Articles tagged "starred reviews"

Happy Halloween! (10/31/18)

Trick or treat, bags of sweets, ghosts are walking down the street… blah blah go read books!

THE RAVENMASTER: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife

An Amazon Book of the Month!

“What a terrific book…I learned so much about Ravens, and even things I didn’t know about the Tower. It’s like spending a long evening with a bottle of whisky as a wise Ravenmaster tells you everything you need to know.”—Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) on Twitter

“Skaife is a very good storyteller, and the book is full of the kind of anecdote that would make a great scene in a movie (like, for instance, the time one of the ravens orchestrated a daring escape from the Tower). A splendid and constantly surprising book.”—Booklist, starred review

Learn more about THE RAVENMASTER from NPR’s interview with author Christopher Skaife

I AM BEHIND YOU by John Ajvide Lindqvist

“Swedish sensation Lundqvist’s (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN) twisting journey into the dark corners of the mind is true psychological horror. It will keep entranced and shocked readers guessing until the very end.”—Library Journal

THE SPELLBOOK OF KATRINA VAN TASSEL: A Story of Sleepy Hollow by Alyssa Palombo

“Readers who enjoy detail and history will find much to pleased with in this feminist reconsideration.”—Wyatt’s World, Library Journal

“Readers seeking a historical romance or a reboot of an American legend will enjoy this tale.”—Booklist

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Booklist’s “Falling for Mystery” Webinar (10/30/18)

We hope you tuned in to today’s Booklist’s “Falling for Mystery” webinar, but if not, here is the title list.  

The archived webinar is available here.

While you’re at it, request to be whitelisted for our e-galleys on Edelweiss.

 

Equality for women, a triumphant return to form, and a series finale… Welcome to #PubDay! (10/30/18)

EQUALITY FOR WOMEN = PROSPERITY FOR ALL: The Disastrous Global Crisis of Gender Inequality by Augusto Lopez-Claros + Bahiyyih Nakhjavani

“Practical, intelligent, and focused on solutions (‘Whenever mothers are educated, there is a higher probability their daughters will be too’), this book combines sound research across several disciplines to prove the simple math of its title and make the pressing case that governments should prioritize gender equality for reasons of economic stability if nothing else.”–Publishers Weekly

THE RAIN WATCHER by Tatiana de Rosnay

“Triumphant…This is an emotional tour de force and a thoughtful, deliberate examination of personal tragedy and the possibility of redemption.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

DEEP SILENCE: A Joe Ledger Novel by Jonthan Maberry

“This is easily one of the best in the long-running Ledger series. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Maberry draws fans across at least three genres, so libraries will definitely need to stock up on this one.”–Booklist, starred review

Starred Review Roundup (10/29/18)

Save a spot on your shelves for these forthcoming titles with multiple starred reviews:

IN EXTREMIS: The Life and Death of the War Correspondent Marie Colvin
by Lindsey Hilsum

2019 Carnegie Medals Longlister

FOUR starred reviews!

“This intense biography is highly recommended for everyone, including journalism junkies, history buffs, and casual readers.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“A rip-roaring life rendered extremely well.”— Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This is riveting personal and professional history, told with skill and sincerity…Hilsum has created something truly worthy of her subject, a biography that reads like high adventure, a masterwork that will draw well-deserved attention to a heroic witness.”     — Booklist, starred review

“This unputdownable account will inspire future journalists, especially women, and should find wide audiences among those interested in global crises and international affairs.”— Library Journal, starred review

THE BEST BAD THINGS
by Katrina Carrasco

Two starred reviews and a November 2018 Library Reads pick! 1887—Former Pinkerton Women’s Bureau agent Alma Rosales is tasked with searching for stolen opium in Washington Territory and uncovering a thief while going undercover as a man. “Breath-catching pacing, tantalizingly rough-and-tumble characters who are somehow both distasteful and deeply relatable, palpable erotic energy, and powerful storytelling make this a standout.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Ling Ma’s SEVERANCE Wins 2018 Kirkus Prize for Fiction

Congratulations to Ling Ma’s debut SEVERANCE for winning the 2018 Kirkus Prize for fiction!

“Smart, funny, humane, and superbly well-written.”           Kirkus, starred review

“Embracing the [apocalyptic fiction] genre but somehow transcending it, Ma creates a truly engrossing and believable anti-Utopian world… [An] extraordinary debut.”Booklist, starred review

“A clever and dextrous debut.”Publishers Weekly

“A smart, searing exposé on the perils of consumerism, Google overload, and millennial malaise.”Library Journal

#thrillerthursday (10/25/18)

A royal death in Victorian London, a weird B&B on a Galloway beach, and an attack on a medical clinic in Guyana… Grab your passport (and time machine) and let’s fly into #thrillerthursday!

GO TO MY GRAVE
by Catriona McPherson

2 starred reviews!

“Agatha Award-winning McPherson’s deliciously gothic country house mystery with a contemporary twist is devious and suspenseful and keeps readers guessing to the shocking end. Highly recommended.”Library Journal, starred review

“A rousing gothic tale of past and present in a Galloway beach house… McPherson provides a virtuoso exploration of guilt, remorse, and revenge in a haunting psychological thriller. The ending will leave you astounded.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review

VENDETTA
by Iris Johansen

“Johansen’s loyal and never-before readers alike will want more of this newly introduced and provocative pair.”–Booklist

“Pulse-pounding…Highly complex characters and a stunning conclusion make this a winner.”–Publishers Weekly

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Three Stars for AN ANONYMOUS GIRL!

I know you all remember Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen’s smash hit (and LibraryReads pick) THE WIFE BETWEEN US from earlier this year. Their second book together, AN ANONYMOUS GIRL, is gearing up to be just as twisty and amazing, now with THREE starred reviews!

“Slickly twisty…The page-turner’s second half whizzes along at a furious pace, exploiting the dual perspectives for maximum tension…MAJOR LEAGUE SUSPENSE.”Publishers Weekly, starred review

“For those who relished the creepy stalking in Hendricks and Pekkanen’s THE WIFE BETWEEN US, this unnerving tale will have them rethinking what secrets are safe to share and if morals and ethics really matter when protecting the ones you love.”            Library Journal, starred review

“The co-authors of the mega-bestselling THE WIFE BETWEEN US return with another spooky tale of psychological seduction.”Booklist, starred review

The e-galley is currently available for download from Edelweiss, so please dive in now and don’t forget to cast your vote for the December/January LibraryReads list by December 1st!  You can check out even more of our December/January recommended titles here.

Nonfiction Picks (10/24/18)

A leading thinker in African-American culture, the greatest rivalry in college basketball history (GO HEELS!), the Wild West, and Opera… Check out today’s Nonfiction picks:

MAD SCENES AND EXIT ARIAS: The Death of the New York City Opera and the Future of Opera in America
by Heidi Waleson

“This engrossing study should find a place in both academic and metropolitan-area libraries and will be of extraordinary interest to opera lovers, arts administrators, and anyone invested in the future of the performing arts.”Library Journal, starred review

WE CAN’T BREATHE: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival
by Jabari Asim

2 starred reviews!

“An insightful, compact volume featuring eight pivotal essays that redress African American history and culture as it’s commonly represented in America today…A highly accessible book that would serve high school and college classrooms well in continuing the conversation about civil rights and social justice.”–Library Journal, starred review

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It’s #Pubday! (10/23/18)

It’s #Pubday for a Man Booker Shortlister, an NBA Star, and a Rock God!

THANKS A LOT MR. KIBBLEWHITE: My Story
by Roger Daltrey

“’It’s taken me three years to unpack the events of my life, to remember who did what when and why, to separate the myths from the reality, to unravel what really happened at the Holiday Inn on Keith Moon’s 21st birthday,’” says Daltrey, frontman for The Who. His story and theirs.” Library Journal, Pre-Pub Alert

LISTEN TO THE MARRIAGE
by John Jay Osborn

“An emotionally intelligent and deeply felt consideration of the realities of marriage.”     Publishers Weekly

“Deeply engaging and insightful, this book is enthusiastically recommended for anyone who has ever been (or wishes to be) married.” Library Journal

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#womencrush + #thrillerthursday (10/18/18)

Lead the way, ladies! THREE, count ’em, three female leads in today’s #womencrush + #thrillerthursday!

THE CRAFTSMAN
by Sharon Bolton

Decades ago, Florence Lovelady put away horrific child murderer Larry Grassbrook, who buried his victims alive in coffins. Grassbrook has died, and now history is repeating itself. Is a copycat killer at work, or did Lovelady, now assistant commissioner, make a mistake when she put Grassbrook behind bars?

“Award-winning master of suspense Bolton manages to transform a campfire ghost story into a riveting novel.” Booklist, starred review

ASK ME NO QUESTIONS: A Lady Dunbridge Mystery
by Shelley Noble

“This delightful series debut is a frisky combination of mystery and romance whose R-rated heroine clearly has a bright and adventurous future.” Kirkus Reviews

“Classy, clever, and fun, this is a propitious start for dashing Lady Phil.” Publishers Weekly

“Entertaining historical mystery with an enterprising protagonist.” Booklist

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