Indie Book Reviews

Released: June 21, 2016

"A successful survey of common therapy topics with remedies that may provide relief, growth, and lasting change."
A debut self-help guide that resists long explanations and jumps directly to solutions for handling relationship problems, anxiety, decision-making, and self-doubt. Read full book review >
Song of the Blackbird by D.B. Michaels
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"A well-crafted mash-up of romance and prison life."
In this first installment of a planned, prison-set series, a new doctor takes a job where her half brother is incarcerated, but she hides their relationship from the attractive warden. Read full book review >

Risuko by David Kudler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 15, 2016

"A tight, exciting, and thoughtful first volume in what promises to be a fine series about a female ninja."
In this YA historical novel set in Japan's Sengoku period, a girl who adores climbing attends an unusual school. Read full book review >
Crowning Glory by Stacy Harshman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"A quirky, clever memoir."
A woman recounts her adventures experimenting with wigs as she wrestled with her own identity. Read full book review >
The Kingmaker by Tony Bridwell
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 14, 2016

"An entertaining saga about 'the power of second chances,' and resetting life and management priorities."
With his top clients involved in crises, a PR "kingmaker" realizes that he has lost sight of true leadership and purpose in this business/self-help fable. Read full book review >

Moonburner by Claire Luana
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"A promising start to a fantasy series that delivers a superb sense of fun and strong female characters who are both heroes and villains."
A debut secondary-world fantasy charts the story of two peoples at war across a backdrop of mysticism, celestial power, and forbidden love. Read full book review >
The Piratization of Daniel Barnes by Alex McGlothlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"A compelling, politically rich thriller."
In McGlothlin's debut novel, a lovelorn journalist becomes ensnared in the lives of modern-day pirates in Somalia. Read full book review >
The Last Sunset by Clark Hays
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2016

"The stakes are higher than ever in the latest chapter of this outstandingly entertaining vampire series.
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In this fourth book in The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection, Lizzie, Tucker, and the others will have to put aside their differences when an ancient enemy emerges from the shadows. Read full book review >
A Paperboy's Fable by Deep Patel
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 7, 2016

"A finely crafted business fable steeped in meaning; made all the more remarkable by the author's youth."
A parable reveals several business truths through the eyes of an enterprising paperboy. Read full book review >
The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 7, 2016

"A winning story about a teenage voice student that hits all the right notes."
Set at a summer music camp in Indiana, this debut YA novel spins a tale of romance and self-discovery. Read full book review >
The Green Knight by Chris Dietzel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Stirring sci-fi action that should appeal to fans who applaud the introduction 'A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.'"
A space princess tries to halt a terrible war—seemingly prompted by her father—while facing an appointment with execution at the hands of the mysterious Green Knight. Read full book review >
Pilgrim Spokes by Neil Hanson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"A book that offers plenty of 'shared sojourner's camaraderie' in the company of a happy, philosophical companion."
Anothermemoir from Hanson (Pilgrim Wheels, 2015, etc.) about a cross-country bicycle odyssey. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >