Indie Book Reviews (page 5)

Eighty Days of Sunlight by Robert Yune
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2015

"Equal parts hilarity and heartbreak in an accomplished debut."
In Yune's moving and darkly comic debut novel, a young Korean-American man struggles to come to terms with his cultural identity and dysfunctional working-class family. Read full book review >
Tino the Tortoise by Carolyn L. Ahern
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015

"Grade-schoolers interested in science and nature—but not too old for talking animals—will find a lot to interest them here."
A tortoise tourist and his desert-rodent buddy make their way to the Grand Canyon to exchange recipes in this travel adventure by debut author Ahern and veteran illustrator Brooks (Dog Diaries: Secret Writings of the WOOF Society, 2016, etc.).Read full book review >

The Last Torpedo by Frederick Von Burg
THRILLERS
Released: June 8, 2015

"Compelling goals, but this effort falls short of its mark."
In their debut thriller, Freund and Von Burg examine the murderous Nietzsche-inspired ideology that motivated committed Nazis. Read full book review >
Released: June 7, 2015

"Unpleasant but useful information, particularly for those who routinely come in contact with highly aggressive people."
A manual of advice born of long experience with violence. Read full book review >
Walking With the Enemy by C. Read
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2015

"An earnest, if occasionally redundant, description of one woman's rocky spiritual path."
Read offers her personal tale of religious awakening, including her experiences with people whom she says were falsely serving Jesus Christ. Read full book review >

DRAWN by Chris Ledbetter
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 5, 2015

"Inventive, fast-paced fantasy with imaginative settings and engaging characters."
In Ledbetter's debut YA novel, a talented artist discovers that his new sketchbook harbors a dangerous secret. Read full book review >
The Superyogi Scenario by James Connor
THRILLERS
Released: June 4, 2015

"A fun philosophical thriller featuring superheroes with yoga mats."
The supernatural meets the spiritual in this unusual, endearing thriller. Read full book review >
The Tree of Life by Dawn Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2015

"Fans of magical realism à la Alice Hoffman will feel at home with this story."
Debut novelist Davis spins a time-travel story that features an unstoppable young heroine. Read full book review >
benediction for a black swan by Mimi Zollars
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"A set by a brilliant new poet, featuring exquisite emotional nuance and an impressive mastery of craft."
A debut collection of poems exploring love, art, and loss. Read full book review >
The Giddy Death of the Gays & the Strange Demise of Straights by Redfern Jon Barrett
ROMANCE
Released: June 1, 2015

"A contrived, uninvolving love triangle surrounded by a sprightlier comedy of modern manners."
Love conquers all, especially such trivial things as monogamy and sexual orientation, in this polyamorous romance. Read full book review >
How to Be a Superhero by Mark Edlitz
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 2015

"All-out victory for fans, though even pop-culture newbs will enjoy the ride.
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This superpowered collection of more than 40 original, in-depth interviews explores the role of superheroes in pop culture—as told by the actors who played them. Read full book review >
PRESIDENTIAL DECLARATIONS by Douglas J. Wood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2015

"Readers who enjoyed Presidential Intentions won't be disappointed by this action-packed sequel."
A political thriller that explores the grim consequences of a cataclysmic terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >