Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

WHERE THE WILD THINGS BITE by Molly Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"This series has gotten more appealing over time and will satisfy readers looking to bite into a paranormal romance flavored generously with dashes of humor."
A hypochondriac researcher, a vampire, and an unwashed pilot walk into a plane—and high jinks ensue in the remote Kentucky woods. Read full book review >
REPRESSED  by Elisabeth Naughton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Solid romantic suspense by a writer talented enough at weaving a yarn to get her readers ensnared in it."
Samantha Parker, a chemistry teacher, and Ethan McClane, a therapist, are attracted to one another right away, but they're both harboring deeply buried secrets. Circumstance has found both of them back in small, rural Hidden Falls, but is it fate that brought them together? Read full book review >

DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Suspenseful, frightening, and sometimes poignant—provided the reader has a generously willing suspension of disbelief."
A man walks out of a bar and his life becomes a kaleidoscope of altered states in this science-fiction thriller. Read full book review >
THE UNSEEN WORLD by Liz Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"This is for readers who love a slow, methodical reveal."
Moore's latest novel (Heft, 2012, etc.) deals with the debilitating effects of memory loss on a father and his young daughter, using a computer program as a powerful aid for uncovering a seemingly lost family history. Read full book review >
THE LOST GIRLS by Heather Young
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Young's intricately wrought family drama tarries over details of time, place, and emotion as it gradually reveals her debut's tragic core."
A family home hides generations of secrets. Read full book review >

AGE OF CONSENT by Marti Leimbach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Devastatingly powerful scenes trapped in a rickety plot."
An unflinching look at sexual abuse from an author who isn't afraid of difficult subjects. Read full book review >
WE ARE ALL MADE OF STARS by Rowan Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"A tear-jerking but ultimately uplifting story."
Hospice care brings unlikely characters together in this emotional novel from Coleman (The Day We Met, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
BOUNTY by Michael Byrnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Charles Bronson's Death Watch meets the Internet, with little of the hand-wringing melodrama that might suggest."
Vigilantism goes viral in this thriller about a website that pays bounties for the killing of unpunished child abusers, financial scammers, human rights violators, and other bad actors. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN LETTERS OF VELTA B. by Gina Ochsner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"An astonishing alchemy of history, romance, and fable."
Fractured hearts, ruined lives, shattered dreams—only the art of storytelling can hope to heal these in war-ravaged Latvia. Read full book review >
LEAVING LUCY PEAR by Anna Solomon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Slow-movement storytelling: fully-fleshed, compassionate, and satisfying."
The abandonment of a newborn child in a pear orchard opens an intense tale of choices and consequences which, despite its early-20th-century setting, has the capacious feel of a Victorian novel. Read full book review >
WE COME TO OUR SENSES by Odie Lindsey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Superb atmospherics and dramatic timing coupled with arresting storylines. A promising start, if sobering for readers unused to the grim realities of war."
Memorable, even haunting tales of war and peace—two states of being that, in debut author Lindsey's hands, are hard to tell apart.
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YOU WILL KNOW ME by Megan Abbott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Abbott proves herself a master of fingernails-digging-into-your-palms suspense."
Abbott's latest thriller (The Fever, 2014, etc.) is about everyday lives changed forever by an exceptional individual—in this case an Olympic gymnastics hopeful. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >