Starred Review Round-Up (1/3/20)

These forthcoming titles all received multiple starred reviews! Check ’em out for your #FridayReads.

AN EVERYDAY HERO by Laura Trentham

“Fans of Mary Kay Andrews’ novels and Matthew Quick’s THE REASON YOU’RE ALIVE (2017) will enjoy this patriotic and heartwarming story of ambition, identity, and regained potential.”–Booklist, starred review

“By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, this story will grip readers from start to finish.“–Publishers Weekly, starred review


“Larkwood spins an imaginative story of love, sacrifice, and betrayal that traverses worlds in this phenomenal debut.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

Lushly detailed with incredible worldbuilding, Larkwood’s debut is a singular take on orcish fantasy, filled with fierce fighting and magic.”–Library Journal, starred review


“A raucous, anguished, fast-paced story, tautly written and deeply rooted.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

An enthralling work of imagination and grit, Gala’s novel captures the complexity of one neighborhood as much as it exemplifies the many pleasures of great fiction.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review


“A stunning supernatural Southern gothic.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

This horror novel can claim its rightful place alongside new Southern Gothics like Jesmyn Ward’s SING, UNBURIED, SING (2017), Daniel Woodrell’s WINTER’S BONE (2006), and Wiley Cash’s A LAND MORE KIND THAN HOME (2012).”–Booklist, starred review

CLEANNESS by Garth Greenwell

Brave and beautiful.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Concerned with intimacy, its performance, and the inevitability of becoming and being oneself, this is in every way an enriching, deepening follow-up.”–Booklist, starred review

THE KILLING TIDE by Jean-Luc Bannalec

“Bannelec…has concocted the perfect blend of police procedural and travelogue.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“The fifth mystery starring Commissaire Georges Dupin of the Brittany police is as captivating and harrowing as its predecessors.”–Booklist, starred review

LADY HOTSPUR by Tessa Gratton

“The wondrous worldbuilding, strong female leads, and plot filled with regicide, regrets, prophecies, and magic create an intricate and layered story of honor, family, and love.”–Library Journal, starred review

“What’s more, she writes in conversation with the bard instead of just copying him, using the play as a starting point for a tale about love, family, and creating space for your own story.“–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

RIOT BABY by Tochi Onyebuchi

“This staggering story is political speculative fiction at its finest.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Onyebuchi (WAR GIRLS) sheds light on a world of harsh familiarity and fantastical originality with his incredible worldbuilding and devastating prose. Stark, sharp, and brutal, this story will burn in readers’ minds long after the last page.”–Library Journal, starred review

A GOOD NEIGHBORHOOD by Therese Anne Fowler

“Traversing topics of love, race, and class, this emotionally complex novel speaks to—and may reverberate beyond—our troubled times.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Fowler skillfully renders her characters and their experiences into an unforgettable, heartbreaking story. Great for book clubs and fans of Tayari Jones and Jodi Picoult.”–Library Journal, starred review

PRAVDA HA HA: True Travels to the End of Europe by Rory MacLean

“[A]n engrossing travelogue that’s both trenchantly observant and deeply felt.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

A trek through Eastern Europe exposes a region in retrograde, as fragile postwar optimism gives way to predatory capitalism and the reanimation of age-old prejudices.”–Booklist, starred review

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