LJ Fiction Reviews: April 15, 2017

A highly recommended work for those who can accept a number of coexisting realities; Cole’s new series launch sees courageous, passionate protagonists fight for justice, freedom, and the right to love; McGuire’s smartly written, fairy-tale novella is everything speculative fiction readers look for

Fiction from Irby, Laukkanen, and McMahon | Xpress Reviews

Irby delivers a story that is comic, mystifying, and ominous, but never, not for one second, boring; short, heart-pounding chapters move Laukkanen’s story along quickly; Burntown redeems itself in the end with an intriguing mystery that will delight reading groups

The Voices of Islam | Collection Development

Libraries have a unique opportunity to inform users of the rich and varied experiences of the Islamic world. These 35 sources should be available in most libraries.

Beauty and the Beast Redux | RA Crossroads

The story of Beauty and the Beast, first published by the French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740, is a fraught one, oft used as an example of repulsive messaging toward women and argued over by scholars.

Fiction from Cutler and Kessel, with First-Timers Hezroni and Tilghman | Xpress Reviews

Cutler has overwhelmed this novel with story angles; Hezroni’s thriller will delight those who enjoy the twisted world of international espionage; Kessel’s wonderfully weighty novel is speculative fiction at its finest; this warmhearted first novel celebrates the value of community (and libraries!)

A Journey to the Past

Two compelling and heartbreaking stories; readers who especially enjoy historical fiction full of tragedy, love, and family connections will fall head-over-heels for both books

Two of a Kind: Weird Sister Tales

Two heartwarming stories about sisters and the challenges they face throughout life; separation from their families and reconciliation with their pasts make both books interesting reads

Past Intrigue: Historical Mysteries | The Reader’s Shelf

Combining two genres—historical fiction and mystery—these books offer a walk through time and crime, via well-set novels that are abundant in detail, feeling, and clever plots.

LJ Fiction Reviews: April 1, 2017

Another solid offering from best-selling Swedish author Backman; a marvelous debut for all romantics who believe in hope; a new series from the most dependable names in comics Brubaker and Phillips; newcomer Mukherjee delivers a stirring, entertaining mystery that bursts with lively historical details

Fiction from Fierro, Hunt, Paretsky, Sykes, and Newcomer Torjussen | Xpress Reviews

Characters are as busy chewing the scenery as the moths are chewing leaves; another plus is Hunt’s vivid, pungent prose and racy dialog; Paretsky’s novels are never dull; recommended for those who enjoy Nancy Martin’s mysteries involving fashion and parties; Torjussen’s debut novel combines tightly wound suspense with an unfolding surprise ending