BESTSELLERS

H IS FOR HAWK by Helen Macdonald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015
Whether you call this a personal story or nature writing, it's poignant, thoughtful and moving—and likely to become a classic in either genre. Read full book review >
THE WHITES by Harry Brandt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015
In the wake of rage and sorrow, ordinary people respond by going crazy and screwing up. In this far-from-ordinary novel, Price/Brandt explores the hows and whys. Fasten your seat belt. Read full book review >

DREAMING SPIES by Laurie R. King

VERDICT: BORROW IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 24, 2015
Holmes is consistently upstaged by Russell, but King, whose strengths are historical evocation rather than tightly knit plotting (The Bones of Paris, 2013, etc.), manages more surprises than usual in this graceful exercise in cultural tourism-cum-intrigue.Read full book review >
THE ACCIDENTAL EMPRESS by Allison Pataki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015
Still, Pataki deserves kudos for choosing her subject matter well—Sisi's life is ideal fictional fodder. Read full book review >
TO ALL THE BOYS I'VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han
Released: April 2, 2014
Regardless, readers will likely be so swept up in the romance they can read past any flaws. (Fiction. 14-18)Read full book review >

RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard

VERDICT: BORROW IT
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015
An inventive, character-driven twist breathes new life into tired fantasy trends. (Fantasy. 13 & up)Read full book review >
LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET by Matt de la Peña
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 8, 2015
This celebration of cross-generational bonding is a textual and artistic tour de force. (Picture book. 3-6) Read full book review >
SAPIENS by Yuval Noah Harari
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015
The great debates of history aired out with satisfying vigor. Read full book review >
HOLY COW by David Duchovny
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
An offbeat adventure that reads something like Bill Willingham's Fables directed by Ralph Bakshi. Read full book review >
TWELVE DAYS by Alex Berenson
Kirkus Star

VERDICT: BUY IT
THRILLERS
Released: Feb. 10, 2015
This one is well-worth the thriller enthusiast's time, which holds true for all the novels Berenson has written to date. Read full book review >
A SPOOL OF BLUE THREAD by Anne Tyler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015
The texture of everyday experience transmuted into art. Read full book review >
OBSESSION IN DEATH by J.D. Robb

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Feb. 10, 2015
More futuristic tech than usual but little suspense, less mystery and a generic culprit. Even Eve's final confrontation with her prey, normally a strength of this venerable series, is a letdown. Happy New Year. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >