Xpress Reviews

Web-first reviews of books and media, including e-original/e-exclusive titles.

E-Originals from Dimon, Hassell, Smith, and Van Hulzen | Xpress Reviews

For libraries looking for more romantic suspense with a spy twist; readers of LGBT romance will fall in love with this unlikely pair and their journey; this second installment in Smith’s series is a solid read; a sweet romance to continue the series

Graphic Novels from the Nadlers, Snyder & Co., and Watson | Xpress Reviews

Highly recommended to general readers with even a passing interest in the thinkers and thoughts in question; a story that is both enjoyable and slightly depressing, in essence, very similar to real life; Glister is a sweet, thoughtful, and intentionally off-kilter light fantasy

Nonfiction on Irv Cross, Bitcoin, Courageous Leadership, and Travels to Distilleries | Xpress Reviews

Cross’s autobiography lacks the spice that readers might seek; a great choice for anyone interested in technology, finance, politics; for readers looking to investigate leadership; for those wanting to read more about distillers and distilling, this may not be the best starting point

Fiction from Baxter, Grafton, Sharp, Todd, Debuter Nugent, and a Mystery Anthology from Penzler | Xpress Reviews

Baxter’s second take on Wells is appropriate for young adult audiences; for book lovers, short story readers; enjoy Grafton’s California sleuthing sister; for fans of domestic suspense; series fans and Lee Child aficionados will appreciate Sharp’s latest; the new Todd title is flawed but still enjoyable for series fans

Graphic Novels from Davis & Kettner, Malet & Tardi, Moen & Nolan, and Quinn & Sharma | Xpress Reviews

A beautifully realized biographical comic that tackles a tough subject head-on; fans of detective thrillers and nonsuperhero comics will be impressed; Oh Joy Sex Toy consistently educates and titillates with playful, informative, and honest comics; this stand-alone volume will appeal to both teens and adults who enjoy soccer

Nonfiction on the Advent of the Flapper | Xpress Reviews

A good springboard for further investigation and deeper research, this title bites off more than it can chew but introduces readers to a dazzling cast of flappers and proto-flappers and their observers and admirers

Fiction from Cook and Stratton, with Well-Written Debuts from Avdic and Heacock | Xpress Reviews

Fans of mysteries set in confined environments will tear through this dark thriller debut; Cook’s latest disappoints; a delicious summer treat with just enough sass, sex, and edible glitter; a heartwarming contemporary romance, with a woman of color as the main character

E-Originals from Dranoff, Meredith, Porter, and Zanetti | Xpress Reviews

A powerful urban fantasy that rings true to life; the naked emotions surrounding grief and abuse are revealing; Porter’s romance is nicely done and builds to an emotionally satisfying conclusion; when you have an explosion, there’s sure to be fire, with Zanetti providing plenty of heat

Fiction from Davis, Gregory, Lange, Olsen, and Solwitz, plus Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

About another New York City residential landmark; Gregory’s perspective on late Tudor England’s turbulent history will delight fans; Hughes has richly imagined the life of a remarkable historical figure; Lange knows how to reel in his audience with plenty of misdirection; for fans of women’s fiction about couples, families, genealogy, and genetics; great for indulging “the suspension of disbelief” with a unique setting; expect to be taken to the brink more than once—highly recommended

E-Originals from Bielman, Brookes, Sebastian, and Wilson | Xpress Reviews

This Devil Wears Prada–type tale will have readers rushing through the pages; for those seeking plot-driven books and characters involved in what are currently considered alternative relationships; a unique and entrancing romance that touches the heart deeper than most; this contemporary retelling of the Anastasia myth is chock-full of elegance in the most romantic city in the world