Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

A Ladder In The Dark by Alan Eisenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 26, 2015

"An uneven but often powerful indictment of a youthful subculture of violence and intimidation that darkens many lives."
A man struggles to overcome psychological damage from schoolyard bullying in this sometimes-harrowing, sometimes-feckless memoir of trauma and recovery. Read full book review >
In the Seam by Kirk James Folk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 2015

"An overly chaotic tale from a wondrous wordsmith."
A group of unlikely allies tries to escape from Limbo in Folk's debut novel. Read full book review >

LOLITO by Ben Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"A shocking, funny, touching book; a young writer with potential to burn."
Booze, drugs, porn, snuff videos, chat rooms, pedophiles: what one British 15-year-old did over spring break. Read full book review >
THE FLICKER MEN by Ted Kosmatka
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Though it loses steam when it covers familiar ground, Kosmatka's novel delivers a number of thrills, along with believable science and ominous themes."
In this science-fiction-laced thriller, a researcher runs afoul of a sinister organization after making an ominous discovery about human consciousness. Read full book review >
LOVERS ON ALL SAINTS' DAY by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Lackluster accounts of men feeling sorry for themselves. Sometimes while hunting."
Newly translated stories from the author of The Sound of Things Falling (2013, etc.).Read full book review >

A CURE FOR SUICIDE by Jesse Ball
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"This may be Ball's most self-contained work, but it's also one of his most fragile and one that may not hold up under focused scrutiny by a wider audience."
A man and a woman are locked in a strange therapeutic cycle in this speculative fiction by literary experimentalist Ball (Silence Once Begun, 2014, etc.)Read full book review >
THE TOURNAMENT by Matthew Reilly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Approach with an optimistic suspension of disbelief—Elizabeth I in Constantinople investigating murders, really?—and enjoy a rollicking good yarn."
Oh, to dine with Ignatius de Loyola, Michelangelo, and Roger Ascham, genius Cambridge scholar and royal tutor: the soon-to-be-queen Elizabeth did just that one fine Constantinople afternoon. Read full book review >
ALL TOGETHER NOW by Gill Hornby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"A pleasant if long-winded fable, as simple, all-embracing, and insistently cheerful as Pharrell Williams' 'Happy,' which is also part of the Bridgeford Community Choir's repertoire."
A small English town suffering from everyday problems and decay rediscovers itself through the reinvigoration of its community choir. Read full book review >
MOVIE STAR BY LIZZIE PEPPER by Hilary Liftin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Dishy Hollywood fiction at its finest from an author who traffics in the truth behind tabloid headlines."
This irresistible debut novel from an accomplished celebrity-memoir ghostwriter reads like a behind-the-scenes look at the marriage of a certain former Hollywood it couple. Read full book review >
THE NOVEL HABITS OF HAPPINESS by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"The woolliest of Isabel's ten appearances to date and the one that makes the most decided case for the mental digression as a structural principle."
More felony-free mystery for Edinburgh philosopher Isabel Dalhousie (The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds, 2012, etc.), for whom all the world is one moral conundrum after another.Read full book review >
LOVE LIES BENEATH by Ellen Hopkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Hopkins' adults are too self-centeredly adolescent to take seriously."
When once-widowed, twice-divorced Tara meets husband No. 4, she must decide whether she's truly in love for the first time—or whether she's being played by a master manipulator. Read full book review >
THE KINDNESS by Polly Samson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Broken relationships and damaging silences, presented from deliberately misleading angles, add up to a readable, clever, teasing, but naggingly overcomplicated story."
A tricky tale of deceptions—some well-meant—and infidelities winds together an attractive woman's fractured love life and an open-hearted man's intense attachment to a child. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kate Beaton
July 21, 2015

Kate Beaton is the author/illustrator of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Hark! A Vagrant! Now she is also a picture book author and illustrator with the recent release of The Princess and the Pony. Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A big horse. A strong horse. A horse fit for a warrior princess! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams. “Where else can readers find hipster warriors, anime influences, perfectly placed fart jokes, a hidden ugly-sweater contest, and a skirmish packed with delightful nonsense (llamas! knights! hot dogs! turtle costumes!)—and have it all make such wonderful sense?” writes our reviewer in a starred review. “Instead of breaking bones, this warrior princess breaks the mold—and Beaton is in a class of her own.” View video >