Indie Book Reviews (page 8)

AWAKENING by Andi O'Connor
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"With a touch of sci-fi, this penultimate installation of a fantasy series delivers rich characters and complex plotlines."
In this second installment of O'Connor's (Silevethiel, 2013, etc.) YA fantasy series, a young man, fighting to save the world, is tested when an old adversary returns to wreak more destruction. Read full book review >
FADING INTO FOCUS by Joan Kantor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"An evocative, concentrated rendering of a complex relationship."
Kantor (Shadow Sounds, 2010) explores the dreams, dementia, and death of her mother in this memoiristic volume of poetry. Read full book review >

Yearning for Normal by Susan Ellison Busch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"A moving, intelligent examination of raising a child with a disability."
A nurse tells her personal story of having a child with a severe genetic disorder. Read full book review >
MANAGING BUBBIE by Russel Lazega
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"A successful twofer: a moving ode to a beloved family matriarch and a valuable reminder about the role of history in shaping even seemingly ordinary lives."
Lazega's (Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law and Practice, 2014, etc.) first foray into narrative nonfiction chronicles the life of his fearless Bubbie, a tough-as-nails Holocaust survivor. Read full book review >
"Grandma, What Is A Soul?" by Karen E. Herrick
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 4, 2015

"A well-executed picture book detailing one path the soul could take."
Herrick (You're Not Finished Yet, 2011) offers an illustrated explanation of what happens when we die. Read full book review >

TYLER'S DREAM by Matthew Butler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 4, 2015

"A thoroughly animated fantasy, and a commendable series introduction."
Butler's debut YA fantasy offers the tale of a young boy who becomes the unwitting guardian of a precious artifact that all sorts of creatures desire. Read full book review >
Confessions of a Time Traveler by R. Gary Raham
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 4, 2015

"A welcome excursion for pop-sci fans featuring a number of striking artworks."
In this diverse collectionof essays, short stories, illustrations, anecdotes, and other missives, Raham informs without being dry and teaches without being pedantic while covering a wide range of subjects in biology and the history of science.Read full book review >
PAPER OR PLASTIC by Vivi Barnes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"An enjoyable read with enough emotional turmoil and sweet romantic moments to satisfy the YA crowd.
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First impressions can be deceiving, as Barnes (Olivia Twisted, 2013, etc.) reveals in her new YA novel.Read full book review >
How (Not) To Fall in Love by Lisa Brown Roberts
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A promising debut featuring a crackerjack heroine who doesn't need a hero to complete her sweet, rambling quest."
In Roberts' debut YA riches-to-rags story, the daughter of a self-help guru searches for her lost father and finds herself. Read full book review >
BEYOND TOP SECRET by Rob Lubitz
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Smart and sleek as the secrets slowly spill out."
In Lubitz's (Breaking Free, 2011) thriller, a woman's trial for murder puts numerous people in danger when it threatens to expose a covert government assassination. Read full book review >
GRAYWULLF by Thomas Rottinghaus
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A fine fantasy debut intensified by its emotional heft and swaggering action.
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In this dark fantasy debut, a centuries-old Wizard crosses paths with a dying breed of gun-slinging lawmen. Read full book review >
CRY OF THE FIREBIRD by Amy Kuivalainen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Fantasy fans will likely enjoy Anya's adventures, which feature novel supernatural elements in a modern setting."
Finnish-Australian author Kuivalainen offers a debut urban fantasy about a young girl battling dark forces. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >