BESTSELLERS

THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman
Released: Dec. 10, 2013
Tipping between science fiction and fantasy, this series opener will catch readers who enjoy melodramatic sparring and those who can look past it; for outer-space thrills with moral complexity, see Beth Revis' Across the Universe series. (Science fiction. 13 & up)Read full book review >
FORTUNATELY, THE MILK by Neil Gaiman
by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Skottie Young

VERDICT: BORROW IT
Released: Sept. 17, 2013
Frenetic as the story is, it's hard not to love a novel that borrows equally from Calvin and Hobbes and The Usual Suspects. If you read only one book this year, a story with dancing dwarfs is always a wise choice. (Adventure. 8-12)Read full book review >

DON'T GIVE UP, DON'T GIVE IN by Louis Zamperini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014
The inspirational odyssey of an American hero. Read full book review >
THE ROSIE EFFECT by Graeme Simsion

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 30, 2014
Don prides himself on meticulous consideration of all scenarios; not even he could've imagined that the sparkle of his love story wouldn't last. Read full book review >
NO FORTUNATE SON by Brad Taylor

VERDICT: BUY IT
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 30, 2014
A surefire page-turner that is nearly impossible to put down. Read full book review >

RAIN ON THE DEAD by Jack Higgins

VERDICT: SKIP IT
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 30, 2014
A good read for those who want bullets without the complexity or distraction of a tight narrative. Read full book review >
THE ASSASSINATION OPTION by W.E.B. Griffin
THRILLERS
Released: Dec. 30, 2014
Another Griffin adventure to bring out the Walter Mitty in every red-white-and-blue-blooded American male. Read full book review >
DIE AGAIN by Tess Gerritsen
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 30, 2014
Mystery lovers not familiar with the author's work should brace themselves, because they might trip over a bucket of entrails. But they will also find a terrific storyteller. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
An electrifying, empathetic work of journalism that makes a four-year-old story feel fresh. Read full book review >
THE BOSTON GIRL by Anita Diamant

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2014
Enjoyable fiction with a detailed historical backdrop, this sweet tale is paradigmatic book club fare, but we expect something more substantial from the author of The Red Tent (1997) and The Last Days of Dogtown (2005).Read full book review >
GREENGLASS HOUSE by Kate Milford
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 26, 2014
An abundantly diverting mystery seasoned with mild fantasy and just a little steampunk. (Mystery/fantasy. 10-14)Read full book review >
YODA by Beth Stern
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 18, 2014
Proceeds go to the North Shore Animal League America, which is probably the best thing that can be said about this well-meaning but unsuccessful story. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >