BESTSELLERS

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 >

ECHOES IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017
Robb knows her audience will be highly sympathetic to a police heroine who has to walk a crime scene in uncomfortably fashionable stiletto heels, but along the winding trail to the easily spotted villain, she's not afraid to throw in some descriptions that will earn this installment an R for serious sexual violence. Read full book review >
NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017
Superb. Just the thing for the literate fantasy lover and the student of comparative religion and mythology alike. Read full book review >
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber

VERDICT: BORROW IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 31, 2017
Immersive and engaging, despite some flaws, and destined to capture imaginations. (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >
THE BLOOD OF EMMETT TILL by Timothy B. Tyson
Released: Jan. 31, 2017
Tyson skillfully demonstrates how, in our allegedly post-racial country, a "national racial caste system" remains in place. Read full book review >
RATHER BE THE DEVIL by Ian Rankin

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017
If the word "dour" hadn't already been in the English vocabulary, it would have had to be invented for Rankin (Even Dogs in the Wild, 2015, etc.) and his enduring detective. Luckily, the author is as tireless in delivering the goods as his creation is in solving tough cases. Read full book review >
4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017
With this novel, Auster reminds us that not just life, but also narrative is always conditional, that it only appears inevitable after the fact. Read full book review >
THE PRISONER by Alex Berenson
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017
Deeply researched, fast-paced, and believable. Peace be upon John Wells, but only after he's helped defeat jihad once and for all. That's sure to extend this fine series. 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 >