Indie Book Reviews (page 6)

Parched by Andrew Branham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"A fast-paced post-apocalyptic tale of survival and family."
Branham (Anything for Amelia, 2015) describes a family's struggles in a world running out of water in this dystopian novel.Read full book review >
Justifiable Evil by Mario J. Pabon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"An engaging opus, packed with action and conspirators, that gains punch and steam after a sluggish start."
An array of players instigates a three-pronged terrorist attack in Puerto Rico in this debut thriller. Read full book review >

Remembrance of Blue Roses by Yorker Keith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2016

"A skillful tale that explores relationship nuances and redemption."
A United Nations civil servant recalls his complicated bond with a German friend and his Japanese violinist wife in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Backlash by Mike Klaassen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2016

"A captivating tale that should appeal to history buffs, period drama fans, and readers who want to learn about the War of 1812 through the human experience rather than a textbook."
A historical novel intertwines the adventures of an array of characters, recounting important events of the War of 1812 through multiple perspectives. Read full book review >
More Chocolate, No Cavities by Roger W. Lucas
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 30, 2016

"Passionate, helpful primer about maintaining children's dental health from a parent and expert."
A pediatric dentist outlines his snacking plan to prevent cavities in this debut consumer health guide. Read full book review >

Admissions by Design by Lisa Fisher
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 29, 2016

"An alternative approach to college admissions, focused more on self-knowledge than tests, essays, and recommendations."
A college counselor advises students on a more mindful approach to choosing a college and career. Read full book review >
Curse the Day by Zachary Koala  Hardison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"An ardent tale about a formidable creature that will synchronize cheers and ruminations."
In this supernatural debut, a shadowy figure begins killing humans he marks as truly evil, while apparently trying to ignite a war between the corrupt and the incorruptible. Read full book review >
Teen Angel by M. C. Syben
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2016

"A wily, tender bit of Christian-oriented fantasy that's also likely to entertain the skeptical.
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In Syben's debut YA novel, a teenage girl learns life's lessons—in the afterlife. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 28, 2016

"An intensely, deeply argued recasting of what it means to be healthy that may pose difficulties for patients but provides solid evidence for effective prevention strategies.
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An ambitious book presents a revolutionary approach to fitness, diet, and exercise. Read full book review >
The Path to Misery by Victoria Steele Logue
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 28, 2016

"A page-turning fantasy set in a richly textured world, made all the more delightful by a thoughtful yet spirited heroine and her wonderfully oddball companions."
A sheltered princess's desire to travel before her arranged marriage places her at the center of a legendary quest in this YA novel. Read full book review >
The Improbable Rise of Paco Jones by Dominic Carrillo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 26, 2016

"A fun, amusing tale about the beautiful torment of young hearts and hormones at play."
A poor, persecuted eighth-grade boy falls for a popular girl in a posh school. Read full book review >
In the Shreds of Reality by Christopher Mart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2016

"While its style falls short of its substance, this globe-trotting sci-fi tale has intrigue to spare."
In this first installment of a projected trilogy, a nameless man risks waking up in the body of a new person every time he falls asleep. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >