Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 6)

SARONG PARTY GIRLS by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A rowdy tale, memorable language, and a very distinctive protagonist."
One young Singaporean woman's meandering journey toward self-actualization. Read full book review >
BREAK IN CASE OF EMERGENCY by Jessica Winter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Half rollicking sendup of celebrity philanthropy and half meaningful meditation on marriage, friendship, family, and adulthood, Winter's curious, captivating novel seems to teeter at times between split purposes but ultimately finds a pleasing balance."
Work woes and fertility issues, female friendships and marital challenges are among the factors at play in this satirical novel. Read full book review >

THE YEAR 200 by Augustín de Rojas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"This outsized so-called classic should have stayed in the past."
In this newly translated 1990 book from de Rojas, one of Cuba's pre-eminent sci-fi writers, sleeper agents emerge from the past to wrest control of the future. Read full book review >
FREE FRIDAYS by Pat Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"An unromantic yet hopeful look at the problems and possibilities presented by modern marriage that doesn't fully meet the challenge of its complex premise."
Set among a group of rich African-American Houstonians, Tucker's (Somebody Has to Pay, 2015) novel explores the impact of friends and family on a troubled marriage, for better and worse. Read full book review >
NECESSITY by Jo Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Engaging food for thought."
A trilogy which began as an almost-dry intellectual exercise ends as a glorious kitchen sink of genre, combining philosophy, time travel, aliens, and the gods. Read full book review >

TIME SIEGE by Wesley Chu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Computer-game style: formulaic but exhilarating."
Second installment of a series (Time Salvager, 2015) in which time travelers salvage what they can from the past to help sustain a solar system ravaged by corporate wars. Read full book review >
MEDEA'S CURSE  by Anne Buist
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Overplotted and overdramatic; Buist's heroine never seems to have a normal half-hour. But readers who aren't put off by the unsparing accounts of women placed in extremis by themselves or wicked men will cheer the arrival of an authentic dragon slayer."
Australian mental health specialist Buist's first novel features (wait for it) an Australian mental health specialist whose caseload, it's to be hoped, is a lot more volatile than her author's. Read full book review >
THE STARS ASKEW by Rjurik Davidson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Still too verbose but a decided improvement on its dazzling yet chilly predecessor."
Second installment of a fantasy series (Unwrapped Sky, 2014) about a slow-motion rebellion overtaking an ancient, decaying city in thrall to body- and brain-warping magic. Read full book review >
THE SINGLES GAME by Lauren Weisberger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"While it lacks the bite of Weisberger's beloved The Devil Wears Prada, this is still a fun, fast-paced read filled with well-crafted and memorable characters."
Bestseller Weisberger (Revenge Wears Prada, 2013, etc.) follows her formula of launching a naïve young woman into uncharted territory. Read full book review >
THE GRAVEYARD OF THE HESPERIDES by Lindsey Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Davis' fourth case for her heroine (Deadly Election, 2015, etc.) is long on drollery, unpacking its tricky murder puzzle piecemeal."
An ancient Roman sleuth balances a tricky murder investigation with the new challenges of her approaching nuptials. Read full book review >
ARSENIC WITH AUSTEN by Katherine Bolger Hyde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Although first-time novelist Hyde's middle-aged heroine has wretched instincts about whom to trust, she and her lost-and-found lover make an amiable team."
A legacy turns deadly in a series debut. Read full book review >
VITA BREVIS by Ruth Downie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"The seventh adventure for Downie's physician hero (Tabula Rasa, 2014, etc.) masterfully draws out its suspense, painting a vivid portrait of ancient Rome that feels persuasive and authentic."
An idealistic doctor who moves to the big city with his family finds a nest of corruption—and corpses—literally on their doorstep. 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 >