Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE GARGOYLE HUNTERS by John Freeman Gill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2017

"A portrait of 1970s New York that's sturdy if sometimes stiff."
A teenager gets wise to Manhattan, and his father, via the city's architectural ornaments. Read full book review >
DEAR SWEET FILTHY WORLD by Caitlín R. Kiernan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2017

"At their best, these stories are sinister and beguiling in equal measure, tracing the border between fear and obsession and asking powerful questions about desire along the way."
Horror blends with love, obsession, transformed bodies, and terrifying mysteries in this collection of stories. Read full book review >

THE MASK OF SANITY by Jacob M. Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2017

"Intelligent and chilling."
This novel lays bare the mind of a sociopath whose accomplishments, normal life, and respected position disguise his true nature. Read full book review >
HEARTS OF STONE by Brad Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Smith's unsparing depiction of a small-town justice system that depends on 'everybody's ratting everybody out' works against mystery and suspense but allows a sense of monstrous injustice to fester till it's ready to explode."
An Ontario felon-turned-farmer seeks justice against the petty criminals who casually destroyed his household. Read full book review >
THE PRACTICE HOUSE by Laura McNeal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Dust, lust, and human drama rendered with sensitivity, depth, and breadth."
Love is inextricably linked to suffering in McNeal's (Dark Water, 2010) sweeping historical novel set in the 1930s. Read full book review >

SNOOK WALLOW by Janet Heijens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Heijens, whose earlier foray into the topic (Wrongful Conviction, 2015) featured criminal defender Jean Jankowski, presents another heroine who's equally smart, resourceful, and empathetic—and more than worthy of an encore appearance."
A retired lawyer hopes to prove a death row inmate innocent before his time runs out. Read full book review >
DON'T FEED THE TROLLS by Erica Kudisch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2017

"A contemporary romance that will pleasantly surprise readers willing to try a new type of heroine."
Being a woman online is difficult—even for a duchess. Read full book review >
THE END OF THE DAY by Claire North
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Readers who can handle the unconventional structure will find this book wholly original and hauntingly beautiful. North is a writer to watch."
An absorbing story about the end of the world—or the ends of many worlds. Read full book review >
MISS YOU by Kate Eberlen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Eberlen's characters are so real and deserving of love—thankfully it's safe to root for them both, and root for them you will."
Have you ever caught a stranger's eye for a moment too long and wondered, "what if?" Read full book review >
GET IT TOGETHER, DELILAH! by Erin Gough
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"A quiet and authentic coming-of-age story from Down Under. (maps, glossary) (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A lesbian teen struggles to balance school, work, and life in Gough's charming debut. Read full book review >
TELL ME HOW THIS ENDS WELL by David Samuel Levinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Imaginative, intelligent, cluttered, long on black humor, and just long."
In a near future fraught with violent anti-Semitism, a family Passover focuses on patricide. Read full book review >
BORDER CHILD by Michel Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"A gripping and politically savvy look at the human impact of current immigration policy and an honest examination of the perils facing desperate immigrants as they travel north."
Losing a child—whether to death, kidnapping, war, or other calamities—is widely recognized as one of life's most traumatic experiences. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >