Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE OXFORD PHOTOGRAPH by Tony Thistlewood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A dense, absorbing tale featuring dogged characters that give the plot momentum."
British intelligence agents must figure out if a potential nuclear threat in London is motivated by politics, religion, or something more personal in Thistlewood's (Bastards & Baronets, 2016, etc.) thriller.Read full book review >
Bard's Exile by Carolyn Gross
FICTION & LITERATURE

"The first half outshines the second in this promising fantasy novel."
A blind gambler and a determined princess must save their home in Gross' (End Bringer, 2016, etc.) novel. Read full book review >

Notes from Hell by Rachel Bukey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 12, 2016

"A dynamic protagonist's resolve makes her an admirable sleuth in this moody thriller."
In Bukey's (Leap of Faith, 2014) sophomore thriller, reporter Ann Dexter scours an abducted opera singer's past hoping she'll find clues that will lead his captor to release him. Read full book review >
VOODOO DAYS AT LA CASA FABULOSA by David Domine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2016

"An enjoyable memoir that will likely give readers goose bumps."
A collection of real-life spooky tales of an old Kentucky neighborhood. Read full book review >
A Winter of Wolves by Marc Rainer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2016

"The lawyer-hero remains, as always, resolute and razor sharp, even when using his gun more than his legal brain."
This latest entry in the Jeff Trask thriller series finds the federal prosecutor chasing a killer who targets police officers. Read full book review >

APOCALYPSE ALL THE TIME by David Atkinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"An imaginative engagement with existential questions raised by a surfeit of apocalypses."
In this absurdist novel set in a world of serial apocalypses, a man tries to make sense of his existence. Read full book review >
The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan by Steve Wiley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Cynicism and adult words stave off sappiness but don't remotely dampen the magical story's genuine charm."
In this fantasy debut, a wealthy but discontented businessman remembers his childhood journey through Chicago's hidden, enchanted side with creatures and anthropomorphic animals. Read full book review >
KATA'S FATHER by John M. Zurak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A sprawling fable that illuminates Bosnian culture and history through unique, multidimensional characters."
This magical realist debut novel explores a family's connection to the mountains of post-World War II Bosnia. Read full book review >
Leaving Time and Tennessee by Lorraine Andrews Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 19, 2016

"An often delightful fantasy that will stick with readers long after they turn the last page."
A debut time-travel romance that romps through more than 200 years of history. Read full book review >
Thieves of the Black Sea by Joe  O'Neill
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A satisfying, action-packed return to the world of the Red Hand and a daring trio."
In this fourth volume of an adventure series, a resourceful Moroccan orphan named Tariq and his loyal friends set out to return an ancient diary to its rightful home. Read full book review >
Murder by Munchausen by M.T. Bass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2017

"A fast-paced, entertaining, but incomplete sci-fi tale that could use a sequel to tie up several loose ends."
A dark, futuristic thriller features a disgraced police detective who hunts not just a brutal criminal, but also the androids the culprit uses to kill humans. Read full book review >
THE FORGOTTEN FEDERATION by Fiction Factory Incorporated
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2016

"Exuberant and entertaining, slyly avoiding camp with plausible, albeit superpower-infused, characters."
A scientist assembles a second-generation group of superheroes to battle a global government bent on dominating humanity in Fiction Factory Incorporated's debut sci-fi tale. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >