Indie Book Reviews

KOBEE MANATEE by Robert Scott Thayer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Another creative blending of real-life oceanography and gentle fantasy in a smart and entertaining series."
In this latest installment of a science- and nature-based picture book series for young children, a curious manatee journeys with old and new aquatic friends to the site of a sunken ship. Read full book review >
FATAL OPTION by Chris Beakey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A character-driven tale that maintains its sincerity even in its most nerve-wracking moments."
In Beakey's (Double Abduction, 2007) thriller, an investigation into a tragic accident during a blizzard reveals a string of secrets—including a murder.Read full book review >

The Mermaids of Lake Michigan by Suzanne Kamata
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A lyrical, compelling coming-of-age story with magical elements."
A water-loving girl struggles to find her place on land in this novel. Read full book review >
ISLAND OF EXILES by Erica Cameron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A fresh, original series starter bolstered by a dynamic protagonist and a welcome sense of depth."
Cameron (Assassins: Nemesis, 2017, etc.) tells a YA fantasy tale about a "nyshin"—a warrior, mage, and hunter—on a desert island rife with danger.Read full book review >
Squawk by Craig Halloran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"Primarily a setup for subsequent novels, but the boy-dragon duo makes this an admirable tale all its own."
In this opening of Halloran's (Trial of the Dragon, 2016, etc.) latest YA fantasy series, a teen in a post-apocalyptic world endures totalitarian rulers and bonds with a dragon like no other.Read full book review >

TINDERBOX by Rachel Grant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"An exciting tale that offers an entertaining mix of action and romance."
An American archaeologist in Africa uncovers a dangerous conspiracy while investigating the discovery of a lifetime in Grant's (Poison Evidence, 2016, etc.) thriller.Read full book review >
Bedtime for Buzzy by T.J. Hackworth
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A giggleworthy ode to creativity perfect for youngsters who have trouble saying good night."
When a boy refuses to go to bed, his toys encourage him to rest in this debut picture book. Read full book review >
IN JAKE’S COMPANY by James Murrow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A complex, sobering read that lays bare the sordid, damaging compromises of the drug-manufacturing world."
A generational family novel set against the backdrop of the burgeoning pharmaceutical industry. Read full book review >
ROCK PAPER SCISSORS by Matty Dalrymple
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A deadly game involving a dangerous girl that does have a winner: the reader."
A secret fertility experiment goes wrong in this thriller. Read full book review >
GUARDIAN OF SECRETS by Brenda Drake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A fantasy that embraces its love-triangle motif and deftly manages to create a believably fragile political system at risk of collapse—unless the heroine can save it."
Magic and mayhem return to the world's libraries in this YA sequel. Read full book review >
AGE OF ORDER by Julian North
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 6, 2017

"A promising debut that re-energizes tropes in the dystopian sci-fi genre."
In North's debut YA novel set in a violently divided, high-tech New York City, a poor girl enrolls in a Manhattan school that serves as an enclave for the fabulously rich, powerful, and dangerous. Read full book review >
IS GOAT BEEF? by Jeffery M. Camp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 2, 2017

"An enlightening, entertaining, and surprisingly moving hybrid of anecdotal military memoir and cookbook."
A decorated, retired Army veteran shares stories and recipes. 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 >