Indie Book Reviews (page 6)

The Secret Snowflake by Teresa Easley
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 7, 2015

"A story that may be most successful as a spirited, animated read-aloud."
In this debut picture book, a special child must be found in order to save Christmas. Read full book review >
The Tattooed Arm by M. Simpson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2015

"A colorful, enjoyable novel with a fearless, savvy heroine."
A 1930s woman makes a frightening leap into the criminal underworld in Simpson's debut Australian noir thriller. Read full book review >

Ultimate Destiny by Joslyn McGhee Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 5, 2015

"An underexplored, underwritten opportunity for what could have been a thrilling subversion of masculine action novels."
Debut author Johnson's action-driven thriller outlines a violent revolution as three powerful women form an alliance to subvert the patriarchy. Read full book review >
RAMPAGE by Alan Brenham
THRILLERS
Released: July 4, 2015

"Precise and unequivocally gripping; an edge-of-your-seat ride from beginning to end."
In Brenham's (Cornered, 2014, etc.) latest thriller, cops in Austin, Texas, face off against a former convict on a vengeance-driven, murderous crime spree. Read full book review >
The Flensing Knife by Elizabeth Douthart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2015

"Though it's difficult to invest in the heroine, this whaling ship narrative rights itself with meticulous research and attention to detail."
Life on a whaling ship is alternately difficult and delightful in Douthart's debut novel chiefly narrated by one captain's new wife. Read full book review >

The Color of our Sky by Amita Trasi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2015

"A sad, soulful, and revelatory story about a deeply troubled nation in transition."
A haunting debut novel about two young women in Mumbai that brings the brutal realities of modern India into focus. Read full book review >
HITLIST by K. Rawson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 2, 2015

"A precise portrait of the teen zeitgeist that reassures readers that, despite indications to the contrary, the kids are all right."
An impulsive high school cyber-prank spirals dangerously out of control in Rawson's visceral, compelling debut YA novel. Read full book review >
Lucy Lick-Me-Not and the Greedy Gubbins by Claudine Carmel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 2, 2015

"A wild tale helmed by a charmingly clever kid."
Child heroine Lucy Lick-Me-Not is back, and this time, she's taking on the seasons and the lack of a white Christmas. Read full book review >
THE WEALTH OF VIRGINIA by Barbara N. McLennan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2015

"An informative rendering of pre-Revolutionary America, with an inspiring female protagonist."
McLennan's (The Wealth of Jamestown, 2013) historical novel depicts America at a tenuous stage in its early history, when wealth, violence and political unease were all starting to swell. Read full book review >
The Private Life of General Omar N. Bradley by Jeffrey D. Lavoie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2015

"A rigorous yet accessible look at a misunderstood American hero."
This biography of Gen. Omar N. Bradley, one of Patton's contemporaries, explores his personal life more thoroughly than any attempted before. Read full book review >
Lucy Lick-Me-Not and the Day Eaters by Claudine Carmel
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"A charming, wildly imaginative introduction to a brave new girl."
In this fanciful picture book, a birthday disappears and a little girl must get it back. Read full book review >
The Gay Detective by Kenneth Michaels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2015

"Bodies keep piling up and things keep getting worse for Detective Scott, but readers will smile (and shiver) right to the end."
A gay cop investigates a string of murders as he puts his own life back together in this winning debut novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >