Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE NATURE OF THE BEAST by Louise Penny
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Penny is an expert at pulling away the surface of her characters to expose their deeper—and often ugly—layers, always doing so with a direct but compassionate hand."
In Inspector Gamache's 11th outing, the sheltering forest around his small village of Three Pines is revealed to be a hiding place for unexpected evil. Read full book review >
IF YOU ONLY KNEW by Kristan Higgins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A powerful, emotionally textured winner."
A divorced wedding-dress designer tries to extricate herself from her ex-husband's new life by moving from Manhattan to her suburban hometown, just in time to see her sister's marriage rocked by a sexually graphic text. Read full book review >

THE TAMING OF THE QUEEN by Philippa Gregory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Although Kateryn's studiousness makes for some dull reading, the pace picks up as her intellect becomes her greatest liability."
By pondering the mistakes of her predecessors, Kateryn Parr, sixth wife of King Henry VIII, manages to keep her head. Read full book review >
A WINDOW OPENS by Elisabeth Egan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Women may not be able to have it all, but this novel can."
What happens when a book lover gets caught up in the tech world? Read full book review >
LOST CANYON by Nina Revoyr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Like Deliverance, a tense and sometimes-violent morality tale formed in the crucible of physical duress."
Revoyr (Wingshooters, 2011, etc.) sends four Angelenos mired in First World angst to confront the wilds of California's Sierra Nevada range.Read full book review >

DON'T GET ME WRONG by Marianne Kavanagh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Kavanagh creates a story of family bonds and romantic misunderstandings that manages to be both heartwarming and heartbreaking."
Kim and Harry don't have anything in common—except their love of Kim's sister, Eva. Read full book review >
MARRIED SEX by Jesse Kornbluth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"If you like your sexy books soft-core, highbrow, and bi-curious, here's a hot couple hours for you."
A libidinous fairy tale with an unusual Prince Charming. Read full book review >
IN A DARK, DARK WOOD by Ruth Ware
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Like the Glass House itself, this novel is 'a tiger's enclosure, with nowhere to hide' and with a constant undercurrent of danger. Read it on a dark and stormy night—with all the lights on."
In Ware's debut, a reclusive crime writer reunites with a long-lost friend during a weekend hen party that goes horribly wrong. Read full book review >
MAID OF WONDER by Jennifer McGowan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"For readers who like their historical romance with a touch of second sight. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
It is the turn of shy Sophia to tell her story in the third of a series about the Maids of Honor, a privileged cadre of five young women assigned to spy for Elizabeth I. Read full book review >
BEST BOY by Eli Gottlieb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 24, 2015

"Gottlieb merits praise for both the endearing eloquence of Todd's voice and a deeply sympathetic parable that speaks to a time when rising autism rates and long-lived elders force many to weigh tough options."
After more than 40 years in an institution, an autistic man acts on his yearning to see his childhood home in this eloquent, sensitive rendering of a marginalized life. Read full book review >
When The River Rises by D.C. Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2015

"Excellent as both an action piece and a crime drama."
From the writer and artist of Fallout (2015) comes a graphic novel inspired by true events at a Louisiana prison during Hurricane Katrina.Read full book review >
SEA LOVERS by Valerie Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"Varied, engaging, and often shocking."
A career-spanning collection of short stories that illustrates the writer's preoccupation with animals, artists, and the fantastical. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >