Indie Book Reviews (page 9)

Secrets of Worry Dolls by Amy Impellizzeri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A novel of grief, love, and truth that offers insights about a family and a satisfying resolution."
A daughter comes to terms with family secrets as she deals with the effects of two tragedies from New York's recent history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A schmaltzy but affecting memoir of a mostly vanished world."
The debut author, who has a long history in publishing as an editor, shares her stories about coming-of-age on the Lower East Side. Read full book review >

Never Go Alone by Denison Hatch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"In this crime tale, the author shows an imaginative knack for combining old-fashioned thrills with high-tech capers."
A New York City undercover detective investigates a gang that specializes in breaking into skyscrapers. Read full book review >
Marie Antoinette's Darkest Days by Will Bashor
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Impressive, well-researched, useful, and accessible, though some readers may feel that the book's sympathies for the doomed queen remain misplaced."
This scholarly work thoroughly documents Marie Antoinette's imprisonment, trial, and execution. Read full book review >
All in Fear by May Peterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"An engaging anthology of queer fiction filled with monsters, mysteries, and menace."
A collection of horror tales from six romance writers highlights queer characters in fearful circumstances. Read full book review >

Emic Rizzle, Tinkerer by Mary Ann Domanska
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"Let's hope for more from Domanska, as Emic the inventor is a very appealing invention herself."
In Domanska's debut adventure for middle-grade readers, a gadget-loving girl discovers that her grandfather was a spy in World War II—and that he knew about a secret invention. Read full book review >
Lord of the Fallen by John Forrester
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A resilient female protagonist braves the perils of wizardry, ancient cults, and college life."
A teen girl who dabbles in magic finds herself immersed in a war between kingdoms and the gradual rise of a potentially dangerous cult in Forrester's (Death Mage, 2015, etc.) YA fantasy novel.Read full book review >
AN ADJUNCT DOWN by Harvey Havel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"An absorbing novel of destructive love, false friends, and the cruelty of fate."
An adjunct professor falls prey to addiction. Read full book review >
THE SPEAKER by Andi O'Connor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A continually fascinating tale with a protagonist who charms, inspires, and evolves."
In the second of O'Connor's (Silevethiel, 2013, etc.) fantasy series, a princess must overcome her doubts if she's to help fulfill a prophecy to rescue her world from potential destruction. Read full book review >
UP IN SPACE by Jeanne Bender
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A gentle blend of storytelling, travelogue, and reassurance and reinforcement for children beginning to explore the world."
The adventures of a sunny-natured pup continue as she adjusts to her new home in Seattle in the second installment of a travel-centered chapter-book series. Read full book review >
THE DIARY OF AN IMMORTAL (1945-1959) by David J. Castello
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A deft cautionary tale about living forever."
A debut novel examines whether immortality is a boon or a curse. Read full book review >
ONE-TWO by Igor Eliseev
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 2016

"An original, painful tale of youthful isolation."
Conjoined twins in the Soviet Union face loneliness and alienation in Eliseev's debut novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >