Kirkus Stars & Recommendations

SUICIDE FOREST by Jeremy Bates
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"Bates' choice to avoid brazen scares makes for an understated horror story that will remind readers what chattering teeth sound like."
In Bates' (The Taste of Fear, 2012, etc.) horror novel, a simple excursion into a reputedly haunted forest turns into a nightmare when people start dying in conspicuously unnatural ways. Read full book review >
WINTER FALLS by Nicole Maggi
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"Readers will eagerly await the next installment in this promising paranormal adventure. (Paranormal adventure. 12-16)"
This first book of a planned trilogy finds 16-year-old Alessia Jacobs living in boring Twin Willows, Maine, where nothing ever happens—that is, until the mysterious Wolfe family arrives in town and Alessia's instantly drawn to their attractive son, Jonah. Read full book review >

LAST DAYS IN SHANGHAI by Casey Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"Though its observations about China's construction boom and the dismal state of American politics are as fresh as the morning news feed, Walker's novel also feels like a disquieting peek deep into the coming decades of global economic upheaval."
Slimy all-American graft oozes from beneath the economic aspirations of contemporary China in this witty, illuminating thriller. Read full book review >
THE YEAR OF LIVING VIRTUOUSLY by Teresa Jordan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"Jordan's engaging collection abounds with provocative inquiry, offering plenty of food for thought."
Thoughtful reflections on virtue and vice. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 15, 2014

"A chilling tale vividly told."
The story of the Nazis' international bank robberies. Read full book review >

BLUE SUN, YELLOW SKY by Jamie Jo Hoang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2014

"A touching exploration of identity and reinvention painted with gentle yet precise brush strokes."
In Hoang's assured debut, a young artist makes peace with a crushing diagnosis and takes a stab at reinvention.What would you do if your very identity were about to be erased? Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"A natural and notable companion for Joy Hakim's magisterial but sunnier History of US (2006). (chronology, sources, index) (Nonfiction. 13-16)"
The darker side of the "American Century," recast for younger audiences from the companion to a sobering documentary film (book and film both 2012). Read full book review >
MORIARTY by Anthony Horowitz
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Readers who aren't put off by the Hollywood pacing, with action set pieces less like Conan Doyle than the Robert Downey Jr. movies, are in for a rare treat, a mystery as original as it is enthralling."
A Sherlockian pastiche without Holmes and Watson? Yes indeed, and it's a tour de force quite unlike any other fruit from these densely plowed fields. Read full book review >
HERE by Richard McGuire
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"A gorgeous symphony."
Illustrator McGuire (What's Wrong With This Book, 1997, etc.) once again frames a fixed space across the millennia.Read full book review >
BECOMING RICHARD PRYOR by Scott Saul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Better written and more thoughtful than David and Joe Henry's Furious Cool (2013). The latter remains worth reading, but this book is the place to start."
Smart blend of social history and biography centering on one of the funniest—and most tragic—people of our time. Read full book review >
BRITISH STORY by Michael Nath
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Sure, it's a bit self-indulgent and probably too quirky to keep a lazy reader from quitting early, yet the novel has a gem of a minithriller in Natalie's tale and an overall brain-tickling web of delights and surprises."
A British academic finds his theory on fictional characters intersecting with the narratives of several eccentrics. Read full book review >
FOR REAL by Alison Cherry
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"A comic romp with considerable wisdom on the side. (Romance. 12-18)"
A shy girl who loves reality TV is cast in a show in order to help her sister get back at her cheating boyfriend. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Celeste Ng
December 16, 2014

“Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” So begins Celeste Ng’s novel Everything I Never Told You, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A story of family, secrets and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait. “Ng's emotionally complex debut novel sucks you in like a strong current and holds you fast until its final secrets surface,” our reviewer wrote. View video >