Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 5)

The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"A run-of-the-mill story in a beautifully drawn fantasy world."
An orphan discovers her royal roots in the first book of Oomerbhoy's debut YA fantasy series. Read full book review >
THE ACCIDENT SEASON by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A powerful novel from an exciting new talent. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Ghosts, secrets, and magic collide in this Irish author's astonishing debut. Read full book review >

THE BEAUTIFUL BUREAUCRAT by Helen Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Intense and enigmatic, tense and tender, this novel offers no easy answers—its deeper meanings may mystify—but it grabs you up, propels you along, and leaves you gasping, grasping, and ready to read it again."
In a novel that's part love story, part urban thriller, Phillips (And Yet They Were Happy, 2011, etc.) captures the way an isolating job and an indifferent city can stealthily steal our lives and erode our souls—and the protective, nourishing power of love.Read full book review >
THE UNINVITED by Cat Winters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"An intriguing yet thin paranormal read."
In the last days of Word War I, influenza ravages the town of Buchanan, Illinois. But a more menacing plague endangers the town: hatred of Germans. Read full book review >
HENRI DUCHEMIN AND HIS SHADOWS by Emmanuel Bove
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"An elegant translation of dark, brooding, and disturbing little narratives."
Shadows and shadow selves do indeed pervade the six stories in this collection, brought together in English for the first time. Read full book review >

STILL LIFE LAS VEGAS by James Sie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Tries too hard to do too much but is likable anyway."
A boy with a tragic past comes of age in Las Vegas. Read full book review >
ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS by Naja Marie Aidt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"An awkward mix of realism and soap opera that, despite intriguing characters, never quite coheres."
From Danish-language poet and short-story author Aidt (Baboon, 2014) comes her first novel, a domestic drama that merges the mundane and the grotesque.Read full book review >
THE RACE FOR PARIS by Meg Waite Clayton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A must for World War II buffs and fans of sharp, boundary-busting female characters."
Clayton (The Wednesday Daughters, 2013, etc.) explores the lives of two courageous women—journalists who set out to document Paris' liberation from the Nazis in 1944 (and find themselves ensconced in a bit of a love triangle in the process).Read full book review >
IN THE LANGUAGE OF MIRACLES by Rajia Hassib
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Steeped in Arabic culture and the Muslim faith, as well as sharply observant of immigrants' intricate relationships to their adopted homelands, this exciting novel announces the arrival of a psychologically and socially astute new writer."
Hassib's sensitive, finely wrought debut probes the fault lines revealed in an Egyptian-American family after their eldest son kills his ex-girlfriend and himself. Read full book review >
BRIGHT LINES by Tanwi Nandini Islam
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Though Ella emerges as the most changed character, this is more than her story—it's a transcontinental, transgenerational tale of a family and its secrets."
This debut novel opens in Brooklyn, where Anwar and Hashi Saleem have raised their beautiful, rebellious daughter, Charu, and their quiet, boyish niece, Ella, as sisters after Ella's parents were murdered in Bangladesh. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE BROTHER by Victoria Patterson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Those who gobble up social issues novels will enjoy as long as they don't expect fresh psychological insights."
Patterson (The Peerless Four, 2013, etc.) writes about two brothers, one sensitive and decent and the other not so much.Read full book review >
RECKLESS by Hasan Ali Toptas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A postmodern Twilight Zone: dark, bizarre, and a bit pretentious."
The first of Toptas' novels to be translated into English introduces American readers to the noted Turkish writer's version of postmodern surrealism as it follows the dreamlike, dream-filled journeys of a Turkish soldier. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >