Indie Book Reviews (page 7)

AWAKENING by Shannon Duffy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015

"Loving, imperiled teens on a quest to topple big bad government, with a few good action sequences and a somewhat familiar storyline."
Duffy's (Spectral, 2015, etc.) novel sees teens combating evil in a futuristic age. Read full book review >
THE OUTSKIRTS OF HOPE by Jo Ivester
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"An important, riveting history lesson that, unfortunately, is still relevant today."
An articulate, poignant recollection of the almost two years Ivester and her family spent in the Mississippi Delta town of Mound Bayou during the turmoil of the civil rights movement. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"A book with a heartwarming, honorable, and inspirational message for anyone searching for a compassionate perspective."
An exhilarating debut memoir that chronicles a fallen entrepreneur's eight-year world tour on a tandem bike. Read full book review >
DEATH STEPPE by Judy Bruce
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 6, 2015

"An epic portrayal of a romance born out of the rubble of World War II."
A stirring historical novel that plumbs the depths of war for the possibilities of love. Read full book review >
CROSS DOG BLUES by Richard M. Brock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 6, 2015

"A heartening read for blues fans as well as anyone interested in the history of American music and civil rights."
In his debut novel, Brock weaves together two unexpectedly intertwined tales to illustrate the wide-reaching impact of the blues on American history. Read full book review >

The Mystery at Sag Bridge by Pat Camalliere
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 4, 2015

"A lively twist on the historical fiction genre by a promising author."
Cold Case meets Ghost Whisperer in Camalliere's debut mystery. Read full book review >
Miles From Home: The Journey of a Lifetime by Phillip L. Woods
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2015

"While it needs more polish, Woods' life story is still a memorable autobiography of a remarkable, self-made man."
In his memoir, Woods provides enough fodder for three books in this account of his experiences as a boy, businessman, and cross-country walker. Read full book review >
HOPE by David A Neumeier
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 2, 2015

"A bright fish tale that young readers will enjoy, even if unnerving truths about conflict lurk below its surface."
A story of a little fish who learns important lessons about bravery, tolerance, and community with the help of a loving father. Read full book review >
Freaks I've Met by Donald Jans
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2015

"An engrossing but tongue-in-cheek drama that, even at its most dramatic, will leave readers smiling."
A Spokane college graduate searches for wealth and fame in LA but finds only a string of dead-end jobs and outlandish individuals in Jans' witty debut drama. Read full book review >
To Life: The Extraordinary Adventure by Saro Bedian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2015

"Thoughtful, sincere, and full of witty phrasing but sorely in need of a thorough edit."
A sprawling poetry debut that touches on everything from heartbreak to hobbits. Read full book review >
ROTHAKER by Jenifer Ruff
THRILLERS
Released: April 1, 2015

"Absorbing, at times gory thriller featuring an oddly compelling killer 'heroine.'"
Beautiful, superfocused,yet troubledBrooke Walton, now in medical school, is involved in yet another disappearance of a fellow female student in this second installment of a dark thriller series. Read full book review >
COMFORT AND AFFLICTION by M. F. Frosolono
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"A thriller with an uncomplicated plot that's invigorated by a main character whose profound messages will spark rumination."
A reverend's sermons at a Methodist church in Georgia find supporters and a small but potentially dangerous resistance in Frosolono's (Thoroughly Biased Opinions, 2012, etc.) religious drama. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Ace Atkins
June 2, 2015

P.I. Spenser, knight-errant of the Back Bay, returns in Kickback, the latest in the iconic New York Times–bestselling series from author Ace Atkins. What started out as a joke landed 17-year-old Dillon Yates in a lockdown juvenile facility in Boston Harbor. When he set up a prank Twitter account for his vice principal, he never dreamed he could be brought up on criminal charges, but that’s exactly what happened. This is Blackburn, Massachusetts, where zero tolerance for minors is a way of life. Leading the movement is tough-as-nails Judge Joe Scali, who gives speeches about getting tough on today’s wild youth. But Dillon’s mother, who knows other Blackburn kids who are doing hard time for minor infractions, isn’t buying Scali’s line. She hires Spenser to find the truth behind the draconian sentencing. “It’s great to see Spenser tackle a social evil with its roots in real life,” our reviewer writes. View video >