Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A sensuous, shades-of-moral-gray world; a compelling, passionate heroine; a high-stakes quest for revenge—this is a fantasy fans won't be able to put down."
A dark and bloody fantasy about a young woman bent on revenge—at almost any price. Read full book review >
THREE SISTERS, THREE QUEENS by Philippa Gregory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Gregory's take on the (largely male-determined) fortunes of three Tudor women is venal, petty, and jaundiced but never dull."
The latest installment of Gregory's Tudor Court series fleshes out the sparse documentation on Queen Margaret of Scotland. Read full book review >

THE ST. LUCIA ISLAND CLUB by Brent Monahan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"The mystery poses little challenge for Le Brun (The Manhattan Island Clubs, 2003, etc.) or the reader. But armchair travelers will enjoy the history and lyrical descriptions of St. Lucia, which has become the tourist paradise the planters were hoping for."
A 1910 honeymoon on an exotic island is rudely interrupted by multiple murders. Read full book review >
SWEAR ON THIS LIFE by Renée Carlino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Carlino fans will love this one, and so will readers who have not yet made her acquaintance. The tale is engaging and paced to keep the pages turning long after the lights should be out."
Carlino's sixth novel is a twofer: a book within a book—a fascinating mix of past and present, childhood and adulthood—that takes us back and forth in time and leaves us at the edge of the future. Read full book review >
CLOTHED, FEMALE FIGURE by Kirstin Allio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Marvels of craft and insight."
First collection by a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree and author of Garner (2005), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times' Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction. Read full book review >

THE PARIS LIBRARIAN by Mark Pryor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"More cerebral than Pryor's earlier cases (The Reluctant Matador, 2015, etc.), but fans will still find plenty of action."
A Paris librarian's death is just the start of a series of mysterious occurrences. Read full book review >
TAILORED FOR TROUBLE by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"An interesting concept and a strong start but ultimately disappointing."
After a billionaire causes a human resources specialist to lose her job when she calls him out for being a jerk, he hires her as a consultant. She never expects to fall in love with him. Read full book review >
HARD RULES  by Lisa Renee Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Angst-y, sexy contemporary romance with big emotional and financial stakes set against the backdrop of two dynamic families. Sure to leave readers desperate for the next installment."
First in a new contemporary romance series that brings together two powerful families on opposing sides of the law. Read full book review >
BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by B.A.  Paris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"An at times tense debut with a clever heroine caught in an overladen plot."
Behind the facade of a perfect English marriage, a woman is held prisoner by her dashing husband. Read full book review >
WHO WILL CATCH US AS WE FALL by Iman Verjee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"A unique, powerful voice in African literature."
When Leena Kohli returns home to Kenya after three years in London, she's forced to reckon with the personal and national trauma that forced her abroad. Read full book review >
THE PRACTICAL NAVIGATOR by Stephen Metcalfe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"Metcalfe's novel is at its best in portraying everyday moments as the parent of an autistic child."
A single father is at professional, familial, and romantic crossroads simultaneously. Read full book review >
LORD OF THE DARKWOOD by Lian Hearn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 9, 2016

"While this volume lacks the action sequences and high drama of its predecessors, Hearn continues to explore issues of fate, love, moral failure, and moral redemption through characters both archetypal and heartbreakingly believable."
The third installment of Hearn's four-part series about mythical medieval Japan offers a relatively less violent hiatus while characters recover from—or succumb to—the emotional, spiritual, and political upheavals they survived in the previous episodes (Dragon Child, 2016, etc.) before they confront their destinies in the final volume. 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 >