Indie Book Reviews (page 5)

Bedtime for Buzzy by T.J. Hackworth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A giggleworthy ode to creativity perfect for youngsters who have trouble saying good night."
When a boy refuses to go to bed, his toys encourage him to rest in this debut picture book. Read full book review >
IN JAKE’S COMPANY by James Murrow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A complex, sobering read that lays bare the sordid, damaging compromises of the drug-manufacturing world."
A generational family novel set against the backdrop of the burgeoning pharmaceutical industry. Read full book review >

MELHARA by Jocelyn Tollefson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A violent, dramatic, and ultimately hopeful debut despite some pacing issues."
In this contemporary horror/fantasy novel, a Canadian woman confronts her destiny when a demon claims her as his queen. Read full book review >
ROCK PAPER SCISSORS by Matty Dalrymple
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A deadly game involving a dangerous girl that does have a winner: the reader."
A secret fertility experiment goes wrong in this thriller. Read full book review >
HOW AUTISM IS RESHAPING SPECIAL EDUCATION by
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"An often valuable, if not comprehensive, overview of special education's successes and shortfalls."
A snapshot of the state of special education, 50 years after the launch of what became the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Read full book review >

RETURN TO LESBOS by Lin Sten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"Alive with the difficulties of an ancient era, this Greek sailing adventure remains hampered by portions of overexplanation."
A young man with a mission must travel to the island of Lesbos in volume four of a historical fiction series set in ancient Greece. Read full book review >
GUARDIAN OF SECRETS by Brenda Drake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A fantasy that embraces its love-triangle motif and deftly manages to create a believably fragile political system at risk of collapse—unless the heroine can save it."
Magic and mayhem return to the world's libraries in this YA sequel. Read full book review >
AGE OF ORDER by Julian North
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 6, 2017

"A promising debut that re-energizes tropes in the dystopian sci-fi genre."
In North's debut YA novel set in a violently divided, high-tech New York City, a poor girl enrolls in a Manhattan school that serves as an enclave for the fabulously rich, powerful, and dangerous. Read full book review >
Madam of My Heart by Gini Grossenbacher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2017

"A seamier side of American history, engagingly told through one woman's unexpected adventures."
A debut historical novel that chronicles the struggles, loves, and joys of an exceptional madam in 19th-century America. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2017

"These meandering stories remain memorable and rewarding, collectively dovetailing with universal lessons about love, family, compassion, the misfortune of random calamity, and living life to the fullest."
A retired physician reflects on his practice, personal history, and experience of medical intervention from a patient's perspective. Read full book review >
THE GREAT BETRAYAL by Robert Calabro
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 3, 2017

"A useful, if partial, sketch of an increasingly serious and topical fiscal issue."
A debut book offers a concise history and critique of American monetary policy. Read full book review >
IS GOAT BEEF? by Jeffery M. Camp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 2017

"An enlightening, entertaining, and surprisingly moving hybrid of anecdotal military memoir and cookbook."
A decorated, retired Army veteran shares stories and recipes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >