Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

FLOOD by Melissa Sholes Young
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"There's a teen-novel flavor to this gently educational getting-of-wisdom story. As one wise character recommends: 'Bloom where you are planted.'"
Hannibal, Missouri, on the Mississippi River flood plain—not only the setting for Mark Twain's most celebrated novels, but also the hometown of Laura Brooks, who grew up to flee her trailer home for life as a nurse in Florida. But now Laura is back, and the river is rising. Read full book review >
TRAP THE DEVIL by Ben Coes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"A very readable story which at times seems disconcertingly real."
A former Special Forces operative uncovers the sinister plot of a group of powerful extremists hidden deep within the American government. Read full book review >

THE RIGHT SIDE by Spencer Quinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"There's a minor road-trip thread, and a mystery too, but this is primarily a psychological drama driven by a lonely struggle to overcome post-traumatic stress disorder."
Quinn (Arf, 2016, etc.) is known for caninecentric comic mysteries, but here the dog takes a supporting role as Afghanistan veteran LeAnne Hogan, marred by a disfiguring injury and PTSD, finds purpose after a close friend's death. Read full book review >
A MOST UNLIKELY DUKE by Sophie Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"A mildly entertaining tale."
A minor aristocrat is living in the slums of Regency London when he learns he has inherited the ducal title of a distant relative. Read full book review >
THREE WEEKS WITH A PRINCESS by Vanessa Kelly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"An enjoyable, thoughtful romance."
A heroine faces her unlucky future when she must either become a courtesan or rely on the favor of the aristocratic family she believes abandoned her to save herself from financial ruin. Read full book review >

BEFORE EVERYTHING by Victoria Redel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Though Redel has chosen a difficult topic, too often she opts for 'a-w-w' moments rather than unflinching confrontations."
Friends and family gather to cajole, comfort, and/or castigate a dying woman. Read full book review >
THE SISTERS CHASE by Sarah Healy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"The sisters' relationship—and their resilience—makes this novel powerful when it might otherwise have been prosaic."
An absorbing story of two sisters on the road. Read full book review >
GOLDEN HILL by Francis Spufford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"A first-rate entertainment with a rich historical feel and some delightful twists."
This sparkling first novel sends a young man through a gantlet of troubles and amusements in 18th-century Manhattan. Read full book review >
THE WITCHWOOD CROWN  by Tad Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Not just utterly readable—an instant fantasy classic."
Almost three decades after the release of the first volume of Williams' epic fantasy series, Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, he returns to the iconic realm of Osten Ard with the stunning first installment of a new sequel trilogy. Read full book review >
MURDER AT THE PUPPY FEST by Laurien Berenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Whatever you think of the mystery, the heroine's interviews of the nine Brody kids, each crazier than the next, are worth the price of admission."
It's mutts vs. purebreds as Melanie Travis (Live and Let Growl, 2016, etc.) investigates the death of a dog-loving philanthropist. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A BACHELORETTE  by Laura Levine
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"The cast and crew of a reality show are perfect foils for sharp-tongued Jaine, who outwits everyone on the set, except possibly her cat."
There's trouble in paradise for a freelance writer working on a reality television show. Read full book review >
THE OUTER CAPE by Patrick Dacey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"A wan, overly familiar portrait of domestic angst."
A seemingly just-so family is thrust into a generationlong spate of turmoil. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >