Indie Book Reviews

Hunt for the Sun Children by Zora Iverson

"In the crowded teens-with-powers genre, this debut sails above the rest."
In this YA debut, teens with elemental powers train to battle monsters in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Read full book review >
The Broom of God by John Bragg
Released: Sept. 2, 2015

"A gripping, entertaining mystery bolstered by spooky ambiance."
An inspector investigating the murder of an American in Patagonia, Chile, isn't short on suspects or motives in Bragg's debut novel. Read full book review >

Gryphon's Heir by D.R. Ranshaw
Released: June 1, 2015

"Fabulously layered mythmaking."
In this debut fantasy, a schoolteacher is thrust into a contest for a medieval throne. Read full book review >
You're in HighSchool Now by Eldot
Released: July 6, 2015

"Fun, frolicsome series with good humor and a message of unity and equality; new readers may want to start at the beginning."
The life and times of an adventurous, gay high school sophomore. Read full book review >
Busker's Holiday by Adam Gussow
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"A strongly written, cool novel about being young, bluesy, and free on a vagabond adventure in Europe."
In Gussow's (Mister Satan's Apprentice: A Blues Memoir, 2009) lively road novel, an American grad student spends a wild few weeks as a street musician in Europe. Read full book review >

Cape Deception by Eugene Nordstrom
Released: Aug. 5, 2015

"A top-notch mystery with ever escalating suspense and a satisfying payoff."
Old money is the target of a calculating stalker in this engrossing thriller. Read full book review >
Thank You For the Shoes by Raffaela Marie Rizzo
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A heartwarming amalgam of personal fact, fiction, and history."
An affecting tale of an Italian immigrant's struggle to make a life for himself in the United States. Read full book review >
A Life Ignited by Rhonda Kinard
Released: July 16, 2015

"A compact call to action for the improvement-minded."
Kinard offers advice for jump-starting your life in this slim motivational volume. Read full book review >
Almost Eden by Richard Taylor
Released: Dec. 10, 2014

"Wartime romance that refreshingly forgoes the sentimentality."
In this third novel in a trilogy, a "donut dollie"—a Red Cross volunteer during the Vietnam War—finds love with a soldier, but his experiences in the jungle will have lasting repercussions on their future together. Read full book review >
Perfection To A Fault by Janice S. C. Petrie
Released: July 1, 2000

"Exhaustive detail and flawless re-creations make for real suspense in this nonfiction tale."
Petrie (Did You Make the Hole in the Shell in the Sea?, 2013, etc.) vividly re-creates the circumstances and aftermath of an early 20th-century murder in this true-crime book.Read full book review >
The Three Graces by Michele Wolfe
Released: June 6, 2014

"An engaging fantasy story about letting go of the past and learning to love oneself."
Three young women, shaken by mysterious episodes in which they transcend time and space, forge an unlikely friendship in Wolfe's charming debut novel. Read full book review >
The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House by John Whittier Treat
Released: Sept. 29, 2016

"A compassionate, engrossing novel of life in the early plague years, depicted here with authentic detail and a true heart."
The panicked, formative years of the AIDS epidemic create the dramatic backdrop for this sentimental yet searingly authentic novel. 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 >