OPAL RIDGE by Victoria Capper
Released: March 11, 2015

"A formulaic romance in a fascinating setting."
A spunky young woman and a brooding young man fall in love when she comes to work on his family's sheep farm. Read full book review >
Under an English Heaven by Alice K. Boatwright
Released: March 1, 2014

"A well-crafted outsider's view of Cotswolds village life that will appeal to mystery buffs."
Californian Ellie Kent, the vicar's new wife, is just breaking in her tweeds when she finds an unidentified body in Boatwright's (Collateral Damage, 2012) charming mystery. Read full book review >

A TIME IN CHINA by Rue L. Cromwell
Released: Nov. 8, 2014

"A thoughtful album of memories that sheds light on a world now lost to history, illustrating daily Chinese life with earnest words and snapshots."
Like a time capsule, Cromwell's debut memoir offers artifacts from a certain place and time: China in the early 1980s, as witnessed by a visiting American psychologist. Read full book review >
BLOOD FATHER by Tessa Dawn
Released: June 12, 2014

"Love letter to Blood Curse fans, but new readers are invited, too."
In the sixth volume of Dawn's Blood Curse series, the Silivasi brothers learn the whereabouts of their father. Read full book review >
MASON'S KEEPER by Cynthia J. Stone
Released: Oct. 19, 2014

"An inspiring tale of a young man's efforts to save his family, and himself."
In Stone's compelling follow-up to Mason's Daughter (2012), a brave young man flees home and embarks on a journey to adulthood. Read full book review >

Released: June 7, 2015

"Unpleasant but useful information, particularly for those who routinely come in contact with highly aggressive people."
A manual of advice born of long experience with violence. Read full book review >
A Draemorian Chronicle by Sebastien Leonard
Released: July 29, 2014

"Imaginative fantasy, but the history often weighs down, rather than supports, its characters."
Tracking centuries of history across multiple civilizations, Leonard's debut novel entangles forces angelic, demonic, and technological into a skein of interlinked short stories and journal entries. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 15, 2015

"A formidable and original interdisciplinary work, likely to interest theologians as well as lay scientists."
An ambitious attempt to provide what the author calls "a unified theory of spirituality, conscience and belief." Read full book review >
Released: April 28, 2015

"A bit familiar, but exciting nonetheless."
In a future dictatorship, detective Victor Vale starts questioning authority when, to infiltrate a dissident cell, he goes undercover as a writer. Read full book review >
BY MY OWN HANDS by Jude Idada
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"Well-drawn characters and startling turns of phrase distinguish this soapy, suspenseful start of a trilogy."
Suicide devastates both a prosperous Canadian and a Nigerian family in this first novel from filmmaker, playwright, and short story writer Idada (A Box of Chocolates, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
Siv & The Blood Moon by Geoffrey Leigh
Released: Sept. 22, 2014

"This inventive, tightly plotted debut will entertain fantasy lovers of any age."
This fantasy debut follows an outcast dwarf as she's caught up in an epic battle for the realm of Lavendelle. Read full book review >
Walking With the Enemy by C. Read
Released: June 5, 2015

"An earnest, if occasionally redundant, description of one woman's rocky spiritual path."
Read offers her personal tale of religious awakening, including her experiences with people whom she says were falsely serving Jesus Christ. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >