Indie Book Reviews (page 9)

The Goddess' Daughter by M Naresh Pi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 14, 2015

"A gripping paranormal thriller bolstered by a complex heroine and her rich spiritual heritage."
In Pi's debut thriller, a woman's career and family are threatened by supernatural forces from her ancestors' past. Read full book review >
NEIGHBORS by George Held
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 14, 2015

"Well-illustrated poetry which may be too challenging for some younger readers."
This latest addition to the Neighbors poetry series offers engaging poetry for young children. Read full book review >

A JOURNAL OF THE CRAZY YEAR by Forrest Carr
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 12, 2015

"A great case made for the idea that the end isn't nigh—it's already here."
A pandemic helps humanity destroy itself in this wry apocalyptic thriller. Read full book review >
DIVIDERS by Travis Adams Irish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2015

"A promising beginning devolves into a clichéd second half."
Two men—one aided by a supernatural demon—seek retribution for the death of a loved one in Irish's fourth novel (The Golden Goose of Los Angeles Extended Edition, 2014). Read full book review >
WYW by Derek Dollahite
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 12, 2015

"This YA narrative is full of quiet fury, and it's remarkable watching its protagonist harness it."
In this debut YA techno-thriller, a computer-savvy teenager continues to develop a code language that his deceased father began. Read full book review >

Primordium Book One: Reformation by William E. Mason
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 12, 2015

"An ambitious tale with compelling concepts but one that's dauntingly dense—even for sci-fi readers raised on the temporal loops of Doctor Who."
In Mason's debut sci-fi novel, a tormented anthropologist looking for the origins of mankind meets a not-quite-human girl who reminds him of a lost love. Read full book review >
In Your Name, I Write by Claire Fukouara
Released: Jan. 10, 2015

"A dense, abstract philosophical work for the very patient and the very curious."
Fukouara expounds on common philosophical concepts in her debut work. Read full book review >
THE ANGEL OF ANTIOCH by Daniel Molyneux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2015

"A theologically intriguing novel that mimics the Bible's dramatic presentation."
A parablelike tale of spirituality, religion, and persecution. Read full book review >
The Ballad of David and Israel by Roderick Byron Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2015

"Searing action and drama, but truly a story of friends whose impacts on one another are profound and permanent."
In Palmer's urban drama debut, the close friendship between two California teens forever intertwines their lives and culminates in violence. Read full book review >
Naked Soul by Salil Jha
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 2015

"Erotic poetry that evokes feelings of joy, happiness, and an overall celebration of the arts of physical and romantic love."
Jha's collection of concise, warm, and erotic poetry explores the delights of physical love from (primarily heterosexual) male and female perspectives. Read full book review >
THE ROBUSTA INCIDENT by Jennifer Fales
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Even though it dwells too often on its protagonist's misery, this book will appeal to anyone who's ever endured petty bureaucracy."
A novel packed with humor and absurd plot twists that satirizes corporate scientists and soulless management. Read full book review >
REACTION TO MURDER by David Veale
THRILLERS
Released: Jan. 7, 2015

"A subdued but effective thriller that provides an ideal starting point for its exemplary protagonist.
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In Veale's debut procedural thriller, a burned and beaten body is found in the wreckage of a devastating fire at a U.K. college. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >