BESTSELLERS

THE INFINITE SEA by Rick Yancey

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Sept. 16, 2014
A roller-coaster ride of a sequel. (Science fiction. 14-18)Read full book review >
DANGER DOWN THE NILE by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 1, 2014
It's hard to imagine the adventure-loving reader who wouldn't be hooked by this series. (Adventure. 8-12)Read full book review >

FANTASY LEAGUE by Mike Lupica

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 16, 2014
Lacking the intensity of a sustained drive or the urgency of a fourth-and-long play, the story offers more the feeling of trailing an opponent and deciding to sit on the ball until halftime. (Fiction. 10-14)Read full book review >
MIX IT UP by Hervé Tullet
Kirkus Star
by Hervé Tullet, illustrated by Hervé Tullet

VERDICT: BUY IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 16, 2014
Have the real paints handy. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
WORLD ORDER by Henry Kissinger

VERDICT: BORROW IT
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 2014
An astute analysis that illuminates many of today's critical international issues. Read full book review >

WAKING UP by Sam Harris
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 9, 2014
A demanding, illusion-shattering book certain to receive criticism from both the scientific and the religious camps. Read full book review >
PERFIDIA by James Ellroy
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014
Ellroy is not only back in form—he's raised the stakes. Read full book review >
THE MONOGRAM MURDERS by Sophie Hannah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014
Despite the names and dates, this authorized sequel will remind you less of Christie, whose strengths are very different from Hannah's, than of the dozens of other pastiches of golden age detective fiction among which it takes its place. Read full book review >
ROBERT B. PARKER'S BLIND SPOT by Reed Farrel Coleman
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 9, 2014
If the Parker estate keeps pouring new wine into old bottles, who'll be the next vintner? Mary Higgins Clark? Andrew Vachss? Janet Evanovich? Read full book review >
THE KING'S CURSE by Philippa Gregory

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014
Under Gregory's spell, we keep hoping history won't repeat itself. Read full book review >
THE WITCH WITH NO NAME by Kim Harrison
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 9, 2014
This is a glorious burst of high-pitched melodrama, epitomizing both the protagonist and her series. Read full book review >
THE CHILDREN ACT by Ian McEwan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014
McEwan, always a smart, engaging writer, here takes more than one familiar situation and creates at every turn something new and emotionally rewarding in a way he hasn't done so well since On Chesil Beach (2007). 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 >