Fiction & Literature Book Reviews

THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB by David Lagercrantz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fast-moving, credible, and intelligently told. Larsson fans won't be disappointed."
Lisbeth Sander returns, bruises raw and dander up, in this continuing installment of the late Stieg Larsson's crime series. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF BLOOD AND BONE by Rebecca Alexander
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Heartfelt but complicated rather than subtle, this novel offers plenty of suspense."
Alexander hits her stride, adding werewolves to the vampires, witches, and revenants of the series opener (The Secrets of Life and Death, 2014).Read full book review >

THE GILDED HOUR by Sara Donati
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Page-turning and atmospheric, Donati's novel leaves readers with plenty of questions, perhaps signaling a sequel to come."
Another meticulously researched period drama with dashes of mystery and romance from Donati, this time set in 1880s New York. Read full book review >
A CURIOUS BEGINNING by Deanna Raybourn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A thrilling—and hilarious—beginning to a promising new series."
Determined to live an independent life, Veronica Speedwell is anything but a proper Victorian lady. So when her home is attacked during her aunt's funeral, a rollicking adventure ensues. Read full book review >
INFINITE IN BETWEEN by Carolyn Mackler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Characters live, grow, and ultimately come of age in a beautifully constructed world. (Fiction. 13 & up)"
A Breakfast Club-style, randomly assigned freshman orientation group experiences the highs and lows of four years of high school.Read full book review >

SORCERER TO THE CROWN by Zen Cho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A decidedly promising start."
Set in an alternate, magical England during the Napoleonic Wars, Cho's debut novel is at once a comedy of manners and a sharp metacomment concerning racism and misogyny in the fantasy genre. Read full book review >
UNATTACHED by Kristin Lee Johnson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Johnson (Unprotected, 2012) draws on 20 years' experience as a child protection worker in this chilling look at the darker side of childhood."
A social worker's troubled past threatens her livelihood. Read full book review >
JADE DRAGON MOUNTAIN by Elsa Hart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Think Agatha Christie writing Shogun—Hart's captivating debut has solid cross-genre appeal."
Part mystery, part exploration of a culture fading into history's shadows, Hart's novel is a fascinating, intelligent debut. Read full book review >
BLISS by Shay Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A steamy and scandalous read."
Three friends make a pact to follow their bliss wherever it may lead them—and mostly find trouble—in this debut by ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars star Mitchell and her best friend, Blaney.Read full book review >
MY PULSE IS AN EARTHQUAKE by Kristin FitzPatrick
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"With nimble structuring and evocative prose, FitzPatrick's pleasingly cohesive collection offers as many artful callbacks and codas as dazzling explorations of emotional vacancy and rebirth."
FitzPatrick's debut collection is a stunning and intricately woven group of short stories exploring the topic of grief. Read full book review >
WOMAN IN BATTLE DRESS by Antonio Benítez-Rojo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A sweeping, if flawed, historical novel."
The final novel from Cuban writer Benítez-Rojo (1931-2005) is a grand historical work about the kind of woman history often ignores. Read full book review >
THE SOLOMON CURSE by Clive Cussler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Cussler and Company continue the winning formula, and this jungle episode, featuring exotic locales and an interesting back story, will satisfy the cravings of every fan."
"There was no such thing as an honest fortune," Sam and Remi Fargo are reminded as they undertake another treasure-hunting adventure in Cussler's (The Eye of Heaven, 2014, etc.) latest. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >