Fiction & Literature Book Reviews (page 9)

Blood of the Prophet by Kat Ross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"The personal touches—the relationships between characters—make this fantasy stand out and give a shade more meaning to monumental events than is usually found in the genre."
Ross (The Midnight Sea, 2016, etc.) continues the epic tale of a young woman determined to find justice amid the chaos of an empire beset by undead dangers and corruption. Read full book review >
THE DETECTIVE'S GARDEN by Janyce Stefan-Cole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"Stefan-Cole (Hollywood Boulevard, 2012) has produced a parable that's less a detective story than a story about a detective—dreamlike, ruminative, and filled with questions impossible to answer."
Half a lifetime after a formative encounter with evil on a dark street in Ljubljana, Slovenia, a retired New York cop sees it bookend his life when it catches up with him. Read full book review >

The President's Butler by Laurence Leamer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2016

"A fictional dramatization of America's current presidential race, skillfully rendered."
A butler recounts his service to an egomaniacal businessman who runs for president. Read full book review >
SALEM'S CIPHER by Jess Lourey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"Fans of Lourey's mysteries featuring a librarian heroine (February Fever, 2015, etc.) will scarcely recognize this series debut. The fascinating historical information combined with a storyline ripped from the headlines will hook conspiracy theorists and action addicts alike."
Circumstances force a pair of best friends to take on a dangerous quest. Read full book review >
CLOSE CALL by Laura DiSilverio
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"Though lacking the banter typical of DiSilverio's series (The Readaholics and the Gothic Gala, 2016, etc.), this stand-alone has a fast-moving plot that's so engrossing you may not notice its failure to delve into the complexity of D.C. politics."
After accidentally exchanging phones with a killer for hire, a woman must rely on her estranged sister's help to recover her phone and her life. Read full book review >

THE QUESTION OF THE FELONIOUS FRIEND  by E.J. Copperman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"The ways of the neurotypical continue to perplex this unusual protagonist, much to the delight of readers of all cognitive stripes."
Still eschewing detective work, Samuel Hoenig (The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband, 2015, etc.), proprietor of Questions Answered, finds that a client's query leads perilously close to a murder investigation. Read full book review >
Nanjing Never Cries by Hong Zheng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2016

"A well-researched and capably written depiction of the Rape of Nanjing and its effects on victims and survivors."
American and Chinese academics face the horrors of invasion in the early days of World War II. Read full book review >
A Nude of Some Importance by Mark R. Giesser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2016

"The author weaves the narrative thread between serious and funny ably and offers a compelling 19th-century mystery plot as well."
A sequel delivers a flight through American history and a detective story full of jokes and red herrings. Read full book review >
Olivia Decoded by Vivi Barnes
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An emotionally mature YA thriller that gives hope to troubled teens."
A newly adopted hacker becomes the target of a well-hidden stalker in this sequel. Read full book review >
Kalifus Rising by Alane Adams
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Indelible characters, both good and evil, and a rescue storyline that refuses to dawdle."
In this second installment of a YA fantasy series, a boy's friends rush to save him before a teen witch surrenders to dark magic. Read full book review >
FORSAKEN SKIES by D. Nolan Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Does anyone need to read this? No. Will anyone want to? Shrug. Maybe on the beach."
First, juiceless, installment of a space opera trilogy from Clark, a pseudonym for David Wellington (The Cyclops Initiative, 2015, etc.), author of zombie, vampire, werewolf, and action thriller series. Read full book review >
NOW THAT IT'S YOU by Tawna Fenske
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A funny, poignant reminder that the baggage our exes leave can't stop love from moving us forward."
An ambitious chef learns the meaning of "too soon" when she falls in love shortly after her ex-fiance's death—with his brother. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >