Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

GILDED CAGE  by Vic James
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An absorbing first installment that presages an intriguing new fantasy series."
In a debut novel, James introduces readers to an alternate modern-day England where enticing drama and social unrest mix with aristocratic scandal and glamorous magic. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Weaving a literary maze of intrigue, betrayal, and deception, Wilson invites justifiable comparison with John le Carré."
Wilson's latest follows William Catesby, high-ranking agent in Great Britain's secret intelligence service, MI6, as he navigates the quicksand of the Cold War's rabid anti-Communist hysteria. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A coming-of-age tale that resists the usual clichés to focus on the telling details that reveal the essence of a life."
Bozak's quiet, observant novel in stories touches down once a year into the life of young Shell, who grows up in the 1970s and '80s in a small town outside Toronto. Read full book review >
Calypso Sun by Clay Alexander
Released: Aug. 28, 2016

"A promising first effort—filled with strong characters—that shines despite its ponderous writing style."
A debut novel explores the past and present of a war-torn land and its leaders over the course of one night. Read full book review >
Landfall by Jerry Aubin
Released: Dec. 6, 2015

"Relishable lead characters front an enthusiastic, jaunty adventure.

In Aubin's sci-fi series opener, a young cadet, part of a mission to save humanity by finding planets to colonize, stumbles onto a dangerous secret. Read full book review >

Patriot's Blood by Richard Holcroft
Released: Nov. 26, 2012

"A fast-paced investigation, full of mystery and suspense."
In Holcroft's debut thriller, a lawyer looks into the murder of his client, a witness who may have spotted an unidentified accomplice in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Read full book review >
Appointment with ISIL by Joe Giordano

"A roller-coaster ride to the finish, this book confirms Giordano as a writer to eagerly watch."
Giordano (Birds of Passage, 2014) introduces Anthony Provati, a reckless Lothario who becomes a hunted man in a global showdown of vicious organized criminals and terrorists. Read full book review >
The Promise Seed by Jody Glittenberg

"A well-researched and enjoyable, if flawed, historical novel of American pioneers."
Glittenberg (Land, Love, Life, 2016, etc.) presents a family saga set on the prairies of Colorado in the early 20th century. Read full book review >
The Fireproof Girl by Loretta Lost
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"A well-written, serpentine, breezy thriller centered on themes of belonging, abandonment, and the emotional struggle of parentless children."
An adventuresome tale of two co-dependent foster kids who become unraveled when one is found murdered. Read full book review >
Design My Life by Liza Drozdov
Released: Oct. 27, 2016

"Wit, a bit of romance, and a satisfying conclusion make for an often enjoyable read."
Drozdov offers a takedown of reality television in this debut novel about an assistant on a popular home-makeover program. Read full book review >
The Making of Bhishma by Kamesh Ramakrishna
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A unique, entertaining attempt to reconcile the ambiguities of an ancient myth with its archeological record."
In this debut installment of Ramakrishna's retelling of the Indian epic, the Mahabharata, warrior Devavrata Bhishma recounts a long road of intrigues and misunderstandings that led to his renunciation of a crown and the eventual eruption of a war. Read full book review >
The Passage by Michael Hurley
Released: Sept. 30, 2016

"A thoughtful and poetic story of a voyager accepting, and then moving beyond, his personal failures."
A spiritually lost man makes a mystical journey across the Atlantic in this philosophical novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >