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OUR GRAND FINALE

IR VERDICT: In OUR GRAND FINALE, author Laraine Denny Bell recounts the hardships of losing a loved one and recognizes the importance of spending time with those you love before it’s too late. Her personal journey...

THE CHRONICLES OF A SOPHISTICATED REDNECK

IR VERDICT: THE CHRONICLES OF A SOPHISTICATED REDNECK by Phillip Garrett is a wonderful memoir, a delight to read and experience. One of the most enduring stereotypes in this country is the redneck, born and...

KINGS OF PARADISE

IR VERDICT: KINGS OF PARADISE is a richly told, dark fantasy and coming-of-age story of two contrasting young men, one poor and fiercely independent and the other privileged and rebellious, and their struggles to find...

THE MARTYR’S BLADE

IR VERDICT: THE MARTYR’S BLADE is a riveting fantasy adventure with well-drawn, complex characters in a meticulously detailed, fascinating world. What starts as a simply mystery enfolds into a gripping story with high stakes. A...

MIGUEL TRAVELER #1

IR VERDICT: MIGUEL TRAVELER #1 is a dystopian thriller of a different kind. Set within an unforgiving and uncertain realm, Daniel McFatter’s provocative debut provides so much more than mere entertainment, especially from Miguel Morgan—a...

GOING OVER THE FALLS

IR VERDICT: Resident doctor, Lorna, is allowing herself enjoy one last surfing holiday with no strings attached when she finds out her estranged mother, Alex, is seriously ill. The fractured relationship between mother and daughter...

TUNING IN

IR VERDICT: Technology takes meditation to ominous telepathic proportions in Richard Roberts’s debut TUNING IN. The first book in the TUNING IN trilogy, Roberts’s crisp narrative slowly builds tension while concentrating on character development. A...

THEO AND THE FORBIDDEN LANGUAGE

IR VERDICT: Melanie Ansley's THEO AND THE FORBIDDEN LANGUAGE is an engaging novel that follows the humble healer rabbit, Theo, as he learns that his taboo skill for "word-catching" could save his world. With talking animals,...

STOLEN OBSESSION

IR VERDICT: Art, artifact and an ancient curse provide the compelling plot of Marlene M. Bell’s thrilling novel, STOLEN OBSESSION. The unsolved murder of art appraiser, Annalise Drury’s, best friend is the catalyst for a...