Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

MAYAN by Neil Enock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2016

"A high-spirited tale for readers interested in archaeology and sustainable living."
An archaeological fantasy adventure that brings one of the world's greatest mysteries into the modern political milieu. Read full book review >
TRIXI PUDONG AND THE GREATER WORLD by Audrey Mei
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 27, 2016

"Despite distracting exposition, this generation-spanning novel brings Chinese life and global history alive."
Mei's debut novel charts the aspirations of a Chinese family against the backdrop of wars and political shifts. Read full book review >

WHEN PLANETS FALL by Abby J. Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2017

"A propulsive, sharply crafted tale about a planetary war."
In this YA sci-fi debut, an alien world plays host to conflict among three humanoid tribes. Read full book review >
THE LAST CONFESSION by Pat Kelley Brunjes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2017

"A diverting and intriguing family mystery involving a priest."
A journalist investigates a decades-old accusation in this novel. Read full book review >
TORN by Mary Brock Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2017

"While the pacing fails to match the urgency of the central plot, the tale delivers a complex blend of ecological sci-fi and political thriller."
Two eco-engineers trying to save their planet from environmental disaster discover their employer may possess a hidden agenda in this first installment of a series. Read full book review >

THE VISITS & OTHER POEMS/LAS VISITAS Y OTROS POEMAS  by Mirta Yáñez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"A well-written but occasionally verbose collection that will please academics but may test the patience of lay readers."
An academic poetry opus from prolific Cuban author Yáñez (The Bleeding Wound/Sangra Por La Herida, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >
DEAD WEIGHT by Matt Casamassina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 17, 2016

"Solid apocalyptic fiction that focuses more on its character relationships than its sci-fi elements."
In this debut YA thriller, the leftovers of an unexplained apocalypse struggle to survive and find meaning in the wreckage. Read full book review >
MASJID MORNING by Richard Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2016

"A thought-provoking and ultimately moving story that looks at love, human nature, and conservative religion."
In the latest novel from Morris (Canoedling in Cleveland, 2014, etc.), a pair of star-crossed lovers—one Muslim, one Christian—face familial and societal pressures in rural Maryland.Read full book review >
INSURRECTION AT 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE by Rob Tenery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Consistently blends dual medical and political storylines, each with its own worthy protagonist."
A physician and the White House chief of staff both suspect something sinister behind the vice president's sudden, unexplained death in this debut thriller. Read full book review >
THE FAR SHORE by Paul T. Scheuring
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"An engaging World War II novel featuring diverse prose styles about a man in search of spiritual peace and the granddaughter who needs to find him."
A woman leaves her dreary office life behind in search of her grandfather and his fortune. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >