Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 10)

THE ENGLISH SPY by Daniel Silva
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"This page-turner deepens Allon's legend and illuminates more of his shadowy world, all while cementing Silva's place among the top tier of spy thriller writers."
Gabriel Allon may be a talented, world-renowned restorer of classic paintings, but he's willing to kneecap a Russian spy if necessary. Read full book review >
These Boots Are Made for Butt-Kickin' by Kalan Chapman Lloyd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"With sparkling wit, Southern charm, and a steady pace, Miss Lilly has hit her stride."
Lloyd's (Home Is Where Your Boots Are, 2015) second book in the MisAdventures of Miss Lilly series finds small-town lawyer Lilly Atkins kicking herself after shooting her ex-boyfriend in the foot. Read full book review >

The Giggling Boy by Ra Lynn Lonewalker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"A fantastical, horrifying, and thought-provoking journey through one of America's darkest chapters.
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LoneWalker (On the Other Side of the Golden Gate, 2013, etc.) explores the horrors of Native American mission schools in a fictionalized blend of history and mythology.Read full book review >
FLAME TREE ROAD by Shona Patel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"A lightly flawed but still mesmerizing look at a complex society in flux and one man's attempts to effect change."
After his father dies, a clever young Indian boy watches as his mother is shunned by their family and society, so when he's offered an education through his father's company, he jumps at the chance, then tries to change the plight of women in his country. Read full book review >
A BIG ENOUGH LIE by Eric Bennett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"A blunt, effective debut."
A debut novel about war, writing, and the mutability of facts. Read full book review >

TOMORROW WAR by J.L. Bourne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"A dark but captivating look at life inside a failed American society."
After the economy crashes, a covert-operations veteran faces the cruel realities of life off the grid and outside the law. Read full book review >
THE STAR SIDE OF BIRD HILL by Naomi Jackson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"An engrossing and poignant coming-of-age story populated with engaging, well-drawn characters."
Sixteen-year-old Dionne Braithwaite and her 10-year-old sister, Phaedra, are sent to the tiny town of St. John, Barbados, to stay with their grandmother while their mother, Avril, recovers from a long depression. Read full book review >
SWEET FORGIVENESS by Lori Nelson Spielman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"Bright prose, a plucky heroine, and more than a few plot twists make for a delightful read."
Bullied in middle school, abandoned by her mother, and betrayed by her fiance, Hannah Farr has little interest in exposing her emotional vulnerabilities. Read full book review >
THE MASK by Taylor Stevens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"Although Stevens takes longer to develop the action than usual, any Munroe is better than none at all."
Stevens sends the gritty, tough, and very deadly Vanessa Michael Munroe to Japan, where she settles a score, piling up bodies in the process. Read full book review >
LOCAL GIRLS by Caroline Zancan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"A character study that will draw you in—just don't expect to have any energy left at the end."
In Zancan's debut, three Florida girls experience a life-changing night when they discover a movie star at their favorite local haunt. Read full book review >
WHITE CROCODILE by K.T. Medina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"A heart-rending look at a culture decimated by the cruelty of the Khmer Rouge."
Mysterious disappearances, danger, and death converge against the exotic backdrop of post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia in Medina's debut effort. Read full book review >
WEIGHTLESS by Sarah Bannan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"This cautionary tale about technology and bullying explores the nastiness that exists in high school halls and online."
Cyberbullying and old-fashioned cruelty have devastating consequences in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >