BESTSELLERS

ATLANTIA by Ally Condie

VERDICT: SKIP IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 28, 2014
As cool as a submerged city and teen siren are, too many physical details are missing and too many emotional details forced. (Fantasy. 12 & up)Read full book review >
JERRY LEE LEWIS by Rick Bragg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014
From a skilled storyteller comes this entertaining, sympathetic story of a life flaring with fire, shuddering with shakin'. Read full book review >

JACQUELINE BOUVIER KENNEDY ONASSIS by Barbara Leaming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014
An intimate and revealing look at one of the 20th century's most remarkable—and misunderstood—women. Read full book review >
GRAY MOUNTAIN by John Grisham

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014
Literary fast food: It's tasty enough, but it's probably not so good for you, with or without the lumps of coal. Read full book review >
BEAUTIFUL YOU by Chuck Palahniuk

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014
By Palahniuk's standards, this is actually a subtle and empathic piece of work. Read full book review >

DESERT GOD by Wilbur Smith

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014
With Minoan civilization destroyed by the eruption, Taita routs the Hykos, albeit still in perilous control of lower Egypt, which suggests Smith's eunuch/warrior/statesman has another adventure in store. Read full book review >
SHOPAHOLIC TO THE STARS by Sophie Kinsella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 21, 2014
A light, enjoyable read that's pure escapism. Read full book review >
JUST MERCY by Bryan Stevenson
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014
Emotionally profound, necessary reading. Read full book review >
THE ANIMALS' SANTA by Jan Brett
by Jan Brett, illustrated by Jan Brett

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 21, 2014
Brett excels at snowy settings, and her legions of fans will enjoy this well-told tale accompanied by her usual highly detailed watercolor illustrations and skillfully integrated secondary story. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
THE ICE DRAGON by George R.R. Martin

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006
Fantasy readers who want a shorter read might like this offering. (Fiction. 10-14) Read full book review >
BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 21, 2014
Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close. (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >
THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS by Rick Riordan

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
The satisfyingly cataclysmic showdowns yield to peaceful resolution at last; here's hoping it holds this time. (Fantasy. 10-16)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Dean Hale and Shannon Hale
November 25, 2014

In Shannon and Dean Hale’s new book The Princess in Black, Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when . . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also the Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Our reviewer writes that The Princess in Black has “action, clever humor, delightful illustrations and expectation-defying secret identities—when does the next one come out?” The Princess in Black made it onto our Best Middle-Grade Books of 2014 list, which is one reason we’re delighted to talk to the Hales this week on Kirkus TV. View video >