Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 4)

SORCERER TO THE CROWN by Zen Cho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A decidedly promising start."
Set in an alternate, magical England during the Napoleonic Wars, Cho's debut novel is at once a comedy of manners and a sharp metacomment concerning racism and misogyny in the fantasy genre. Read full book review >
A CURIOUS BEGINNING by Deanna Raybourn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A thrilling—and hilarious—beginning to a promising new series."
Determined to live an independent life, Veronica Speedwell is anything but a proper Victorian lady. So when her home is attacked during her aunt's funeral, a rollicking adventure ensues. Read full book review >

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 >
LIFE FOR A LIFE by T. Frank Muir
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Grueling yet routine, with a detective whose amours are more interesting than his detective work and a lineup of criminals who have a hard time, once they're unmasked, living up to their intimidating advance notices."
Just in time for Christmas, sex trafficking comes to St. Andrew's, along with a mounting body count. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF BLOOD AND BONE by Rebecca Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Heartfelt but complicated rather than subtle, this novel offers plenty of suspense."
Alexander hits her stride, adding werewolves to the vampires, witches, and revenants of the series opener (The Secrets of Life and Death, 2014).Read full book review >

THE GATES OF EVANGELINE by Hester Young
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An eerie but inviting debut."
In the first of a planned trilogy, a writer grieving the loss of her 4-year-old son becomes enmeshed with the subjects of her true-crime book-in-progress. 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 >
Defender of Jerusalem by Helena P. Schrader
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fans of the genre will find much to treasure in this action-ready, if occasionally simplified, historical depiction."
Schrader (Knight of Jerusalem, 2014, etc.) delivers the second book in a historical fiction trilogy about12th-century crusader Balian d'Ibelin.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 >
COLD FEET by Amy Fitzhenry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Despite some shortcomings, the story is a solid page-turner sprinkled with clever observations about the nature of romantic love."
Before Emma Moon ties the knot, she wants to know why her father walked out on her months after she was born. Read full book review >
THE WHITE GHOST by James R. Benn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Billy's 10th case (The Rest Is Silence, 2014, etc.) features a delicious premise, a full-bodied portrait of young JFK, and a beautifully textured look at military life in World War II."
When young Jack Kennedy stands accused of murder, it falls to Billy Boyle to exonerate the future president of the U.S. and find the real killer. Read full book review >
STRENGTH TO STAND by Sheyna Galyan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Galyan's inside look at clerical life offers an eight-page glossary to help readers understand her characters' Hebrew but little help navigating the tangle of stereotypes (why do men become progressively more physically unattractive as their level of observance increases?) that inhabit her Jewish world."
Pressures both professional and personal test a Twin Cities rabbi. 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 >