BESTSELLERS

CRASH & BURN by Lisa Gardner

VERDICT: SKIP IT
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Gardner tacks on so many twists that even the most astute reader will be confused, and even the intriguing resolution, when it finally comes, doesn't answer all the plot's unnecessary questions. Read full book review >
TRIGGER WARNING by Neil Gaiman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Full of all manner of witches and monsters and things that creep in the night, this collection will thoroughly satisfy faithful fans and win new ones—if there's anyone out there left unconverted. Read full book review >

THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

VERDICT: BORROW IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015
Still, a respectful and absorbing page-turner. Read full book review >
I WAS HERE by Gayle Forman

VERDICT: BUY IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
An engrossing and provocative look at the devastating finality of suicide, survivor's guilt, the complicated nature of responsibility and even the role of the Internet in life-and-death decisions. (Fiction. 14 & up)Read full book review >
BOOK OF THE DEAD by Michael Northrop

VERDICT: BORROW IT
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
Funny and smart, Alex and Ren are excellent companions for this fast-paced and scorpion-filled ride. (Adventure. 8-12)Read full book review >

STELLA BY STARLIGHT by Sharon M. Draper
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 6, 2015
A tale of the Jim Crow South that's not sugar-coated but effective, with a trustworthy narrator who opens her heart and readers' eyes. (Historical fiction. 9-13)Read full book review >
GHETTOSIDE by Jill Leovy
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
A sobering and informative look at the realities of criminality in the inner city. Read full book review >
THE REAPER by Nicholas Irving
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
A generic addition to the crowded shelf of post-9/11 special-ops memoirs. Read full book review >
THE MIME ORDER by Samantha Shannon

VERDICT: SKIP IT
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
Shannon's prose style is serviceable, but her legion of fans will once again be here for the propulsive plot rather than lyricism. Read full book review >
ALL FALL DOWN by Ally Carter

VERDICT: SKIP IT
Released: Jan. 27, 2015
Will appeal not only to psychological-thriller fans, but to those who want a little glamour, some A-list social politics and a bit of high school nastiness mixed in with their suspense. (Thriller. 12-14)Read full book review >
HOUSE OF ROBOTS by James Patterson
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 24, 2014
A perfectly acceptable and predictable trifle. (Science fiction. 9-12)Read full book review >
IVAN by Katherine Applegate
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 7, 2014
Gently paced, with moving but reassuring images, this is an age-appropriate introduction to the issues of captivity and animal welfare. (Informational picture book. 5-8)Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >