Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

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 >
ANA OF CALIFORNIA by Andi Teran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"Anne of Green Gables fans will rejoice; newcomers will find a satisfying tale; and Ana's high jinks will leave both types of readers smiling and asking for more."
Fifteen-year-old Ana Cortez has spent her life shuttling into, but mostly out of, foster homes. Now she has one last chance to find a home—working on a California farm. Read full book review >
THE MAP OF CHAOS by Félix J. Palma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"And never mind the loose ends: there's another volume on the way, and we look forward to it."
What lies on the other side of the beyond? Does The Shadow know? Certainly the Invisible Man does, and therein lies a knot in Palma's (The Map of the Sky, 2012, etc.) newest delightful puzzler.Read full book review >
WHAT DOESN'T KILL HER by Carla Norton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"In spite of allowing the second entry in the series to tap into emotional back stories that might better have been saved for later, Norton writes smart characters and cleverly leaves herself room for a sequel."
A kidnapping victim must use her insight into her former captor to catch him after he escapes from a psychiatric hospital. Read full book review >
VIRAL by Emily Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 29, 2015

"A rich collection that takes the familiar obsessions of love and loneliness and views them from uncanny angles in ways that are magical, cutting, and intensely recognizable."
Mitchell (The Last Summer of the World, 2007) offers readers 12 distinct stories that combine the mundane and the very strange to turn ordinary life inside out, examining familiar feelings through a lens of bizarre and sometimes-magical details.Read full book review >
DEATH AND MR. PICKWICK by Stephen Jarvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"Dickens himself would be proud of Jarvis' capture of so huge a slice of life. Humane and funny, though the Heditor might have taken a sterner hand here and there."
Beguiling, entertaining novel of Dickensian England, cramming most of the island and its most interesting characters into 800 teeming pages. Read full book review >
THE CARTEL by Don Winslow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2015

"Like its hero, this novel hovers between two styles—pulp fiction and literary seriousness—which, taken together, render the genre formulas leaden."
A Mexican drug lord heads into a final showdown with the obsessed American Drug Enforcement Administration agent who has been dogging him for years in this vast and ambitious thriller from Winslow (The Kings of Cool, 2012, etc.).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >