Indie Book Reviews (page 592)

WAR CHILDREN by Michael Tradowsky
Released: Dec. 10, 2012

"A moving memoir about a German family's wartime experience."
In this debut, a survivor recollects his childhood in Germany during World War II. Read full book review >
MISS OLIVER AND THE ELVES by MaryFrances Potts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 10, 2012

"Despite a few rough edges, this lesson in vowel sounds for beginning readers is infused with old-fashioned charm and solid phonetics."
In this quaint debut combination of fantasy and phonetics from a veteran educator, a teacher introduces her classroom to the Alphabet Elves from Vowel Island to help students learn to sound out words. Read full book review >

THE ADVENTURES OF STARFOOT AND BROWN by Rhoda Canter
Released: Dec. 9, 2012

"A charming talking-animal tale, with gentle messages about family and the environment."
Two Chihuahuas engage the animals of Bald Head Island, N.C., in a plan to stop illegal turtle-egg traffickers in this playful debut children's adventure book aimed at dog lovers and budding environmental advocates. Read full book review >
The Great White Storm by Whitney Hamilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2012

"An unevenly executed fantasy of enduring love."
Playwright and screenwriter Hamilton (Firefly, 2012) explores the power of love to transcend time during the Great Blizzard of 1888. Read full book review >
THE WAYWARD GENTLEMAN by Patricia Watkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2012

"A spirited historical novel marked by humor, intrigue and entertainment."
An 18th-century "gentleman player" fights, loves and charms his way through Ireland in Watkins' (The Wayward Gentleman: John Theophilus Potter & The Town of Haverfordwest, 2012, etc.) delightful ode to the theater. Read full book review >

THE SHEPHERD OF DESTINY by Gary Sturm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2012

"A considered, eventful fantasy story."
Sturm (The Secrets of Time, 2004, etc.) offers a philosophical novel that spans countries—and universes. Read full book review >
THE GREAT FIREWALL by Nathan Green
Released: Dec. 8, 2012

"A compulsively readable thriller about political dissent and the Internet."
When a Chinese journalist writes a blog post exposing political corruption, the government sends police to stop him, in Green's debut thriller. Read full book review >
DAWN OF THE INCONCEIVABLE "BABE" by Peter Shaba
Released: Dec. 8, 2012

"An intriguing premise hindered by inaccessible writing."
Shaba's mythical tale centers on the birth of a fated child to John and Lin, a young couple in the African nation of Kentu, and the subsequent attempts by a demonic religious sect to steal the child for its own purposes. Read full book review >
EDDIE FITZ'S WAR by Elliot Schatz
Released: Dec. 7, 2012

"A well-written Vietnam-era novel that needs more character maturation."
A troubled teenager hitchhikes to an anti-war protest and experiences life on the road in this novel set during the Vietnam War era in America. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 7, 2012

"Honest, well-intentioned personal history."
In her debut memoir, an African-American woman tells the story of how she became an advocate for social change. Read full book review >
GABRIEL'S WIZARD by Daniel Turner
Released: Dec. 7, 2012

"A warmhearted, if not groundbreaking, work about the transmission of wisdom."
In Turner's debut novel, a young man traveling through Alaska meets a mysterious figure in the wilderness who instructs him on the true nature of wisdom. Read full book review >
HORNS OF THE DEVIL by Marc Rainer
Released: Dec. 7, 2012

"A well-paced mystery featuring an entertainingly complicated protagonist, supported by a robust cast."
Federal prosecutor Jeff Trask returns (Capital Kill, 2012) to work on a case involving murdered Salvadoran gang members. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >