Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

THE CASE OF THE YELLOW DIAMOND by Carl Brookins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"In truth, the essential lack of mystery makes it not much of a case and gives Sean, despite his unruffled self-confidence, very little to do as a detective. But readers who prefer mildly facetious non sequiturs to challenging puzzles and strenuous action may just find that this modest little tale hits the spot."
Pint-sized Minneapolis private eye Sean Sean tangles with the shadowy forces who want to stop Jocelyn Bartelme's search for her great uncle, missing and presumed dead since 1944. Read full book review >
UNATTACHED by Kristin Lee Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Johnson (Unprotected, 2012) draws on 20 years' experience as a child protection worker in this chilling look at the darker side of childhood."
A social worker's troubled past threatens her livelihood. Read full book review >

DAUGHTER OF THE HOUSE by Rosie Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Rather sloppy, but Thomas fans may embrace this latest effort."
British author Thomas (The Illusionists, 2014, etc.) brings back the Wix family, entertainers who own London's Palmyra theater, and focuses on the daughter's story in this historical romance set in the early 20th century and beyond. Read full book review >
A BRIGHT MOON FOR FOOLS by Jasper Gibson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Gibson has created a larger-than-life character in Harry Christmas—who is many things but not Santa Claus, thank you very much."
This book is part thriller, part farce, part Don Quixote, and has plenty of excellent writing. Read full book review >
THE REFLECTION by Hugo Wilcken
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Wilcken's novel starts out both welcoming and sinister. Sadly, the identity crisis it most compellingly describes is its own."
A psychiatrist takes a case that threatens his very identity in this tricky thriller. Read full book review >

DON'T FAIL ME NOW by Una LaMarche
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This story of teen resilience will resonate with readers. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Five young people drive cross-country seeking to reconnect with the father that had abandoned three of them. Read full book review >
INFINITE IN BETWEEN by Carolyn Mackler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Characters live, grow, and ultimately come of age in a beautifully constructed world. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A Breakfast Club-style, randomly assigned freshman orientation group experiences the highs and lows of four years of high school.Read full book review >
THE GILDED HOUR by Sara Donati
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Page-turning and atmospheric, Donati's novel leaves readers with plenty of questions, perhaps signaling a sequel to come."
Another meticulously researched period drama with dashes of mystery and romance from Donati, this time set in 1880s New York. Read full book review >
MOURNER'S BENCH by Sanderia Faye
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An astute coming-of-age tale set against an all-too-relevant background."
In her debut novel, Faye sensitively explores the turbulence of the civil rights movement in small-town Arkansas through the eyes of a young African-American girl grappling with her religious beliefs. Read full book review >
A BEAM OF LIGHT by Andrea Camilleri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Montalbano's 19th outing has a more melancholy tone than his previous cases (Game of Mirrors, 2015, etc.) but also boasts a nifty, twisty mystery at its core."
A full plate of unsolved crimes is not enough to prevent a veteran Sicilian police inspector from flirting with disaster. Read full book review >
THE ADMISSIONS by Meg Mitchell Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Moore's readers may find this book cuts a little too close to home."
The members of a high-achieving Marin County family face their fears: applying to college, blowing a deal, revealing their secrets. Read full book review >
Fossil Island by Barbara Sjoholm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An entertaining, thoughtful story of old-fashioned romance complicated by dawning modern mores.
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A teenage girl in 19th-century Denmark navigates first love and widening life prospects in this rich historical novel based on the life of artist and ethnographer Emilie Demant Hatt. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >