Articles tagged "Kirkus Reviews"

Nonfiction Round-Up (12/04/19)

The first behind-the-scenes look at the most enigmatic FLOTUS in history, the true story of the Greely Expedition, a timely memoir on race and familial reconciliation, and a study on twentieth-century dictators–find it all in this nonfiction round-up.

FREE, MELANIA: The Unauthorized Biography by Kate Bennett

An insider’s look at Melania Trump, beginning with her childhood in Slovenia up to her days in the White House.

LABYRINTH OF ICE: The Triumphant and Tragic Greely Polar Expedition by Buddy Levy

A December Indie Next List pick!

“This gripping book is a testament to the bravery and sheer doggedness of men determined to survive despite harsh conditions. Readers of polar histories, U.S. Navy history, and other armchair adventurers will enjoy this work.”–Library Journal

THE BROKEN ROAD: George Wallace and a Daughter’s Journey to Reconciliation by Peggy Wallace Kennedy

“In this thoughtful, evenhanded debut, Kennedy, the daughter of former Alabama governor George Wallace, reflects on her life with the staunch segregationist.”–Publishers Weekly


Happy #PubDay (12/03/19)

Astronauts exploring an otherworldly environment, the loves of our lives and the joys of reminiscing, and the US struggling to survive a world war with China–all in today’s #PubDay party.

DEAD ASTRONAUTS by Jeff VanderMeer

2 starred reviews and a December Indie Next List pick!

“Highly recommended for those interested in sf invested in ecological concerns and speculative fiction that plays with narrative form. New readers will want to read BORNE before diving in to its multi-dimensional sequel.”–Booklist, starred review

“VanderMeer is a master of literary science fiction, and this may be his best book yet.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Series Spotlight: CHRONICLES OF THE ONE by Nora Roberts

In a post-apocalyptic world where everything we know has crumbled, a group of survivors embarks on a journey to unite them in the battle of their lives. In the conclusion to CHRONICLES OF THE ONE, Fallon Swift will use her life knowledge of magick. She has succeeded in rescuing countless shifters, elves, and humans from the Doom’s destruction of civilization, and now she must help them heal.


“Roberts’ magnificent trilogy concludes with another title that perfectly balances magic, adventure, romance, and steely resolve in the battle of good vs. evil while reminding us that while the battles may save us, it’s the home, hearth, and community which sustain us. Brilliant and inspiring.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review


A December 2018 Indie Next pick!

“Though it’s the middle book in a planned trilogy, this can be read on its own and will appeal to fans of fast-paced dystopian tales with a strong heroine.”–Publishers Weekly

YEAR ONE: Book 1

2 starred reviews and a December 2017 Indie Next pick!

“Roberts’s full step into a modern fantasy series is long overdue. Fascinating characters and a well-built dystopia combine with a riveting plot that will attract a whole new group of readers.“–Library Journal, starred review

“A fast-paced, mesmerizing, and thought-provoking novel that will no doubt add to Roberts’ legions of fans.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review


TGIF, YA pals!

“Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it.”

FOUL IS FAIR by Hannah Capin
Available February 18, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18
Available to download as an e-galley on Edelweiss

Trigger Warning: sexual assault

After Elle is raped on her sixteenth birthday, she devises a foolproof revenge plan. She changes her name to Jade, dyes her hair, transfers to her attackers’ school, and lands in the most sought-after clique (made up of her perpetrators and their cronies). Together with her three best friends, Jade uses her popularity to gain insight into those that hurt her, and the girls use their wits and wiles to take down each guilty boy, one by one.


Nonfiction Round-Up (11/20/19)

How design is reshaping life in the twenty-first century, rock’s most exciting era, a city’s bankruptcy, & the twentieth anniversary of a lavishly illustrated classic –find it all in this nonfiction round-up.

USER FRIENDLY: How the Hidden Rules of Design Are Changing the Way We Live, Work, and Play by Cliff Kuang and Robert Fabricant

An Amazon Best Book of 2019!

“Kuang and Fabricant offer accessible and thought-provoking insights into the ways that user-friendly design has influenced our lives, along with a contextual history of technology not available in many other books.”–Library Journal

THE HISTORY OF ROCK & ROLL, VOLUME 2: 1964-1977: The Beatles, the Stones, and the Rise of Classic Rock by Ed Ward

A sweeping, definitive, and engrossing cultural history of rock’s most exciting era with behind-the-scenes stories that reveal how different sounds, harmonies, and trends came together to create the music we all know and love today.


Adult Books for Teens

From astrology to literary fiction to a powerful Holocaust memoir, these adult books are perfect for teen readers.

ASTRO POETS: Your Guides to the Zodiac by Alex Dimitrov and Dorothea Lasky
From the online phenomenons the Astro Poets comes the first great astrology primer of the 21st century.

“Teen readers getting acquainted with their horoscopes will relish the in-depth guide to how the stars are affecting their lives.” —Booklist, YA Interest

“Lasky and Dimitrov are witty and divulge plenty about their own lives, which will entertain readers of all backgrounds.” —Publishers Weekly

AN ELEPHANT IN MY KITCHEN: What the Herd Taught Me About Love, Courage and Survival by Françoise Malby-Anthony and Katja Willemsen
A heart-warming sequel to the international bestseller THE ELEPHANT WHISPERER, by Lawrence Anthony’s wife Françoise Malby-Anthony.

“Conservation-minded teens will love the mix of emotion and adventure.” —Booklist, YA Interest

“All animal lovers will enjoy this book, particularly those concerned for the many animals in danger of extreme suffering and possible extinction at the hands of poachers.” —Library Journal


Three Stars for SICK KIDS IN LOVE

Hannah Moskowitz’s contemporary YA romance, SICK KIDS IN LOVE, has received THREE STARRED REVIEWS!

“As aspects of modern culture blend with timeless themes, Moskowitz’s latest boasts a staying power that should secure it a place in every teen collection.” —Booklist, starred review

“Moskowitz does a splendid job of showing what the world looks like to the chronically but invisibly ill . . . A highly recommended work that’s thoughtful, funny, wise, and tender.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Following the teens through relationship issues and health challenges makes for touching reading. Most refreshing is Moskowitz’s ability to take up real issues connected to chronic illness without insisting that the kids who have them be either heroes or martyrs.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review


Thriller Thursday (11/14/19)

A deadly secret document in 1882 London + a homicide detective questioning her past and future = today’s Thriller Thursday!

LETHAL PURSUIT: A Barker & Llewelyn Novel by Will Thomas

“He weaves in history—London especially comes alive—without it seeming like clumps of a school lesson and gives just enough background so that new readers aren’t lost in arcane references to past events. Even the most observant reader will be surprised at the final twists and turns and hope for another case soon.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review


Kirkus Best Books of 2019–Fiction

Kirkus released the first round of their year-end best-of lists, starting with their best fiction titles of 2019!

Best Mysteries and Thrillers

THE LOST MAN by Jane Harper

Best Historical Fiction

IN WEST MILLS by De’Shawn Charles Winslow

Best Romance Novels

RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston

Best Memorable Fiction Families

THE GRAMMARIANS by Cathleen Schine

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy

MIDDLEGAME by Seanan McGuire
BLOOD OF AN EXILE by Brian Naslund
THE IRON DRAGON’S MOTHER by Michael Swanwick


Thriller Thursday (10/24/19)

Today’s #ThrillerThursday asks if we can ever really know the people around us with a page-turning tale of suspense set in a haunted town.

STRANGERS AT THE GATE by Catriona McPherson

“Narrator Finn is a pragmatic but quirky delight who will turn most folks’ ideas of what a church deacon should be upside down, and readers will be enthralled as she unearths some shockingly dark deeds. Another unsettling and cleverly plotted winner from the enormously talented McPherson.”–Kirkus Reviews

From the Agatha-award winning author of QUIET NEIGHBORS and GO TO MY GRAVE, Finn and Paddy move from the city to a small town where everything starts out perfectly–but it only takes a few days for the strange sounds to start and the secrets to pile up.