Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 3)

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 >
And Wind Will Wash Away by Jordan A. Rothacker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A penetrating, provocative tale of a detective who psychoanalyzes as often as he investigates."
An Atlanta detective, hoping to explain his mistress's fiery death, dives into a world rife with strange religious beliefs in Rothacker's (The Pit, and No Other Stories, 2015, etc.) unconventional thriller.Read full book review >
THE SAPPHIRE HEIST  by Lauren Blakely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"A breezy romance that may appeal to summer readers looking for sexy sun and fun rather than depth or intricacy of plot."
With a cache of stolen diamonds at stake, two strangers-turned-lovers and investigative partners discover that the fun may be over when their trust in each other is tested. Read full book review >
IN THE BARREN GROUND by Loreth Anne White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"While a bit light on the romance, the complex, absorbing, and unpredictable plot makes this novel a good attempt at mixing genres."
A brutal mauling of two graduate students in the Canadian Arctic forces a police officer escaping her past to seek help from a pilot with questionable ethics. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >