Indie Book Reviews

Outside, Inside by Cindy Helms
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 17, 2015

"Helms does an excellent job combining strange and colorful art, the concepts of opposites, and a tale of a friendship surprise."
Outside, Inside by Cindy Helms Seussian shapes and creatures dominate this clever concept book about opposites—and friendship—by debut author/illustrator Helms. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"A witty, compassionate read from a thoughtful author."
A mature, thoughtful perspective on American warfare in the 21st century and a detailed explanation of the advantages and drawbacks of Transcendental Meditation. Read full book review >

Clientelligence by Michael B. Rynowecer
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Deftly written and well-presented; principals of any service firm will appreciate this treasure trove of useful intelligence for business improvement."
An in-depth study of what it takes to develop and maintain superior relationships with clients. Read full book review >
Snapshots from my Uneventful Life by David I. Aboulafia
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2015

"The funny bits in this Everyman's true-life stories will remind readers to look on the bright side of life."
Debut author Aboulafia highlights absurd and memorable events from his life in humorous autobiographical essays. Read full book review >
Cut Paste Gone by Lisa  Safran
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2015

"A well-written, engaging exploration of the maxim, 'Be careful what you wish for.'"
A young girl with a magic pair of scissors makes a collage out of reality in Safran's debut YA novel. Read full book review >

The Lost Girls by Mari Bianca
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Detailed spells and robust personalities make this a bolder-than-average YA adventure."
Bianca's (Serenade, 2014) YA fantasy sees a teen witch learning her craft while coping with her dark, strange past. Read full book review >
A Long Way Back by J. Everett  Prewitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 30, 2015

"A fresh re-examination of race in the military."
Prewitt's (Snake Walkers, 2005) mystery confronts the wages of both war and racial conflict. Read full book review >
Stewie BOOM! Boss of the Big Boy Bed by Christine Bronstein
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 30, 2015

"A relatable and generation-spanning tale of milestones and sleeplessness."
A young boy grapples with his new big-boy bed in this fun and sleep-deprived children's book. Read full book review >
The Midnight Spy by Kiki Hamilton
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 26, 2015

"Compelling characters, riveting tension, and rich, complex worldbuilding make this a must-read for fantasy fans."
Hamilton (The Faerie Queen, 2014) launches a planned YA historical fantasy series driven by a strong heroine, intrigue, mystery, and a little bit of romance.Read full book review >
BEHIND THE CURTAIN by Jeffrey E. Sterling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2015

"Accessible and often amusing medical anecdotes."
Drawing on over 20 years of experience in emergency medicine, debut author Sterling presents alternately humorous and sobering stories of the "controlled chaos" of a hospital emergency room. Read full book review >
KOBEE MANATEE by Robert Scott Thayer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015

"An appealing picture book distinguished by its colorful images, creatively distilled meteorological facts, and simple but dynamic storytelling."
A manatee and his friends swim across the Gulf Stream and brave a hurricane on their way to the Bahamas in this colorful adventure for young readers. Read full book review >
What Makes It Worthy  by David Paul Kuhn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Insightful politicalcommentary that will keep readers immersed.
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A political novel documents both the cynical lows and romantic highs of campaign life in America, as experienced by two reporters. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >