Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

WHY DO DUKES FALL IN LOVE? by Megan Frampton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"A conventional Regency tale of two delightfully unconventional lovers."
Sleeping with the boss has never seemed so appealing. Read full book review >
GOOD AS GONE by Amy Gentry
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Debut novelist Gentry delivers on genre expectations with crisp, unobtrusive writing and well-executed plot twists."
A kidnapped girl, missing for eight years, shows up on her parents' doorstep…but is it really her? Read full book review >

VALLEY OF THE MOON by Melanie Gideon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"An enjoyable magic carpet ride back to an earlier time and a gentler place."
Two narrators, separated by nearly a century, tell a tale of old-time charm and contemporary agita. Read full book review >
MURDER ON BRITTANY SHORES by Jean-Luc Bannalec
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Like his debut (Death in Brittany, 2015), the hero's second adventure is judicious in parceling out attention to character, setting, and, most of all, plot."
A triple murder opens a new world to Commissaire Georges Dupin of the Concarneau police. Read full book review >
NIGHT TALK by George Noory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"An action-packed, deeply paranoid adventure in which all those conspiracy theories, ranging from UFOs to the Kennedy assassination, turn out to be true after all."
A conspiracy theorist gets into hot water when he becomes the subject of an arcane frame-up. Read full book review >

HOME FIELD by Hannah  Gersen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"A moving all-American family saga; fiction's answer to Friday Night Lights."
After his wife's suicide, a small-town high school football coach and his family navigate grief and forgiveness in Gersen's emotionally nuanced debut. Read full book review >
WHERE THE WILD THINGS BITE by Molly Harper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"This series has gotten more appealing over time and will satisfy readers looking to bite into a paranormal romance flavored generously with dashes of humor."
A hypochondriac researcher, a vampire, and an unwashed pilot walk into a plane—and high jinks ensue in the remote Kentucky woods. Read full book review >
DARK MATTER by Blake Crouch
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Suspenseful, frightening, and sometimes poignant—provided the reader has a generously willing suspension of disbelief."
A man walks out of a bar and his life becomes a kaleidoscope of altered states in this science-fiction thriller. Read full book review >
THE UNSEEN WORLD by Liz Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"This is for readers who love a slow, methodical reveal."
Moore's latest novel (Heft, 2012, etc.) deals with the debilitating effects of memory loss on a father and his young daughter, using a computer program as a powerful aid for uncovering a seemingly lost family history. Read full book review >
WE ARE ALL MADE OF STARS by Rowan Coleman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"A tear-jerking but ultimately uplifting story."
Hospice care brings unlikely characters together in this emotional novel from Coleman (The Day We Met, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN LETTERS OF VELTA B. by Gina Ochsner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"An astonishing alchemy of history, romance, and fable."
Fractured hearts, ruined lives, shattered dreams—only the art of storytelling can hope to heal these in war-ravaged Latvia. Read full book review >
LEAVING LUCY PEAR by Anna Solomon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 26, 2016

"Slow-movement storytelling: fully-fleshed, compassionate, and satisfying."
The abandonment of a newborn child in a pear orchard opens an intense tale of choices and consequences which, despite its early-20th-century setting, has the capacious feel of a Victorian novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >