BESTSELLERS

THE LAST EVER AFTER by Soman Chainani
by Soman Chainani, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 21, 2015
Ultimately more than a little full of itself, but well-stocked with big themes, inventively spun fairy-tale tropes, and flashes of hilarity. (Fantasy. 11-13)Read full book review >
STICK AND STONE by Beth Ferry
by Beth Ferry, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015
A light, enjoyable approach to a recognizable narrative about making—and helping—friends. (Picture book. 3-7) Read full book review >

BARBARIAN DAYS by William Finnegan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 2015
A lyrical and intense memoir. Read full book review >
SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK by Robert Beatty
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 14, 2015
Adults and children will eagerly follow Serafina from the basement into a world of self-discovery, justice, and new friendships. (Fantasy. 8-12)Read full book review >
BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 2015
This moving, potent testament might have been titled "Black Lives Matter." Or: "An American Tragedy." Read full book review >

THE CARTEL by Don Winslow

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015
Like its hero, this novel hovers between two styles—pulp fiction and literary seriousness—which, taken together, render the genre formulas leaden. Read full book review >
NAKED GREED by Stuart Woods

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 14, 2015
The stakes seem so low throughout this installment, filled with dead ends and dropped stitches, that you can't help wondering if Woods has set his word processor to auto-type. Read full book review >
ARMADA by Ernest Cline

VERDICT: SKIP IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 14, 2015
A hackneyed sci-fi spectacle. Read full book review >
GO SET A WATCHMAN by Harper Lee

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 14, 2015
It's not To Kill a Mockingbird, yes, but it's very much worth reading. Read full book review >
THE HEART OF BETRAYAL by Mary E. Pearson
Released: July 7, 2015
Despite flaws, solid and absorbing high fantasy, with a sudden breathless hook to the next installment. (Fantasy. 14-17)Read full book review >
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman
Kirkus Star
by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKean

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: Sept. 30, 2008
Closer in tone to American Gods than to Coraline, but permeated with Bod's innocence, this needs to be read by anyone who is or has ever been a child. (Fantasy. 10 & up) Read full book review >
THE BILLION DOLLAR SPY by David E. Hoffman
HISTORY
Released: July 7, 2015
An intricate, mesmerizing portrayal of the KGB-CIA spy culture. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >