Indie Book Reviews (page 5)

"Grandma, What Is A Soul?" by Karen E. Herrick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 4, 2015

"A well-executed picture book detailing one path the soul could take."
Herrick (You're Not Finished Yet, 2011) offers an illustrated explanation of what happens when we die. Read full book review >
Confessions of a Time Traveler by R. Gary Raham
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 4, 2015

"A welcome excursion for pop-sci fans, featuring a number of striking artworks."
In this diverse collectionof essays, short stories, illustrations, anecdotes, and other missives, Raham informs without being dry and teaches without being pedantic while covering a wide range of subjects in biology and the history of science.Read full book review >

PAPER OR PLASTIC by Vivi Barnes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"An enjoyable read with enough emotional turmoil and sweet romantic moments to satisfy the YA crowd.
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First impressions can be deceiving, as Barnes (Olivia Twisted, 2013, etc.) reveals in her new YA novel.Read full book review >
How (Not) To Fall in Love by Lisa Brown Roberts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A promising debut featuring a crackerjack heroine who doesn't need a hero to complete her sweet, rambling quest."
In Roberts' debut YA riches-to-rags story, the daughter of a self-help guru searches for her lost father and finds herself. Read full book review >
THE THEMIS FILES by Sylvain Neuvel
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 2, 2015

"Like the giant alien artifact in the story, this novel is so much more than the sum of its parts—a page-turner of the highest order!"
This stellar debut novel—revolving around a top-secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens—masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >

FALSE GUILT by Peter Fritze
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"Impressive execution and admirable in its open defiance of traditional murder mysteries."
In Fritze's (The Case for Killing, 2014) thriller, a colleague's death stirs up old memories for a man who years ago had been arrested for a friend's murder. Read full book review >
Compromised: The Affordable Care Act and Politics of Defeat by Brendan W. Williams
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A fair, rigorous take on health care reform in the United States."
An insider's account of the historic passage of Obamacare. Read full book review >
EARTH'S IMAGINED CORNERS by Tamara Linse
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2015

"An overly expository but moving tale of love and marriage."
A young couple tries to make their marriage work under the trying circumstances of the American West during the1880s. Read full book review >
LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY by Robert Joseph
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 31, 2015

"An entertaining, often poignant tale of a teen's unforgettable summer."
A teenage boy learns valuable lessons in life and love while spending the summer with his aunt at a Pennsylvania opera company in Joseph's debut YA novel. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 2015

"An impressive use of one family to intimately portray the history of social and cultural changes over three generations."
Spanning nearly 60 years, this work of historical fiction chronicles the multitude of cultural changes in Japan after World War II from the perspective of a conflicted family of three. Read full book review >
The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 29, 2015

"The simple plot is merely a foundation for intriguing characters who provide the real experience."
In Bingham's (Love Story, With Murders, 2014, etc.) latest thriller, South Wales DC Fiona Griffiths' third outing finds her undercover trying to expose a group committing computer fraud and leaving bodies in its wake. Read full book review >
BEWARE THE SHEEP by M. Lewis-Lerman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 29, 2015

"Could be the start of a fantastic series if, along with a few improvements, the characters and world remain this solid."
In Lewis-Lerman's debut YA fantasy, magical adventures begin for a young girl when her friend grows terribly ill and she becomes determined to save her. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >