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
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >