Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

A WEEKEND WITH FRANCES by Lois Jean Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 24, 2016

"A cleareyed but warm family saga of buried recriminations and the struggle for reconciliation."
A mother and her daughters reunite to dredge up old traumas in this tension-wracked drama. Read full book review >
TROJAN by David L. Wallace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2016

"Smart and dynamic characters give this conventional tale of someone wrongfully accused a boost of flavor."
In this debut thriller, the man overseeing the White House's computer defense systems finds himself suspect No. 1 when apparent terrorists launch a full-scale strike. Read full book review >

FIVE EQUALS ONE, VOL. 1 by Mary Korte
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A lighthearted North Pole fantasy with some darker undertones."
Korte's (A Girl Doesn't Need To Go To College, But…But…But…, 2014, etc.) offers a novel about a very different kind of Santa Claus.Read full book review >
POLK, HARPER & WHO by Panayotis  Cacoyannis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2017

"A thoughtful, observant, and often humorous tale about real connections."
In this literary novel, family secrets, friendship, and the resilience of love play out in a dinner party between two couples. Read full book review >
THE TASTE OF AIR by Gail Cleare
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A family tale offers skillful dialogue as well as brisk pacing and an effective resolution."
A woman discovers her mother possesses a secret cottage, unleashing a chain of revelations and realizations in this novel. Read full book review >

ISLAND OF EXILES by Erica Cameron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A fresh, original series starter, bolstered by a dynamic protagonist and a welcome sense of depth."
Cameron (Assassins: Nemesis, 2017, etc.) tells a YA fantasy tale about a "nyshin"—a warrior, mage, and hunter—on a desert island rife with danger.Read full book review >
AN APPETITE FOR REVENGE by Jennifer L. Jennings
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2014

"A quick but diverting read, sublimely led by a grounded detective who earns her series."
A New Hampshire private eye in Florida with her boyfriend works an off-the-books case—the search for a blackmailer—in this mystery. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE FOREST by Kay L. Ling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2016

"A bright fantasy for readers who are tired of exaggerated violence and slippery morals."
In this fantasy debut, a gemologist discovers a hidden portal and finds that family secrets are the key to saving more than one world. Read full book review >
GERONIMO'S GOLD by Ted Richardson
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An involving tale that proves a modest artifact can lead to a grand adventure."
A historical incident influences a modern economic conspiracy in this thriller. Read full book review >
WATER by Dominic J. Anton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2016

"Elemental forces give potency to these simply worded poems."
Anton's debut poetry collection places the body and spirit in a dynamic relationship with the cosmos. Read full book review >
A SEASON TO DIE by Michael Mucci
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 23, 2016

"A measured pace as methodical and practical as the murder story's diplomatic protagonist."
Philadelphia Sheriff Chris DeAngelo returns to solve the killing of a political candidate's wife, complete with a plethora of suspects and motives, in this thriller. Read full book review >
A LOVE LIKE NO OTHER by Nancy Taylor Robson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2013

"A finely shaded portrait of a first lady's yearnings and travails."
Abigail Adams experiences abiding love but many challenges in her union with her husband, John, in this historical novel inspired by their letters. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >