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 >
Mind Over Bullies  by D.K. Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"Complex, layered YA that easily appeals to adults, too.
"
In this intricate YA tale, teenagers with special skills unite to confront bullying, though they end up fighting crime, murder, and terrorism. Read full book review >

CESS by Gordon Lish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"As much a game as a book, Lish's latest doesn't quite track for the plot-driven. Language lovers will enjoy it, though, and it's a sight more challenging than your average morning sudoku."
Noted editor and somewhat less noted writer Lish (Krupp's Lulu: Stories, 2000, etc.) serves up a post-Joycean slice of mannered modernism to mark the twilight of his years ("I'm gaining on 90…").Read full book review >
DARK PLACES by Reavis Z. Wortham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Once again, Wortham supplies something for everyone—especially fans of summer movies who love chase sequences so much that they don't care who's chasing whom."
1967: a fifth trip back to Center Springs, Texas, focuses on one regular's attempt to bust out of the place for good. Read full book review >
OUT OF DARKNESS by Ashley Hope Pérez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A powerful, layered tale of forbidden love in times of unrelenting racism. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
A Mexican-American girl and a black boy begin an ill-fated love in the months leading up to a catastrophic 1937 school explosion in East Texas. Read full book review >

JIMMY BLUEFEATHER by Kim Heacox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Old Keb understands it 'used to be hard to live and easy to die. Not anymore.'"
Part quest, part rebirth, Heacox's debut novel spins a story of Alaska's Tlingit people and the land, an old man dying, and a young man learning to live. Read full book review >
GIRL WAITS WITH GUN by Amy Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"More adventures involving gutsy Constance, quietly determined Sheriff Heath, and a lively cast of supporting characters would be most welcome."
Better known for her nonfiction (The Drunken Botanist, 2013, etc.), Stewart crafts a solid, absorbing novel based on real-life events—though they're unusual enough to seem invented.Read full book review >
THE WAKE by Paul Kingsnorth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"One can't fault Kingsnorth for lack of ambition, though his story stumbles under its own linguistic weight. The reader will judge whether it's worth the heafodpanneteung."
Frenchies is ycumen in—lhude sing Shazam! Read full book review >
MOTHERLOAD by Avery Caswell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An uneven but frequently affecting collection."
A charming collection of short stories populated by an array of characters of various ages and backgrounds, making wildly different mistakes. Read full book review >
MARVEL AND A WONDER by Joe Meno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A grandiose, atmospheric portrait of Middle America in all its damaged glory."
The mysterious gift of a snowy white quarter horse upends the rural existence of a family in Indiana. Read full book review >
ANNE & HENRY by Dawn Ius
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Clever and compelling storytelling from a promising writer. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn are reimagined as private school hooligans (of course). Read full book review >
NEVER LOOK DOWN by Warren C. Easley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Alternating between Cal's first-person narrative and the third-person story of Kelly, Easley (Dead Float, 2014, etc.) keeps the story simple and easy to unravel while engaging readers in more long-term relationships with the characters."
A do-gooder lawyer wants to track down the sole witness to the murder of a friend's fiancee before the friend takes matters into his own hands. 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 >