Indie Book Reviews (page 642)

Windchaser by Krissi Dallas
Released: Dec. 13, 2011

"A flawed but earnest tale of magic and romance that deals with the great distance between pain and recovery."
Romance and strange, elemental powers light up Dallas' debut YA fantasy. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 13, 2011

"A fresh, engaging look at an oft-told biblical story."
In the second installment of her Promises series, Perkins (Promises, 2010) relates the story of Christ's death and resurrection from multiple perspectives. Read full book review >

A Remnant Surprise by Vanessa Roam
Released: Dec. 13, 2011

"The relatable, touching story of an elderly matriarch who sews love into cozy quilts."
In this gentle, well-crafted picture book for young children, an elderly matriarch lovingly sews quilts for her numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and receives an unexpected gift of love in return. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 13, 2011

"An upbeat, inspiring celebration of mankind's ability to challenge the odds."
A compendium of artfully written capsule biographies intended to inspire. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 13, 2011

"A coming-of-age story and thrilling adventure rolled into one."
Six boys embark on an adventure in the Panama jungle, encountering danger, death and loss in Urban's debut novel. Several years later, they return as men to the scene of the grisly event that has bound them together for life. Read full book review >

BRIAN NINE by Craig L. DeLue
Released: Dec. 12, 2011

"DeLue proves to be a wizard of his craft as he builds Carpella into a world imbued with natural human emotion, savory plotlines, memorable characters, history-changing situations, a fight for freedom and everlasting glory in this epic page-turner."
In DeLue's debut, teenagers Brian Nine and Will Star are onboard a spaceship when a bolt of lightning causes an accidental launch and the subsequent discovery of a new, inhabited planet. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 12, 2011

"A disturbing and provocative illustration of an important topic."
A former youth player chronicles the abuse he suffered as part of a notorious Ukrainian hockey team. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 12, 2011

"A passionate and reliable story of survival."
A Czech recalls his survival of Nazism and Communism in the World War II era. Read full book review >
HOUSE OF MIRRORS by Debbie Boswell
Released: Dec. 12, 2011

"Wordy at times, but thrills, chills and substantial characters keep this thriller aloft."
Boswell's (Miriam's Journey, 2006) latest novel explores the lives of a prominent family desperate to protect its secrets—at any cost. Read full book review >
The Icarus Void by C.K. Burch
Released: Dec. 11, 2011

"Despite an overcrowded cast, the competent dialogue and well-developed characters enhance this decent contribution to the genre."
Burch's debut sci-fi novel offers creepy atmosphere in a deep-space. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 10, 2011

"Though certain plot lines felt a little too drawn out and exhaustive, Dadlez succeeds in crafting an entertaining story by shining a humorous light on the backdoor politics and self-serving agendas in the world of academia."
A satirical story on the inner workings of a university and its reflection on higher learning. Read full book review >
THE VIG by John M. Nuckel
Released: Dec. 10, 2011

"A taut thriller that cruises through the New York financial market, with all its blind curves and bumpy roadways, like a sports car."
In this debut thriller, a New York options trader finds himself in even a greater mess than the financial market. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >