Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE INHERITANCE by Rochelle Alers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"With more telling than showing, the novel falls short of realizing its potential and capitalizing on its assets: the sensuous Big Easy setting and the rarely encountered middle-age romance."
High school acquaintances reconnect at a 40th-year reunion and get a chance at a late-in-life love in vibrant New Orleans. Read full book review >
OFF THE ICE by Julie Cross
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An engaging and spicy romance that targets sports fans but with a well-developed arc suitable for aficionados of YA love stories."
In a small Minnesota town where life centers on hockey, a past trauma binds two childhood friends together, eventually leading to a close relationship in this YA novel. Read full book review >

SINFUL SCOTTISH LAIRD  by Julia London
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"The story is absorbing and entertaining, and the author can be forgiven for writing a compelling heroine and a rather humdrum hero."
An 18th-century widow must remarry to fulfill the terms of her late husband's will. Read full book review >
PERFECT FOR YOU by Candis Terry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Brooke must be diligent to get her boss to play with her—and the heart-melting ending is well worth the effort."
The Sunshine Creek Vineyard series continues with a fun-filled road trip that is definitely not safe for work. Read full book review >
INTO THE FIRE by Jeaniene Frost
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"An occasionally enjoyable read that wraps up loose ends and sets up new stories in Frost's paranormal world."
In the fourth Night Prince novel, centuries-old Vlad Tepesh, aka Dracula, and his wife, Leila, battle shadowy necromancers who want to use his newfound love to control him. Read full book review >

THE UNDATEABLE by Sarah Title
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A delightful start to Librarians in Love, a promising new contemporary-romance series."
Some good can come of internet notoriety. Read full book review >
BANANA CREAM PIE MURDER  by Joanne Fluke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Baking maven Fluke wants to have her cake and eat it too. Grafting Hannah's new relationship with Ross onto her lingering attachment to two previous boyfriends, her family of origin, her business, and the rest of the Lake Eden crew leaves precious little room for mystery."
Newlywed Hannah Swensen Barton (Wedding Cake Murder, 2016, etc.) is disconcerted to find that her husband Ross' favorite dessert is a clue in a murder investigation. Read full book review >
OUR 13TH DIVORCE by Matthew Deshe Cashion
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"This seemingly cynical family tale offers redemption in unexpected places."
A literary novel explores more than a dozen mostly failed relationships, a family's quest for happiness, and the hope of salvation. Read full book review >
A LADY'S CODE OF MISCONDUCT by Meredith Duran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A masterful tale of suspense, forgiveness, and love."
A sham marriage, political intrigue, and a case of amnesia provide a backdrop for this absorbing Victorian romance. Read full book review >
THE THIRD HELL by Connie Dial
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Both the tale and the landscape against which it unfolds are so glum that the glimpse of promised happiness at the end is almost too much to bear."
Dial takes a break from her six tours of La-La-Land's mean streets with Detective Josie Corsino (Set the Night on Fire, 2016, etc.) for an even deeper descent into the city's dark side as a retired LAPD detective searches frantically for his 13-year-old son. Read full book review >
BONE BOX by Faye Kellerman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A low-concept small-town procedural that delivers more authenticity than suspense, with so many forgettable suspects, witnesses, and potential victims that you'll need a grade book to keep them straight."
An unwelcome discovery Rina Lazarus makes on a woodsy trail begins what feels like an endless new investigation for her husband, Greenbury Police Detective Peter Decker (The Theory of Death, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
NO OTHER WORLD by Rahul Mehta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Good, if muffled by an overcomplicated structure and a talky narrator."
Members of an Indian immigrant family in upstate New York struggle with their individual fates and burdens over two decades. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >