Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

JUST PRU by Anne Pfeffer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2015

"Psychological seriousness adds depth to this romantic coming-of-age tale."
In this novel, an anxiety-ridden young woman finds new friends and inner resources after an apartment fire forces her to accept a neighbor's hospitality. Read full book review >
THE DEAD KEY by D.M. Pulley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2015

"For readers who do make it to the end, there is genuine suspense with satisfying surprises."
Pulley's debut is a story of theft, seduction and greed in a stately bank building. Read full book review >

LUCIFER'S PROMISE by Alan Thompson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2015

"A complex, thought-provoking story that defies genre conventions to remind us of difficult questions and tangled answers."
Thompson's new novel is equal parts legal thriller, medical ethics conundrum and old-fashioned murder mystery. Read full book review >
THE BUNKER DIARY by Kevin Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2015

"Not for everyone, this heady novel is worthy of study alongside existentialist works of the 20th century. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Knocked unconscious and kidnapped, 16-year-old Linus wakes alone in a small, windowless, concrete building. Read full book review >
INFANDOUS by Elana K. Arnold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2015

"A coming-of-age story consciously reminiscent of Lolita, this multifaceted portrayal of family bonds surprises with its nuanced and sometimes-searing emotional gravity. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
The summer before senior year gives Sephora Golding time to surf, work on her found-object works of art and reflect on the turn her life has taken. Read full book review >

TERRIBLE SWIFT SWORD by Nancy Hendricks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2015

"An often vivid, heartbreaking story full of great historical detail and human pathos."
Five American Civil War survivors connect onboard the ill-fated steamer Sultana in Hendricks' (Senator Hattie Caraway, 2013) historical novel. Read full book review >
THE GIRLS OF MISCHIEF BAY by Susan Mallery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A discerning, affecting look at three women facing surprising change and the powerful and uplifting impact of friends."
Three friends support each other as life throws some unexpected curves their way. Read full book review >
THE OUTSIDERS by Gerald Seymour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A fresh Spanish setting, a stream of characters with great nicknames like 'the Tractor,' and a mix of British, Eastern European and American crime fighters make Seymour's 29th novel one of his most entertaining."
Overrun with spies, cops and Euro mobsters, Seymour's 29th novel concerns a female MI5 veteran's obsessive need to avenge the death of a young colleague who was kicked to death by a Russian crime lord. Read full book review >
MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD by Jeffrey Archer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Expect once more unto the breach: The conclusion's a turbo-charged cliffhanger that'll have fans screaming Arrrcherr!"
The fifth of Archer's Clifton Chronicles begins with a bang before heading on to only slightly less explosive ground as Archer examines his fictional clan's financial, political and personal contretemps in the 1960s. Read full book review >
LAMENTATION by C.J. Sansom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Shakespearean characterization and Byzantine plotting: Amid all the stink and muck of Tudor London, Sansom offers a master class in royal intrigue."
Sansom follows the further adventures of Matthew Shardlake, Serjeant at Law (Heartstone, 2011, etc.), as the good lawyer is summoned by Queen Catherine during the last days of Henry VIII's reign.Read full book review >
A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Fantasy fans will love this fast-paced adventure, with its complex magic system, thoughtful hero and bold heroine."
A fast-paced fantasy adventure that takes readers into a series of interconnected worlds ruled by magic—or the lack of it. Read full book review >
FINDING JAKE by Bryan Reardon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A compelling read; disturbingly relevant in contemporary America."
A father hears about a shooting incident at his son's high school—and then finds his son is one of the suspected killers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >