The holiday season is nigh. Are you ready? I’m decidedly not. I know this much, however: One thing I like to do every year is buy books for friends and family. As it occurred to me just the other day that I’m smack-dab in my seventh year of blogging here at Kirkus, in today’s column I’m taking a walk down memory lane and looking at some posts I’ve done over the years – all in the name of suggesting literary ...
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!
I’ve been considering what books to talk about this week, in the context of gratitude for books, and realized there’s a special category for me—Must-Reads.
Some of these are authors and some are series I’m in the middle of.
I don’t have too many Must-Read authors, exactly. My favorite author ever is Eva Ibbotson, who died a few years ago, and didn't write many romances in her life—she was much more well known for her middle ...
Photo courtesy of John DeNardo
The holidays are right around the corner and for many that means looking forward to time with family and friends, indulging in holiday feasts, and sneaking in some extra reading time. It's also the start of gift-giving season and the ensuing panic of figuring out what to get for the special people in your life. For those of you who know readers of science fiction, fantasy and horror and/or the garden variety geek, I have good news ...
BOOK REPORT for The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew
Cover Story: The Big Font/Face
BFF Charm: Nein
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: Unreliable Narrator
Bonus Factor: Alt-History
Relationship Status: Die Wahrheit Wird Dich Frei Machen
Cover Story: The Big Font/Face
This American cover is perfectly serviceable, but not particularly exciting. The face-off between the two girls underscores the title, but it doesn’t give you much of a clue as to what the book is actually about.
I am telling the story to make sure the Abbey never forgets. But also so that I can fully grasp what happened. Reading has always helped me to understand the world better. I hope the same applies to writing.
—Maresi, by Maria Turtschaninoff, translated by A.A. Prime
The Red Abbey is remote, largely self-sufficient, and run entirely by women. Girls are sent there from all over: some are sent because of the unparalleled education they’ll receive there, some ...
Nicky Drayden’s debut novel The Prey of Gods is a surprising cornucopia of genres and characters taking place in a futurist South Africa and with seemingly disparate, multi-layered storylines that slowly progress toward each other—just as the characters do. It’s a little bit surreal, a little bit weird, a lot of fun and wholly impressive.
It opens with childhood BFFs Muzi and Elkin discovering feelings for one another and having their first sexual experience after taking a new ...
As all caretakers know, there’s a window of childhood, the one in which separation anxiety also tends to rear its head, in which young children gently push their boundaries for independence and self-reliance. It’s a balancing act for both the adult and the child—to shorten the small one’s leash and encourage exploration. Three brand-new picture books on shelves, all set in the wild outdoors, address this push-and-pull of growing up.
The one most explicitly remarking upon this caretaker-child bond is ...
As we head into the season of Thanksgiving, I wanted to express some gratitude for some great books coming out soon.
Are you a Jayne Ann Krentz fan? I am! (And Amanda Quick & Jayne Castle too).
JAK’s last book, When All The Girls Have Gone, was a juicy plot twister which opened the door to a series, and her upcoming release, Promise Not To Tell, is a worthy sequel. (Releases Jan 2) Main characters Virginia and ...