Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

Blade Singer by Aaron De Orive
Released: June 24, 2014

"A sophisticated, tightly paced YA swashbuckler."
In Wells (Stories of the Raksura, 2015, etc.) and De Orive's (SHARD RPG Basic Compendium, 2009) YA fantasy, a teenager travels to a volatile, magical realm populated by elves and trolls and featuring an enchanted blade.Read full book review >
The Sense of Reckoning by Matty Dalrymple
Released: Sept. 19, 2015

"A book that proves just as keen and charming as its characters."
In Dalrymple's second thriller featuring Ann Kinnear, the appealing spirit sensor fears she may be haunted by the ghost of a killer. Read full book review >

Gol by J.W. Webb
Released: July 28, 2015

"An appealing tale set in an enchanted realm offers blunt prose and vivid characters in constant motion."
A complex fantasy novel combines a young man's quest, a noblewoman's nightmare, and a long-slumbering demon. Read full book review >
Many Roads Traveled by Tommie Morton-Young
Released: Jan. 16, 2015

"A multigenerational tale of cruelty, deception, and abuse that offers a vivid portrayal of its people, places, and period."
In this historical novel set in the antebellum South, slavers kidnap a free black girl and sell her into captivity. Read full book review >
The Stones of Kaldaar by Tameri Etherton
Released: Aug. 30, 2014

"A densely packed narrative that moves along at a brisk pace thanks to an appealing heroine with special powers and plenty of intrigue."
An ordinary woman discovers her extraordinary lineage and travels to an enchanted world to fulfill her destiny in this fantasy novel. Read full book review >

The Way The Hen Kicks by Lars Guthorm Kavli
Released: March 14, 2015

"A foreboding tale of a snow-covered London in despair, enlivened by encouraging characters and events."
Londoners are ill-prepared for a seemingly endless snowstorm in Kavli's debut dystopian novel. Read full book review >
The Relevance of Noah Montana by Michael Gutman

"A cool, edgy tale of a superpowered teenager that will leave readers hankering for a sequel."
In debut novelist Gutman's thriller, a teenager uses his newly discovered power as a weapon against an affluent but fiendish organization that's targeting him and his family. Read full book review >
The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy by Claire Youmans
Released: July 8, 2015

"Young readers interested in Japanese traditions and history will find much to enjoy in this simple fantasy tale."
Two magical children go on an adventure to determine their fate in Youmans' (The Toki-Girl and the Sparrow-Boy, 2014) sequel to her historical fable set in post-feudal Japan. Read full book review >
Killing Juggernaut by Jared Bernard
Released: Nov. 25, 2015

"Despite an overall lack of focus, Bernard's tale still manages to retain a mournful, prophetic power."
It's the end of the world as we know it, and nobody feels fine in Bernard's debut portrayal of humanity's end. Read full book review >
Last Clear Chance by Bob Bachner
Released: Nov. 20, 2015

"A sweet, occasionally thrilling story of an elderly man trying to make sense of his past and a young man trying to make sense of his own future."
In Bachner's debut novel, a retired English teacher's lifelong regrets spill over into the present. Read full book review >
The Dash of Dr. Todd by Howard E. Adkins
Released: June 26, 2009

"An original, well-researched novel that combines exciting plot twists with thought-provoking themes."
In this novel, Adkins (Hannity's Curse, 2009, etc.), a retired physician, imagines a young doctor's journey to the Western frontier during the Gold Rush. Read full book review >
A Last Wish for Larry by Jeffrey Wu
Released: July 2, 2015

"A touching, elegant novella about the struggles of an overworked doctor."
A realistic debut novella follows a dying teenager and the young doctor who cares for him. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >