Indie Book Reviews (page 5)

Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A well-organized, sometimes-impersonal effort at buoying readers' spirits."
A collection of nightly Christian devotionals. Read full book review >
HOW I'M SPENDING MY AFTERLIFE by Spencer  Fleury
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A breezy, if flawed, debut that promises better things to come."
A fugitive attorney gets a new lease on life after faking his own death in Fleury's debut crime novel. Read full book review >

SPARKED by Helena Echlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A fresh, enthusiastic, and wholly satisfying take on a familiar subgenre."
Teens with newfound powers may be the only ones who can stop an ancient evil from rising in Echlin (Gone, 2002) and Watrous' (If You Follow Me, 2010) supernatural mystery.Read full book review >
27 HOURS by Tristina Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An open, imaginative work of YA science fiction."
Human teens attempt to preserve their home on an alien world in Wright's YA debut. Read full book review >
SWEARING OFF STARS by Danielle Wong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An engaging romantic tale that also calls for equality."
An American student at the University of Oxford in 1919 falls in love with a dynamic women's rights activist in this debut novel. Read full book review >

THIS IS HOW IT BEGINS by Joan Dempsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A gripping and sensitive portrait of ordinary people wrestling with ideological passions."
Homophobic politics meshes with a woman's memory of the Holocaust in this debut novel dealing with moral panic. Read full book review >
DEMON FREAKS by J.R.R.R. (Jim) Hardison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A funny supernatural tale with spooky scenes, sincere emotions, and a solidly satisfying ending."
Plans to study for the SAT go horribly wrong when they are interrupted by a golfer cult's demon-summoning plot in this comic YA horror novel. Read full book review >
IF THE EARTH IS ROUND by Brett Fleishman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2017

"A collection that may elicit a few giggles, and its illustrations may draw a more reluctant crowd."
Comedy is at the center of this rhyming poetry collection from Fleishmanwith cartoon illustrations by Harston (The Old Testament Sticker Puzzle, 2017, etc.).Read full book review >
THE FUTURE IS MY PAST by Donna Clovis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"An insightful and earnest collection of stories centered on a sanctuary city."
The third of Clovis' (Six Doors Down, 2017, etc.) Princeton-centric novels uses time travel to examine how discrimination has changed or stayed relatively the same. Read full book review >
PLAYING WITH DYNAMITE by Sharon Harrigan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"A warm, engaging read about the ways in which memory distorts our understanding of family."
Years after the death of her father, a woman explores her family's past in this memoir. Read full book review >
THE HUMMINGBIRDS’ REPRIEVE by Denis Joseph Stemmle
Released: Sept. 29, 2017

"An intelligent dramatization of an important debate in health care policy, hampered by a baffling conclusion."
In this political thriller, battle lines between family and friends are drawn over a new pharmaceutical bill floated in Congress. Read full book review >
ONCE IN A NEW MOON by Nancy  Warren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2017

"Skillfully weaves together two significant events in Canadian history."
A teenager comes of age amid a period of technological advances and controversy in the first novel in Warren's Centrewood Cycle. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >