Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

BASQUE MOON by Julie Weston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2016

"Weston's second is a rip-roaring yarn that enchants with beguiling descriptions of the beauty of the Idaho wilderness."
Cowboys, sheepherders, and moonshiners form a volatile mix in 1920s Idaho. Read full book review >
CURIOUS MINDS by Janet Evanovich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"What's missing from the usual Evanovich solo and duet performances is low comedy. Beneath the obligatory trappings of the hero's non sequiturs and pet armadillo, there's surprisingly little in this wildly overscaled caper to tickle the funny bone."
Nancy Drew meets Goldfinger in this series kickoff from the indefatigable Evanovich and Emmy-winning TV writer Sutton. Read full book review >

ANY MINUTE NOW by Eric Van Lustbader
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"If Van Lustbader intends for Whitman and Red Rover to be serial players, he should avoid the fog of war and offer more focused narratives."
Joining the trend of blending a soupçon of fantasy into the action-adventure genre, Van Lustbader (The Bourne Ascendency, 2014, etc.) adds a Louisiana Santeria priest as a role player in a conspiracy against the "blackest of black ops" units, the Red Rover team. Read full book review >
STING by Sandra Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Brown moves her besieged female characters around to different locations but persists in employing the same tired trope over and over in books saved only by her smooth writing and savvy dialogue chops."
A rock-jawed bad guy and a sexy entrepreneur feel the mutual heat in Brown's latest story of a damsel in distress and her tarnished knight. Read full book review >
ANGEL OF OBLIVION by Maja Haderlap
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"An arresting evocation of memory, community, and suffering."
In this searingly lyrical work, a young child bears witness to her family's past. Read full book review >

DAMAGED by Lisa Scottoline
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"As usual with the firm of Rosato & DiNunzio (Corrupted, 2015, etc.), the complications aren't worked out nearly as carefully as they're piled up, and fans who race nonstop through the last hundred pages will be doing both themselves and Scottoline a favor."
Mary DiNunzio, the second-best attorney in Philadelphia, is about to walk down the aisle when she gets sucked into the very real possibility of becoming a mother, or at least a foster mother, first. Read full book review >
SEXUAL HEALING by Allison Hobbs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Little in the way of romance or plot, but readers who enjoy lots of raunchy sex with a confident and unapologetic female protagonist won't complain."
A classic Zane Presents novel with lots of steamy sex, complicated relationships, and over-the-top situations. Read full book review >
GHOST TALKERS by Mary Robinette Kowal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A fascinating premise somewhat burdened by workaday execution and pat characterizations, but fans of Kowal's formula will be charmed."
The terrible death tolls of World War I are revisited in an alternate history where the spirits of the dead can be interrogated for valuable military intelligence in another historical fantasy from Kowal (Of Noble Family, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
THE OBELISK GATE  by N.K.  Jemisin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Stunning, again."
In the second of a trilogy (The Fifth Season, 2015) by the science-fiction columnist for the New York Times Book Review, the latest in a series of apocalypses marches on. Read full book review >
THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT by Graham Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"The real-life events of the War of the Currents are exciting enough without embroidery. Still, readers who care more about atmosphere than accuracy will enjoy this breezy melodrama."
The great tech innovators of the '90s—that's the 1890s—posture, plot, and even plan murder in this business book-turned-costume drama. Read full book review >
INVASIVE by Chuck  Wendig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Another rip-roaring, deeply paranoid thriller about the reasons to fear the future."
The world teeters on the brink of destruction once more in this spiritual sequel set in the same world as Wendig's wetwork horror story Zer0es (2015). Read full book review >
ROB THY NEIGHBOR by David  Thurlo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A little mystery and a lot of mayhem keep the pot boiling in another wild tale of former military men putting their skills to good use in civilian life."
Albuquerque is as dangerous as Afghanistan for two Army buddies. 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 >