Indie Book Reviews (page 6)

Lane Changes by S.L. Ellis
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 20, 2014

"A captivating introduction to a cozy female PI series with potential for wide appeal."
The first book in the Cassie Cruise series.Cassie Cruise is a private investigator trying to reinvent herself after being publicly humiliated on her PI reality show. Read full book review >
THE NEXT TARGET by Marcel Trigueiro
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 20, 2014

"Slow and occasionally jumbled but ultimately rewarding."
Terrorists in Rio de Janeiro target citizens for a series of cyberattacks and assassinations in Trigueiro's debut thriller. Read full book review >

The Light of Love by Selena Polo Campos
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 20, 2014

"Despite some mundane lines, readers of these poems may enjoy Campos' upbeat attitude about life."
Campos' debut poetry collection offers a message of love and encouragement. Read full book review >
Porsché Porscha The Pink Pig by Edith Lamira Odiwo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 19, 2014

"A modest but appealing picture book that combines simple storytelling and empowering messages with unforced charm."
In the first of a planned series, Odiwo offers gentle lessons in character building through the adventures of a talking, mischief-minded little pig. Read full book review >
SHATTERED DREAMS by Bulent Senocak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 19, 2014

"A textured, involving novel about a now-forgotten crisis in the pre-modern Muslim world."
A historical novel about a flash-point event in 19th-century relations between Muslims and the West. Read full book review >

EVERY SECRET THING by Christopher Bartley
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Dec. 18, 2014

"Another solid, entertaining noir thriller from Bartley."
In Bartley's (A Bullet to Dream of, 2014, etc.) latest historical novel, a 1930s gangster with a conscience finds himself tangled up in big small-town mysteries involving murder, drugs and—most dangerous of all—young love.Read full book review >
Giyur by Michael Salita
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 18, 2014

"An odd, outmoded story with little for modern readers."
Salita (B Is for Brighton Beach, 2014, etc.) tells a tale of love and Jewish conversion in a new short story. Read full book review >
The Legend of Queen Agatha by Sam Cunningham
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 18, 2014

"Astute lessons in government enliven this less than compelling tale of a wise, disciplined queen known for her beneficence."
An aristocrat's daughter becomes queen in this insightful if somewhat bland fantasy from debut author Cunningham. Read full book review >
Prophecy of the Eagle I by Mike Celeste
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 17, 2014

"A spirited debut that should satisfy fans of both sports and historical YA fiction."
A coming-of-age tale of a Onondaga youth applying the ancient lessons of lacrosse to the strictures of reservation life in turn-of-the-century New York state. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 17, 2014

"A thorough, though sometimes overly detailed, exploration of how cultural values affect negotiations across national boundaries and how to use that understanding to advantage."
A look at business negotiations, with an emphasis on working in international and multicultural contexts. Read full book review >
DEAD LETTER OFFICE by Hue
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 17, 2014

"A haunting, affecting memoir of what's lost in emigration."
Hue, in his debut memoir, writes about family separation following the Vietnam War. Read full book review >
Magic Carpets, Turkish Carpets by Terry Tumbler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 17, 2014

"A somewhat cranky fictional travelogue that gives way to a charming sci-fi adventure.
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Tumbler (The Inlooker, 2014, etc.) presents more globe-trotting adventures in his latest novel—this time set in Turkey.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >