Indie Book Reviews (page 5)

Poor Will's Almanack for 2017 by Bill Felker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"While the weather forecasts may be debatable, this almanac still features beautiful essays by the author and some useful details about seasonal events and gardening."
An annual almanac attempts to predict weather-related phenomena based on patterns observed in previous years. Read full book review >
Poseidon & Cleito by Andrew J. Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2016

"A fresh twist on an old sea myth, complete with magic, intrigue, and plenty of old-school adventures."
A novel offers a historical reimagining of ancient tribes, the story of Atlantis, and the man who would become known as Poseidon, Bridler of the Sea. Read full book review >

The Blackmail Photos by Michael P. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2016

"A tightly executed thriller and the high point of a great series."
In this third installment of his Travelers series, King's (The Computer Heist, 2016, etc.) con-artist couple target a would-be politician.Read full book review >
The Complete Martin Forn Series by Matt Wilk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2016

"All the perks of a sturdy spy tale, marred by some stumbles."
A former Interpol operative and Green Beret comes out of retirement to battle terrorists, a cult, and a Russian crime syndicate in this trilogy of thrillers. Read full book review >
HMMM? by Simon Plaster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2016

"A humorous take on genre conventions in which the farce overtakes the mystery."
An Oklahoma reporter and a fairly novice shamus work a case involving presumed adultery and a strong possibility of murder in Plaster's (Boobs, 2015, etc.) sendup of traditional whodunits. Read full book review >

Twisted Trails by Alex Hutchinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2016

"A book that will likely hold the interest of cycling enthusiasts despite serious flaws."
In Hutchinson's (Twisted Trails, 2015) short novel, a teenager struggles with the sullied legacy of his athlete father. Read full book review >
Riven by Jane Alvey Harris
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 24, 2016

"A whirlwind narrative about an imaginative heroine that uses fantasy to offer salvation from abuse."
In this debut fantasy thriller, a teen's real life begins to overlap with a colorful world she thinks she's invented. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A parenting manual that's soft on research but warm, wise, and often original."
A debut guide to becoming a fun, supportive parent. Read full book review >
Be The Grapes by Tami Fitzkoff
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A comforting Halloween story about children being themselves, even (or especially) when dressed as costumed characters."
A young boy faces a scary social situation in this tale of donning Halloween costumes and facing down bullies. Read full book review >
Stumble Stones by Marilyn Baron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2016

"A romance with a clichéd premise but some political and emotional depth."
A TV writer and a banker try to return priceless diamonds to their rightful owners while neo-Nazi dealers in stolen merchandise pursue them in thisromantic suspense novel. Read full book review >
THE JUDGE by Farin Powell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2016

"A gem of a legal thriller, full of plot twists and juicy secrets."
In Powell's (Roxana's Revolution, 2013, etc.) legal thriller, a judge known for administering harsh sentences suffers a punishment of his own. Read full book review >
Sacred Planet by Austin Rogers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2016

"An ambitious, ardent launch that sets a stellar precedent for installments to follow."
In Rogers' debut, the first book of a planned sci-fi series, a prime minister's daughter may be the key to evading an interstellar war. 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 >