Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

The Rise and Fall of the Yellow House by John Whittier Treat
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 2016

"A compassionate, engrossing novel of life in the early plague years, depicted here with authentic detail and a true heart."
The panicked, formative years of the AIDS epidemic create the dramatic backdrop for this sentimental yet searingly authentic novel. Read full book review >
RED ROOFS & OTHER STORIES by Junichiro Tanizaki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2016

"Tanizaki combines understated realism with fabulism, sensuality, a fascination with the exotic (which, in a reversal of American and European literary clichés, here means things Western), and ambivalence toward traditional Japan."
Four newly translated stories, written between 1917 and 1926, by one of the masters of 20th-century Japanese literature (The Makioka Sisters, 1957, etc.). Read full book review >

HOLIDAY TEMPTATION by Donna Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A sweet, sexy, and satisfying trio of novellas."
Professional women at personal crossroads find love in three contemporary holiday romances. Read full book review >
THE PERKS OF LOVING A SCOUNDREL by Jennifer McQuiston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A surprising, readable story about healing, forgiveness, and trust."
A bookish young woman and a degenerate ex-soldier team up to foil an assassination plot in Victorian England, falling in love in the process. Read full book review >
THE LIFE SHE WANTS by Robyn Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A satisfying reinvention story that handles painful issues with a light and uplifting touch."
After her financier husband commits suicide rather than face jail time for stealing from his clients, Emma Shay Compton comes home to Sonoma with the shadow of his crimes over her and must reinvent herself in a hostile landscape while reconnecting with friends she'd thought lost forever. Read full book review >

THE SHERIFFS OF SAVAGE WELLS by Sarah M. Eden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A clever, entertaining romance, especially recommended for readers who prefer a chaste storyline without an overtly religious message."
When small town Savage Wells aims to hire a sheriff, the competition includes a legendary lawman and the woman who's been thanklessly doing the job for months. Read full book review >
THE VANISHING YEAR by Kate Moretti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Fans of twisted thrillers featuring complex female characters will devour Moretti's latest."
A woman tries to hide—and outrun—her past in this fast-paced thriller from Moretti (Binds That Tie, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
COMBUSTION by Martin J. Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Smith's bite-sized chapters keep the pot boiling—even if many of the ingredients here are familiar, they're expertly mixed—and the denouement will likely pack a punch even for readers who've seen it coming."
Journalist/thriller writer Smith (The Wild Duck Chase, 2012, etc.) uses the death of a successful developer to dig deep into the victim's family and the California landscape. Read full book review >
THE TROUBLE WITH MISTLETOE by Jill Shalvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A sexy Shalvis read that fans will love."
When a contractor needs someone to care for his inherited cat, he turns to the neighborhood pet-store owner, not realizing that the two have an unfortunate shared past or that she just may be the future he's never admitted he's looking for. Read full book review >
A NIGHT WITHOUT STARS by Peter F. Hamilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"An atomic blast of a yarn. Hamilton in peak form and absolutely not to be missed."
Hamilton's latest (a relatively slender 704 pages) brings to a furious boil the two-book saga (The Abyss Beyond Dreams, 2014) describing human colony planet Bienvenido's unremitting battle against the hostile alien Fallers. Read full book review >
THE SECOND WINTER by Craig Larsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Larsen creates a darkly sensual world in which evil impulses often triumph, but not always."
Danish resistance fighters are often as brutal as the occupying Nazis in Larsen's (Mania, 2009) luridly dark exploration into the ways that "war can make criminals of heroes…and heroes of criminals." Read full book review >
A CHANGE OF HEART by Sonali Dev
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Dev takes the characters and the reader on a death-defying ride. A novelist at the height of her powers."
Mystery, adventure, and romance are spiced with Bollywood glamour in this heart-stopping novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >