Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 10)

TWO ACROSS by Jeff Bartsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Bartsch's delightful novel creates a lovely marriage between words and romance."
Two crossword puzzle lovers come together and fall apart in this smart, romantic debut. Read full book review >
INTO THE VALLEY by Ruth Galm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Readers may be as confused and frustrated by B. as she is by herself, but they'll appreciate Galm's fantastic writing and the new view of an overexposed slice of American history."
A late 1960s road trip fueled by fake checks and real desperation. Read full book review >

THE LAST DAYS OF RABBIT HAYES by Anna McPartlin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"By turns laugh-out-loud funny and weep-into-your-hanky heartbreaking, Rabbit's story is a powerful catharsis."
Her cancer is back, and all the love, humor, and stubbornness in the world won't save Rabbit Hayes this time. Read full book review >
THE PROMISE OF HOME by Darcie Chan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A light-handed affirmation of the power of love, faith, and community."
A collection of Mill River residents experiences heartache and triumph as the McAllister mansion is renovated into a bed-and-breakfast. Read full book review >
THE WAY OF SORROWS by Jon Steele
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Never mind the logical improbabilities: it's a Dan Brown knockoff, to be sure, but Steele's story has its escapist virtues."
Looping? A local? And what of us born of light and not of flesh? Steele (Angel City, 2013, etc.) wraps up his Swiss missive with a suitably apocalyptic bye-bye. Read full book review >

Justice for Mackenzie by Susan Stoker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"More romance than thriller but enough of both to make this breezy read pure entertainment."
A Texas Ranger's newly discovered romance may be threatened by a serial killer who buries women alive in Stoker's (Protecting Jessyka, 2015, etc.) thriller, the first in a series. Read full book review >
BIRTHRIGHT by Alan Gold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Well-researched and captivating stories about Middle Eastern history, society, and religion."
Crossgenerational story about the people and places of Israel. Read full book review >
DEADLY ASSETS by W.E.B. Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A lesser contribution to Griffin's nonmilitary series but passable summer beach reading when there's no reliable connection to Netflix."
Griffin and his son, Butterworth (The Last Witness, 2013, etc.), offer No. 12 in their rich boy-turned-police officer series featuring .45-toting Matt Payne, Philadelphia's homicide detective sergeant. Read full book review >
THE DAUGHTERS by Adrienne Celt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"A haunting novel with real emotional depth, Celt's psychologically nuanced debut continues to resonate long after the last page has been turned."
A family curse haunts four generations of women. Read full book review >
DRAGONFISH by Vu Tran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"Right off the bat, Tran displays the most admirable and worthwhile gift a serious thriller writer can have: compassion toward even the most disreputable of his characters."
A missing person mystery is delicately entwined with a heartbreaking story of migration and loss. Read full book review >
WINESBURG, INDIANA by Michael Martone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 2015

"The premise of co-opting a classic (Winesburg, Ohio) is suspect from the beginning, and in the end, this anthology is a sophomoric attempt at humor and social commentary."
An anthology of short fiction by multiple authors creates a town through its characters. Read full book review >
Cut Paste Gone by Lisa  Safran
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 2, 2015

"A well-written, engaging exploration of the maxim, 'Be careful what you wish for.'"
A young girl with a magic pair of scissors makes a collage out of reality in Safran's debut YA novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >