Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

WHITE BONE  by Ridley Pearson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"This crackling adventure doubles as a survival guide for your next trip to the striking, endangered landscape of East Africa."
The improbable stars of Rutherford Risk tangle with murderous ivory poachers and warring local cops, rangers, and strongmen in Nairobi and the even wilder Kenyan countryside. Read full book review >
BLOODLINE by Conn Iggulden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"In this craftily plotted novel, Iggulden turns legends into real people, all passion, intrigue, and duplicity, so palpably realistic the sound of sword against armor rings from the page."
Margaret of Anjou spiked the rebel heads of the Duke of York and the Earl of Salisbury on York's city gate, but her husband, Henry VI, "who'd lost his wits" and turned more cloistered monk than king, remains rebel prisoner in the third volume of Iggulden's (Margaret of Anjou, 2015, etc.) Wars of the Roses series. Read full book review >

LOSING IT by Emma Rathbone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Amusing but also smart about people and unexpectedly sweet."
Will someone help this poor young woman with her virginity? Read full book review >
THE RACE by Nina Allan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"One spectacular sci-fi novella dragged down by three tedious ones."
Four semi-intertwined novellas featuring genetically engineered dogs and a troubled family. Read full book review >
MULTIPLE CHOICE by Alejandro Zambra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Though the overall effect is fragmentary, Zambra's fragments are consistently witty and provocative. A-minus."
True or false: can effective fiction be written in the format of a standardized test? Read full book review >

THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Too much drama at the end detracts from a finely wrought and subtle conundrum."
Ware (In A Dark, Dark Wood, 2015) offers up a classic "paranoid woman" story with a modern twist in this tense, claustrophobic mystery. Read full book review >
FALL FROM GRACE by Tim Weaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Readers who despair after a hundred pages that all the plotlines Weaver has launched can't possibly fit together are strongly urged to persist. They do indeed all fit together, and the monstrous pattern that emerges is as devastating as in any of Ross Macdonald's nightmares."
Missing persons specialist David Raker (Never Coming Back, 2014, etc.) goes hunting for a vanished copper and finds a whole lot more in this endless, deeply felt, un-put-downable thriller. Read full book review >
GUILTY MINDS by Joseph Finder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Finder shows off his top-notch storytelling skills, moving with ease from high places to low in the nation's capital."
Hired to clear the chief justice of the United States of dallying with a call girl, Boston-based investigator Nick Heller becomes entwined in a complicated scheme that leads to murder. Read full book review >
TOP TO BOTTOM by Delphine Dryden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2016

"A racy story of love, honesty, and the willingness to lose control."
Personal trainer Amie (or Mistress Amie, as she is known by the people in her town's kink community) has her life all figured out, until her ex Dru shows up and throws everything out of whack. Read full book review >
Deadly Risks by Lew Paper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2016

"Catnip for conspiracy theorists and fans of fast-paced thrillers."
Murder by jungle lion gets this CIA-laced story off to a rousing start. Read full book review >
THE BLACK WIDOW  by Daniel Silva
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A dark thriller for difficult times."
A fitting (supposedly) final mission for one of fiction's greatest spies. Read full book review >
THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR  by Lauren Blakely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Blakely tackles a heist novel that's heavier on sex and hyped-up mistrust than on true emotional conflict, but a fun story, upscale beach setting, and sizzling chemistry mean that fans likely won't care. The cliffhanger ending will keep them coming back for more."
Steph Anderson has come to the Cayman Islands for business and personal reasons, but meeting Jake Harlowe, a sexy fortune hunter, embroils her in a search for lost diamonds that has her questioning old alliances and wondering if she can trust Jake—with her secrets or her heart. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >