Indie Book Reviews (page 7)

SO MANY REASONS TO DIE by Carole Sojka
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 23, 2015

"A fine, explosive sophomore effort."
Small-town cops Andi Battaglia and Greg Lamont investigate the murder of Greg's ex-lover from Miami in this second installment of a Florida-set mystery. Read full book review >
Straight from the Gut by Vivek Sardana
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2015

"A satisfying, informative memoir of the perseverance and bravery necessary to survive a painful illness."
A harrowing journey into and out of colonic disease. Read full book review >

Wrong Side of the Grave by Bryna Butler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 21, 2015

"Butler revives the moribund with her fresh take on aliens, vampires, and the undead."
An alien who feeds on vampires is stumped when the recently dead in Point Pleasant, West Virginia, are apparently no longer dead in Butler's (Book of the Lost, 2013, etc.) YA supernatural thriller. Read full book review >
A CHARLESTON YANKEE by Michael D Mercurio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2015

"An affecting tale of a man's immersion in the civil rights movement."
An intricately woven story of love, race, and politics set in the 1960s. Read full book review >
THRIVING WITH CHRONIC PAIN by Sean Meshorer
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 20, 2015

"A positive, open-minded, and practical overview."
A comprehensive guide to living with constant pain. Read full book review >

THE BOSTON TRADER by Jefferson Flanders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2015

"A sequel that stands firmly on its own, brimming with political intrigue and historical drama."
A Boston merchant is falsely accused of murdering a government official in 18th-century China in Flanders' (The Girl from Recoleta and Other Stories of Love, 2014, etc.) intricate sequel to The Republic of Virtue (2014). Read full book review >
At The Sharp End of Lightning by N.R. Bates
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 20, 2015

"A fantasy series starter that hardly scratches the surface, but its vivid descriptions and remarkable characters will have readers hunting for the next installment."
Sprites find themselves in mortal danger when connections between parallel worlds start to wither in Bates' debut fantasy novel. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 19, 2015

"A very funny but sometimes self-indulgent account of life chasing art and avoiding responsibility."
Christopher (Emily's Little Pilot of Loquacious Weather, 2013, etc.) has figured out the secret to consistently landing a job on the quick: brazenly, confidently lie about your credentials. Here's his comedic, meandering quest to find quick employment and avoid a long-lasting career. Read full book review >
Franco Corelli and a Revolution in Singing by Stefan Zucker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Strictly for opera aficionados, a detailed, passionate analysis of what makes tenor singing and its practitioners unique."
A critical look at the evolution of operatic tenor singing, from the 19th century to the present. Read full book review >
Atlas Forman & The Necessary Dream by Derek Holser
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Fantasy elements may hook readers, but the characters will land them."
A magical destiny awaits a 12-year-old daydreamer, but he has real-life troubles to contend with first. Read full book review >
IT'S A MINEFIELD by Robert Horn
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"A damning account of the mining industry and a rousing call for its reform."
Horn reveals the troubling truths of the mining industry in this insider's account. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"An eye-opening wake-up call for executives who want to take better care of themselves."
A management consultant based in Singapore lays out a comprehensive, multipronged approach to increasing one's leadership performance. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >