Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

Final Departure by Jeff Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2016

"A wide-ranging and argument-heavy (albeit, rigged for the prosecution) novel dramatizing the tenets of Christian apologetics."
Two men trapped by a storm have a long conversation about humanity, life, and faith. Read full book review >
THE GARDENS OF CONSOLATION by Parisa Reza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2016

"Winner of 2015's Prix Senghor for a debut novel by a Francophone writer, this compelling book raises important questions about indulgence, gender, community, and the impact of politics on everyday life."
Love, lust, and politics can sometimes exist harmoniously. They can also clash. Read full book review >

ONE LIFE TO LOSE by Kris Ripper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2016

"A sweet, different kind of love story that brings new light to a murder mystery four books in the making."
An independent theater owner meets two young men who take his breath away, but a murder in La Vista has everyone on edge. Read full book review >
KILL THE NEXT ONE by Federico  Axat
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Fans of alternative reality tales will probably stay the course; other readers may not."
Carrying out a canny plan to kill two victims plunges a man into a world in which events and characters, including his own, change like visions in a haunted kaleidoscope. Read full book review >
THE RETURN OF MUNCHAUSEN by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Playful and erudite, sprinkled with philosophy and politics, funny in places and melancholy in others, this novella, like most of Krzhizhanovsky's work, remained unpublished during his lifetime; how lucky that we can read it now."
Early Soviet writer Krzhizhanovsky (1887-1950; Autobiography of a Corpse, 2013, etc.) revives the eponymous teller of tall tales and sets him loose in 1920s Moscow. Read full book review >

MOSHI MOSHI by Banana Yohimoto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A fleeting portrait of a critical moment in a young woman's life, one with which the late John Hughes might have felt some kinship."
A young Japanese woman is left hurt, confused, and lost in the wake of her father's mysterious death. Read full book review >
SAY GOODBYE FOR NOW by Catherine Ryan Hyde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A sentimental yet heartwarming tale of transgression and redemption."
In a heavily segregated community of 1959 Texas, a 12-year-old white boy befriends a black boy. Only trouble can follow. Read full book review >
NICE WORK (IF YOU CAN GET IT) by Celia Imrie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A bit plodding at first, this novel won't immediately grab readers with its engaging plot. Rather, it will slowly charm those up for a story that gradually unfolds into something delightful."
Can four retirees open a successful restaurant together in a quaint little town on the French Riviera? Read full book review >
THE PRIVATE LIFE OF MRS. SHARMA by Ratika Kapur
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Even as cultural products can feel increasingly generic in our technologically advanced global marketplace, Kapur (Overwinter, 2012) proves that a gifted writer can still powerfully capture a complex voice from a singular place and time."
In contradictory modern India, an urban woman's private confession becomes a portrait, and perhaps an indictment, of 21st-century globalism. Read full book review >
AT WHAT COST by James L'Etoile
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"The milieu, suspects, and supporting characters are all forgettable, and the killer scarcely puts in an appearance before he's unmasked as a bogeyman. The results are best suited to nail-biters in search of something to read in a single breathless sitting, though presumably not in a doctor's waiting room."
L'Etoile's first novel pits a Sacramento police detective against a killer who's mutilated corpses for the worst possible reason. Read full book review >
ISLAND OF THE MAD by Laurie Sheck
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"A brash but overly tangled poetry-prose hybrid."
A poetic meditation on Russian literature, bubonic plague, Venice, and the multiverse. Read full book review >
THE EDIT by J. Sydney Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"Jones (A Matter of Breeding, 2014, etc.) brings deliciously dark humor to his psychological thriller, a worthy cousin to John Fowles' classic The Collector."
A Nazi war criminal who fled his homeland shares his story with a young journalist he's kidnapped. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >