Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction


The best genre fiction of 2014, as chosen by Library Journal’s columnists.

Defending Your Castle | African American Fiction (And More!)


Edgy themes weave throughout urban fiction, but when it comes to loyalty to the family, look out. This month’s selections show men willing to torture, kill, and destroy other males who dare lay their hands on their wives and children. But don’t forget the women. They, too, will stand by their man…maybe while holding a […]

Don’t Trust These Ladies | African American Fiction (And More!)


October’s lead female characters toy with men’s emotions, lie to them, steal their money, cheat on them, and even physically torture them. In particula, the authentic out-of-control take on a woman’s gambling addiction makes S.K. Collins’s Crooked G’s the pick of the month

Sequels and Insults | African American Fiction (And More!)


The selections this month are all sequels or companion novels to previous works. Often series’ bridge novels can be dry as dust, but wicked descriptions and insults from Brenda Hampton’s The Reunion Show have characters rolling their eyes in anger.

When Dreams Turn Into Obsessions | African American Fiction (And More!)


Sure, dreams can come true but chasing them can be obsessive. In this month’s selections characters are hell-bent on gaining revenge, marriage, wealth, love. and lust by any means necessary. You know the old saying. Be careful for what you wish for, it may come true.

Attention-Grabbing Stories | African American Fiction (and More!)


Overworked plot devices can destroy readers’ enthusiasm, so it’s such a thrill to discover fresh out-of-the-ordinary action in this month’s selections.

Intrigue and Inspiration | African American Fiction (and More!)


My background evaluating young adult books has me always noting a novel’s first sentence. A teenage audience has to be hooked early and fast. Most readers are familiar with famous first lines such as these three that grab readers’ attention: You don’t know about me without you have read a book by the name of […]

Couples on the Rocks | African American Fiction (and More)


This month’s selections feature couples in crisis. Some will salvage their relationships, and others will meet an unfortunate end

Fuel to the Flame | African American Fiction (and More)


This month’s authors throw gas on urban fiction’s constantly smoldering fire of sex and violence. Brace yourself for decapitations, group sex, girl-on-girl knock-down, drag-out fights and of course stellar trash talking.

Church Ladies, Preachers, Gangstas | African American Fiction (and More)


Put on your best Sunday going-to-church hat but be sure to pack some heat with that Bible. Four solid African American inspirational titles populate this month’s column, but also included is a major urban fiction author’s latest work. Wahida Clark’s writing is loaded with thrills, but her characters’ faith relies on a .38 Special pistol.