Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

TRIXI PUDONG AND THE GREATER WORLD by Audrey Mei
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 27, 2016

"Despite distracting exposition, this generation-spanning novel brings Chinese life and global history alive."
Mei's debut novel charts the aspirations of a Chinese family against the backdrop of wars and political shifts. Read full book review >
WHEN PLANETS FALL by Abby J. Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2017

"A propulsive, sharply crafted tale about a planetary war."
In this YA sci-fi debut, an alien world plays host to conflict among three humanoid tribes. Read full book review >

THE LAST CONFESSION by Pat Kelley Brunjes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2017

"A diverting and intriguing family mystery involving a priest."
A journalist investigates a decades-old accusation in this novel. Read full book review >
TORN by Mary Brock Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2017

"While the pacing fails to match the urgency of the central plot, the tale delivers a complex blend of ecological sci-fi and political thriller."
Two eco-engineers trying to save their planet from environmental disaster discover their employer may possess a hidden agenda in this first installment of a series. Read full book review >
THE VISITS & OTHER POEMS/LAS VISITAS Y OTROS POEMAS  by Mirta Yáñez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2017

"A well-written but occasionally verbose collection that will please academics but may test the patience of lay readers."
An academic poetry opus from prolific Cuban author Yáñez (The Bleeding Wound/Sangra Por La Herida, 2014, etc.).Read full book review >

DEAD WEIGHT by Matt Casamassina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 17, 2016

"Solid apocalyptic fiction that focuses more on its character relationships than its sci-fi elements."
In this debut YA thriller, the leftovers of an unexplained apocalypse struggle to survive and find meaning in the wreckage. Read full book review >
MASJID MORNING by Richard Morris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2016

"A thought-provoking and ultimately moving story that looks at love, human nature, and conservative religion."
In the latest novel from Morris (Canoedling in Cleveland, 2014, etc.), a pair of star-crossed lovers—one Muslim, one Christian—face familial and societal pressures in rural Maryland.Read full book review >
INSURRECTION AT 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE by Rob Tenery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Consistently blends dual medical and political storylines, each with its own worthy protagonist."
A physician and the White House chief of staff both suspect something sinister behind the vice president's sudden, unexplained death in this debut thriller. Read full book review >
THE FAR SHORE by Paul T. Scheuring
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 7, 2017

"An engaging World War II novel featuring diverse prose styles about a man in search of spiritual peace and the granddaughter who needs to find him."
A woman leaves her dreary office life behind in search of her grandfather and his fortune. Read full book review >
XENOGENEIC by Lance Erlick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 2017

"An interplanetary tale with effectively slow build that leads to a solid climax."
An expedition to one of Jupiter's moons leads to contact with an alien species that may be plotting a takeover of Earth in Erlick's (Regina Shen: Endurance, 2016, etc.) sci-fi novel.Read full book review >
DEATH'S DANCER by Jasmine Silvera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 30, 2016

"A spirited, sexy paranormal romance."
Sparks fly when a mighty sorcerer recruits a dancer to help unravel a supernatural mystery. Read full book review >
THE MASTER OF WHITEHALL by Rick H. Veal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2016

"An enticing supernatural plot with an initially frisky pace hampered by excessive exposition."
A college student falls for the mysterious owner of a manor in this first installment of a paranormal romance series. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >