Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE MEMORY BOOK by Lara  Avery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 25, 2016

"Indelible. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A high school valedictorian with big plans to flee her small town gets a degenerative genetic disease. Read full book review >
THE INSEPARABLES by Stuart Nadler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Love this writer. Love these characters."
Three generations of smart, articulate women deal with challenging life passages. Read full book review >

THE IMPERIAL WIFE by Irina Reyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"The stories of two eras and two marriages are related in evocative language steeped in keenly observed details."
The discovery of a historic Russian artifact kicks off a dual narrative of two women separated by centuries but united in grit and ambition. Read full book review >
THE BAKER STREET JURORS by Michael Robertson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Robertson, who seems to command an unlimited stream of clever ideas for recycling the Holmes legend without resuscitating the great man, outdoes himself in the most effervescent of his five Baker Street cocktails to date."
It was only a matter of time, and now it's happened at last: Sherlock Holmes gets called to jury duty. Read full book review >
THE CASTLE OF KINGS by Oliver Pötzsch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Combine Princess Bride with Germanic history circa 1500, add a dash of Lord of the Rings, and there's a week of good fun in this 600-page-plus tome."
As the early-16th-century Peasants' War tears Palatinate Germany apart, Pötzsch (The Werewolf of Bamber, 2015, etc.) follows a young noblewoman's epic quest, sparked by a signet ring once owned by the legendary Barbarossa—Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor. Read full book review >

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE by Maggie O’Farrell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Juicy and cool, this could be O'Farrell's U.S. breakthrough book."
A reclusive French film star, her American linguist husband, and their exes, parents, siblings, and children from various marriages feature in a sophisticated story about love. Read full book review >
THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF STONES by M.J. Rose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"A compelling, heart-wrenching, creative, and intricate read."
As the Great War rages, a talented jeweler with a psychic affinity for stones creates mourning talismans with messages for those left behind, which leads her to a ghostly romance and a dangerous rendezvous with a tragic Russian exile. Read full book review >
HERE COMES THE SUN by Nicole Dennis-Benn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Haunting and superbly crafted, this is a magical book from a writer of immense talent and intelligence."
The lives of three generations of women in Jamaica intersect as they try to build better lives. Read full book review >
MONTEREY BAY by Lindsay Hatton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"Along with creating a fully realized, realistic heroine seen across decades, Hatton is a writer of often exceptional prose, sometimes overwrought but always thoughtful."
Margot Fiske is seen at ages 15 and 73 as she variously pursues and recalls her relationship with marine biologist Ed Ricketts and relates how she came to run an aquarium. Read full book review >
THE SUNLIGHT PILGRIMS by Jenni Fagan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"More fine work from this gifted Scottish writer."
There are three suns in the sky and it's minus 6 degrees in Britain as Fagan's gently apocalyptic new novel opens in November 2020. Read full book review >
WHITE BONE  by Ridley Pearson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"This crackling adventure doubles as a survival guide for your next trip to the striking, endangered landscape of East Africa."
The improbable stars of Rutherford Risk tangle with murderous ivory poachers and warring local cops, rangers, and strongmen in Nairobi and the even wilder Kenyan countryside. Read full book review >
BLOODLINE by Conn Iggulden
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2016

"In this craftily plotted novel, Iggulden turns legends into real people, all passion, intrigue, and duplicity, so palpably realistic the sound of sword against armor rings from the page."
Margaret of Anjou spiked the rebel heads of the Duke of York and the Earl of Salisbury on York's city gate, but her husband, Henry VI, "who'd lost his wits" and turned more cloistered monk than king, remains rebel prisoner in the third volume of Iggulden's (Margaret of Anjou, 2015, etc.) Wars of the Roses series. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel 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 >