Indie Book Reviews (page 9)

The Land of Matta  by Michael Eldred
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2015

"A fantastical puzzle that may be too difficult to solve.

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Eldred (Capital and Technology, 2015, etc.) presents a fantasy allegory for physics enthusiasts.Read full book review >
We Came All This Way by Mike Heppner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2015

"Well-written and intriguing."
Abandoning the rest of her family, a woman runs away with her daughter to join her brother on a man-made island/new nation and reflects on what brought her there. Read full book review >

A GIRL LIKE THAT by Mary Flinn
ROMANCE
Released: May 25, 2015

"An uplifting tale of love and redemption that's perfect for fans of stories of rehabilitated youth and second chances."
A breezy romance about a single mother who tries to reinvent herself after her young-adult son leaves the nest. Read full book review >
The Quiet Tides of Bordeaux by J. L. F.  Lambert
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 25, 2015

"A hushed but resonant literary memoir."
Lambert (Termcraft, 2014) records the life a 20th-century schoolteacher in Bordeaux. Read full book review >
Refuge by Jason K  Macomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2015

"With its overly simplistic approach to good vs. evil, this vampire saga thus far lacks drama and bite."
Alongside the young woman they saved from an attack, a vampire-hunting duo faces off against a gang of bloodsuckers in debut author Macomson's evangelical tale for young adults. Read full book review >

Jump Reactor by Michael Allen  Sales
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2015

"An absurdist sci-fi romp."
In Sales' first sci-fi novel in an announced trilogy, a superpowered mutant in the 23rd century trains for his alien-influenced destiny. Read full book review >
The Place by Linda  Orvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2015

"A quietly shocking page-turner that chooses to be poetic instead of preachy."
In Orvis' (In the Mousehole, 2014) romantic thriller, a woman tries to resolve her fantastic double life.Read full book review >
Flutes and Tomatoes by Wade Stevenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2015

"A paean to the tomato and a song of natural devotion."
An exploration of love's loss and life's recovery from Stevenson (The Color Symphonies, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 22, 2015

"A helpful, hands-on approach for preserving personal sanity and professionalism when dealing with irrational co-workers."
A practical guide to recognizing, adjusting for, and dealing with difficult people in the workplace. Read full book review >
O.K. is Great by David Tiefenthaler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 22, 2015

"This well-observed, funny book for middle schoolers scores high marks for the true-to-life observations, trials, and successes of its lively 12-year-old protagonist."
A spirited 12-year-old thinks he'll never be anything but average until he recognizes his own gifts in this witty and wise novel for middle schoolers from a first-time author/illustrator. Read full book review >
DEVIL'S GARDEN by Lance Tuck
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 21, 2015

"A darkly satisfying novel by a writer with an eye for action and unnerving detail."
In Tuck's debut fantasy thriller, a spiritual crisis unfolds involving infernal antagonists. Read full book review >
CONFUCIUS SAYS by Veronica Li
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2015

"An affecting look at caring for aging parents and a story of the nuances of Chinese culture."
A story of a woman caring for her parents with as much filial piety as she can muster. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >