Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

Second Helpings at the Serve You Right Café by Tilia Klebenov Jacobs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"A charming story for those who enjoy a quick, action-packed, romantic fairy tale."
A quirky romantic novella about a reformed ex-con and the enterprising young woman who helps him rediscover his self-worth. Read full book review >
COMFORT AND AFFLICTION by M. F. Frosolono
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"A thriller with an uncomplicated plot that's invigorated by a main character whose profound messages will spark rumination."
A reverend's sermons at a Methodist church in Georgia find supporters and a small but potentially dangerous resistance in Frosolono's (Thoroughly Biased Opinions, 2012, etc.) religious drama. Read full book review >

CINCO BECKNELL by Lee Maynard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"Maynard is a consummate storyteller, and the thriller elements run parallel to the tough life of the homeless on the streets of The City Different."
A fictional mélange that's part thriller and part social commentary, set against the beautiful scenic backdrop of the southwest—and it works. Read full book review >
MAGNETIC NORTH by Lee Maynard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"Maynard knows the outdoors and the thrill of an honest-to-goodness road trip, but he dilutes the story with repetitious angst. Too bad he didn't just get on with it."
A buddy quest on motorcycles in Maynard's (The Pale Light of Sunset, 2012, etc.) tough-as-nails voice.Read full book review >
AFTER ABEL AND OTHER STORIES by Michal Lemberger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"Original and thought-provoking."
In this debut collection, nine stories shed light on Old Testament women famous, infamous and obscure. Read full book review >

THE POOR CHILDREN by April L. Ford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"Vivid writing but harsh and uninviting tales."
Seven frighteningly unsentimental stories about childhood and youth. Read full book review >
HOSPICE by Gregory Howard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"As Lucy progresses through surreal landscapes, her journey highlights experiences both delightful and sinister—a haunting take on one life on society's margins."
In this dreamlike novel, a young woman moves through a series of strange jobs and wrestles with haunting childhood memories. Read full book review >
SEED by Stanley Crawford
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2015

"Gossamer-thin entertainment."
Everything must go in this playful snapshot of an end-of-life giveaway, the sixth novel from an offbeat author (Petroleum Man, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
BLACK DOVE, WHITE RAVEN by Elizabeth Wein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2015

"Unforgettable. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
Wein returns to Ethiopia, the setting of her Arthurian adventures, for a high-flying novel about the 1935 Italian invasion. Read full book review >
AT THE WATER'S EDGE by Sara Gruen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2015

"At heart, this is an unlikely romance novel. A little too unlikely."
Three spoiled brats from Philadelphia go to Scotland to look for the Loch Ness monster in the middle of World War II. Read full book review >
WHISKERS OF THE LION by P.L. Gaus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2015

"Out of the peaceful world of buggies and prayer caps, Gaus conjures a nail-biter that doesn't give up its secrets any quicker than the Amish."
The murder of Ruth Zook (The Names of Our Tears, 2013) continues to take its toll on the Amish community of Holmes County, Ohio.Read full book review >
SCENT OF TRIUMPH by Jan Moran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2015

"A rushed and convoluted plot combines with an underdeveloped, uninspiring heroine, a love story without much spark and enough clichéd prose to sink the Bismarck."
A French perfume heiress with a gift for scent survives the trials and tribulations of World War II, and of love, in this first traditionally published novel from indie author Moran. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >