Indie Book Reviews

SELLING EGGS by Tom Noll
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 15, 2015

"An upbeat tale of resourceful recycling for young environmentalists."
In Noll's (The Bicycle Fence, 2015) second installment of his environmentally minded children's book series, a young boy gets his start as a chicken and egg farmer. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 22, 2015

"An entertaining, highly detailed account of the lives of some very famous gangsters."
Friedman (All Against The Law, 2014, etc.) offers an in-depth account of the crime bosses of Prohibition-era America. Read full book review >

THE VILLAGE OF EBEN HOLLOW by Brad A. Braddock
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 12, 2015

"Fans of heroes who drink, waste bad guys, and still find time for church will enjoy this grisly high-stakes war."
A fantasy/adventure about a small village and an onslaught of demonic forces from debut authors Braddock and Pacy. Read full book review >
The Popularity Project by Joddie Zeng
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN

"A high school fairy tale perfect for those who love second chances and happy endings."
Debut YA romance following a nerd on the road to prom queen. Read full book review >
DEAD HEAT by Amy Elizabeth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 17, 2014

"An often engrossing if at times predictable novel whose strengths make it well worth a read for those on the lookout for a refreshingly mature love story."
In Elizabeth's (Showdown, 2014, etc.) latest novel, an Aussie man living in Thailand in 2004 has his world turned upside down when he discovers an unconscious, apparently amnesiac American woman washed up on his boat. Read full book review >

THE IMMIGRANT EXPERT by Robert M. Macala
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 23, 2014

"A hilarious, beauteous collection of immigrant tales."
Macala recounts the tall tales of his multinational Eastern European family. Read full book review >
WIFE OF THE DECEASED by Dawn M. Bell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2014

"A profound reflection on the years following a spouse's death."
The poignant and searing account of a woman's tragic loss. Read full book review >
SAPIENT by Jerry Kaczmarowski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"A timely, winning adventure that brings up serious questions about technology and medical research."
Kaczmarowski's (Moon Rising, 2014) scientific thriller pits a medical researcher against the government. Read full book review >
DIRTBAG by Aldric J. Saucier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"A gleefully absurd romp that may appeal to readers whose interests are a bit off-kilter."
Unbelievable adventures and an unexpected reunion complicate a quest to locate a wicked, calculating woman in Saucier's (In the Sanctum of Entropy, 2013, etc.) comic novel. Read full book review >
Singing with Starlings by Victor Altshul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 12, 2015

"Readers who appreciate a warm poetic voice would do well to dive into Altshul's quick-witted, gregarious work."
Altshul (Stumblings, 2013) brings a gentle wit and a multifaceted view of human existence to his second poetry book. Read full book review >
MASK OF THE VERDOY by Phil Lecomber
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"An engrossing historical murder mystery."
In this first installment of a new mystery series set in Depression-era London, a private detective with a shadowy past goes up against fascists as he tries to solve a boy's murder. Read full book review >
Fight to the Edge of Earth Tonight by Michael Angliss
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 11, 2014

"The Retimer is at his best in the field, and genre fans will gladly follow the spy who leaves behind nothing but bullet holes."
Angliss' (Mrs America: Gunluv, 2014, etc.) latest thriller in the Retimer series finds recurring Aussie intelligence agent Luthan Fennes searching for his brother, who doesn't seem to have returned from his space tour.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >