Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

DIXIE SALVAGE by Gary Isringhaus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A novel of enterprising American success that never quite comes together."
In Isringhaus' (King Brute, 2008) second novel, a Southern boy's Los Angeles sojourn is cut short when his father becomes ill. Read full book review >
THE GREEN EYED GIRL by J W Chew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 17, 2014

"A fast-paced, intellectual fantasy story with lessons about values, greed, and empathy."
In this allegorical tale, debut author Chew creates a magical world of mayhem that's full of parallels to modern society. Read full book review >

TERRIBLE SWIFT SWORD by Nancy Hendricks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2015

"An often vivid, heartbreaking story full of great historical detail and human pathos."
Five American Civil War survivors connect onboard the ill-fated steamer Sultana in Hendricks' (Senator Hattie Caraway, 2013) historical novel. Read full book review >
DYNAMIC PARTS by Matthew Ryan Defibaugh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2014

"Inventive verses document both coming-of-age and coming to grips with illness."
Defibaugh's debut collection features stylistically and thematically diverse poems written over his 16 years in a wheelchair. Read full book review >
SHATTERED DREAMS by Bulent Senocak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 19, 2014

"A textured, involving novel about a now-forgotten crisis in the pre-modern Muslim world."
A historical novel about a flash-point event in 19th-century relations between Muslims and the West. Read full book review >

THE ANGEL OF ANTIOCH by Daniel Molyneux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 10, 2015

"A theologically intriguing novel that mimics the Bible's dramatic presentation."
A parablelike tale of spirituality, religion, and persecution. Read full book review >
MILKED by Lisa Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2014

"A fun, frothy read bolstered by a likable heroine and a snappy, fast-paced narrative."
A single mother embarks on an unconventional business venture in Doyle's debut novel. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC LAUNDRY by Jacob M Appel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"Another strong story collection that displays the author's trademark thoughtfulness, humanity, and wit.
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Ordinary people practice the magic of deception in Appel's (Einstein's Beach House, 2014) short story collection, which won the 2014 Serena McDonald Kennedy Award for fiction.Read full book review >
King of the Lions and other Animal Stories by Stephen Feinland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2012

"An idiosyncratic poetic lark with a clear religious message."
Animals role-play events from humanity's history, highlighting its foibles and providing a few laughs. Read full book review >
A FAREWELL TO WINDEMERE by John Mooers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"A generally well-written narrative covering the less-frequently chartered years during which Hemingway first displayed the man he'd become."
Mooers (J.P., 2013, etc.) returns to historical fiction, this time following 19-year-old Ernest Hemingway, who comes home from war and struggles to readjust to life in the civilian world. Read full book review >
There Is A Generation by WH Buzzard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 3, 2015

"An amusing, if occasionally implausible, coming-of-age travel adventure."
Two teenage boys see the many facets of 1950s America in Buzzard's caper-filled debut novel. Read full book review >
Island (the one that wasn’t supposed to be) by Gary Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2013

"A loosely organized but intriguing novel about what it means to be part of a society and how one's choices shape one's perceptions and direction."
Wilson's debut novel recounts the strange, elliptical journey of a man on the run from the law and his philosophical musings about love, truth, and travel itself. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >