BESTSELLERS

SEVENEVES by Neal Stephenson

VERDICT: BUY IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 19, 2015
Meanwhile, all those exploding planetoids make a good argument for more STEM funding. Wise, witty, utterly well-crafted science fiction. Read full book review >
THE QUARTET by Joseph J. Ellis
HISTORY
Released: May 5, 2015
This is Ellis' ninth consecutive history of the Revolutionary War era and yet another winner. Read full book review >

HOLD STILL by Sally Mann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015
Generously illustrated, Mann's memoir is testimony to photography's power to evoke tender, lucent portraits of the past. Read full book review >
A LUCKY LIFE INTERRUPTED by Tom Brokaw
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015
Brokaw's account lacks the depth and fire of Christopher Hitchens' Mortality (2013), but it belongs on the same shelf as a wise and oddly comforting look at the toughest news of all.Read full book review >
SOLITUDE CREEK by Jeffery Deaver

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: May 12, 2015
Dance's fourth appearance (XO, 2012, etc.) shows her still-creaky skill set—she can't tell when her 12-year-old is lying to her—in search of a plot that can effectively harness her putative gifts. Read full book review >

LUCKIEST GIRL ALIVE by Jessica Knoll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015
The promise of redemption in the end is not enough to balance the darkness. Read full book review >
DRY BONES by Craig Johnson

VERDICT: BORROW IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 12, 2015
Johnson's crusty sheriff (Any Other Name, 2014, etc.) remains tough, smart, honest, and capable of entertaining fans with another difficult, dangerous case.Read full book review >
SAINT ANYTHING by Sarah Dessen

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: May 5, 2015
A many-layered story told with a light touch. (Fiction. 14-18)Read full book review >
A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 5, 2015
Sexy and romantic. (Fantasy. 14 & up)Read full book review >
THE WORST CLASS TRIP EVER by Dave Barry
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015
A light, comic tone and more-or-less believable stakes make for a winning combination. (Thriller. 8-12) Read full book review >
THE ISLE OF THE LOST by Melissa de la Cruz
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 5, 2015
A paint-by-numbers effort to market a spinoff that's likely to be equally ephemeral. (Fantasy. 11-13)Read full book review >
PETE THE CAT'S GROOVY GUIDE TO LIFE by Kimberly Dean
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 7, 2015
Pete sucks the substance from these words of wisdom and guidance; for avowed lovers of Pete the Cat only. (Picture book. 4-84)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 >