Indie Book Reviews

War: A Crime Against Humanity by Roberto Vivo
HISTORY
Released: April 25, 2015

"An important contribution to the study of both war and peace."
A sweeping history of war and peace—and an impassioned call to choose the latter over the former. Read full book review >
Mrs. Valentine's Revenge by Al Ginsberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2015

"Formidable bad guys help retain steady, nail-biting tension for the good guys and for readers."
In Ginsberg's debut thriller, a private detective and a widow become targets of London thugs when looking into the presumedmurder of the woman's husband.Read full book review >

Sales Intelligence by Timo T. Aijo
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 7, 2015

"Jam-packed with interesting ideas and appealing stories, Aijo's book is a highly useful reference for new salespeople and sales managers."
Sales veteran Aijo explains how intelligence—"both in information and smarts"—is a crucial tool for salespeople at all levels. Read full book review >
The Vermeer Conspiracy by Eytan Halaban
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2015

"A fine thriller that's intriguing and clever, appreciative of art's power, and grounded in a sensitive humanity—a winner."
In this novel, a Yale student investigating her roommate's disappearance uncovers clues to a centuries-old art mystery and a shadowy group of art collectors. Read full book review >
The Average Girl by Angelina Goode
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2015

"An adorably sweet Tinseltown romance, perfect for a day at the LA beach."
Lighthearted fiction about a woman who gets paid to help regular people meet famous people in seemingly chance encounters. Read full book review >

The Girl on the Pier by Paul Tomkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 28, 2015

"Beautiful and chilling—a brilliant debut."
In Tomkins' (Dynasty: Fifty Years of Shankly's Liverpool, 2013, etc.) novel, a forensic artist's romantic obsessions and traumatic past rise to the surface as he works on a cold case.Read full book review >
Ports of Recall by Rena Lee
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A pensive novel about emotional and physical displacement."
In Lee's (A Bed on Nine Legs, 2013, etc.) novel, an Israeli expatriate explores her memories across distances of geography and time. Read full book review >
Emma G. Loves Boyz by Taro Meyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Sweet but deafening, Emma's contagious enthusiasm amplifies this wholesome fan letter for younger readers."
The exuberant journal of a star-struck fan who vows to stop at nothing—even doing chores!—for a chance to see her favorite boy band perform live. Read full book review >
The Scorch of a Skilten by Nashat Zaman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 1, 2015

"An entertaining tale for adventure-hungry readers."
In Zaman's well-paced debut YA novel, 11-year-old Clara Skilten has adventures at a training academy. Read full book review >
Gaza, Wyoming by Seth Colter Walls
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Unusual and flawed yet packed with the kind of imaginative brio that fans of political satire will find irresistibly zany."
America under new (and questionable) leadership provides a creative backdrop for this energetic, offbeat political satire, journalist Walls' (Incesticidal Nurturing: The Life-Affirming Brilliance of Nirvana's Weirdest Album, 2013) fiction debut.Read full book review >
Land of Dreams by E. J.  Densmore
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Splendid romance from an author to watch."
Haunted by possibilities, depressed by realities, an English professor finds herself surprised by love in Densmore's engrossing debut romance. Read full book review >
SHOT DOWN by Steve Snyder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"A gripping story for readers in search of either drama or historical edification."
An account of one pilot's experience in World War II that's part biography and part world history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >