Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

MISS JANE by Brad Watson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A well-written portrait of a person whose rich inner life outstrips the limits of her body."
A woman born in rural Mississippi with a life-altering birth defect must learn to live on her own terms. Read full book review >
BAGGAGE CHECK by M.J. Pullen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"In this story, no romance, friendship, or parent-child relationship is perfect, which makes it all the more uplifting and sweet."
In the satisfying conclusion to the Marriage Pact series, the villain from Book 1 reconciles her past and finds her happily-ever-after in her hometown of Oreville, Alabama. Read full book review >

THE DEVOURERS by Indra Das
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Not for the squeamish, Das' debut is an ambitious, unsettling trip into our own capacity for violence."
The line between what it is to be human and what it is to be a monster is frequently blurred in Das' compelling debut novel. Read full book review >
THE RUNAWAY WIFE by Elizabeth  Birkelund
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"A strange story that can't transcend the weird improbabilities that propel it and the out-of-this-world behavior of the characters who populate it."
Birkelund (The Dressmaker, 2006) takes readers on an improbable journey in the Bernese Alps. Read full book review >
BYE BYE BLONDIE by Virginie Despentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Shockingly anodyne work from a writer notorious for her power to shock."
Misspent youth and the possibility of a second chance from the French author of Apocalypse Baby (2015), etc. Read full book review >

STRANGER, FATHER, BELOVED by Taylor Larsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"An emotionally intelligent family drama that examines the breaking point of a marriage."
Larsen makes a noteworthy debut with a family drama that explores loyalty, lies, and well-being. Read full book review >
THE LAST ONE by Alexandra Oliva
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"An astute and compelling entry into the post-apocalypse genre."
A young woman's participation in a survival reality show conceals an actual apocalyptic event in the outside world. Read full book review >
THE ASSET by Shane Kuhn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Formulaic but still fun. Not a bad recipe for a quick thriller fix."
A thriller that addresses the threat of nuclear terrorism against U.S. cities. Read full book review >
DAUGHTERS OF THE BRIDE by Susan Mallery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Readers looking for sister relationships, wedding details, and steamy scenes will enjoy Mallery's latest."
Three daughters attempt to juggle their mother's upcoming wedding and their own tumultuous love lives in this novel from Mallery (The Friends We Keep, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
CHANCE DEVELOPMENTS by Alexander McCall Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"In all these stories, love and goodness ultimately win out, but the charming details and bittersweet human cost are what resonate."
In these five long stories, McCall Smith (The Revolving Door of Life, 2016, etc.) imagines the worlds he has glimpsed in the black-and-white photographs he shares with the reader. Read full book review >
MY NAME IS LEON by Kit De Waal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Taut, emotionally intense, and wholly believable, this beautiful and uplifting debut gives readers a hero to champion."
When crushing mental illness sends a single mother to the hospital, her young sons become entangled in Britain's bureaucratic foster care system. Read full book review >
NINE WOMEN, ONE DRESS by Jane L. Rosen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 12, 2016

"Rosen's debut novel is rich in relationships, written with clarity and humor and surprise twists that bring the tale to a satisfying conclusion. A pure pleasure to read."
A charming story that twists the lives of New Yorkers around a little black dress. Or is it the other way around? 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 >