Indie Book Reviews

RED SULPHUR by Robert Bosnak
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 8, 2014

"A fun, esoteric mystery set in early modern Europe."
Bosnak (Embodiment: Creative Imagination in Medicine, Art and Travel, 2007, etc.) explores the mysteries of alchemy in the first two volumes of his historical mystery saga. Read full book review >
Released: April 11, 2014

"An analysis of racism that not only explains it, but could contribute to its diminishment."
A scholarly reconsideration of racism. Read full book review >

The Rootlets: Super Rootabilities by Vicki Marquez
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A palatable mix of education and entertainment for kids that will go down easy."
In this debut children's book by a certified health coach, four young residents of an alien planet discover that they're destined to develop nutrition-based superpowers. Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 4, 2015

"A bubbly and educational bilingual poetry anthology for children."
Occasions big and small are celebrated with kid-friendly poems in this English/Spanish anthology compiled by Vardell and Wong (The Poetry Anthology for Science, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
Ride Your Heart 'Til It Breaks by Deborah Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2014

"Troubled romance that knows the messiness of real life."
Hawkins' (Dance for a Dead Princess, 2013) tale of addictive love is a roller coaster of emotion. Read full book review >

Masters' Mysterium by R. R. Reynolds
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Like Charlaine Harris' Midnight, Texas, saga, this is cutting-edge genre fiction that will appeal to genre fans as well as mainstream fiction readers. It's a storytelling tour de force no matter the categorization."
This rousing sequel to Reynolds' debut novel (Masters' Mysterium: Wisconsin Dells, 2013) continues a paranormal fantasy saga chronicling the epic battle between angels and demons and the humans entangled in their war.Read full book review >
Trash by Laurie Hoover
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2015

"A stark, striking study of childhood abuse and recovery."
A woman recalls her traumatic, impoverished childhood growing up in Canada in the 1970s and '80s in this debut fictionalized memoir. Read full book review >
Dark Prince, Heed Thy Queen by Kathleen K.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2014

"Thin and unassuming, K's latest is a titillating and highly provocative tinderbox, conflating taboo themes of hierarchal subservience, gender domination, and eroticized objectification."
Prolific eroticist K (Honey B., Sexual Consultant, 2014, etc.) conjures a fictionalized wet dream starring a hypersexualized woman and the domineering hoodlum who sexually enslaves her. Read full book review >
SASHI ADOPTS A BROTHER by Linda Greiner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN

"A charming tale of friendship between dogs, and the love of owners who understand their pets."
Sashi, the formerly shy sheltie, returns to welcome a new misbehaving brother into her family in Greiner's (Sashi, The Scared Little Sheltie, 2015) second picture book. 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 >
Bring on the Phantoms by Kenneth King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2014

"A fast-talking, passionate view of a seedy world of lies, corruption, and sexual intrigue."
King's sultry tale twists through the labyrinth of Manhattan's secretive cabarets and haunts. Read full book review >
BLUE SKY by Brian Kindall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 7, 2014

"A subject and telling too simple for teenagers, but younger readers will be enchanted."
A fairy tale-like story about growing up and claiming one's place in the wide, mysterious world. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >