Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK by Sam  Allingham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Alternately roguish and melancholy, always mellifluous."
A debut collection which oscillates in style and subject but not in resonance. Read full book review >
FILTHY RICH  by Raine Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"More steamy than dreamy. Do yourself a favor and skip to the good parts."
Brooke Casterley is barely holding it together, working two jobs and caring for her aging grandmother. Caleb Blackstone, on the other hand, has everything he could want—money, women, and power. Why does all his success feel so hollow? Could it be that Brooke is what his life is missing? Read full book review >

NIAGARA MOTEL by Ashley Little
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A very readable if dismal roadside adventure that could have some appeal for Gen X readers or youngsters exploring a pre-digital era."
A Canadian preteen with a deeply unreliable mother hits the road with a fellow runaway amid the chaos of Rodney King-era America. Read full book review >
PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB by Robert Glancy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Richly layered, mordantly funny, and graced by compassion, Glancy's determinedly small-scale take on revolution and the death of dreams consistently seduces and delights."
In colonial Africa, everyone has their reasons. Read full book review >
THE EXPENSE OF A VIEW by Polly Buckingham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Though the circumstances here are often dismally bleak, at her best Buckingham offers glimmers of pale but definite hope."
Buckingham's 14 stories about loss, abandonment, and loneliness won the 2016 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. Read full book review >

JUSTINE by Iben Mondrup
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A dark, ultimately frustrating tale of an enfant terrible wannabe."
Danish author Mondrup (Godhavn, 2014) exposes the underbelly of the contemporary Danish art scene in this novel about a young artist in crisis. Read full book review >
DESOLATION FLATS by Andrew Hunt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Once the murder is connected to the Nazis, everyone becomes a potential suspect—except, of course, Hunt's improbably virtuous hero, whom readers are likely to either love or loathe."
A Mormon police officer's beliefs about good and evil are tested when the murder of a race car driver appears related to the rising Nazi party. Read full book review >
THE GUN ROOM by Georgina Harding
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A haunting, subtle inquiry into complex and difficult matters."
A photographer questions his craft and himself. Read full book review >
SWING TIME by Zadie Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Moving, funny, and grave, this novel parses race and global politics with Fred Astaire's or Michael Jackson's grace."
A keen, controlled novel about dance and blackness steps onto a stage of cultural land mines. Read full book review >
WHEN SHE'S GONE by Jane Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A straightforward, fast-paced series kickoff in which character development is limited to whatever qualities most directly drive the plot."
Is the mysterious past of a wealthy family's bodyguard behind the kidnapping of their teenage daughter? Read full book review >
CAT GOT YOUR DIAMONDS by Julie Chase
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Even though the privileged status of her leads may be hard to take, Chase, who's already published as Julie Anne Lindsey (A Geek Girl's Guide to Justice, 2016, etc.), puts her experience to good use in this well-crafted series kickoff."
Returning to New Orleans signally fails to make life easier for the owner of a pet boutique accused of killing a man she's never met. Read full book review >
THE WAITING ROOM by Leah Kaminsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An ambitious debut is bogged down in banalities and too-cute narrative tricks."
The daughter of Holocaust survivors contends with present-day violence in Israel and Palestine. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >