BESTSELLERS

FROSTBLOOD by Elly Blake

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Jan. 17, 2017
A slow-burning, classic tale with too few fireworks at the end. (Fantasy. 13 & up)Read full book review >
THE LAST OF AUGUST by Brittany Cavallaro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017
This muddled mystery rests on elaborate machinations with disproportionate motivations, but the emotional odyssey should satisfy readers seeking a contemporary, teenage take on the Baker Street pair. (Mystery. 14 & up)Read full book review >

THE PLAYBOOK by Kwame Alexander
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017
This will appeal to fans of Alexander's previous middle-grade novels as well as young sports fans. (Nonfiction. 10-12)Read full book review >
MIGHTY, MIGHTY CONSTRUCTION SITE by Sherri Duskey Rinker
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017
Sure to be a hit with fans of the prior title even if they wonder about that odd-looking building. (Picture book. 2-5)Read full book review >
GUNMETAL GRAY by Mark Greaney
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2017
At about 500 pages, this one is fat, fast, and fun. Clancy's spirit lives on. Read full book review >

HEARTBREAK HOTEL by Jonathan Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017
Entertaining as the conscientious excavation of ancient misdeeds is, it all ends up having disappointingly little to do with the motive and the culprit in the unlikely murder of the tale's most charming character. Read full book review >
LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017
With this book, Saunders asserts a complex and disturbing vision in which society and cosmos blur. Read full book review >
WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones

VERDICT: SKIP IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 7, 2017
Like fruit from the Goblin Market: luscious at first bite but ultimately overripe, cloying, and empty. (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >
DRAGON CAPTIVES by Lisa McMann

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017
An unfortunate revival. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017
It's a story that requires lots of insider information of its own kind to write, and Kolhatkar handles the job well though without the narrative flair of Michael Lewis' kindred book Flash Boys. Read full book review >
UNIVERSAL HARVESTER by John Darnielle

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017
A smart and rangy yarn: file under suspense, horror, and domestic drama. Read full book review >
MY (NOT SO) PERFECT LIFE by Sophie Kinsella
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017
A delightful and charming story that will appeal to Shopaholic fans. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >