Xpress Reviews

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

E-Originals by Clark & Co., Daco, Jamison, and Perera | Xpress Reviews

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A trio of holiday novellas, sparks fly in Daco’s “electrifying” paranormal romance, Jamison hits her stride with book two in her “Destiny” series, egos clash and an unlikely alliance is formed in a fantasy romance from Perera

Fiction from Ashe, Box, and Sigurdardóttir, plus Debuters de Silva and Kelly | Xpress Reviews

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Lovers of historical romance and mysteries will enjoy Ashe’s latest; more of Joe Pickett for Box fans; de SIlva’s debut features descriptive writing and excellent sense of place; a debut about the Houdinis; and a spooky, haunting thriller from Sigurdardóttir

Fiction from Brady, Hamilton, and Jordan | Xpress Reviews

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Suggest Brady’s page-turning crime thriller to fans of Charles Finch and Anne Perry; Hamiton’s thriller is clever, timely, and definitely an attention grabber; Jordan conjures incredible sparks between our cautious couple and keeps the action flowing

E-Originals from Labud and Lee, plus Debuter del Mar | Xpress Reviews

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A debut that does the wounded warrior romance just about right; Labud’s latest might please those who enjoy angst-filled narratives, but it will not satisfy most romance fans; the continuing unexpected activities of Leyton’s Headland

E-Originals from Barley, Fox, Moore, and Sorenson | Xpress Reviews

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Barley’s title leaves nothing to the imagination, libraries seeking romances with a unique angle should consider Fox’s latest, the chemistry in Moore’s latest initially feels lopsided, and Sorenson never lets the compelling plot take a backseat to the sexy love story

Graphic Novels from Loeb & Co. and Wilson and Morikawa | Xpress Reviews

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This Supergirl is recommended for those who enjoy teen tropes of self-exploration, angst, and hope despite the odds; Wilson and Morikawa’s stories are compelling for both their odd content and historical value

Nonfiction on Human Anatomy, Autism, Inventions, and Ernst Haeckel | Xpress Reviews

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Fictional and real portrayals of autism, the history of medicine and medical philosophy, explaining hundreds of inventions and scientific principles for the layperson, Ernst Haeckel’s images

Fiction from Miéville and Morrison, with Pauw’s U.S. Debut | Xpress Reviews

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Miéville uses his inimitable style to create distinctive, sympathetic characters; Morrison’s fresh, immersive debut exposes the privacy dangers of social technology; Pauw’s U.S. debut is a very readable, fast-faced thriller

Nonfiction on Finding Rare Books, the Republican Party, the Science Behind Luck | Xpress Reviews

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Novice and veteran bibliophiles alike will find Barry’s title captivating; Coppins’s work is for political enthusiasts at all points on the political spectrum; The Perfect Bet will convince readers that trying their luck against professionals is a sure road to insolvency

Fiction by Berne and Nesser, plus Two Well-Received Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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Berne’s fourth novel should appeal to fans of contemporary slice-of-life fiction; Chiarella’s debut novel is an intriguing tale of medical advancement; Nesser’s latest offers plenty of twists and suspense; a thoroughly researched historical fiction debut