Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

AND I DARKEN by Kiersten White
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Addictive intrigue that will send readers to history books as a balm while waiting for the sequel. (dramatis personae, glossary, author's note; not seen) (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
A historical reimagining that asks: what if Vlad the Impaler had been a woman? Read full book review >
SWEET LITTLE LIES by Jill Shalvis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Shalvis has created a love story romance fans can't help but root for and grounds it in an affable community they'll adore."
After losing her parents as a young teen, Pru Harris has spent her time and resources making amends for a tragedy she feels responsible for, which is why she can never fall for her intoxicating new neighbor Finn—except that she does. Read full book review >

THE DARK SIDE by Anthony O’Neill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Reveling in the low gravity, a yarn that bounds along in fine style, spraying gore and body parts."
An incorruptible cop tackles a series of mysterious assassinations in a virtually lawless moon colony; in a not unrelated development, a homicidal android searches for Oz, leaving no survivors in his wake. Read full book review >
THE SWAN BOOK by Alexis Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Readers up to the challenge may enjoy puzzling through Wright's intricate, imperfectly explained mythology, while others may find the narrative obstacles thrown up along the way too much bother."
A severely damaged girl embodies the soul of the Australian continent in Wright's searing dystopian novel. Read full book review >
UNDER THE WIRE by HelenKay Dimon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"A sharp, complex, and intense romantic-suspense novel."
When his ex-fiancee goes missing on a science expedition in Russia, supersecret security agent Reid Armstrong abandons his vacation plans and sneaks into the country to save her, only to discover something very mysterious and dangerous going on. Read full book review >

TRACER by Rob Boffard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Boffard's debut is rough around the edges but ambitious and intriguing."
In his debut novel, Boffard presents a claustrophobic future where the remnants of humanity survive in a dilapidated space station and one young woman must save the station from those who want no survivors at all. Read full book review >
THE NATURAL WAY OF THINGS by Charlotte Wood
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"An absorbing plot, lyrical prose, and discomfiting imagery make Wood's novel decidedly gripping."
An engrossing novel set in the barren Australian Outback in which women are held captive, victims of a violently misogynist system. Read full book review >
THE MADNESS OF MERCURY by Connie di Marco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"This smartly written debut from di Marco (who wrote the Soup Lover's Mystery series as Connie Archer) sets the stage for a promising series, though future installments would benefit from developing the heroine's personal details more appealingly."
An astrologer wishes she were also a psychic when she's targeted as a practitioner of witchcraft and forced into sticking with a client who may be in danger. Read full book review >
CONRAD & ELEANOR by Jane Rogers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"A nuanced, pragmatic look at the long-married state."
Who contributes what to an initially happy, later failing marriage, asks British novelist Rogers (The Testament of Jessie Lamb, 2012, etc.), and can this marriage be saved? Read full book review >
THE TROUBLE WITH LEXIE by Jessica Anya Blau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"It's a book balanced on thin devices, but Blau is almost as unsparing about Lexie as she is with the other characters, and her pacing is good. Anyone in the market for discount thrills will find them here."
If the protagonist of Blau's previous novel (The Wonder Bread Summer, 2013, etc.) saved all her bad decision-making for adulthood, she might look like the titular Lexie. Read full book review >
DATING TIPS FOR THE UNEMPLOYED by Iris Smyles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Walking the line between self-obsession and thoughtful portraiture, Smyles explores an inextricable link between sex and loneliness, self-loathing and self-acceptance in contemporary New York."
Smyles (Iris Has Free Time, 2013) delivers a maddening and moving not-quite-novel, not-quite-memoir about a wayward eccentric who can't connect with others. Read full book review >
ALL THE MISSING GIRLS by Megan Miranda
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2016

"Feel free to give these missing girls a miss."
Miranda's thriller, told backward over a two-week period, finds heroine Nicolette "Nic" Farrell back home in Cooley Ridge to solve the 10-year-old case of her missing best friend, Corrine, as well as the fresh disappearance of neighbor Annaleise Carter. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >