Indie Book Reviews (page 7)

Karate Science by J.D. Swanson
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2017

"An informative guide for those looking to enhance their karate training."
Swanson's debut is a scientific guide to the stances, movements, and techniques of karate. Read full book review >
BERTO YOSEMITE’S ROCK-LOVIN’ BEAR by Marian Parks
Released: March 1, 2017

"An adventure that may help young readers find their own inner strength in the face of adversity—and spark their interest in geology as well."
A bear who enjoys gathering and categorizing stones deals with a bully in Parks' (Pocketmouse at Crystal Cove, 2016) rhyming adventure with illustrations by Karron (Swirl Spirits, 2016, etc.).Read full book review >

BALANCE ME by Matt DeCoursey
Released: March 1, 2017

"A serious and enthusiastic guide to taking control of one's destiny."
A back-to-basics book dispenses advice on clarifying one's life. Read full book review >
THE VISITS & OTHER POEMS/LAS VISITAS Y OTROS POEMAS  by Mirta Yáñez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"A well-written but occasionally verbose collection that will please academics but may test the patience of lay readers."
An academic poetry opus from prolific Cuban author Yáñez (The Bleeding Wound/Sangra Por La Herida, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
FLOCKS/REBAOS by Zurelys López Amaya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"An often delightful, if somewhat repetitive, collection for the casual poetry lover."
A bilingual collection of poetry celebrating the natural world. Read full book review >

MAX IN FILMLAND by Kia McInerny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"A potent novel about one man's search for identity in Hollywood."
An entertainment lawyer's movie-business venture takes an unpleasant turn that could land him in prison in McInerny's (Bond Hunter, 2012) novel.Read full book review >
VALLEY OF THE BEES by Amanda L. Webster
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"A tale that offers mesmerizing worldbuilding and complex explorations of gender relations in a frightening dystopia."
In the near future, a teenager tries to navigate growing up in a world where women are treated as property in this debut YA novel. Read full book review >
The Adventures of Piratess Tilly: Easter Island by Elizabeth Lorayne
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An eye-pleasing picture book that offers a winning mix of adventure, science, and poetry, with a strong heroine who invites readers to view the world as a place of natural wonder."
In this second installment of an ecologically based adventure series for children, a young naturalist and ship's captain sails to a remote island and discovers a threat to the local wildlife. Read full book review >
OFF THE ICE by Julie Cross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An engaging and spicy romance that targets sports fans but with a well-developed arc suitable for aficionados of YA love stories."
In a small Minnesota town where life centers on hockey, a past trauma binds two childhood friends together, eventually leading to a close relationship in this YA novel. Read full book review >
OUR 13TH DIVORCE by Matthew Deshe Cashion
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"This seemingly cynical family tale offers redemption in unexpected places."
A literary novel explores more than a dozen mostly failed relationships, a family's quest for happiness, and the hope of salvation. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An appealing, helpful, and intriguing new approach to dealing with physical limitations and conditions."
In this guide to improving wellness, the author suggests new frameworks for mentally and emotionally relating to health. Read full book review >
LYING FOR A LIVING by Steve McCondichie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An enjoyable page-turner with a reluctant hero who's as engaging as he is impulsive."
Life begins to spin out of control for a 49-year-old man in this debut novel about a midlife coming-of-age. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >