Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

XENOGENEIC by Lance Erlick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2017

"An interplanetary tale with effectively slow build that leads to a solid climax."
An expedition to one of Jupiter's moons leads to contact with an alien species that may be plotting a takeover of Earth in Erlick's (Regina Shen: Endurance, 2016, etc.) sci-fi novel.Read full book review >
DEATH'S DANCER by Jasmine Silvera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 30, 2016

"A spirited, sexy paranormal romance."
Sparks fly when a mighty sorcerer recruits a dancer to help unravel a supernatural mystery. Read full book review >

THE MASTER OF WHITEHALL by Rick H. Veal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2016

"An enticing supernatural plot with an initially frisky pace hampered by excessive exposition."
A college student falls for the mysterious owner of a manor in this first installment of a paranormal romance series. Read full book review >
PROOF OF LIES by Diana Rodriguez Wallach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"A tale where the heroine's experiences as a grieving daughter and sister seem far more meaningful than any family secrets."
A teenager must unravel the mysteries behind her family's many tragedies in this first installment of a YA trilogy. Read full book review >
THE COLLECTOR OF BODIES by Diane Glancy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A thoughtful and often beautiful volume of poetry that explores the Middle East and America."
Glancy (Trigger Dance, 2015, etc.) contemplates history and culture in this new collection of poems.Read full book review >

SPIRA MIRABILIS by Ralph Sevush
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2016

"A rollicking, good-spirited ride that's weakened by the weight of its ambition."
A collection of tall tales linked together by an ageless traveler. Read full book review >
QUEEN OF THE QUANTUM REALM by Rhonda Denise Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A creative tale which makes its fantasy science fun."
In Johnson's (The Crossroads of Time, 2015, etc.) YA fantasy, an apprentice mage, searching for a possible cure to an epidemic, stumbles upon a nefarious plan at the atomic level. Read full book review >
BLAMELESS by Claudio Magris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Like war itself, this novel reveals its ineffable mysteries though it resists being understood too easily."
Through an accumulation of devastating details, an Italian novel made up of stories within stories reveals truths about World War II and its aftermath that many (in the novel as well as in real life) would prefer to keep buried. Read full book review >
SECRETS OF A RELUCTANT PRINCESS by Casey Griffin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"An effective combination of traditional and modern YA elements."
A hilarious, angst-ridden YA novel about a teenage girl acclimating to life at a new high school by Griffin (Beauty and the Wiener: A Rescue Dog Romance, 2017, etc.).Read full book review >
ROCK PAPER SCISSORS by Matty Dalrymple
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A deadly game involving a dangerous girl that does have a winner: the reader."
A secret fertility experiment goes wrong in this thriller. Read full book review >
CATADOUPE by Jason Akley
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An incoherent work that may be particularly unpleasant for animal lovers."
Characters consider their lives and philosophically reflect in this novel, which includes a short screenplay. Read full book review >
WE ARE BUT A MOMENT by Ulrich Baer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2017

"Politicians confront environmental doom in this prophetic and altruistic tale about the near future."
A presidential adviser becomes stuck in quarantine after exposure to a deadly pathogen in this political novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >