Indie Book Reviews

THE DUST OF EARTH by Dylan Huntington
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 19, 2015

"Sci-fi enthusiasts should prepare to be lured in by this series entry that's sturdier and more assertive than the first."
Huntington's (The Rings of Elpída, 2013) sci-fi series continues, as the inhabitants of a dying Earth train youngsters to acclimate to another planet—and its mind-invading alien species. Read full book review >
IT'S A MINEFIELD by Robert Horn
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"A damning account of the mining industry and a rousing call for its reform."
Horn reveals the troubling truths of the mining industry in this insider's account. Read full book review >

Thinking Good Thoughts About Me by Mary K McGranaghan
Released: Feb. 12, 2015

"A delightful method for inspiring confidence in any child."
A debut self-help book for young ones that aims to help them build their self-esteem. Read full book review >
Under an English Heaven by Alice K. Boatwright
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2014

"A well-crafted outsider's view of Cotswolds village life that will appeal to mystery buffs."
Californian Ellie Kent, the vicar's new wife, is just breaking in her tweeds when she finds an unidentified body in Boatwright's (Collateral Damage, 2012) charming mystery. Read full book review >
BLOOD FATHER by Tessa Dawn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 12, 2014

"Love letter to Blood Curse fans, but new readers are invited, too."
In the sixth volume of Dawn's Blood Curse series, the Silivasi brothers learn the whereabouts of their father. Read full book review >

MASON'S KEEPER by Cynthia J. Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 2014

"An inspiring tale of a young man's efforts to save his family, and himself."
In Stone's compelling follow-up to Mason's Daughter (2012), a brave young man flees home and embarks on a journey to adulthood. Read full book review >
Released: June 7, 2015

"Unpleasant but useful information, particularly for those who routinely come in contact with highly aggressive people."
A manual of advice born of long experience with violence. Read full book review >
THE LAST BOOK EVER WRITTEN by Jonah Kruvant
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 28, 2015

"A bit familiar, but exciting nonetheless."
In a future dictatorship, detective Victor Vale starts questioning authority when, to infiltrate a dissident cell, he goes undercover as a writer. Read full book review >
BY MY OWN HANDS by Jude Idada
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"Well-drawn characters and startling turns of phrase distinguish this soapy, suspenseful start of a trilogy."
Suicide devastates both a prosperous Canadian and a Nigerian family in this first novel from filmmaker, playwright, and short story writer Idada (A Box of Chocolates, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
Siv & The Blood Moon by Geoffrey Leigh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 22, 2014

"This inventive, tightly plotted debut will entertain fantasy lovers of any age."
This fantasy debut follows an outcast dwarf as she's caught up in an epic battle for the realm of Lavendelle. Read full book review >
AVIATRIX by Mary Bush Shipko
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2015

"A unique, engaging memoir balancing personal story with broader social themes."
A pioneering pilot's story of breaking gender barriers, fighting discrimination, and making peace with her experience. Read full book review >
RAMPAGE by Alan Brenham
THRILLERS
Released: July 4, 2015

"Precise and unequivocally gripping; an edge-of-your-seat ride from beginning to end."
In Brenham's (Cornered, 2014, etc.) latest thriller, cops in Austin, Texas, face off against a former convict on a vengeance-driven, murderous crime spree. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >