Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

BLISS by Shay Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A steamy and scandalous read."
Three friends make a pact to follow their bliss wherever it may lead them—and mostly find trouble—in this debut by ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars star Mitchell and her best friend, Blaney.Read full book review >
MY PULSE IS AN EARTHQUAKE by Kristin FitzPatrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"With nimble structuring and evocative prose, FitzPatrick's pleasingly cohesive collection offers as many artful callbacks and codas as dazzling explorations of emotional vacancy and rebirth."
FitzPatrick's debut collection is a stunning and intricately woven group of short stories exploring the topic of grief. Read full book review >

THE MAN IN A HURRY by Paul Morand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A compulsive traveler himself, Morand may have found this vicarious exercise in unfettered movement an amusing way to pass the time amid the constraints of war and occupation, but it's not an easily shared pleasure."
Sometime after World War I in France, a compulsively restless antiquarian plies his trade, marries, and contemplates fatherhood in this modern fable. Read full book review >
WOMAN IN BATTLE DRESS by Antonio Benítez-Rojo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A sweeping, if flawed, historical novel."
The final novel from Cuban writer Benítez-Rojo (1931-2005) is a grand historical work about the kind of woman history often ignores. Read full book review >
VIENNA by William S. Kirby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Borrowing loosely from Conan Doyle, with Vienna's Holmes-ian mind and a plot similar to 'The Adventure of the Six Napoleons,' Kirby crafts an entertaining if sometimes-meandering tale."
A chance—or is it?—meeting in a Brussels club leads to a strange love affair between two women as the pair is plunged into a trans-European treasure hunt. Read full book review >

SUPERSYMMETRY by David Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Thrills and spills and sheer excitement on full-throttle overdrive. Just pay no attention to the wobbling scenery."
Second part of the science-fiction/thriller duology following Superposition (April 2015). Read full book review >
THE SOLOMON CURSE by Clive Cussler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Cussler and Company continue the winning formula, and this jungle episode, featuring exotic locales and an interesting back story, will satisfy the cravings of every fan."
"There was no such thing as an honest fortune," Sam and Remi Fargo are reminded as they undertake another treasure-hunting adventure in Cussler's (The Eye of Heaven, 2014, etc.) latest. 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 >
The Virtuous Feats of the Indomitable Miss Trafalgar and the Erudite Lady Boone by Geonn Cannon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An imaginatively wrought, steampunk-influenced feminist adventure."
In Cannon's alternative version of early-20th-century London, an invisible spy walks the streets, airships are a preferred form of travel, and two rival explorers join forces to learn who is trying to kill them and why. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF THE LOST CHILD by Elena Ferrante
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"The enigmatic Ferrante, whose identity remains the subject of international literary gossip, has created a mythic portrait of a female friendship in the chthonian world of postwar Naples."
Inexorable seismic changes—in society and in the lives of two female friends—mark the final volume of Ferrante's Neapolitan series. 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 >
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 >