Indie Book Reviews

Rising From The Mire by Christine Grace
Released: Dec. 12, 2014

"Affecting yet inspiring in its positivity."
This collection of insightful, emotionally intuitive short stories by Grace succeeds in honoring the resilience of women around the world. Read full book review >
Plagued, With Guilt by Michael Jason Brandt
Released: June 27, 2015

"A striking, frightening debut that heralds the start of a promising career."
Brandt plumbs the depths of suspense, pathology, and ancient history in this debut novel, at once a fierce academic thriller and a powerful meditation on humanity. Read full book review >

The Improbable Wonders of  Moojie Littleman by Robin Gregory
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"A lively, original take on a story of a boy with more limits—and more magic—than most."
In this YA coming-of-age novel, a disabled boy goes to live on his grandfather's farm, meets a mysterious clan, and discovers special powers. Read full book review >
Jill Bash by Maurice Jackson
Released: March 28, 2014

"Goth girl meets The Nutty Professor meets The Terminator."
Action and sci-fi go hand in hand as Jackson presents the high-octane adventures of a snarky teenage girl who sets out with her nerdy uncle to save the world from evil robots. Read full book review >

"One soldier's chaotic life serves as an instructive microcosm of the American military experience in Vietnam."
Hartman effectively captures the hectic life at a medical clearinghouse in this exhaustive journal of his in country experiences during the Vietnam War. Read full book review >

Oldenglen by Robin Mason
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A well-written, engaging debut fantasy."
When Jackson's family moves to a forested area, he stumbles upon secrets that will change his life forever in this middle-grade novel. Read full book review >
Life, Love, and Letting Go by Laura A. Fisher
Released: Dec. 16, 2008

"Impassioned; could be used in conjunction with a high school workshop on poetry or social justice."
Fisher (Inside the Heart of a Glass Knight, 2010) presents a wide range of themes—rape, slavery, discrimination, life on the mean streets, love, and friendship—in this bighearted smorgasbord of poetry. Read full book review >
Empty Bottle of Gin by Conon Parks

"A raucous, if at times difficult, literary concoction in a bizarre world of radicals."
From debut author Parks comes a disjointed novel about a man named Walter and his paranoid adventures in Seattle. Read full book review >
Tooth & Talon by James Lee
Released: July 20, 2015

"Eerie, entertaining tales whose recurring themes and characters make them stronger."
Vampires, otherworldly creatures, and human killers populate Lee's debut collection of horror and suspense stories. Read full book review >
Nightscape: Cynopolis by David W. Edwards
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"By turns entertaining, poignant, and heady, a thoroughly enjoyable thrill ride powered by jolts of philosophy."
Through contact with interdimensional beings, a former Black Power activist releases a "thought-virus" that turns dogs wild and people into jackal-headed creatures resembling the ancient Egyptian god Anubis. Read full book review >
The Demon Conspiracy by R. L. Gemmill
Released: July 24, 2015

"An up-all-night read that's clever and heartfelt."
In this YA fantasy debut, a sibling trio find themselves ensnared in a plot by demons to rule the world. Read full book review >
TotIs by J. Joseph Kazden
Released: Aug. 21, 2015

"A learned, bold journey to the limits of human perception and beyond."
Kazden offers a mind-expanding debut novel about a symposium examining the core concepts of the universe. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
John Sandford
author of SATURN RUN
October 6, 2015

Saturn Run, John Sandford’s new novel, is quite a departure for the bestselling thriller writer, who sets aside his Lucas Davenport crime franchise (Gathering Prey, 2015, etc.) and partners with photographer and sci-fi buff Ctein to leave Earth’s gravitational field for the rings of Saturn. The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope—something is approaching Saturn, and decelerating. Space objects don’t decelerate; spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: whatever built that ship is at least 100 years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete. A conclusion the Chinese definitely agree with when they find out. The race is on. “James Bond meets Tom Swift, with the last word reserved not for extraterrestrial encounters but for international piracy, state secrets, and a spot of satisfyingly underhanded political pressure,” our reviewer writes. View video >