Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

CALL OF FIRE by Beth Cato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2017

"An entertaining installment in a series that tackles an ambitious reimagining of history."
The second book in Cato's (Breath of Earth, 2016, etc.) historical fantasy series takes its tenacious heroine and her strange powers from San Francisco to the Pacific Northwest. Read full book review >
SWARM AND STEEL by Michael R. Fletcher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2017

"It's not for the squeamish, but unique worldbuilding and a plot full of twisted reveals elevate the story somewhat from the typical grimdark offering."
A recovering sociopath struggles to destroy an evil religion she herself created in the third novel set in Fletcher's (The Mirror's Truth, 2016, etc.) Manifest Delusions universe. Read full book review >

NOUMENON by Marina J. Lostetter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2017

"A striking adventure story that could hold a galaxy in its scope, this is an expedition that delves as deep into the human thirst for purpose as it does into the wonders of the universe."
In Lostetter's ambitious debut, the year is 2088, and humankind is finally ready to explore deep space, preparing to send convoys of clones on eons-long missions to investigate the outskirts of the galaxy. Read full book review >
BLENDED NOTES by Lilah Suzanne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 2017

"A witty, touching, nuanced—and very sexy—romance."
A country music star faces industry push back when his label disapproves of a love song written for his soon-to-be husband, and suddenly his career, his relationship, and his happiness seem shaky. Read full book review >
MARY POSER by Angel A.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 21, 2017

"A few flaws but entertaining and romantic."
In A's debut novel, an update of Jane Austen's Persuasion, a Nashville woman struggles with perfectionism, attraction to a Hindu filmmaker, and an overbearing mother.Read full book review >

MONTPELIER PARADE by Karl Geary
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A relentlessly downbeat but often poignant novel about flawed and despairing lovers testing—and transgressing—border walls of various kinds."
The debut novel from screenwriter and actor Geary, set a generation ago in Dublin, depicts a dark, sad, doomed, and deeply unconventional love affair. Read full book review >
I KNOW A SECRET by Tess Gerritsen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"One character's statement that 'sometimes up really is down' applies to this complex and enjoyable story. It's a worthy addition to the series."
The latest in the Rizzoli and Isles series (Die Again, 2014, etc.) mixes martyrdom, murder, and mystery. Read full book review >
MIDWINTER BREAK by Bernard MacLaverty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A closely observed, deeply sympathetic rendering of a relationship and the fissures that threaten to wreck it."
The Belfast-born writer etches an affecting portrait of a couple more than 40 years married as they confront the idea that one of them is thinking of leaving. Read full book review >
YOUNG JANE YOUNG by Gabrielle Zevin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"This book will not only thoroughly entertain everyone who reads it; it is the most immaculate takedown of slut-shaming in literature or anywhere else. Cheers, and gratitude, to the author."
When a young political intern in South Florida has an affair with her boss, it leads to disaster—at least at first. Read full book review >
REINCARNATION BLUES by Michael Poore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Tales of gods and men akin to Neil Gaiman's Sandman as penned by a kindred spirit of Douglas Adams."
The oldest soul on planet Earth is given five last chances to get life right. Read full book review >
EASTMAN WAS HERE by Alex Gilvarry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A persuasive glimpse of the world of early-1970s publishing and journalism, but it lacks much of a message to deliver about it."
A middle-aged literary lion heads to Vietnam to revive his respectability as a writer and husband. Read full book review >
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY by Melissa Pimentel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Aside from the problematic ending, a serviceable, well-paced romance."
Pimentel (Love by the Book, 2015, etc.) joins the ongoing modernized-Jane Austen trend with this take on Persuasion. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >