Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 7)

THE WILD GIRL by Kate Forsyth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"In the bleak pages of history, Forsyth finds a story of enduring love and artistic integrity—her retelling is a fairy tale in itself."
Forsyth (Bitter Greens, 2014, etc.) unearths a beautiful love story in the making of the Grimm brothers' fairy-tale collection amid the turmoil of the Napoleonic Wars.Read full book review >
THE SUMMER OF GOOD INTENTIONS by Wendy Francis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A compassionate and warm family drama filled to the brim with characters who feel like old friends."
A traditional family trip is fraught with complications in Francis' (Three Good Things, 2013) second novel.Read full book review >

A PARIS AFFAIR by Tatiana de Rosnay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Stylized sketches rather than fully realized fiction."
De Rosnay's stories demonstrate 11 ways to deceive and/or leave your lover. Read full book review >
THE CAPTIVE CONDITION by Kevin P. Keating
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"There's a substantial gap between the author's dark vision and the characters who must enact it."
Keating's second novel is a study of small-town misery and depravity, with Gothic trimmings. Read full book review >
BRADSTREET GATE by Robin Kirman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"This novel reads dangerously like Donna Tartt lite."
An Ivy League senior's unsolved murder may or may not involve, but certainly affects, three students and the charismatic professor authorities suspect but never charge with the crime. Read full book review >

THE FLYING CIRCUS by Susan Crandall
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"An engaging road saga that hits some potholes—or air pockets—along the way."
Picaresque tour of mid-America in the aftermath of the Great War, bringing together a fugitive, a jaded flier, an escapee former heiress—and a very cute puppy. Read full book review >
A NECESSARY END by Holly Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Unlikable people doing bad things to one another."
What could go wrong with an open adoption among a woman desperate for a baby, her less-enthusiastic husband, and the strange young woman who demands a very special price for relinquishing her child? In Brown's second novel, just about everything. Read full book review >
LOVE AND OTHER WOUNDS by Jordan Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Bottom-line survival competes hard against issues of loyalty, friendship, and family in this disturbing, sometimes-ugly version of reality."
Criminals, lowlifes, and losers—many of them also quixotic romantics—people Harper's first collection of short stories, which are set mostly in the Ozarks with side trips to cities like Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Detroit. Read full book review >
TAKING PITY by David Mark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Mark's fourth (Sorrow Bound, 2014, etc.) is a dark, bloody, twisting tale of love, hate, and greed you can't put down."
The Serious and Organized Crime Unit battles a vast criminal organization. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WHO WROTE IN SILK by Kelli Estes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Though there are a few unnecessary coincidences, Estes' debut is a pleasing blend of historical fiction and contemporary drama."
In a house on Orcas Island, the stories of two young women unfold: a 19th-century Chinese-American and a recent college graduate trying to piece together a mystery left behind. Read full book review >
WEAVERS by Aric Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"There are some intriguing elements here, but they never quite develop into an absorbing diversion."
In a thriller with supernatural elements, Davis (Tunnel Vision, 2014, etc.) introduces a world of extravagant violence and an ensemble of desperate characters.Read full book review >
AT HAWTHORN TIME by Melissa Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"This elegant novel's true subject is its evolving pastoral setting, which is richer than its tableau of underdeveloped characters."
Harrison (Clay, 2013) describes the small details and grand scope of nature in the hills and forests of Lodeshill, a village north of London, where multiple narratives of longing and loss converge.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >