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Fiction from Ream, Rodale, and Rosoff, plus Debuters Adams and Leisure | Xpress Reviews

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Debut author Adams has crafted a light, charming tale of love; Leisure’s first novel is for anyone looking for a taste of Provençal life; an intriguing mix of scientific premise and personal relationships from Ream; a delightful Regency romp from Rodale; Rosoff’s adult debut is heartfelt without being sappy and funny without being slapstick

Graphic Novels from Kripke & Higgins, Simone & Co., Wilson & Morikawa, & Wood-plus | Xpress Reviews

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Adult tale by debuter Kripke is beautifully rendered and plays out wonderfully; readers looking for compelling contemporary horror will best enjoy a sojourn into the Clean Room; for those interested in ethics and their whys and wherefores; Rebels is essential for students of and readers interested in American history and warfare

Nonfiction on the American Presidents and on Tour (and Touring) with a Punk Musician | Xpress Reviews

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This fourth edition is suitable for both public and secondary or postsecondary academic libraries needing a resource on the presidents; a complex combination of punk history, travel narrative, and politics is recommended for fans of punk music

E-Original Romances from Claire, Collins, and deWolfe | Xpress Reviews

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Clare’s the romance just works as these protagonists eventually find their HEA; while Collins’s lovers occasionally dive into self-pity, the attraction and affection come through; six-guns, brothels, and a wily raccoon set deWolfe’s latest Wild West mystery apart

Audiobooks from Baldacci, Beverly, Hardt, Nelson, and Ohlsson | Xpress Reviews

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Baldacci is recommended for audio thriller collections; Beverly’s debut is for listeners interested in stark urban novels; Nelson’s theory blurs, eradicates, even breaks the margins of binary thinking; Ohlsson’s experience with the Swedish Security Service adds credibility to an airplane hijacking plot

Graphic Novel from Del Col & Company on the Assassin’s Creed Video Game | Xpress Reviews

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A lot of the references will go over the heads of the uninitiated; recommended for teens and YA who crave more of the Assassin’s Creed game in any form

Nonfiction on Self-Improvement for Seven Days and Emotional Organization | Xpress Reviews

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Following Larssen’s advice for seven days will undoubtedly lead to lasting positive behaviors; Moore & company’s information is useful for developing self-understanding

E-Original Romances from Gary, Lane, and Stone | Xpress Reviews

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Fast pacing, snappy dialog, and the essential sweetness of the characters counterbalance darker elements in Gary’s latest; political intrigue with a hard-won romance along for the ride from Lane; a pinch of mystery and suspense heightens the excitement in this latest from Stone

Fiction from DePalo, Norton, and Weaver, with a Debut from Greenidge | Xpress Reviews

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DePalo’s new series features the hunky Serenghetti brothers; Greenidge’s debut exposes a language experiment involving a chimpanzee; Norton takes an honest look at a marriage amid mental illness; Weaver’s weaves a new David Raker thriller

E-Originals from Aicher and Etchison, with Debuter Lowell | Xpress Reviews

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Aicher’s new series will be in demand where her books are popular; solid characterization and plot development make Etchison’s latest a fun, sexy read; debuter Lowell has crafted a lavish Victorian gothic romance with a rare disabled female protagonist