Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

Mind Over Bullies  by D.K. Smith
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Aug. 31, 2015

"Complex, layered YA that easily appeals to adults, too.
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In this intricate YA tale, teenagers with special skills unite to confront bullying, though they end up fighting crime, murder, and terrorism. Read full book review >
OUT OF DARKNESS by Ashley Hope Pérez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A powerful, layered tale of forbidden love in times of unrelenting racism. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 14 & up)"
A Mexican-American girl and a black boy begin an ill-fated love in the months leading up to a catastrophic 1937 school explosion in East Texas. Read full book review >

JIMMY BLUEFEATHER by Kim Heacox
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Old Keb understands it 'used to be hard to live and easy to die. Not anymore.'"
Part quest, part rebirth, Heacox's debut novel spins a story of Alaska's Tlingit people and the land, an old man dying, and a young man learning to live. Read full book review >
GIRL WAITS WITH GUN by Amy Stewart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"More adventures involving gutsy Constance, quietly determined Sheriff Heath, and a lively cast of supporting characters would be most welcome."
Better known for her nonfiction (The Drunken Botanist, 2013, etc.), Stewart crafts a solid, absorbing novel based on real-life events—though they're unusual enough to seem invented.Read full book review >
THE WAKE by Paul Kingsnorth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"One can't fault Kingsnorth for lack of ambition, though his story stumbles under its own linguistic weight. The reader will judge whether it's worth the heafodpanneteung."
Frenchies is ycumen in—lhude sing Shazam! Read full book review >

MARVEL AND A WONDER by Joe Meno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A grandiose, atmospheric portrait of Middle America in all its damaged glory."
The mysterious gift of a snowy white quarter horse upends the rural existence of a family in Indiana. Read full book review >
ANNE & HENRY by Dawn Ius
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Clever and compelling storytelling from a promising writer. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn are reimagined as private school hooligans (of course). Read full book review >
IS FAT BOB DEAD YET? by Stephen Dobyns
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fat Bob is, too. And where did that head go, anyway? A lively, laugh-out-loud winner."
Another darkly comic whodunit from veteran novelist Dobyns (The Burn Palace, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
THE GATES OF EVANGELINE by Hester Young
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An eerie but inviting debut."
In the first of a planned trilogy, a writer grieving the loss of her 4-year-old son becomes enmeshed with the subjects of her true-crime book-in-progress. Read full book review >
PURITY by Jonathan Franzen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An expansive, brainy, yet inviting novel that leaves few foibles unexplored."
A twisty but controlled epic that merges large and small concerns: loose nukes and absent parents, government surveillance and bad sex, gory murder and fine art. Read full book review >
Fossil Island by Barbara Sjoholm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"An entertaining, thoughtful story of old-fashioned romance complicated by dawning modern mores.
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A teenage girl in 19th-century Denmark navigates first love and widening life prospects in this rich historical novel based on the life of artist and ethnographer Emilie Demant Hatt. Read full book review >
DON'T FAIL ME NOW by Una LaMarche
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This story of teen resilience will resonate with readers. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Five young people drive cross-country seeking to reconnect with the father that had abandoned three of them. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >