Indie Book Reviews

THE IDIOCY OF PERFECTION by Jesus Silva-Herzog Marquez
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 5, 2017

"A judicious, agile look at the limits of reason and modern liberalism."
A series of biographical vignettes captures a shared skepticism about the rewards of modernity. Read full book review >
KITTEN ON THE KEYS by Caryll Egerer Moore
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 28, 2016

"A warm, wholesome coming-of-age story."
Moore's debut middle-grade novel, inspired by stories of her mother's childhood, follows a girl as she grows up in small-town California during the 1910s. Read full book review >

YIELD by B.J. Tiernan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2016

"An absorbing, heart-wrenching tale of love, belonging, and self-acceptance."
Tiernan (Standing on a Whale, 2014) blends historical anxieties with concerns universal to all of humanity in this literary romance.Read full book review >
THE WATERFALL TRAVELER by S.J. Lem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2017

"A gripping, harrowing adventure tale, propelled by a complex, mythology-inflected plot."
A young woman must stop a plague of beasts that threatens civilization in this fantasy debut. Read full book review >
CHILDREN OF COVENANT by Fred Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2017

"An engrossing mystery about secrets in an old Southern town that delivers a plea for unity."
A Southern minister befriends a Muslim professor accused of murdering a local business owner in this novel. Read full book review >

DAY OF SECRETS by Daryl Wood Gerber
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A savvy and energetic whodunit."
A history professor is reunited with his long-lost mother shortly before her murder in Gerber's (Grilling the Subject, 2016, etc.) mystery-thriller.Read full book review >
HISTORY

"A rigorous and balanced examination of a sadly neglected figure in the American labor movement."
A debut book delivers a searching history of a labor leader's relentless persecution by the U.S. government. Read full book review >
BORN TO CREATE by Rosalie H. Contino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 17, 2015

"An absorbing and inspiring tale of dreams deferred but ultimately fulfilled.
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A memoir encourages people of all ages to pursue their passions, artistic or otherwise. Read full book review >
A GREAT HONOR by Alan S. Boyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 6, 2016

"An enjoyable book from start to finish, filled with historical events and personal reflections."
A debut memoir examines a life in motion: planes, trains, and automobiles. Read full book review >
NELSON BEATS TO ODDS by Ronnie Sidney, II
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Engaging and inspirational tales for students coping with common problems."
Paired graphic novels explore learning disabilities and bullying—and touch on foster care—for middle-grade and YA readers. Read full book review >
DRUANTIA'S CURSE by L.A. Hammer
FICTION & LITERATURE

"This immersive, colorful, and action-oriented fantasy series smoothly maintains its rapid pace."
The Chosen warriors split their forces to square off against a vampire lord in this sequel. Read full book review >
BODY AND SOUL by Panthea Reid
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"Reid vividly depicts both her husband's sickness and her own feelings of loss and guilt in this memoir."
A recently widowed college professor looks back on her marriage and the death of her husband. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >