Indie Book Reviews

THRILLERS
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Henry is indelible, and Fulbright smartly surrounds him with equally memorable characters in this exceptional outing."
In Fulbright's (Driving Mad, 2014) thriller, the real threat during the Cold War in the 1980s is the French president, who claims to have a weapon capable of shifting the balance of global power. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 28, 2015

"A genuinely original position on a historically significant cultural issue."
A scientifically rigorous and philosophically challenging argument that digital media is not merely shaping culture, but also the very nature of the human brain. Read full book review >

When the Song of the Angels is Stilled by A. S. Croyle
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 18, 2015

"An engaging addition to Sherlock Holmes legendry."
Before Sherlock Holmes meets John Watson, the young detective solves crimes with a bright lady friend in this delectable "before Watson" novel. Read full book review >
Quantum Leaps in Princeton's Place by Donna Clovis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2015

"An engaging look at the evolution of a town, its people, and its attitudes."
In her latest novel, Clovis (Another SAT, 2005, etc.) depicts a century of change in the one-time home of Albert Einstein. Read full book review >
Portraits at an Exhibition by Patrick E. Horrigan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 28, 2015

"A challenging, worthwhile account of the workings of the mind amidst the contemplation of art and beauty."
Horrigan (Widescreen Dreams, 2001) sets his debut novel at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where the central character, Robin, slowly travels through an exhibition titled "Motions of the Mind: The Renaissance Portrait and Its Legacy." Read full book review >

DESOLATION CANYON by Jonathan London
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2015

"A grand, well-rounded adventure that mixes nature, Native American lore, and history of the Desolation Canyon region."
London's (The Seasons of Little Wolf, 2014) middle-grade novel follows six people on a transformative rafting trip. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"An entertaining, insightful, and tragic memoir about trying to make it in show business."
Lewis' (Flower Drum Songs, 2006, etc.) memoir recounts his love affair with Hollywood. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 28, 2015

"A ray of sunshine for those with similar struggles."
The odds for a positive outcome from pregnancy while battling cancer might seem improbably long, but Hosford's hopeful debut memoir proves that, with a little bit of luck and lots of grit, it is entirely possible. Read full book review >
Walk-Up Music by Paul Watsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2015

"Refreshing poetry that has a little something for everybody."
Watsky (Telling the Difference, 2010, etc.) does the work of 10 poets in this excellent, slim collection. Read full book review >
SKINTIGHT by Wade Beauchamp
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2014

"An enjoyable visit to a world where superheroes live, curse, and sleep together."
A novel about the personal lives of superheroes. Read full book review >
The Dark Dwarf Saga by Ronald William Shaffer
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 26, 2015

"Pleasant 'chosen one' YA fantasy, with little tension, a few bracing scenes, and a likable hero."
In sibling authors Shaffer and Shaffer Kaminski's debut novel, the first volume of a trilogy, a young dwarf with magical powers undertakes an important mission. Read full book review >
Warrior Patient by Temple Emmet Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Equally sardonic and informative—definitely not your average cancer memoir."
In his humorous debut memoir, Williams envisions his shambolic prostate cancer saga as the education of a "medical dope" into "healthy hope." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >