Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

GRACE by Calvin Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2015

"A muddled spiritual inventory that could have used a lighter touch."
An American man's existential journey is aided by various women in Baker's cerebral fourth novel (Dominion, 2006, etc.).Read full book review >
A HANGING AT CINDER BOTTOM by Glenn Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 3, 2015

"Like Portis' True Grit, an American fable told with literary nuance."
Taylor (The Marrowbone Marble Company, 2010, etc.) draws a morality tale from Appalachian coal country, "a place cinched by the hills…[that] watched over man's thin attempt at living."Read full book review >

The Color of our Sky by Amita Trasi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2015

"A sad, soulful, and revelatory story about a deeply troubled nation in transition."
A haunting debut novel about two young women in Mumbai that brings the brutal realities of modern India into focus. Read full book review >
THE JEWISH DOG by Asher Kravitz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2015

"A remarkable achievement. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
In 1930s Germany, an exceptionally intelligent dog is born into a Jewish family. Read full book review >
THE WEALTH OF VIRGINIA by Barbara N. McLennan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2015

"An informative rendering of pre-Revolutionary America, with an inspiring female protagonist."
McLennan's (The Wealth of Jamestown, 2013) historical novel depicts America at a tenuous stage in its early history, when wealth, violence and political unease were all starting to swell. Read full book review >

The Perfect Bargain by Julia London
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"Despite a rocky start and some underdeveloped secondary characters, this is a quick, entertaining beach read packed with delightful dialogue and plenty of laughs."
London (The Scoundrel and the Debutante, 2015, etc.), writing as Jessa McAdams, fashions a light, contemporary romance novel centered on a high-class, stubborn American girl and a down-to-earth, equally stubborn Scottish man.Read full book review >
THE ENGLISH SPY by Daniel Silva
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"This page-turner deepens Allon's legend and illuminates more of his shadowy world, all while cementing Silva's place among the top tier of spy thriller writers."
Gabriel Allon may be a talented, world-renowned restorer of classic paintings, but he's willing to kneecap a Russian spy if necessary. Read full book review >
These Boots Are Made for Butt-Kickin' by Kalan Chapman Lloyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"With sparkling wit, Southern charm, and a steady pace, Miss Lilly has hit her stride."
Lloyd's (Home Is Where Your Boots Are, 2015) second book in the MisAdventures of Miss Lilly series finds small-town lawyer Lilly Atkins kicking herself after shooting her ex-boyfriend in the foot. Read full book review >
The Giggling Boy by Ra Lynn Lonewalker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"A fantastical, horrifying, and thought-provoking journey through one of America's darkest chapters.
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LoneWalker (On the Other Side of the Golden Gate, 2013, etc.) explores the horrors of Native American mission schools in a fictionalized blend of history and mythology.Read full book review >
FLAME TREE ROAD by Shona Patel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"A lightly flawed but still mesmerizing look at a complex society in flux and one man's attempts to effect change."
After his father dies, a clever young Indian boy watches as his mother is shunned by their family and society, so when he's offered an education through his father's company, he jumps at the chance, then tries to change the plight of women in his country. Read full book review >
A BIG ENOUGH LIE by Eric Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"A blunt, effective debut."
A debut novel about war, writing, and the mutability of facts. Read full book review >
TOMORROW WAR by J.L. Bourne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"A dark but captivating look at life inside a failed American society."
After the economy crashes, a covert-operations veteran faces the cruel realities of life off the grid and outside the law. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >