Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

LANDFALL by Ellen Urbani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2015

"Though the novel is occasionally unconvincing, its compassionate heart and clear eyes will surely touch some readers."
Along with the levees of New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina breaks open two families of women, revealing—and creating—unexpected ties of the heart. Read full book review >
A Village in the Fields by Patty Enrado
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2015

"Multilayered, empathetic, and touching account of a workingman's life."
In Enrado's debut novel, a retired Filipino farmworker looks back on his long and costly struggle for civil rights. Read full book review >

Death By Arbitrage or Live Low Die High by Urno Barthel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 27, 2015

"An extremely clever thriller that dazzles on every level."
This third volume in a series of techno-thrillers pits Chester and Urno's (Death by Tech, 2014, etc.) scientist/sleuth against murderous inside traders. Read full book review >
IN A DARK, DARK WOOD by Ruth Ware
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Like the Glass House itself, this novel is 'a tiger's enclosure, with nowhere to hide' and with a constant undercurrent of danger. Read it on a dark and stormy night—with all the lights on."
In Ware's debut, a reclusive crime writer reunites with a long-lost friend during a weekend hen party that goes horribly wrong. Read full book review >
A WINDOW OPENS by Elisabeth Egan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Women may not be able to have it all, but this novel can."
What happens when a book lover gets caught up in the tech world? Read full book review >

MARRIED SEX by Jesse Kornbluth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"If you like your sexy books soft-core, highbrow, and bi-curious, here's a hot couple hours for you."
A libidinous fairy tale with an unusual Prince Charming. Read full book review >
WOMAN OF THE DEAD by Bernhard Aichner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Gory, explicit, and crammed with dialogue that is often profane as well as curt, this tale of a woman brimming with hate and vengeance won't be for everyone."
Bloody corpses and an intriguing protagonist combine to flesh out Aichner's violent tale. Read full book review >
THE FOLLY by Ivan Vladislavic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Playful fiction with a corresponding (and paradoxical) seriousness of intent."
A slim, symbolic novel with allegorical overtones by a noted South African novelist and short story writer. Read full book review >
DON'T GET ME WRONG by Marianne Kavanagh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Kavanagh creates a story of family bonds and romantic misunderstandings that manages to be both heartwarming and heartbreaking."
Kim and Harry don't have anything in common—except their love of Kim's sister, Eva. Read full book review >
A GOOD FAMILY by Erik Fassnacht
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"This is a readable debut whose lapses into triteness betray the author's youth even as they belie his potential."
In 2011, a Chicago family splinters under the impact of crises that range from marital strife to war crimes. Read full book review >
MAID OF WONDER by Jennifer McGowan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"For readers who like their historical romance with a touch of second sight. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
It is the turn of shy Sophia to tell her story in the third of a series about the Maids of Honor, a privileged cadre of five young women assigned to spy for Elizabeth I. Read full book review >
THE TAMING OF THE QUEEN by Philippa Gregory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Although Kateryn's studiousness makes for some dull reading, the pace picks up as her intellect becomes her greatest liability."
By pondering the mistakes of her predecessors, Kateryn Parr, sixth wife of King Henry VIII, manages to keep her head. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >