Indie Book Reviews

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 >
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 >

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 >
IF YOU WERE ME AND LIVED ON...MARS by Carole P. Roman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 9, 2017

"A book that will expand readers' horizons with its scientific foray into the solar system."
Roman and Arkova's (Can a Princess Be a Firefighter?, 2017, etc.) picture book imagines what life might be like for the first colonists on Mars.Read full book review >

BEHIND THE MASK by Patricia Reeks
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A momentous, readable collection, its sole downside being that there are only 20 superhero stories. "
Reeks (Love Hurts, 2015, etc.) and debut editor Richardson assemble a series of tales centered on superheroes' constant struggles with saving the world and maintaining secret identities.Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An appealing, helpful, and intriguing new approach to dealing with physical limitations and conditions."
In this guide to improving wellness, the author suggests new frameworks for mentally and emotionally relating to health. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: July 28, 2016

"A thorough and quietly encouraging manual on the causes and containment of panic attacks."
A comprehensive book looks at the science of acute anxiety—and possible new approaches to treatment. Read full book review >
IT’S MY LIFE, AND I’LL CRY IF I WANT TOO by Kimberly D. Holmes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2017

"A heated but forthright account of one woman's trials."
Holmes' memoir relates her struggle with a mental health disorder, drug addiction, and the complexities of everyday life. Read full book review >
HEALEY ON HEALTH by Gregory J. Healey
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 9, 2015

"A pleasant, if slightly repetitive, set of medical-themed essays."
A doctor's newspaper column sheds light on everyday risks and ailments. Read full book review >
PROUD AMERICAN by
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A candid recollection of a challenging but rewarding life."
In this debut personal memoir, Tinoco details his hard-fought ascendancy out of poverty to a life of military service. Read full book review >
BONNIE AND CLYDE by Clark Hays
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2017

"Outlaws become patriots in this imaginative, suspenseful what-if story."
In this novel, Bonnie and Clyde's deaths are faked so that they can save President Franklin D. Roosevelt from an assassin. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >