Indie Book Reviews (page 592)

CANLANDIA by Steve Richardson
Released: April 16, 2014

"A kids' book with fine illustrations but overly familiar story trappings."
A boy travels to a magical world in this beautifully illustrated children's novel by Richardson (Lavender Blue and the Fairies of Galtee Wood, 2013) and artist Sansom (Fairy Blossoms #3: Rose and the Delicious Secret, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
Private Lines by Emma Gates
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 16, 2014

"A light, entertaining tale of love and commercial intrigue."
A business-driven debut thriller, laced with romantic entanglements. Read full book review >

Mohammed A Mechanic and Mary A Maid by B L Gautam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2014

"A somewhat rough but insightful look at how people endure."
These eight short stories explore issues of sex, guilt, family expectations and more in modern India. Read full book review >
DEFINING DESTINY by Gina Lea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2014

"An ideal, frothy beach book."
Debut author Lea presents a quaint snapshot of small-town life and explores the bonds of friendship and love in her novel. Read full book review >
The Justin Gates Chronicles by Jud Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2014

"An entertaining, rough-and-tumble whodunit with a mix of smiles and grimaces."
In this tragicomic tale, a group of friends at a dude ranch in the high desert of California gets caught up in the sprawling web of a serial killer. Read full book review >

Uncle Sol's Women by Simeon J. Maslin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2014

"A dense exploration of the familial ties that bind one Jewish family."
A sprawling novel about family, faith and fortune that offers a fresh look at the lives of American Jews in the middle of the last century. Read full book review >
THE KEEPER by Martha Carr
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 16, 2014

"An intriguing, family-oriented take on the political thriller."
In Carr's sequel, a woman struggles to keep her family safe in the middle of a centuries-old battle between two secret societies. Read full book review >
LASTBORN by Prudence Brown Lev
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 2014

"Watership Down with dinosaurs; at its best when it sticks to the prehistoric record."
In Lev's debut novel, she turns the modern taste for the post-apocalyptic and takes it back to a real apocalypse: the Fifth Extinction, the comet that wiped out the dinosaurs and nearly all life on Earth. Read full book review >
Forbidden by Lori Adams
Released: April 15, 2014

"An action-packed, satisfying love story gets this supernatural series off to a rousing start."
Adam's (Unforgiven, 2015, etc.) debut paranormal YA romance, the first in her Soulkeepers trilogy, pits angels against demons as they war over souls in modern-day Connecticut. Read full book review >
Maps, Legends and Misdemeanours by Kevin E. Hatt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"The multiple plots don't always mesh or engage, but the central storyline will hook readers."
Searching for a rumored treasure puts a man and his friends in danger when an unknown party joins the hunt in the second of Hatt's (A Light in the Darkness, 2013, etc.) thriller series.Read full book review >
The City and the Fields by Marek Breiger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"Essential for the development and reassessment of language-arts curricula in California schools."
A broad debut survey of a century's worth of Golden State writing. Read full book review >
GOD'S BLOOD by J. O. Bankole
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 2014

"A pointed, if occasionally hyperbolic, take on dystopian sci-fi."
Bankole draws on contemporary racial issues to craft an unsettling future in her debut sci-fi novel. 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 >