Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

LUCIFER'S PROMISE by Alan Thompson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2015

"A complex, thought-provoking story that defies genre conventions to remind us of difficult questions and tangled answers."
Thompson's new novel is equal parts legal thriller, medical ethics conundrum and old-fashioned murder mystery. Read full book review >
THE BUNKER DIARY by Kevin Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2015

"Not for everyone, this heady novel is worthy of study alongside existentialist works of the 20th century. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Knocked unconscious and kidnapped, 16-year-old Linus wakes alone in a small, windowless, concrete building. Read full book review >

INFANDOUS by Elana K. Arnold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2015

"A coming-of-age story consciously reminiscent of Lolita, this multifaceted portrayal of family bonds surprises with its nuanced and sometimes-searing emotional gravity. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
The summer before senior year gives Sephora Golding time to surf, work on her found-object works of art and reflect on the turn her life has taken. Read full book review >
THE GIRLS OF MISCHIEF BAY by Susan Mallery
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A discerning, affecting look at three women facing surprising change and the powerful and uplifting impact of friends."
Three friends support each other as life throws some unexpected curves their way. Read full book review >
A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Fantasy fans will love this fast-paced adventure, with its complex magic system, thoughtful hero and bold heroine."
A fast-paced fantasy adventure that takes readers into a series of interconnected worlds ruled by magic—or the lack of it. Read full book review >

THE SIEGE WINTER by Ariana Franklin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"This thoroughly captivating tale was begun by celebrated historical novelist Franklin, who died before its completion, and completed seamlessly by her journalist daughter, Norman."
Franklin (A Murderous Procession, 2010, etc.) and Norman draw a tale of intrigue and violence from the Anarchy, the 12th-century struggle over the right to rule England between Stephen of Blois and Empress Matilda.Read full book review >
SHAME AND THE CAPTIVES by Thomas Keneally
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The somewhat didactic title doesn't do the book justice, and the occasional overwriting can be distracting. Nevertheless, Keneally blends history, romance and wartime intrigue in a remarkable piece of historical fiction with a strong sense of place and time."
In 1944, a group of Japanese POWs escaped from a prison camp in a rural Australian town. Keneally's latest historical novel relates the lead-up to this event from the perspectives of many characters, including Japanese and Italian prisoners, the camp's commanders and several residents of the town. Read full book review >
LUCKY ALAN by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Lethem's humor ranges from rueful to sly to 'big silly,' and his careful, mostly unshowy writing has a gift for charming a reader into almost anything."
These nine stories by a leading American writer almost all bend away from realism, and one goes well into fantasy, while offering choice prose and insights. Read full book review >
WHEN MY HEART WAS WICKED by Tricia Stirling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Unexpected, uncanny, unforgettable. (Magical realism. 14 & up)"
A mix of the mundane and the magical permeates this slender portrait of a girl in pain. Read full book review >
THE AMERICAN LOVER by Rose Tremain
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2015

"Wholly enthralling, these stories gleam with human desire and malice and hope as they move between Tolstoy's Russia, World War II France and present-day London."
Loneliness and lust eddy through the pages of a dexterous collection of short stories by Tremain (Merivel, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
THE INFERNAL by Mark Doten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Doten's dazzling novel shows off his intellect and facility with language."
Doten makes his fiction debut with a semihistorical novel—the kind of book people label "postmodern" because they don't know what else to call it. Read full book review >
THE ROOM by Jonas Karlsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Karlsson's deft jab at dead-end workplaces keeps you agreeably off-balance and eager for more of his work."
Could a banal office act as an incubator of madness? That's the question posed in this provocative fictional debut by a prominent Swedish actor. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >