Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

MAX GATE by Damien Wilkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"The death of a literary giant liberates a marginalized member of his household into claiming her destiny in her own unique, dazzling words."
The final days of novelist and poet Thomas Hardy, as related by his wry, perceptive housemaid. Read full book review >
PARADISE LODGE by Nina Stibbe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Another deft helping of absurd social comedy and unconventional wisdom from a writer of singular, decidedly English gifts."
An English teenager with a rackety home life finds part-time work in a local retirement home and encounters old people, eccentricity, gossip, and death. Read full book review >

SIRACUSA by Delia Ephron
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"As the clues pile up, the coming storm is expertly foreshadowed—but when it arrives, it's utterly surprising."
A sojourn in a Sicilian village sorely tests the relationships of two couples. Read full book review >
LOST ALONG THE WAY by Erin Duffy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A rollicking beach read, but it won't endure close scrutiny."
After fairy-tale weddings, three estranged girlfriends reunite to pick up the pieces of their broken happily-ever-afters. Read full book review >
BAD LIGHT by Carlos Castan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A meditative and philosophical 'thriller.'"
The first novel by a distinguished Spanish writer mainly known for his short stories turns out to be a primer in existential thinking about death and dying. Read full book review >

A VERY SPECIAL YEAR by Thomas Montasser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"While attempting to be whimsical and delightful, this tiny novel feels just a bit too precious and pleased with itself. In the end, it's not so special."
When Valerie's elderly aunt Charlotte goes missing, she must step in to take care of business at the old Ringelnatz & Co. bookstore. Read full book review >
A MURDER OF CROWS by Terrence McCauley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Not a bad read, especially for those who believe that anything goes when fighting terrorists. But it's interesting what some perceive as heroism."
A fast-moving spy-versus-spy thriller featuring the return of James Hicks (Sympathy for the Devil, 2015). Read full book review >
ONE OF US IS SLEEPING by Josefine Klougart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Klougart delivers a sustained meditation on love, loss, and alienation."
A young writer returns to her childhood home, where her mother is dying of cancer, to recover from a failed love affair. Read full book review >
Caged Lightning by Brent Rock Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"While not thematically deep, this first installment in a series featuring Stryker delivers testosterone-driven escapist literature at its best: fast, furious, and fun."
A California physician investigates a politician's death in this debut thriller that incorporates military and medical elements. Read full book review >
THE INNOCENTS  by Ace Atkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"The rough-and-tumble relationship between two tough-as-nails law officers and the place they love provides plenty of action, well-developed characters, and an ending that will more likely leave you disgusted than surprised."
Even snakes are straighter than many of the denizens of Tibbehah County, Mississippi. Read full book review >
THE BIG BOOK OF SCIENCE FICTION by Ann VanderMeer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A necessity for those wishing to broaden their understanding of science fiction as a genre...or just those looking for some darn good stories."
A comprehensive, chronological journey through a century of seminal science fiction, compiled by the editorial team of the VanderMeers (Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SAPPHIRE AFFAIR by Lauren Blakely
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A steamy tropical romp with an adequate amount of suspense."
A tour operator and a bounty hunter decide to team up when they find themselves searching for the same treasure. 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 >