Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

BULL by David Elliott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"Irresistible, slick, and sharp (no bull!)—with plenty of bull to dissect. (cast of characters, author's notes) (Verse fiction. 14 & up)"
A saucy, brash retelling of the Greek myth of the Minotaur. Read full book review >
SOPHIE SOMEONE by Hayley Long
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"A creative and memorable story about secrets, lies, and moving on. (Fiction. 11 & up)"
Sophie Nieuwenleven has lived in Belgium for most of her life; now 14, she's beginning to wonder about the odd things her parents say when they're fighting, not to mention certain hazy and mysterious childhood memories that don't add up. Read full book review >

COMPASS by Mathias Énard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"Lyrical and intellectually rich without ever being ponderous, reminiscent at turns of Mann's Death in Venice and Bowles' Sheltering Sky."
The winner of France's 2015 Prix Goncourt: a fever-dream meditation on East and West and on a lost love that binds the two worlds. Read full book review >
AN EXTRAORDINARY UNION by Alyssa Cole
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"A masterful tale that bodes well for future work from Cole."
A spy posing as a slave in Civil War Virginia risks her own life and the outcome of the war by falling in love with a fellow spy of another race. Read full book review >
YOU MAY KISS THE BRIDE by Lisa Berne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 28, 2017

"A sheer delight."
A well-born but penniless orphan is compromised by a wealthy gentleman and comes to realize that all the luxuries in the world aren't enough reason to enter into a loveless marriage. Her plans to escape are foiled, though, when she begins to question her feelings—and his. Read full book review >

SNOOK WALLOW by Janet Heijens
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"Heijens, whose earlier foray into the topic (Wrongful Conviction, 2015) featured criminal defender Jean Jankowski, presents another heroine who's equally smart, resourceful, and empathetic—and more than worthy of an encore appearance."
A retired lawyer hopes to prove a death row inmate innocent before his time runs out. Read full book review >
BORDER CHILD by Michel Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"A gripping and politically savvy look at the human impact of current immigration policy and an honest examination of the perils facing desperate immigrants as they travel north."
Losing a child—whether to death, kidnapping, war, or other calamities—is widely recognized as one of life's most traumatic experiences. Read full book review >
NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE US by Stephanie Powell Watts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Watts' gently told story, like Fitzgerald's, is only superficially about money but more acutely about the urgent, inexplicable needs that shape a life."
The Great Gatsby is revived in an accomplished debut novel. Read full book review >
A WELCOME MURDER by Robin Yocum
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"As if the raucous plot isn't complicated enough, Yocum filters it all through a system of dueling first-person narrators whose perspectives are amusingly at odds with each other to produce a memorably merry tale of murder most richly deserved."
In a 180-degree turn from the sorrowful A Brilliant Death (2016), Yocum releases a farcical basket of deplorables in Steubenville, Ohio, and lets them crawl all over each other in search of criminal advantage. Read full book review >
WAKING GODS by Sylvain Neuvel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Pure, unadulterated literary escapism featuring giant killer robots and the looming end of humankind. In a word: unputdownable."
A brazen fusion of science fiction and apocalyptic thriller, the second installment in Neuvel's Themis Files (Sleeping Giants, 2016) is powered by nonstop action and adventure involving alien invaders and an army of seemingly indestructible giant robots—but ultimately it's also a deeply character-driven exploration of what it means to be human. Read full book review >
WHAT IT MEANS WHEN A MAN FALLS FROM THE SKY by Lesley Nneka Arimah
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Heralds a new voice with certain staying power."
Nigeria serves as a prism refracting the myriad experiences of both former and current inhabitants. Read full book review >
WILD RIDE by Julie A. Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"A high-octane romantic suspense novel with heart-pounding intrigue and a heart-twisting love story."
A wounded covert operative who, along with his colleagues, uses a custom motorcycle shop as a cover falls in love with a reporter who's convinced he's up to no good just as she gets on the wrong side of some true villains. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >