Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE SECOND LIFE OF NICK MASON by Steve Hamilton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"With a terrific new hero built for the long run, Hamilton stands to gain new followers—especially if Hollywood's plans to adapt the book come to fruition."
When hard-nosed Chicagoan Nick Mason is sprung from an Indiana prison after serving only five years of a 25-year-to-life sentence, he's hardly done paying for a killing he did not commit. Read full book review >
NITRO MOUNTAIN by Lee Clay Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"An ambitious, disturbing, and daring debut."
Appalachian noir at its darkest and most deranged. Read full book review >

All Good Children by Dayna Ingram
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 13, 2016

"An absorbing and poignant YA dystopian fantasy with a convincing heroine."
A teenager works through her emotional turmoil while waiting to become a sacrificial offering to aliens in this sci-fi melodrama. Read full book review >
BEIJING RED by Alex Ryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A terrific tale for fans of the genre."
A fast-moving, tense biothriller set in China. Read full book review >
HIGHLY ILLOGICAL BEHAVIOR by John Corey Whaley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Readers will easily come to care about these bright, wonderfully nerdy, flawed characters. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A teen with her sights set on a scholarship for a psychology undergraduate program befriends a boy with agoraphobia in order to write an essay about the experience in this novel from Printz Medal winner Whaley. Read full book review >

THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT, CASSIE PARKER by Terra Elan McVoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A smart, heartwarming novel about the ups and downs of family and friendship. (Fiction. 9-13)"
When Fiona's diary is stolen by the most popular girl in seventh grade, she braces herself for the worst summer ever. Read full book review >
ALLEGHENY FRONT by Matthew Neill Null
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Breece D'J Pancake gets all the literary press out of West Virginia, what there is of it. But he's been dead nearly 40 years, and it's high time someone else did. Null is a natural writer with much to say."
Sometimes lyrical, sometimes scarifying stories by the up-and-coming author of Honey from the Lion (2015).Read full book review >
THE MIRACLE ON MONHEGAN ISLAND by Elizabeth Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"More terrific work from a writer who gets better with each book."
Risk-taking fiction from Kelly (The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, 2013, etc.), this time featuring a canine narrator, an apparition, and a whole mess of trouble between fathers and sons. Read full book review >
AMP'D by Ken Pisani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Complete with painfully wry observations and delightfully caustic wit, this novel is a gritty exploration of what it's like to feel incomplete in the world. All five fingers up for this bitterly satisfying tale."
When 40-something high school teacher Aaron loses his left arm in a car accident, he has a chance to overcome adversity and become a better man. But he'd rather pop a few Vicodin and smoke a joint. Read full book review >
THE FOX WAS EVER THE HUNTER by Herta Müller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"An essential work of post-Iron Curtain literature and a harrowing portrait of life under suspicion."
Atmospheric, lyrical novel from Nobel Prize-winning writer Müller (Traveling on One Leg, 1998, etc.) of life in Romania during the closing days of the Ceausescu dictatorship.Read full book review >
LAROSE by Louise Erdrich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Electric, nimble, and perceptive, this novel is about 'the phosphorous of grief' but also, more essentially, about the emotions men need, but rarely get, from one another."
After accidentally shooting his friend and neighbor's young son, a man on a Native American reservation subscribes to "an old form of justice" by giving his own son, LaRose, to the parents of his victim. Read full book review >
THE SEED COLLECTORS by Scarlett Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"Thomas is a literary star in the United Kingdom. She should be in the United States, too."
A gnarly family drama from the acclaimed author of Our Tragic Universe (2010) and The End of Mr. Y (2006).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >