Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

Seasons of Heaven by Nicolas Augusto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2016

"A supernatural tale that falls flat due to confusing plot developments and saccharine characterization."
Augusto's debut novel tells a complex tale of suffering, bravery, and the bonds between the living and the dead. Read full book review >
A WEDDING FOR CHRISTMAS by Lori Wilde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A solid Christmas romance that fans of the series will love, in which the sappy, sweet setting is balanced by the realistically depicted emotional challenges of the hero and heroine."
Two lonely people find each other again in this classic small-town contemporary romance with a holiday theme. Read full book review >

THE EARL by Katherine Ashe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A dashing Regency romance that proves smarts are the sexiest attribute of all."
Revenge is a dish best served cold—but what about justice? Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO WANTED TO KNOW EVERYTHING by D.A. Mishani
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Once again, Mishani offers a case in which the pleasure lies not in the destination but in the journey."
Opportunities also provide challenges for Superintendent Avraham Avraham (A Possibility of Violence, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An immersive, if occasionally rudderless, journey through the memories of an international playboy."
A fictional memoir focuses on a jet-setting lothario, whose extended residence in Asia transforms his life. Read full book review >

AutoFlick by John Bancroft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2016

"An American coming-of-age tale told with warmth and humor."
In Bancroft's debut novel, a Boy Scout becomes a man in a small Pennsylvania town in the late 1960s. Read full book review >
The Blackmail Photos by Michael P. King
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 28, 2016

"A tightly executed thriller, and the high point of a great series."
In this third installment of his Travelers series, King's (The Computer Heist, 2016, etc.) con-artist couple target a would-be politician.Read full book review >
Marsco Triumphant by James A. Zarzana
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2016

"Compulsively readable military sci-fi with a strong humanist side that isn't overwhelmed by bloodshed and doomsday weapons."
Zarzana's (The Marsco Dissident, 2013) bravura second installment in his ongoing saga continues his broad-canvas approach to political power plays, betrayals, and invasions at the end of the 21st century. Read full book review >
Demons of the Hallowed Dome by C.F. Sheridan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2016

"An effective spacefaring tale with plenty of morsels for genre fans."
In Sheridan's sci-fi debut, the first of a planned trilogy, humanity's military forces fight back against an alien species, but there may be a bigger threat in play. Read full book review >
Alex by Adam J. Nicolai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 21, 2011

"More curious than spooky, but featuring a riveting protagonist haunted by his own guilt."
A tormented father must decide whether he's seeing the ghost of his dead son or visions brought on by psychosis in this thriller. Read full book review >
The Smallest Angel by Richard Seib
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 28, 2016

"While slow at times, this sentimental book about a mysterious woman nevertheless manages plenty of surprises and an overall uplifting message."
A sci-fi novel explores the importance of faith in a violent world. Read full book review >
Poseidon & Cleito by Andrew J. Peters
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2016

"A fresh twist on an old sea myth, complete with magic, intrigue, and plenty of old-school adventures."
A novel offers a historical reimagining of ancient tribes, the story of Atlantis, and the man who would become known as Poseidon, Bridler of the Sea. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >