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LJ Fiction Reviews: February 15, 2017

Below is a Fiction, Romance, SF/Fantasy list of titles to be reviewed in the February 15, 2017, issue of Library Journal. These lists include pertinent publisher and bibliographic information for your convenience.

Starred reviews are indicated with **.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: For a roundup in the May 1, 2017, issue, LJ is seeking amazing fashion titles and art books. Please include with your submissions author, title, ISBN, page count, price, marketing plans, formats available (print, audio, ebook), and a brief description—catalog copy will suffice. Contact Liz French at efrench@mediasourceinc.com for more details. Deadline: March 15, 2017.

FICTION

Alyan, Hala. Salt Houses. Houghton Harcourt. May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780544912588. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780544912380. F DEBUT

salthouses.jpg12717**Aslam, Nadeem. The Golden Legend. Knopf. Apr. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780451493781. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780451493798. F

Attenberg, Jami. All Grown Up. Houghton Harcourt. Mar. 2017. 208p. ISBN 9780544824249. $25. F

**Delaney, Wray. An Almond for a Parrot. Mira: Harlequin. Feb. 2017. 341p. ISBN 9780778330158. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781460397954. F

Donohue, Meg. Every Wild Heart. Morrow. Mar. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780062659583. $25.99; pap. ISBN 9780062429834. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062429841. F

Downing, David. Lenin’s Roller Coaster. Soho Crime. Mar. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781616956042. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616956059. F

**Emmich, Val. The Reminders. Little, Brown. May 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780316316996. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316317016. F DEBUT

Everett, Percival. So Much Blue. Graywolf. Jun. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781555977825. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781555979744. F

**Gallagher, Mia. Beautiful Pictures of the Lost Homeland. New Island: Dufour. Feb. 2017. 512p. ISBN 9781848405066. pap. $25. F

George, Alex. Setting Free the Kites. Putnam. Feb. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780399162107. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101595749. F

Gordon, Mary. There Your Heart Lies. Pantheon. May 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780307907943. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780307907950. F

**Grant, Richard. Cave Dwellers. Knopf. Apr. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780307270832. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101947944. F

Gudenkauf, Heather. Not a Sound. Park Row: Mira. May 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780778319955. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781460396650. F

Hepinstall, Kathy. The Book of Polly. Pamela Dorman: Viking. Mar. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780399562099. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780399562112. F

Hogan, Ruth. The Keeper of Lost Things. Morrow. Feb. 2017. 288p.ISBN 9780062473530. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062473578. F DEBUT

Honeyman, Gail. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. Pamela Dorman: Viking. May 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780735220683. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780735220706. F DEBUT

Howrey, Meg. The Wanderers. Putnam. Mar. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780399574634. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399574658. F

Hunter, Stephen. G-Man. Blue Rider: Penguin. (Bob Lee Swagger, Bk. 10). May 2017. 464p. ISBN 9780399574603. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399574627. F

**Jewell, Lisa. I Found You. Atria. Apr. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781501154591. $26; pap. ISBN 9781501154607. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781501154614. F

Jio, Sarah. Always. Ballantine. Feb. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781101885024. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101885031. F

**Joy, David. The Weight of This World. Putnam. Mar. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9780399173110. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698184404. F

mynotsoperfect.jpg12717**Kinsella, Sophie. My Not So Perfect Life. Dial. Feb. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780812998269. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780812998276. F

Lehane, Dennis. Since We Fell. Ecco: HarperCollins. May 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780062129383. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062129406. F

Lepucki, Edan. Woman No. 17. Hogarth: Crown. May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781101904251. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781101904268. F

Levinson, David Samuel. Tell Me How This Ends Well. Hogarth: Crown. Apr. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9780451496881. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780451496904. F

**Mason, Zachary. Void Star. Farrar. Apr. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780374285067. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374709822. F

Masterman, Becky. A Twist of the Knife. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Mar. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781250074515. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466886223. F

Meyers, Randy Susan. The Widow of Wall Street. Atria. Apr. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9781501131349. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501131370. F

**Miller, Andrew. The Crossing. Europa. Jan. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781609453473. pap. $18; ebk. ISBN 9781609453572. F

Pelletier, Stacia. The Half Wives. Houghton Harcourt. Apr. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780547491165. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780547519463. F DEBUT

Pyne, Daniel. Catalina Eddy. Blue Rider: Penguin. Mar. 2017. 480p. ISBN 9780399171659. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698168718. F

Ramqvist, Karolina. The White City. Black Cat: Grove. Feb. 2017. 176p. tr. from Swedish by Saskia Vogel. ISBN 9780802125958. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780802189875. F

Sardar, Gian. You Were Here. Putnam. May 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780399575006. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399575020. F DEBUT

Sedgwick, Marcus. Mister Memory. Pegasus. Mar. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781681773407. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781681773919. F

**Sendker, Jan-Philipp. The Language of Solitude. 37 Ink: Atria. May 2017. 352p. tr. from German by Christine Lo. ISBN 9781476793672. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781476793696. F

Simsion, Graeme. The Best of Adam Sharp. St. Martin’s. May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781250130402. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250130426. F

Sullivan, J. Courtney. Saints for All Occasions. Knopf. Jun. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780307959577. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780307959584. F

Weldon, Fay. Before the War. St. Martin’s. Mar. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781250121233. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250121240. F

**Yuknavitch, Lidia. The Book of Joan. Harper Apr. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780062383273. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062383297. F

simplefavor.jpg12717DECEPTIVE FRIENDS

Bell, Darcey. A Simple Favor. Harper. Mar. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780062497772. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062497796. F DEBUT

Miranda, Megan. The Perfect Stranger. S. & S. Apr. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781501107993. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781501108013. F

SELF-E: A DIFFERENT TUNE

Lawson, B.V. Played to Death: A Scott Drayco Mystery. Crimetime. 2014. 312p. ebk. ISBN 9780990458234. MYS

Young, Nancy. Strum. First. 2013. 380p. ebk. ISBN N/A. F

TIME TRAVELS

**Winawer, Melodie. The Scribe of Siena. Touchstone. May 2017. 464p. ISBN 9781501152252. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501152276. F

McElwain, Julie. A Twist in Time. Pegasus. Apr. 2017. 464p. ISBN 9781681773643. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781681773971. MYS

SHORT STORIES

Aira, César. The Little Buddhist Monk & The Proof. New Directions. May 2017. 178p. tr. from Spanish by Katherine Silver. ISBN 9780811221122. pap. $14.95. F

**Shepard, Jim. The World To Come. Knopf. Feb. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9781524731809. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781524731816. F

LAST-MINUTE MYSTERY

**Box, C.J. Vicious Circle. Putnam. (Joe Pickett, Bk. 17). Mar. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780399176616. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698410077. M

Mackenzie, Jassy. Bad Seeds. Soho Crime. Apr. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9781616957940. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616957957. M

ROMANCE

TOGETHER AGAIN

Alers, Rochelle. The Inheritance. Dafina: Kensington. (Innkeepers, Bk. 1). Mar. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781496707307. pap. $9.95; ebk. ISBN 9781496707314. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Alward, Donna. Somebody Like You. St. Martin’s Paperbacks. (Darling, VT, Bk. 1). Feb. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781250092649. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250092656. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

boundtogether.jpg12717**Feehan, Christine. Bound Together. Jove. (Sea Haven: Sisters of the Heart, Bk. 6). Mar. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9780399583933. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780399583940. PARANORMAL ROMANCE

**Florand, Laura. A Crown of Bitter Orange. Laura Florand. (La Vie en Roses, Bk. 3). Feb. 2017. 312p. ISBN 9781943168132. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781943168125. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Jamison, Darly. Strawberry Wine. Zebra Shout: Kensington. Feb. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781420141641. pap. $4.99; ebk. ISBN 9781420141658. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Shupe, Joanna. Mogul. Zebra: Kensington. (Knickerbocker Club, Bk. 3). Feb. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781420139884. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781420139891. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

BEGINNINGS

**Balogh, Mary. Someone To Hold. Jove. (Westcott, Bk. 2). Feb. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780451477804. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780698411395. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

James, Eloisa. Seven Minutes in Heaven. Avon. Feb. 2017. 404p. ISBN 9780062389459. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062389466. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

**Kleypas, Lisa. Devil in Spring. Avon. (Ravenels, Bk. 3). Mar. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780062371874. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062371904. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Macomber, Debbie. If Not for You. Ballantine. (New Beginnings, Bk. 3). Mar. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780553391961. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780553391978. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Probst, Jennifer. Any Time, Any Place. Gallery. (Billionaire Builders, Bk. 2). Feb. 2017. 480p. ISBN 9781501124266. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781501124273. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Ripper, Kris. As La Vista Turns. Riptide. (Queers of La Vista, Bk. 5). Mar. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781626494428. pap. $17.99; ebk. ISBN 9781626494411. LGBT ROMANCE

Roberts, Sheila. Starting Over on Blackberry Lane. Mira: Harlequin. (Life in Icicle Falls, Bk. 10). Mar. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780778330035. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781460396445. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

**Rose, Karen. Every Dark Corner. Berkley. (Cincinnati, Bk. 4). Feb. 2017. 640p. ISBN 9780399583063. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780399583070. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Title, Sarah. The Undateable. Zebra: Kensington. (Librarians in Love, Bk. 1). Mar. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781420141832. pap. $4.99; ebk. ISBN 9781420141849. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY

DEBUT OF THE MONTH

amberlough.jpg12717**Donnelly, Lara Elena. Amberlough. Tor. Feb. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780765383815. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466893412. FANTASY

CHECK THESE OUT

**Baker, Mishell. Phantom Pains. Saga: S. & S. (Arcadia Project, Bk. 2). Mar. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9781481480178. $29.99; pap. ISBN 9781481451925. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781481451932. FANTASY

Bledsoe, Alex. Gather Her Round: A Novel of the Tufa. Tor. Mar. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780765383341. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466891555. FANTASY

Bujold, Lois McMaster. Penric and the Shaman. Subterranean. Feb. 2017. 216p. ISBN 9781596068155. $25. ebk. available. FANTASY

Danker, Sean. Free Space. Ace: Berkley. (Admiral, Bk. 2). May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780451475800. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780698197268. SF

Emrys, Ruthanna. Winter Tide. Tor.com. (Innsmouth Legacy, Bk. 1). Apr. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780765390905. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765390912. FANTASY

Harrison, Kim. The Turn: The Hollows Begins with Death. Gallery. (Hollows). Feb. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9781501108716. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501108846. FANTASY

Kiernan, Caitlín R. Agents of Dreamland. Tor.com. Mar. 2017. 128p. ISBN 9780765394323. pap. $11.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765394316. HORROR

**Lawrence, Mark. Red Sister. Ace: Berkley. (Book of the Ancestor, Bk. 1). Apr. 2017. 480p. ISBN 9781101988855. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101988862. FANTASY

McDonald, Ian. Luna: Wolf Moon. Tor. (Luna, Bk. 2). Apr. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780765375537. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466847644. SF

McGuire, Seanan. Magic for Nothing: An Incryptid Novel. DAW. (InCryptid, Bk. 6). Mar. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780756410391. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780698183544. FANTASY

**Neuvel, Sylvain. Waking Gods. Del Rey: Ballantine. (Themis Files, Bk. 2). Apr. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781101886724. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781101886731. SF

Reynolds, Alastair. Revenger. Orbit: Hachette. Mar. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780316555562. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316555630. SF

Wolf, Deborah A. The Dragon’s Legacy. Titan. (Dragon’s Legacy, Bk. 1). Apr. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781785651076. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781785651090. FANTASY

Wright, Suzanne. Blaze. Piatkus. (Dark in You, Bk. 2). Apr. 2017. 354p. ISBN 9780349413174. pap. $13.99; ebk. ISBN 9780349413181. FANTASY

COLLECTIONS & ANTHOLOGIES

Balaskovits, A.A. Magic for Unlucky Girls. Santa Fe Writer’s Project. Apr. 2017. 226p. ISBN 9781939650665. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781939650689. FANTASY

SERIES LINEUP

withblood.jpg12717Beaulieu, Bradley P. With Blood upon the Sand. DAW. (Song of Shattered Sands, Bk. 2). Feb. 2017. 672p. ISBN 9780756409746. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698152397. FANTASY

Schwab, V.E. A Conjuring of Light. Tor. (Shades of Magic, Bk. 3). Feb. 2017. 624p. ISBN 9780765387462. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765387486. FANTASY

Wallace, Matt. Idle Ingredients. Tor.com. (Sin du Jour, Bk. 4). Feb. 2017. 192p. ISBN 9780765390035. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765390028. FANTASY

Wendig, Chuck. Empire’s End. Del Rey: Ballantine. (Star Wars: Aftermath, Bk. 3). Feb. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9781101966969. $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781101966976. SF

ADDITIONAL SF/FANTASY

Probert, John Llewellyn. The Lovecraft Squad: All Hallows Horror. Pegasus. Mar. 2017. 384p. ed. by Stephen Jones. ISBN 9781681773339. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9781681773872. HORROR

 

 

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