BESTSELLERS

THE RUMOR by Elin Hilderbrand

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: June 16, 2015
Once again, Hilderbrand displays her gift for making us care most about her least likable characters. Read full book review >
THE PRESIDENT'S SHADOW by Brad Meltzer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015
Unlike the previous installment (The Fifth Assassin, 2013), this one doesn't provide much in the way of exposition but instead throws you unceremoniously into the deep end. Fans will survive, but unwary newcomers had better watch their backs.Read full book review >

EVERY DAY by David Levithan
Released: Aug. 28, 2012
An awe-inspiring, thought-provoking reminder that love reaches beyond physical appearances or gender. (Fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
FINDING AUDREY by Sophie Kinsella
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
Released: June 9, 2015
An outstanding tragicomedy that gently explores mental illness, the lasting effects of bullying, and the power of friends and loving family to help in the healing. (Fiction. 12-18)Read full book review >
HITLER'S LAST DAYS by Bill O'Reilly
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015
Readers looking for a clear picture of "modern history's best-known evil ruler and murderer" or the course of World War II in general would be far better off skipping this knockoff for some of the well-chosen titles recommended at the end. (maps, index) (Nonfiction. 11-14)Read full book review >

YOUR BABY'S FIRST WORD WILL BE DADA by Jimmy Fallon
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 9, 2015
Plotless and pointless, the book clearly exists only because its celebrity author wrote it. (Picture book. 3-5)Read full book review >
HAPPILY ALI AFTER by Ali Wentworth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015
Though the oddly unfulfilled premise remains a bungle, Wentworth charms her way to safety with her endearing reflections. Read full book review >
THE FIXER by Joseph Finder

VERDICT: BORROW IT
THRILLERS
Released: June 9, 2015
Finder returns with another thriller that will have you shaking your head over the protagonist's actions but still turning the pages to find out what happens next. Read full book review >
I WILL TAKE A NAP! by Mo Willems
by Mo Willems, illustrated by Mo Willems

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 2, 2015
As naps go, this is about as strenuous—and as funny—as it gets. (Early reader. 3-9)Read full book review >
PRIMATES OF PARK AVENUE by Wednesday Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015
Sometimes funny but effective for the same reason a Birkin is: it's designed for a certain group of people, and likely them alone. Read full book review >
PALACE OF TREASON by Jason Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015
Although Matthews' technique of using food as a running theme (complete with recipes) doesn't always work, this is another must-read for fans of the spy genre. Read full book review >
IN THE UNLIKELY EVENT by Judy Blume
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015
Though it doesn't feel much like an adult novel, this book will be welcomed by any Blume fan who can handle three real tragedies and a few four-letter words. 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 >