Xpress Reviews

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

Graphic Novels from Hanuka, Lemire, Manara & Pratt, Thurman & Others, and Debuter Kim | Xpress Reviews

This Eisner Award–winning series is rich to view; this book stays with the reader, and Kim’s art leaves a permanent imprint; Lemire is the rare talent who is embraced by both mainstream and independent comics fans; a perfect edition for readers interested in the evolution of comics; an important purchase for readers sympathetic to Tibet’s plight and Buddhist doctrine

Nonfiction on Parenting the Dutch Way and Bioarchaeology | Xpress Reviews

A must-read for all parents looking to adopt a more relaxed parenting style and create a less stressful environment for their children; this survey of the field is highly recommended for academic libraries or public libraries that serve devoted popular science readers

Fiction from Benford and Trigiani | Xpress Reviews

Benford’s title is recommended for an audience that enjoys alternate history with a solid grounding in reality; Trigiani’s truly pleasurable read will strike a chord with fans of Fannie Flagg

E-Originals from Evans, Fox, Gray, and Kline | Xpress Reviews

Regency romance fans looking for something just a bit different will adore this one from Evans; Fox’s latest entry is sure to please fans who like their reads hot and nontraditional; Gray’s romantic setup starts out strong but falls flat; Kline’s series entry is a great addition to any contemporary romance collection

E-Originals from Albert, Dover, and Mecca | Xpress Reviews

Libraries where S.E. Jakes is popular will find a ready audience for Albert’s “Out of Uniform” books; with sexy heat between the sheets and an unpredictable twist, Dover’s new series opener should have wide appeal; Mecca’s book is a strong choice for any reader who enjoys stories set in medieval times featuring strong-willed female characters and knights

Fiction includes “A Superhero Anthology” and works by Carey and Harrison | Xpress Reviews

Fans of superhero fiction will find that these imaginative stories; this action-packed sequel to The Girl with All the Gifts is a zombie thriller with a sympathetic cast of characters and multiple narrators; Harrison’s latest is a lackluster thriller

Nonfiction on the Meaning of the Universe and the Foods We Eat | Xpress Reviews

Despite the tongue-in-cheek attitude and silly footnotes, Cham’s work Highly recommended for science shelves and young adult collections; rather than resorting to health-scare tactics, this topic could have been presented by Dufault in a less ominous way

Graphic Novel from Nicole J. Georges, About Her Dog | Xpress Reviews

This well-written, splendidly illustrated title would be a good YA crossover. It will stir the hearts of misunderstood riot grrrls, owners of unruly canines, and LGBTQ readers

Nonfiction on Board Games, Muffins & Biscuits, and Teeth | Xpress Reviews

This book will appeal to readers interested in a comprehensive history of board games; Gibson’s latest will be a big hit for bakers of all levels; an excellent book for those with a serious interest in anthropology

E-Originals from Christian, McGovern, and Taylor | Xpress Reviews

Christian’s fast-paced plot and action-packed scenes are more than enough to keep readers turning the pages; a good purchase that will appeal to romance readers who like a sweet story with just the right amount of spice; a fun, lighthearted departure from standard romance fare