Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

KIN-KRAZY by Cat Acewal

"Rough and gritty with a sweet side, this is a convincing portrayal of a love-hate relationship with family."
Acewal's ambitious debut portrays an extremely dysfunctional family trying to come to terms with a tragic, pointless death. Read full book review >
SALSA WITH THE POPE by Samantha Wren Anderson

"A lengthy but engaging romance boosted by a fun main character and her baseball-playing love interest."
In Anderson's debut novel, an aspiring actress learns to put herself first as she navigates relationships with an egotistical playwright and a New York Yankee. Read full book review >

A PLACE FOR US by Harriet Evans
Released: June 2, 2015

"While a story with this many characters could have felt disjointed, here they are interwoven tightly to create a single, absorbing tapestry."
A scattered family comes together for a mysterious announcement in Evans' (Not Without You, 2014) latest novel.Read full book review >
THE TEMPLE OF LIGHT by Daniela Piazza
Released: June 9, 2015

"It's Dickens-meets-New-Age-fantasy, but it's an effort that may not fully satisfy fans of either genre."
Piazza debuts with complex historical fiction linking Celtic mysticism to the medieval construction of Milan's Santa Maria Nascente Cathedral. Read full book review >
THE MASK by Taylor Stevens
Released: June 30, 2015

"Although Stevens takes longer to develop the action than usual, any Munroe is better than none at all."
Stevens sends the gritty, tough, and very deadly Vanessa Michael Munroe to Japan, where she settles a score, piling up bodies in the process. Read full book review >

BOOK OF NUMBERS by Joshua Cohen
Released: June 9, 2015

"Like Gaddis, Cohen also recognizes the laughs and peril at this technologically challenging stage of the human comedy and its new questions about what people are searching for, how the results may affect them, and what it all may cost."
A writer's effort to prepare a biography of a Google-like company's founder sits at the core of this smart, choppy novel, that's trying to take on technology, creativity, and much else. Read full book review >
THE HOPEFUL by Tracy O'Neill
Released: June 15, 2015

"For fans of figure skating, this book is edgy and serious enough to not feel like a guilty pleasure."
O'Neill's debut novel tracks an aspiring figure skater's journey of obsession, triumph, failure, and addiction. Read full book review >
THANK YOU, GOODNIGHT by Andy Abramowitz
Released: June 2, 2015

"Abramowitz's debut is both funny and compassionate, using the world of the music industry to illustrate the questions of life and legacy that so many of us ponder."
After the failure of his band's second album, Teddy Tremble traded in his guitar for a law degree. Read full book review >
JANE DOE by Berta Briones
Released: Dec. 28, 2014

"A thinly disguised advertisement for the author's business. Buyer beware."
In this fictionalized case study, a woman goes to the Medical Rejuvenation Institute to improve her recovery after breast cancer. Read full book review >
ONCE IN A BLUE YEAR by Michael D. Durkota

"A bold debut, filled with unforgettable moments and characters."
In this lyrical debut novel, the lives of two U.S. Navy men take dramatic turns after they're cut from a submarine mission during the Gulf War. Read full book review >
THE JAGUAR ORACLE by Kurt Frederick Mähler
Released: Feb. 14, 2015

"Readers with a love for the mystical and fantastical will enjoy this unique tale."
Educator and doctoral student Mähler offers an imaginative debut folk tale featuring animals, trees, humans, and even planets as characters. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 3, 2012

"A thoroughly idiosyncratic work of biographical collage."
Vel combines fiction and history in this unorthodox account of the life of President Abraham Lincoln. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >