Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 2)

THE ENGLISH TEACHER by Yiftach R. Atir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Atir appreciates subtle spycraft and knows his business, but this tale is often morose and features a woman who can be less likable than the people she seeks to best in her subterfuge."
An ex-Mossad agent sets off a scramble at the agency when she disappears. Read full book review >
THE DARKEST SECRET by Alex Marwood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Marwood's tale proves unsatisfying and unsettling in equal measures."
For readers who prefer their psychological thrillers dark, twisty, and filled with loathsome people, Marwood serves up the perfect dish in this story of very rich people, a missing twin, and an ill-fated weekend. Read full book review >

SALVAGE by Stephen Maher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Maher (Deadline, 2013) keeps the pot boiling by forgoing character development, moral complexity, and plot twists in order to churn out one fast-paced action scene after another. It's all one-dimensional but highly effective if you're in the mood."
A Nova Scotia waterman risks his life to salvage an abandoned vessel, then finds that no good deed goes unpunished. Read full book review >
ASHES OF FIERY WEATHER by Kathleen Donohoe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"This is dangerously fertile ground for stereotypes and clichés, both of which Donohoe largely avoids in a sympathetic tale full of well-shaped vignettes."
Four generations of women tied to Irish-American firefighters in Brooklyn move through this sprawling debut as it renders a family and community held together by the threat of sudden loss and the burdens of new lives. Read full book review >
THE STRIVERS' ROW SPY by Jason Overstreet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"Overstreet's debut novel could use a little more pace and a little less embellishment, but he successfully immerses the reader in a fascinating and little understood era in the nation's history."
During the days of the Harlem Renaissance, the nascent FBI's first African-American agent gets a daunting and dangerous assignment. Read full book review >

Poseidon & Cleito by Andrew J. Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2016

"A fresh twist on an old sea myth, complete with magic, intrigue, and plenty of old-school adventures."
A novel offers a historical reimagining of ancient tribes, the story of Atlantis, and the man who would become known as Poseidon, Bridler of the Sea. Read full book review >
LOOKING FOR GROUP by Alexis Hall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2016

"Hall (Waiting for the Flood, 2015, etc.) takes 10,000 geeky inside jokes and weaves them together with the challenges facing young people, whether they're nerdy or not, including game/life balance, understanding different kinds of friendship, and all the stops and starts of coming into yourself."
A young gamer meets the girl of his dreams in a massively multiplayer online game and is surprisingly OK with the discovery that the hot dark elf is a guy IRL. Read full book review >
The Blackmail Photos by Michael P. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2016

"A tightly executed thriller, and the high point of a great series."
In this third installment of his Travelers series, King's (The Computer Heist, 2016, etc.) con-artist couple target a would-be politician.Read full book review >
Riven by Jane Alvey Harris
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 24, 2016

"A whirlwind narrative about an imaginative heroine that uses fantasy to offer salvation from abuse."
In this debut fantasy thriller, a teen's real life begins to overlap with a colorful world she thinks she's invented. Read full book review >
WEDDING BELL BLUES by Ruth Moose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Plenty of quirky characters and Southern charm don't quite make up for a scattered plot and a weak mystery."
Murder and mayhem visit a little North Carolina town. Read full book review >
TOKYO GIRL by Brian Harvey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Even if the hero's Tokyo fling ends on a decidedly downbeat note, this little prose poem is as pellucid and finely wrought as a haiku."
Piano technician Frank Ryan, having fled his hometown in British Columbia after things got too hot there (Beethoven's Tenth, 2015), finds Tokyo just as dangerous in the aftermath of the Fukushima earthquake. Read full book review >
SURRENDER, NEW YORK by Caleb Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Carr's many fans will find this well worth the wait."
Carr (The Legend of Broken, 2012, etc.) returns with a curious whodunit that weds leisurely 19th-century storytelling with 21st-century unpleasantness. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >