Indie Book Reviews (page 8)

BLADES OF GRASS by Mark Aylwin Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 26, 2017

"A meticulous and congenial, if uneven, tribute to an enterprising reporter in Asia."
This debut book tells the story of the author's uncle, George Aylwin Hogg (1915-1945), an English journalist who spent the last seven years of his life in China. Read full book review >

CHILDREN OF COVENANT by Fred Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2017

"An engrossing mystery about secrets in an old Southern town that delivers a plea for unity."
A Southern minister befriends a Muslim professor accused of murdering a local business owner in this novel. Read full book review >
YOUNGER & WISER by Gene S. Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 2017

"A loosely themed collection that examines life, love, and mortality with wit and wisdom."
Jones' debut book of poetry offers 65 free-verse poems that are intimate, philosophical, and replete with existential wisdom. Read full book review >
RISING ABOVE by Bruno DeLuca
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 25, 2017

"A funny, infuriating, and engrossing tale of family betrayal and accord, though not quite reconciliation."
An idealistic, hardworking Italian-Canadian finally decides to defy his domineering father in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

Skunks Dance by St. John Karp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A colorful, exuberant romp with an appealing fortune-hunting duo."
Two California teenagers search for an ancestor's treasure in this comic novel that crosscuts between contemporary and Gold Rush eras. Read full book review >
LAND OF HIDDEN FIRES by Kirk Kjeldsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A quiet and introspective novel of wartime adventure."
A teenage girl rescues a downed American pilot in World War II Norway. Read full book review >
KEPT IN THE DARK by J. Ronald M. York
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A provocative collection of family correspondence, but one that will leave readers with unanswered questions."
A largely epistolary debut memoir about a shocking family secret. Read full book review >
Playbook by Tracy Ewens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A wholesome tale about playing football, taking chances, making the grade, and sometimes even wearing a little glitter."
A contemporary romance about a buttoned-up English professor who falls for her polar opposite, the football coach. Read full book review >
HELEN by Anita Mishook
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A well-structured, compelling historical tale.
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A young, Jewish, Polish-American immigrant moves from New York to California and reluctantly infiltrates a pro-Nazi organization in this novel. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL'S DRAGON by Jason F. Boggs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"An expansive but overlong sci-fi epic."
A young soldier begins to question the powers he serves in Boggs' sci-fi debut, the first of a planned trilogy. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN CITY OF CHELLDRAH-HAM by Stephan von Clinkerhoffen
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A fresh, funny adventure and the best installment in the series so far.
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In the third book of the middle-grade Chelldrah-Ham series, von Clinkerhoffen (The Hidden City of Chelldrah-ham: War of Chaos, 2015, etc.) brings its protagonists to a different world: Earth.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >