Indie Book Reviews

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 >
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 >
An Intangible Affair by G.X. Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"The returning investigators have little to do, but readers gain an emotionally rich tale of ill-fated love."
Two amateur detectives wonder whether a married couple's isolated deaths were more than an accident and suicide in Chen's (Death Comes to Lake Como, 2016, etc.) mystery-drama. Read full book review >
ZERO DAY by T.L. Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"A skillfully rendered account of superpowers locked in covert war."
In this political thriller, the United States races to thwart a massive cyberattack from China. Read full book review >
WHEN I GROW UP, I WANT TO BE MYSELF by A. Cole
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2017

"A book that will be a hit with young readers, especially in schools with ethnically diverse student bodies."
Debut author Cole and illustrator Embeli, in this energetic debut children's book, question the importance of kids' selecting future careers. 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 >