KIRKUS STARS & RECOMMENDATIONS

MERIDIAN by Josin L. McQuein
Released: April 22, 2014

"Worldbuilding and characterization are the highlights of this inventive post-apocalyptic adventure. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
This sequel to Arclight (2013) continues the apocalyptic story of a colony that has survived an invasion of nanites that absorbed most of the human race. Read full book review >
THE DOG KILLER OF UTICA by Frank Lentricchia
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 22, 2014

Dogs aren't the only victims of upstate New York's latest murderer, but they're certainly the most perplexing. Read full book review >

THUNDERSTRUCK & OTHER STORIES by Elizabeth McCracken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"McCracken's skewed perspectives make this a powerfully if quietly disturbing volume."
These nine stories from fiction and memoir author McCracken (An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, 2008, etc.) excavate unexplored permutations of loss and grief. Read full book review >
VICTORIES by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 22, 2014

"A smart and snarky finale. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Spirit White and her mage schoolmates prepare for a battle royal in this energetic series ender. Read full book review >
TERMS & CONDITIONS by Robert Glancy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"An original office comedy that dots all the I's and crosses all the T's: Think a dash of Office Space, a pinch of Palahniuk and a glance at Regarding Henry."
A contract lawyer with a traumatic brain injury tries to decide whether to piece together the shattered fragments of his old life or simply start a new one from scratch. It's a lot funnier than it sounds. Read full book review >

IT IS NIGHT by Phyllis Rowand
Released: April 22, 2014

"Fresh illustrations give luminous new life to this reissue of a bedtime story originally published in 1953. (Picture book. 2-5)"
What could be more pleasant than a cozy circle of smiling animals on a starlit night?   Read full book review >
IT'S AN ORANGE AARDVARK! by Michael Hall
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Suspenseful and entertaining; all-around great fun. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Get ready for some hilarity and hijinks as five ants discover what's really outside their stump home in this die-cut offering from Hall. Read full book review >
SECRECY by Rupert Thomson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"Thomson succeeds on a number of levels here, for the novel works as a mystery, as a love story, as a historical novel and, more abstractly, as an exploration of aesthetic theory."
Thomson (Death of a Murderer, 2007, etc.) takes us to 17th-century Florence, which by definition seems to be full of corrupt politicians, unscrupulous clergy and aspiring artists—and this, of course, long after the Renaissance has ended. Read full book review >
PAST THE SHALLOWS by Favel Parrett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"This poignant story resonates."
Australian Parrett's first novel, an understated and beautifully penned story set on the Tasmanian coast, gives voice to two brothers as their lives are influenced by unpredictable forces. Read full book review >
CUBED by Nikil Saval
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 22, 2014

"Ferociously lucid and witty."
An editor of n +1 offers an illuminating study of the modern office and its antecedents. Read full book review >
THE PSYCHOPATH WHISPERER by Kent A. Kiehl
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 22, 2014

"Kiehl navigates these issues and more with compassion and insight. Fast-paced and thrilling."
A world-renowned researcher of psychopaths delves into the origins of their behavior, especially as they relate to the inner workings of the brain. Read full book review >
EXPIRATION DAY by William Campbell Powell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 22, 2014

"An auspicious debut. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
In this coming-of-age diary, a girl navigates life in a dystopic near-future. Read full book review >