Fiction from Fraser-Sampson, Mayor, Richman, and Debuter Palacio | Xpress Reviews

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The first of a promised, and promising, series from Fraser-Sampson; it never feels like Mayor is pulling the conclusion out of thin air; Palacio’s debut is one of those especially rare novels that will resonate with readers on an achingly deep level; Richman’s tale will appeal to those looking to find a quiet story, touched with a hint of feminist rebellion

E-Originals from Matthews, Moran, and Winters | Xpress Reviews

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Matthews’s latest builds up the scares in a deft way to keep readers absolutely riveted; Moran’s title is for readers who enjoy more swoon and less struggle; for Winters’s characters, their developing relationship is both hot and heartwarming

E-Originals from Del Mar, Gracen, and Parker | Xpress Reviews

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Seth and Summer’s emotional journey works on all levels; a sure bet for readers wanting a feel good story that is light on intimacy and strong on heart; Parker makes use of a few different kinks throughout this erotic romance

Graphic Novels from Darcy, Lewis & Co., Pedrosa, and Tommaso | Xpress Reviews

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Darcy’s work is illogical and unsettling with a dash of surrealism; Lewis’s latest historical work is essential reading for tweens through adults; fans of modern European graphic novels will love Pedrosa’s insightful book; Tommaso has a stilted comic style

Nonfiction: Birds’ Brains, Disney Animators, the 60s, Driving in Russia, Easy Dinners | Xpress Reviews

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Avian brain structure and how it may have evolved; animating Disney’s musicals; pastor Moody on managing one’s identity; the 1960s as seen through The New Yorker; an intriguing read for anyone interested in Russian history; Younkin’s family-friendly recipes

Fiction from Alzamora, Bruen, Chiaverini, Coben, Thomas, and Debuter O’Shay | Xpress Reviews

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A surprising novel travels to unexpected places quickly—but not too quickly; a delight for fans of the Bruen’s series; Chiaverini’s winning novel is difficult to put down; Coben says hello to Myron Bolitar; a debut about strong women; visit with the flawed folks of Thomas’s Ransom Canyon

E-Originals from Bale, Doyle, and Winters | Xpress Reviews

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Bale’s characters are appealing, but the ending feels rushed; Called Up will make readers want to visit Inspiration, IA, and get to know the whole town; WInters’s second series title is even hotter than the first and highly recommended for fans of light erotica

Audiobooks from Barr, Black, Blount, Fair, and Steel | Xpress Reviews

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Fans of the Anna Pigeon will enjoy; a new forensic series from Black; Blount is bit too blunt and curmudgeonly; an uncomfortable but necessary memoir about the Iraq War; Steel’s latest is recommended for the hazy days of summer

Graphic Novels from Barry and Keatinge et al. | Xpress Reviews

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Barry’s latest is bound to engage a wide general audience, but YA readers in particular will be delighted; Keatinge’s title is an intriguing and fresh work that will enthrall lovers of sports comics and noir

Fiction from Doughty, Grose, and Jagears | Xpress Reviews

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Doughty takes a page from John le Carré, crafting a riveting, psychological, morally ambiguous tale; Grose’s latest is for yoga practitioners with a sense of humor and all who self-examine; evenhanded evangelical dialog will have readers wondering on which side of the moral issues they would land