Xpress Reviews

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

Audiobooks from Carter, Chamberlain, Day, Goodwin, Hilderbrand, Millard, & Steinhauer | Xpress Reviews

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Twisty fiction, a house with secrets, erotic Day, historical romance, a feel-good Christmas novel, Joni Mitchell, a predictable Regency romance, and an espionage novel with ex-lovers, military contractors, and other nefarious types

Nonfiction on Misfortune in History, Archiving, the U.S./Mexico Border, the Bible | Xpress Reviews

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A daily dose of entertainment on misfortune in history that may spark interests to be pursued elsewhere, anyone with responsibility for processing archival collections will value Santamaria’s book, a beginner’s guide to the Bible for Christians

Fiction by Asher, Joyce, and Karr, plus Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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A complex and satisfying sf work from Asher, a good mean girls debut, a somewhat darker and more detailed work from Joyce, and a rather plodding debut historical despite the accuracy and lavish descriptions

E-Originals from Anderson, Arden, and Usen, with a Debut plus One | Xpress Reviews

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A double mystery in the Florida sun, a female football player tackles her love life, a self-published debut and its sequel feature well-crafted characters, and witty banter and tons of sexual chemistry make for a lighthearted treat

Audiobooks from Adler-Olsen, Doiron, Douglas, & Sloan | Xpress Reviews

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For Scandinavian crime fiction fans, mystery fans will dig The Bone Orchard, highly recommended especially for those located in the Big Apple, erotica with reservations, thriller fans get to revisit a 1980s TV series

Nonfiction: OCD, Benjamin Morrell & Dako, John Smith, Ed Shames, and Mayakovsky | Xpress Reviews

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A memoir with OCD, the friendship of captor and captive, Capt. John Smith with a “sheen of historical truth,” paratrooper Ed Shames, the life of Russian poet Mayakovsky

A Graphic Novel from Manchette and Tardi | Xpress Reviews

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Manchette and Tardi’s well-paced, violent graphic novel grabs readers and doesn’t let go until the end

Fiction from Ashe, Kelly, Macomber, Ngwainmbi, plus a Starred Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Ashe completes her romance trilogy, Hamilton’s debut will appeal to fans of the Jack Reacher series, Kelly’s latest has an engaging plot, no disappointments on Macomber’s stand-alone, Ngwainmbi follows a young man’s emotional progression

E-Originals from Bailey, Butler, & Connolly | Xpress Reviews

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Bailey gets everything right—a stellar romance; with the foundation laid for a potential series, Butler’s characters take center stage; Connolly’s series entry stands on its own and is well worth reading

E-Originals from Blackwood, Goodger, and Wilson | Xpress Reviews

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Blackwood’s sultry romance is written for a new adult audience; appealing characters and a bit of intrigue contribute to Goodger’s enjoyable romance; hard-core sf readers looking for a new author will go for Wilson’s Echoes

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