Indie Book Reviews (page 6)

RACE FOR THE FLASH STONE by K. Patrick Donoghue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"A solid follow-up to the series that answers many questions."
In this second volume of Donoghue's fantasy series, a scientist and his friends hope to defeat villains in the search for a lost civilization's mysterious stones. Read full book review >
Monster Fart Wars III: FartMONSTER FART WARS III: FARTS VS. PIMPLES s vs. Pimples by A.M. Shah
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 6, 2017

"For gross-out fans only, but they'll find it funny and full of action."
Once again, the brave mayor of Fartville defends his citizens from would-be invaders in Shah's (Adult Coloring Book Horror Land: Entrapment, 2017, etc.) middle-grade series installment.Read full book review >

THE LAST TRAIN by Michael Pronko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2017

"An absorbing investigation and memorable backdrop put this series launch on the right track."
In Pronko's (Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo, 2015, etc.) first foray into thrillers, a Tokyo detective investigates a death by train that may be just one in a series of murders. Read full book review >
THE PREP DIARIES by Evan J. Peterson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2017

"Readers curious about how HIV prevention drugs can influence a sexual revolution should find lots of vivid details in this ambitious and honest story."
A young gay man shares his anxieties and epiphanies about safe sex in this memoir. Read full book review >
THE PROTECTORS' PLEDGE by Danielle Y.C. McClean
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 4, 2017

"A fast-paced read featuring a smart, young protagonist."
In McClean's debut middle-grade novel, a 12-year-old Caribbean boy must save the day when he discovers danger lurking in the forest in the first installment of the Secrets of Oscuros series. Read full book review >

THE DESPLAZADOS by Martin Zehr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2017

"A story of reawakening and self-acceptance, well worth the trip."
Overcome by the monotony of his lackluster life in Kansas City, Mo., Dr. Gregory Barth heads west in Zehr's debut novel. Read full book review >
LIST OF 10 by C.L. Swinney
NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 2017

"With great diligence, the author illuminates the murderer's darkest thoughts without romanticizing them—and gives the victims the written equivalent of a proper burial."
The haunting stories of 10 slain women (4 of whom were never found) constitute this analysis of the hunt for serial killer Joseph Naso. Read full book review >
INSURRECTION AT 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE by Rob Tenery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Consistently blends dual medical and political storylines, each with its own worthy protagonist."
A physician and the White House chief of staff both suspect something sinister behind the vice president's sudden, unexplained death in this debut thriller. Read full book review >
EDEN by Jeanne McWilliams Blasberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"An engrossing, character-driven family saga."
The 2000 summer season in fictional Long Harbor, Rhode Island, becomes the setting for a family reunion and the revelation of a long-held secret, not to mention the airing of more than a few resentments, in this debut novel. Read full book review >
THAT WOMAN by Wayne Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Well-stocked with vibrant details about the merchant trade, this engaging Colonial tale delivers likable heroes, despicable villains, and a strong female protagonist."
A historical novel follows two indentured servants in 18th-century New York. Read full book review >
A WORK OF ART by Micayla Lally
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"A pleasant love story with a less-than-charming hero."
Circumstances and misunderstandings separate a young couple who must overcome past mistakes to find bliss in this contemporary, Australia-set debut romance. Read full book review >
MISTAKES WERE MADE by Fiona Lewis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"An account of an extraordinary life, marred by excessive angst."
A former actress struggles with a bout of spiritual ennui in this memoir. 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 >