BESTSELLERS

PANIC by Lauren Oliver
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
THRILLERS
Released: March 4, 2014
The only thing more terrifying than the game itself is not getting the chance to play it. (Thriller. 14 & up)Read full book review >
THE FINISHER by David Baldacci

VERDICT: SKIP IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: March 4, 2014
Like many crossover efforts from name-brand authors: overstuffed and underinspired. (Fantasy. 11-13)Read full book review >

YOU CAN DATE BOYS WHEN YOU'RE FORTY by Dave Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014
A mishmash, but even those who don't have children and have never lived in Miami or searched for a Wi-Fi connection in the Israeli desert will appreciate Barry's lighthearted absurdity. Read full book review >
SHOWTIME by Jeff Pearlman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 4, 2014
Pearlman ably demonstrates how deeply flawed human beings can nonetheless create a near-flawless beauty on the court. Read full book review >
UGANDA BE KIDDING ME by Chelsea Handler
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 4, 2014
Fans of Handler's outrageous persona will find much to enjoy; the unconverted will remain so. Read full book review >

BONE DEEP by Randy Wayne White

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 4, 2014
In Doc's 21st adventure (Night Moves, 2013, etc.), promising characters get submerged in a colorful treasure hunt whose participants are at odds in not-very-interesting ways. When Doc reveals the identity of the malefactor behind the psycho biker, readers realize it doesn't much matter. Read full book review >
THE BOOTLEGGER by Clive Cussler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014
Great fun from one of the better Cussler series. Read full book review >
WHITE HOT KISS by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Released: Feb. 25, 2014
Totally entertaining. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)Read full book review >
THE SHADOW THRONE by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Released: Feb. 25, 2014
From one cliffhanging episode to the next, wily Jaron's rebellious, undisciplined spirit carries the day as he battles to save everything he holds dear. (map) (Adventure. 10-14)Read full book review >
TIMMY FAILURE by Stephan Pastis
Released: Feb. 25, 2014
A loonily intellectual alternative to that wimpy kid. (Comic mystery. 8-12)Read full book review >
THE FUTURE OF THE MIND by Michio Kaku
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 25, 2014
Kaku is not shy about quoting science-fiction movies and TV (he has seen them all). Despite going off the deep end musing about phenomena such as isolated consciousness spreading throughout the universe, he delivers ingenious predictions extrapolated from good research already in progress. Read full book review >
BARK by Lorrie Moore
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 2014
In stories both dark and wry, Moore wields a scalpel with surgical precision. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kate Beaton
July 21, 2015

Kate Beaton is the author/illustrator of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Hark! A Vagrant! Now she is also a picture book author and illustrator with the recent release of The Princess and the Pony. Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A big horse. A strong horse. A horse fit for a warrior princess! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams. “Where else can readers find hipster warriors, anime influences, perfectly placed fart jokes, a hidden ugly-sweater contest, and a skirmish packed with delightful nonsense (llamas! knights! hot dogs! turtle costumes!)—and have it all make such wonderful sense?” writes our reviewer in a starred review. “Instead of breaking bones, this warrior princess breaks the mold—and Beaton is in a class of her own.” View video >