Xpress Reviews

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

Audiobooks from Box, Harris, Lee, and Rushdie | Xpress Reviews


Box, a master at describing Western landscapes and personalities, is at his best with this thriller; a so-so effort from Harris; for both thriller fans and listeners who enjoy elements of sf; Rushdie may be just the thing for atheistic listeners

Graphic Novels from Darrow & others, Fialkov & Infurnari, Hanshaw, & Pérez & Co. | Xpress Reviews


Knock-down, drag-out fights on a mammoth scale; a riveting series that draws you in; Wonder Women Omnibus showcases a great anthology of storytelling and collaborative efforts

Nonfiction on Teen Clubs, the Fed, Christmas Carols, Religion, Brain Disease, Aid Workers | Xpress Reviews


Nonfiction on teen clubs, Bernanke and the Fed, Christmas carols, religion and public life, brain disease and addictions, aid workers

Fiction from Ewan, Horowitz, and Mosher | Xpress Reviews


Fans of thrillers and suspense will enjoy this latest tale from Ewan; Horowitz crafts a story about love and loyalty that’s at once touching and giddily silly; Mosher’s novel is compelling in its intricacy

E-Originals from Ball, Banks, Haymore, and Kent, plus Yates’s Holiday Novella | Xpress Reviews


More questions than answers from Ball; a fun, intriguing story from Banks; Haymore opens a new Highland series; a sexy and titillating read read from Kent; Yates’s Christmas novella will warm readers’ hearts

Fiction from Taylor and Debuter Trilivas | Xpress Reviews


Slick, exciting action and credible complexity are the hallmarks of Taylor’s high-caliber thrillers, and this latest installment does not disappoint; Trilivas’s debut will leave you travel hungry and somewhat dissatisfied with daily life—an enjoyable and light read

Nonfiction for Bakers: “Make Ahead Bread” | Xpress Reviews


While Currie’s nontraditional method is not for everyone, it will be welcomed as a refreshing alternative by home bakers more inspired by ease and simplicity than by the rigors of artisanal practice

Audiobooks from Hart, Leon, Reynolds, Scottoline & Serritella, and Silva | Xpress Reviews


Kate Reading does an excellent job narrating Hart’s Don’t Go Home; Commissario Brunetti investigates a stalking; Reynolds restricts himself here to a deadly dilemma; mother and daughter Scottoline and Serritella team up again; Silva is highly recommended for all Gabriel Allon fans

Graphic Novels: Gorman, King & Co., Pope & Villarrubia, Willingham, plus a Debut | Xpress Reviews


Rick and Morty walks a shredding tightrope among slapstick, pathos, and hilarity; a complex and unsettling indie take on Batman pays homage to previous interpretations; Becoming Unbecoming is not an easy read, but it’s an important one; Fables is recommended for fairy-tale fanatics who love some level of horror

E-Originals from Albert, London, and Mae, plus Debuter Sosa | Xpress Reviews


Albert weaves humor and a love affair with geekdom into an appealing romance; sugar and spice and everything nice in this “Sugar City” novel; Mae’s use of slapstick and popular culture makes this one stand out; a sparkling romance debut