Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

THE OUTSIDE LANDS by Hannah Kohler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"A haunting portrait of an era that only gets better as it goes along."
Set amid the social upheaval of the 1960s, Kohler's sensitive debut follows a pair of San Francisco siblings struggling to make sense of the roles that have been set out for them. Read full book review >
SPELLBREAKER by Blake Charlton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 23, 2016

"Vivid, intelligent, and painful in an authentically laudable way."
"Where's the apocalypse?" wonder the characters and the reader as this epic fantasy trilogy reaches its long-awaited conclusion. Read full book review >

UNKNOWN CALLER by Debra Spark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2016

"A book of candor and complexity that captures human relations with heart-rending accuracy."
An emotional and surprising story of a fractured family. Read full book review >
THE BUTCH AND THE BEAUTIFUL by Kris Ripper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2016

"Choppy dialogue, undeveloped characters, and cliches dressed up as plot make this novel kind of a snooze."
Jaq and Hannah are related through a tenuous constellation of exes. When they meet as members of a wedding party, the connection is quick and strong. Read full book review >
Stumble Stones by Marilyn Baron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2016

"A romance with a clichéd premise but some political and emotional depth."
A TV writer and a banker try to return priceless diamonds to their rightful owners while neo-Nazi dealers in stolen merchandise pursue them in thisromantic suspense novel. Read full book review >

NOT SO MUCH, SAID THE CAT by Michael Swanwick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2016

"Tales that, through their extraordinary clarity of thought and expression, showcase precisely why this multiaward-winning author is held in such high regard."
Another collection of speculative fiction from Swanwick (Chasing the Phoenix, 2015, etc.), one of a handful of writers whose short pieces are as impressive as their novels. Read full book review >
INSURRECTIONS by Rion Amilcar Scott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2016

"Sad, violent, frustrating stories told in high-energy language, creating a very real imaginary world."
Thirteen stories chronicle the way things go for the African-American residents of Cross River, a fictional town in Maryland, in this debut collection. Read full book review >
THE JUDGE by Farin Powell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2016

"A gem of a legal thriller, full of plot twists and juicy secrets."
In Powell's (Roxana's Revolution, 2013, etc.) legal thriller, a judge known for administering harsh sentences suffers a punishment of his own. Read full book review >
Gar by Megan Twiddy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 18, 2016

"This meteorite tale favors—and nails—teen romance but remains a mere inauguration for the mysterious titular character."
Twiddy jump-starts her debut YA sci-fi series with the story of a boy—who can morph into various creatures—wanting to know his origin while keeping his ability a secret. Read full book review >
Sacred Planet by Austin Rogers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2016

"An ambitious, ardent launch that sets a stellar precedent for installments to follow."
In Rogers' debut, the first book of a planned sci-fi series, a prime minister's daughter may be the key to evading an interstellar war. Read full book review >
Trail Angel by Derek Catron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2016

"A timeless tale of love and adventure on the American frontier."
In the immediate wake of the Civil War, a family heads to Montana in search of gold. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >