Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 8)

THOSE GIRLS by Chevy Stevens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Tense, believable, and action-packed, made more vibrant by Stevens' sense of place."
It was a British Columbia summer, "so hot you couldn't walk outside without feeling your skin cook," when 14-year-old Jess killed her father. Read full book review >
BELL WEATHER by Dennis Mahoney
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A pleasant, passable diversion that never quite conquers its tropes or pitfalls."
A young woman's past catches up with her in a magic, recently colonized new world in this historical fantasy from Mahoney (Fellow Mortals, 2013).Read full book review >

THE LAST PILOT by Benjamin Johncock
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"An ideal read for history buffs and space race enthusiasts."
British novelist Johncock's debut takes place on American soil—and in American airspace—at the peak of the space race, from 1947 to 1968. Read full book review >
FRENCH CONCESSION by Xiao Bai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A strained historical crime yarn whose central gumshoe is much too flat-footed."
Shanghai between the world wars provides the backdrop for a photographer embroiled in an underworld of gangsters, gunrunners, Communist insurgents, and two bewitching women. Read full book review >
THE NEW NEIGHBOR by Leah Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Quietly incisive."
Two fugitives, decades apart in age, come to terms with their deepest regrets in Stewart's meditative fifth novel (The History of Us, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >

YOU DON'T HAVE TO LIVE LIKE THIS by Benjamin Markovits
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"An overly busy exploration of white privilege and new money colliding with the old economy."
A wayward academic tries to make a fresh start emotionally and professionally in economically devastated Detroit. Read full book review >
THE GODS OF TANGO by Carolina De Robertis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A conventional up-by-one's-bootstraps tale redeemed by the complex musician at its center."
A woman in drag navigates the man's world of tango music a century ago. Read full book review >
SEEING OFF THE JOHNS by Rene S. Perez II
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"An atmospheric, refreshing read that will resonate with readers from towns both small and large. (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
Loss, love, and coming of age meet in a small, hormone-charged (fictional) Texas town. Read full book review >
THE SUNRISE by Victoria Hislop
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Hislop captures well the dreamy and Edenic time before the occupation as well as the fear and chaos afterward."
The island of Cyprus provides the setting for this novel of politics and romance as the action moves from the pastoral to the volatile. Read full book review >
SECESSIA by Kent Wascom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"More discipline and fewer pyrotechnics would have served this story well. For the moment, in the Rhett Butler-ish words of Angel, 'It doesn't make a damn.'"
Edgar Allan Poe meets Bruce Catton: a mishmash of historical novel, thriller, and psychological study set in Civil War-era Louisiana. Read full book review >
MAYBE IN ANOTHER LIFE by Taylor Jenkins Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"Entertaining and unpredictable; Reid makes a compelling argument for happiness in every life."
Reid's latest (After I Do, 2014, etc.) explores two parallel universes in which a young woman hopes to find her soul mate and change her life for the better. Read full book review >
AMONG THE TEN THOUSAND THINGS by Julia Pierpont
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2015

"A quietly wrenching family portrait."
Long-simmering tensions boil over in the Shanley household to devastating effect in debut novelist Pierpont's drama of domestic unravelling. 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 >