Indie Book Reviews (page 6)

AGE OF ORDER by Julian North
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 6, 2017

"A promising debut that re-energizes tropes in the dystopian sci-fi genre."
In North's debut YA novel set in a violently divided, high-tech New York City, a poor girl enrolls in a Manhattan school that serves as an enclave for the fabulously rich, powerful, and dangerous. Read full book review >
Madam of My Heart by Gini Grossenbacher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2017

"A seamier side of American history, engagingly told through one woman's unexpected adventures."
A debut historical novel that chronicles the struggles, loves, and joys of an exceptional madam in 19th-century America. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2017

"These meandering stories remain memorable and rewarding, collectively dovetailing with universal lessons about love, family, compassion, the misfortune of random calamity, and living life to the fullest."
A retired physician reflects on his practice, personal history, and experience of medical intervention from a patient's perspective. Read full book review >
THE GREAT BETRAYAL by Robert Calabro
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 3, 2017

"A useful, if partial, sketch of an increasingly serious and topical fiscal issue."
A debut book offers a concise history and critique of American monetary policy. Read full book review >
IS GOAT BEEF? by Jeffery M. Camp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 2017

"An enlightening, entertaining, and surprisingly moving hybrid of anecdotal military memoir and cookbook."
A decorated, retired Army veteran shares stories and recipes. Read full book review >

SIX DOORS DOWN by Donna Clovis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2017

"Short but cogent stories that stimulate as often as they educate."
Clovis (Quantum Leaps in Princeton's Place, 2015, etc.) continues her fictionalized tales of residents, university students, and faculty in Princeton, New Jersey, as they endure and battle discrimination throughout history.Read full book review >
The Purest Gold by Heather Starsong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A sweeping melodrama of the frontier."
A widowed minister, fleeing the scandal of a forbidden affair, relocates from Massachusetts to Colorado with his teenage daughters in this historical novel set in the 1860s. Read full book review >
Leap: Journey of a Young Global Leader from Singapore by Yap Kwong Weng
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"An inspiring story that needs a unifying theme."
Kwong Weng's debut memoir recounts a life of remarkable persistence. Read full book review >
An Intangible Affair by G.X. Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"The returning investigators have little to do, but readers gain an emotionally rich tale of ill-fated love."
Two amateur detectives wonder whether a married couple's isolated deaths were more than an accident and suicide in Chen's (Death Comes to Lake Como, 2016, etc.) mystery-drama. Read full book review >
THE BAKER'S DAUGHTER by D.P. Cornelius
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A stirring story of Berlin teens' contributions to the Resistance, but a slightly blinkered view of the Holocaust limits the tale's authenticity."
A historical novel focuses on Christian opposition to the Nazis in Germany during World War II. Read full book review >
JEOPARDY SURFACE by Sheri Leigh Horn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"An immersive and thoughtful account of an FBI agent's professional and personal travails."
A debut murder mystery chronicles an emotionally addled FBI agent's pursuit of a serial killer. Read full book review >
MEMORTALITY by Stephen Provost
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"An adventure that's slow to get started, but its otherworldly aspects help it to race to its conclusion."
Provost (Fresno Growing Up, 2015, etc.) delivers a novel of supernatural suspense about a young woman's ability to shape reality. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >