DECEPTION'S PRINCESS by Esther Friesner
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"A comfortably formulaic prelude to a projected sequel that will likewise be spun from some of the oldest surviving Irish legends. (afterword, pronunciation guide) (Fantasy. 11-14)"
The latest entry in Friesner's Princesses of Myth series shifts scene but not much else. Read full book review >
VICTORIES by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 22, 2014

"A smart and snarky finale. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Spirit White and her mage schoolmates prepare for a battle royal in this energetic series ender. Read full book review >

THUNDERSTRUCK & OTHER STORIES by Elizabeth McCracken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"McCracken's skewed perspectives make this a powerfully if quietly disturbing volume."
These nine stories from fiction and memoir author McCracken (An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination, 2008, etc.) excavate unexplored permutations of loss and grief. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 22, 2014

"Clear and sometimes-passionate prose shows us the persistent nastiness underlying our founding narrative."
Horne (History and African-American Studies/Univ. of Houston; Negro Comrades of the Crown: African Americans and the British Empire Fight the U.S. Before Emancipation, 2012, etc.) returns with insights about the American Revolution that fracture even more some comforting myths about the Founding Fathers. Read full book review >
THE BIG TINY by Dee Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"A lightweight curiosity that will find sympathy with readers frustrated with the conventional rat race."
His was 150 square feet and hers was 84, but Henry David Thoreau and newcomer Williams find significant common ground in their little abodes. Read full book review >

THE DOG KILLER OF UTICA by Frank Lentricchia
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 22, 2014

Dogs aren't the only victims of upstate New York's latest murderer, but they're certainly the most perplexing. Read full book review >
LIZZY BENNET'S DIARY by Marcia Williams
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Whether there's a readership for this is open to question, but it is certainly done well. Miss Austen would probably be pleased. (Dear Reader note) (Fiction/pastiche. 8-12)"
Young readers not quite ready to tackle Pride and Prejudice directly but who are yet intrigued by it might enjoy this loving tribute by the indefatigable Williams. Read full book review >
THE BATTLE OF DARCY LANE by Tara Altebrando
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Despite the evergreen theme, Julia's whining is more likely to turn readers off than help them relate to her. (Fiction. 9-11)"
As soon as new neighbor Alyssa shows up, Taylor is mesmerized, leaving best friend Julia feeling threatened. Read full book review >
POPPY THE PIRATE DOG'S NEW SHIPMATE by Liz Kessler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Poppy and her crew best be a-sparkin' up the plots and purveying the piratical prattle soon, or this series is likely to be tossed overboard. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Following her debut in Poppy the Pirate Dog (2013), the seagoing Dalmatian is back for another outing. Read full book review >
THE NEW CHAMPION by Jody Feldman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Puzzle lovers who pick the book up wanting to hang out in the Gollywhopper world one more time will find themselves with a better-than-average sequel. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Bert Golliwop and his executive team at Golly Toy and Game Company decide to hold a second round of Gollywhopper Games in this sequel. Read full book review >
THE SCIENCE OF SHAKESPEARE by Dan Falk
HISTORY
Released: April 22, 2014

"An odd but appealing mixture of science and literary analysis."
European and English science during the time of Shakespeare (1564-1616), as revealed in his works. It's a peculiar juxtaposition, but it works…mostly. Read full book review >
MERIDIAN by Josin L. McQuein
Released: April 22, 2014

"Worldbuilding and characterization are the highlights of this inventive post-apocalyptic adventure. (Science fiction. 12-18)"
This sequel to Arclight (2013) continues the apocalyptic story of a colony that has survived an invasion of nanites that absorbed most of the human race. Read full book review >