >
PAPER OR PLASTIC by Vivi Barnes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"An enjoyable read with enough emotional turmoil and sweet romantic moments to satisfy the YA crowd.
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First impressions can be deceiving, as Barnes (Olivia Twisted, 2013, etc.) reveals in her new YA novel.Read full book review >
How (Not) To Fall in Love by Lisa Brown Roberts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A promising debut featuring a crackerjack heroine who doesn't need a hero to complete her sweet, rambling quest."
In Roberts' debut YA riches-to-rags story, the daughter of a self-help guru searches for her lost father and finds herself. Read full book review >
THE THEMIS FILES by Sylvain Neuvel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"Like the giant alien artifact in the story, this novel is so much more than the sum of its parts—a page-turner of the highest order!"
This stellar debut novel—revolving around a top-secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens—masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >