Fiction from Dutton, Hamilton, Hearn, Sykes, plus a Debut and Tolkien! | Xpress Reviews

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The complex mind of a woman ahead of her time; a refreshing look at ordinary lives; a thrilling, fast-paced fantasy with plot twists; this debut novel’s vignette form may be difficult to follow; the mission to rid the land of the Butcher Bird is vastly entertaining; Tolkien’s early work is valuable for its historical significance

E-Originals from Archer, Lorret (with a Star), and Kay | Xpress Reviews

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Traditional boy-meets-girl tale marries the culinary fascination with food trucks; Lorret turns a conventional premise into one with plenty of promise and anticipation; a great choice for anyone looking for suspense and a steamy romance

Graphic Novels: Gran, Kleist on Samia Omar, and Schivone & Manera on Belushi | Xpress Reviews

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Gran’s title is fun while also occasionally poignant; Kleist’s powerfully told story of a celebrity immigrant to die helps to highlight the plight of individuals and families worldwide; sincere but slight, Belushi is barely a thumbnail sketch

Nonfiction on Child Stars: Where Are They Now? | Xpress Reviews

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This chronological compendium of TV shows from the 1950s through the 1980s features the kids who starred and relates how they have fared, though the breathless, immature quality to the writing becomes annoying. Still, TV fans will enjoy this veritable love fest

Fiction from Baldacci, Hunter, and Debuter Kessler | Xpress Reviews

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Another exciting read from a thriller master Baldacci, an emotionally charged, faith-based love story of forgiveness and trust from Hunter, fans of Karin Slaughter or Tess Gerritsen will enjoy this exciting new series from Kessler

E-Originals from Byrne, Di Lorenzo, and Lynn, with a “Vengeful” Debut | Xpress Reviews

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The strong language fits the intense world Byrne creates; the cliff-hanger ending of Carter’s debut will leave readers begging for the sequel; Di Lorenzo’s characterizations are strong enough to overcome the slight silliness of the setup

E-Originals from Arthur, Dover, and Harmon | Xpress Reviews

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Arthur blends timely social issues into the background to flesh out her plot, one need not to be football fan to fall head over heels for Dover’s spunky contemporary romance, Harmon’s romance is for skate-lovers as well as those who enjoy watching from the sidelines

Graphic Novels on How To Draw, Agatha Christie, at War in Iraq | Xpress Reviews

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Crilley teaches us to draw, Martinetti and Company reveal the true Agatha Christie, Iraq veteran Uriarte delivers a graphic novel on the cynical tedium of daily life in combat

Fiction from Bradford, Gaylin, Harrington, McKinty, and Straub | Xpress Reviews

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A charming romance peppered with Shakespearean quotations, a compelling protagonist from Gaylin, an exciting tale of intrigue despite some discrepancies, a strong moral point of view from McKinty, a master of two genres: that’s Straub

Nonfiction: Decadent Desserts That Won’t Pile on the Pounds | Xpress Reviews

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Bakers and especially eaters will appreciate this collection of delicious treats that are visually appealing yet light on calories