Xpress Reviews

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

Audiobooks from Higgins and Woods, and a Double Shot of Patterson’s Bookshots | Xpress Reviews

househusbandTN

Recommended for die-hard Higgins fans only; two winners for Patterson fans and admirers of the Bookshots series; recommended for public libraries where Woods is popular

Graphic Novels from Hill, Matz, & Jef and Zub & Co. | Xpress Reviews

assignmentTN

Hill and Matz deliver a compelling tale about loyalty and revenge, as well as a thought-provoking look at gender politics in our era; Glitterbomb is a macabre tale depicting the dark side of Hollywood and fame

Nonfiction on Dirt, James Thurber’s Columbus, and Sports vs. Business | Xpress Reviews

thurbervilleTN

Bogard’s premise doesn’t quite get off the ground; for Columbus and Thurber aficionados, this book offers the background behind the Ohioan scenes of his life and writings; an interesting take on the sports metaphor as applied to business

Fiction from Cutler and Kessel, with First-Timers Hezroni and Tilghman | Xpress Reviews

moonandotherTN

Cutler has overwhelmed this novel with story angles; Hezroni’s thriller will delight those who enjoy the twisted world of international espionage; Kessel’s wonderfully weighty novel is speculative fiction at its finest; this warmhearted first novel celebrates the value of community (and libraries!)

E-Originals from Hall and Hunting | Xpress Reviews

shackingupTN

Fans of Hall’s amazing debut, Glitterland, will demand this latest, but it is recommended for libraries where Hall is already popular; Hunting keeps her lovers an ocean apart for a good part of the novel. Yet when the two reunite, the sparks fly

Audiobooks by Brontë, Foster, Gregory, Griffin & Butterworth, White, & More | Xpress Reviews

manuniverseTN

A nonessential Jane Eyre; A surprising political/sf thriller that literally keeps you guessing until the last sentence; for public libraries with a demand for Gregory’s novels or other historical fiction; for those trying to improve their cultural literacy; recommended for readers who are experiencing a “crisis of meaning”

Graphic Novels feature Paula Knight on “The Facts of Life” | Xpress Reviews

factsoflifeTN

Graphic memoirs thrive on candid and open storytelling, and Knight seems a bit quick to close the book. This emotionally honest and personal look into reproductive challenges takes an awkward turn toward manifesto

Nonfiction on Alien Life and Outdoor Activities | Xpress Reviews

aliensTN

Geared toward physicists, chemists, and students of scientific research and may even be appreciated by curious sf fans and casual readers; recommended for readers with a general interest in outdoor recreation

Fiction from Fierro, Hunt, Paretsky, Sykes, and Newcomer Torjussen | Xpress Reviews

gonewithoutTN

Characters are as busy chewing the scenery as the moths are chewing leaves; another plus is Hunt’s vivid, pungent prose and racy dialog; Paretsky’s novels are never dull; recommended for those who enjoy Nancy Martin’s mysteries involving fashion and parties; Torjussen’s debut novel combines tightly wound suspense with an unfolding surprise ending

E-Originals from Donna Grant and Janalyn Voigt | Xpress Reviews

hillsofnevermoreTN

Plenty of action and intrigue as well as a fair degree of top-shelf hanky-panky; for readers who like their romances squeaky-clean and those interested in the historical Western setting