Indie Book Reviews (page 6)

Rice & Rocks by Sandra L. Richards
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A beautiful, amusing tribute to family traditions."
In this illustrated children's book, a young boy learns to be proud of his family's Jamaican food traditions. Read full book review >
Stumble Stones by Marilyn Baron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2016

"A romance with a clichéd premise but some political and emotional depth."
A TV writer and a banker try to return priceless diamonds to their rightful owners while neo-Nazi dealers in stolen merchandise pursue them in thisromantic suspense novel. Read full book review >

THE JUDGE by Farin Powell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2016

"A gem of a legal thriller, full of plot twists and juicy secrets."
In Powell's (Roxana's Revolution, 2013, etc.) legal thriller, a judge known for administering harsh sentences suffers a punishment of his own. Read full book review >
Sacred Planet by Austin Rogers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2016

"An ambitious, ardent launch that sets a stellar precedent for installments to follow."
In Rogers' debut, the first book of a planned sci-fi series, a prime minister's daughter may be the key to evading an interstellar war. Read full book review >
Gar by Megan Twiddy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2016

"This meteorite tale favors—and nails—teen romance but remains a mere inauguration for the mysterious titular character."
Twiddy jump-starts her debut YA sci-fi series with the story of a boy—who can morph into various creatures—wanting to know his origin while keeping his ability a secret. Read full book review >

Nzinga by Moses L. Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2016

"Occasionally leans on royal spectacle, but this approach turns out to be quite fitting for such a lavish historical figure who ruled in Africa."
A fictional retelling of the rise to power of Nzinga, queen of the Ndonga tribe of Angola, examines her defiance of the Portuguese invaders who sought to enslave her people. Read full book review >
Trail Angel by Derek Catron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2016

"A timeless tale of love and adventure on the American frontier."
In the immediate wake of the Civil War, a family heads to Montana in search of gold. Read full book review >
And Wind Will Wash Away by Jordan A. Rothacker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A penetrating, provocative tale of a detective who psychoanalyzes as often as he investigates."
An Atlanta detective, hoping to explain his mistress's fiery death, dives into a world rife with strange religious beliefs in Rothacker's (The Pit, and No Other Stories, 2015, etc.) unconventional thriller.Read full book review >
God of the Internet by Lynn Lipinski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A deadly and exhilarating game of cat and mouse that has all the makings of an engaging series about fighting terrorists."
Homeland Security agents rush to prevent large-scale cyberwarfare in this thriller. Read full book review >
Roscoe Hammer by Dave Gallemore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"An evocative, elegiac bildungsroman."
A small-town Missouri childhood informs a county prosecutor's sense of purpose in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Army Wife by Vicki Cody
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"An Army wife's absorbing testament to the power of family and faith to weather difficult times."
A soldier's spouse reflects on marriage, sacrifice, and patriotic service. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"While this book delivers a positive message about improving overall health through mindful breathing techniques, the specific medical claims require individual investigation."
A collective of medical and holistic professionals advocates a drug-free treatment for asthma sufferers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >