Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

ZOEY'S ZANY LIFE by Mikayla  Lowery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2018

"This outspoken narrator should monologue her way into readers' hearts and teach them a few valuable lessons along the way."
What do you get when you combine a free-spirited young girl with a world full of rules? Hijinks—and lots of them. Read full book review >
CALLAGHAN IN THE CROSS HAIRS by Kim Ekemar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2018

"A fast-paced, page-turning continuation of a singular and thought-provoking series."
Ekemar (The Callaghan Tetralogy, 2018, etc.) revisits the adventurous exploits of Matthias Callaghan in this exhilarating opening to a new trilogy. Read full book review >

BAKERSFIELD BOYS CLUB by Anne Da Vigo
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A sensitively intelligent dramatization of the abuse of power."
A mother desperately tries to protect her teenage son from a powerful ring of pedophiles. Read full book review >
CINDERSKELLA by Amie Borst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"A darkly sweet paranormal fairy tale about rediscovering life after death."
A young girl adjusts to big life changes in Amie Borst and Bethanie Borst's (Snow Fright, 2016, etc.) charming middle-grade novel with debut illustrations by Hercka. Read full book review >
MY FRIEND MARILYN by Christopher Alan  Lentz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 29, 2018

"An entertaining fantasy with a few missteps."
In this novel, a dime-store cashier's life overturns when she becomes an assistant to Marilyn Monroe for eight days. Read full book review >

ROSES ARE RED, VIOLETS ARE STEALING LOOSE CHANGE FROM MY POCKETS WHILE I SLEEP by David S. Atkinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2018

"Unorthodox, irreverent, and diverting tales."
Atkinson (Apocalypse All the Time, 2017, etc.) offers a collection of flash-fiction about subjects ranging from an invasion of aerobic dancers to a tyrannosaur-sized human looking for living space.Read full book review >
THE GIRL IN THE YELLOW SCARF by C.R.  Frigard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2018

"Sentimental but absorbing."
An African-American musician composes a work inspired by a white homeless woman's life story in this novel. Read full book review >
STATE OF THE NATION by David Jackson  Ambrose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2018

"A mesmerizing tale of racial inequality and sexual discovery."
In this debut novel, a trio of black teenagers grapples with racial prejudice while a serial killer preys on black children in Atlanta. Read full book review >
SCHOOL TALES by Sharon  Myrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A well-written, if occasionally ponderous, exploration of modern high school life."
Myrick's debut novel follows several teenagers at two Virginia high schools as they find their paths. Read full book review >
FLABBERGASSED by Michael Craft
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A standard mystery with some delightfully offbeat elements."
An architect tries to solve a murder with the help of a talking cat in this comic mystery novel. Read full book review >
FRIEDRICHSTRASSE CENTRAL by Geoff Logan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Most interesting for its political backstories but a very slow read."
Logan (The Legacy of Two Gemini Knights, 2014) jumps 700 years forward from his first volume, bringing the story of the Templars into the 20th century in this wide-ranging historical novel set primarily in Germany and Australia.Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF BRIGID COLTRANE by Seamus  Beirne
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A violent, captivating, and boggy tale set during World War II."
A family attempts to escape German spies in 1940s Ireland in this historical thriller. 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 >