Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

NO MISTRESS OF MINE by Laura Lee Guhrke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A spellbinding, sizzling romance."
A Victorian-era cabaret dancer inherits part of a well-regarded London repertory theater, but the viscount whose family owns the other half of the business is her estranged former lover. Read full book review >
JERUSALEM by Alan Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2016

"Magisterial: an epic that outdoes Danielewski, Vollmann, Stephenson, and other worldbuilders in vision and depth."
Mind-meld James Michener, Charles Dickens, and Stephen King and you'll approach the territory the endlessly inventive Moore stakes out in his most magnum of magna opera. Read full book review >

GIRL MANS UP by M-E Girard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A strong genderqueer lesbian character, imperfect, independent, and deserving of every cheer. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
A teen faces down hostility, making her own decisions about loyalty, respect, and gender. Read full book review >
LUCY AND LINH by Alice Pung
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A bracing, enthralling gut-punch and an essential read for teens, teachers, and parents alike. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A teen finds that attendance and acceptance at an elite school are wildly different experiences. Read full book review >
BECAUSE I'M WATCHING by Christina Dodd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Another Virtue Falls winner."
Jacob Denisov has shut himself away in his Virtue Falls home, waiting for the day he finds the courage to kill himself, until his neighbor drives her car through his house, forcing him into the light and into solving the mystery of "Mad Maddie." Read full book review >

RAZOR GIRL by Carl Hiaasen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Relax, enjoy, and marvel anew at the power of unbridled fictional invention."
Rejoice, fans of American madness who've sought fulfillment in political reportage. South Florida's master farceur (Skink—No Surrender, 2014, etc.) is back to reassure you that fiction is indeed stranger than truth. Read full book review >
The Return of Sir Percival by S. Alexander O'Keefe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An engaging and epic yarn that explores the history behind the magic of Camelot."
In the first volume of a saga chronicling the exploits of a knight of the Round Table, Sir Percival returns to Albion only to find that much has changed. Read full book review >
DISCOVERY OF DESIRE by Susanne Lord
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"If you like your romance with the sweetness of Mary Balogh's novels or the anguish of Sherry Thomas', this is one to cherish."
How do two lovers, with nary an aristocratic title or fortune between them, find their happy-ever-after in 1850s Bombay and London? Read full book review >
A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW by Amor Towles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A masterly encapsulation of modern Russian history, this book more than fulfills the promise of Towles' stylish debut, Rules of Civility (2011)."
Sentenced to house arrest in Moscow's Metropol Hotel by a Bolshevik tribunal for writing a poem deemed to encourage revolt, Count Alexander Rostov nonetheless lives the fullest of lives, discovering the depths of his humanity. Read full book review >
WAYWARD HEROES by Halldór Laxness
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A welcome, major contribution to modern Nordic literature in translation and a pleasure to read."
"Nothing but harm and misfortune result when killers and skalds come together." True enough, as Nobel Prize-winning author Laxness' long-forgotten 1952 novel elaborates. Read full book review >
THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD by Colson Whitehead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Whitehead continues the African-American artists' inquiry into race mythology and history with rousing audacity and razor-sharp ingenuity; he is now assuredly a writer of the first rank."
What if the metaphorical Underground Railroad had been an actual…underground railroad, complete with steam locomotive pulling a "dilapidated box car" along a subterranean nexus of steel tracks? Read full book review >
BLACK WAVE by Michelle Tea
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A biting, sagacious, and delightfully dark metaliterary novel about finding your way in a world on fire."
Churning through lovers, baggies, and bottles, writer Michelle Leduski runs for LA with the end of the world on her heels. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >