Books to Discover

CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"An unexpected twist and wacky, well-rendered illustrations keep this simple picture book from skewing a bit preachy and dark, despite its clean-your-room lesson."
In this mildly scary, funny picture book, a mom's bedtime-story ploy encourages her little boy to clean up his messy room or risk attracting the attention of a hungry "sock monster." Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 2013

"A spectacular novel of colonial China that should put this first-time author on the map."
Debut novelist Banks crafts a sweeping tale of seduction, betrayal and war. Read full book review >

T by Mitchell J. Rycus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2013

"A fascinating tale of how chance interconnects the lives of a handful of strangers."
In Rycus' (The Soil Is Dead, 2012, etc.) novel, a dying man receives an unexpected gift while vacationing in Bali. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"Literary dynamite."
In Smith's debut novel, a former American soldier hiding out in a small African country can't escape the ghosts of his past. Read full book review >
ZIGZAG by Landon J. Napoleon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1999

"An unaffected, moving, and astonishing insight into the heart of a troubled, silent genius."
A remarkable debut portraying the inner life of a disturbed ghetto teenager as he attempts to grow up in the frightening world he's inherited. Read full book review >

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"A fast-paced and thought-provoking legal thriller built around the hot-button issue of immigration."
A heroic federal judge will stop at nothing to save the life of his son. Read full book review >
A Theory of Nothing by Thomas Barlow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 4, 2016

"A cheekily ironic takedown of academic adventures in absurdity.
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Barlow's (Between the Eagle or the Dragon, 2013, etc.) debut novel provides a farcical look at the pursuit of junk science in the hallowed halls of the academy.Read full book review >
Reconfigure by Epredator
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2015

"A short but punchy tale of a techie who gets in too deep."
Epredator (Cont3xt, 2016) tells the story of a young coder who's suddenly able to manipulate reality in this sci-fi novel.Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 24, 2016

"This cautionary tale of buried treasure and murder shows how wrong choices lead to tragic results."
A debut author follows the dictum "Write what you know" by building a historical novel around an Old West myth from his corner of Utah. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2016

"A stirring reminder of the horrors of war and a distinctive take on the timelessness of love."
Two teenage girls from different centuries become strangely connected through personal tragedy and the events of World War I in this debut novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >