Indie Book Reviews (page 5)

Connected Underneath by Linda Legters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2016

"A potent story that offers an engaging meditation on the most basic desire—to know oneself."
As a family secret festers, a father strives to connect with his adrift teenage daughter in Legters' emotional debut novel. Read full book review >
Paper Princess by Erin Watt
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 4, 2016

"A compulsively readable YA novel that seems like an adult romance, which may appeal to older teenagers looking for something in the vein of Gossip Girl."
An orphan enters a world of privilege and decadence after she's taken in by a wealthy family in this debut YA romance. Read full book review >

How I Found Myself in Egypt by Subhanah Wahhaj
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2016

"A thought-provoking read, especially for those with a limited knowledge of Islam.

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A Muslim woman discusses the challenges of her faith, and her spiritual awakening, in this debut memoir. Read full book review >
Released: April 2, 2016

"A brief but comprehensive and enthusiastic guide to conducting thorough, legal investigations."
A manual for readers interested in tracking down facts that others might prefer to keep hidden. Read full book review >
Ganesha's Temple by Rohit Gaur
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 2, 2016

"Exciting, well-written, and thoughtfully humane, this YA adventure should win many fans.
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A teenage boy from Kashmir embarks on a quest to retrieve powerful objects for the elephant-headed god Ganesha in this debut fantasy tale. Read full book review >

A Keeper's Truth by Dee Willson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"A sensual novel about a painter, sparkling with mythological details."
In this debut romantic fantasy, a widow tries to choose between a family man and a globe-trotting teacher, unaware that an ancient predator stalks her. Read full book review >
The Dolphin by Craig Bennett Hallenstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Stark and harrowing, with a troubled protagonist's inner turmoil magnified by a tangible evil."
In this debut thriller, a man's decadelong registration as a sex offender sparks police interest following a 7-year-old girl's murder in New Orleans. Read full book review >
No Certain Home by Marlene Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"An engaging tale about a remarkable female activist."
Lee (Limestone Wall, 2014, etc.) recounts the story of forgotten radical Agnes Smedley in this historical novel. Read full book review >
23 Degrees South by Neal Rabin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"Readers may see where it's going, but this droll narrative's still a witty, boisterous ride."
Rabin's debut comedy follows two childhood friends and their misadventures in Brazil with a Jesuit priest, a bomb-loving career criminal, and an unassuming Nazi. Read full book review >
The Young Skin Diet by Michelle Lee
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 1, 2016

"A beautiful, highly specific guide to achieving better skin."
Lee (Living Luxe Gluten Free, 2015) combines extensive research, inspiring photos, and a build-your-own-meal approach to counter the effects of aging in this wellness book.Read full book review >
Too Greedy to Live by Ad Long
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"A tensely written tale of class conflict that can't transcend its flat characters and uncomplicated agreement with violence."
Long's debut novel fuses thriller-style writing with an examination of wealth inequality. Read full book review >
Love is Come by Heather B. Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"An engaging, wholesome love story, best suited for fans of early-20th-century romances."
A historical novel follows a privileged young woman whose parents die suddenly, leaving her to find a husband on her own. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >