Here’s a preview of some of the books and reviews I’ll be writing in the coming months. I try to only glance at the blurb to get a feel for what the book is about because I don’t want to be overly-skewed by another’s interpretation of the work. Here are the covers with a few quick thoughts:
Kill the Farm Boy by Kevin Hearne and Delilah S. Dawson. Fantasy Parody. I started this one last night. Lots of fun play off typical fantasy tropes. Great puns and gags. Really liking it so far. Releases July 17th.
Dopesick by Beth Macy. Macy’s book Factory Man is one of my all-time favorites, so when I saw her name I immediately clicked to request this one. This book is about the opioid crisis. May be a tough one to read, but I’m sure it will be well-written and important. Releases August 7th.
The Prodigy by John Feinstein. I’ve read several other YA sports books by Feinstein, so I think I know what to expect. This one is about one of my favorite sports, golf. A young man battling in the rankings, and playing tournaments; this give the author lots of opportunity for tension and inner conflict. I expect some good writing and a solid story. Releases August 28th.
When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica. I read The Good Girl and really liked it. All I know is that this one includes issues of insomnia, which can create all sorts of conflicts in a thriller. I’m excited to get into this one. Releases September 4th.
The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason. This is a historical novel that takes place in a field hospital during WW1. I loved Mason’s The Piano Tuner, and expect the same quality of writing from this one. Can’t wait to be transported another time and place. Releases September 18th.
Heartland by Sarah Smarsh. This is another nonfiction piece about trying to get ahead or maybe just get even. Many are linking it to Evicted, and Nickel and Dimed. In the past I’ve tried to mix in a nonfiction book for every two or three fiction book. I’ve tried to do the same while reviewing. I just saw that this one received a Kirkus star. Releases September 18th.
A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney. I’ve seen a lot of buzz about this book online. I know that it’s a YA rework of the Alice in Wonderland tale. Sounds good! I anticipate good things. Releases on September 25th.
Restoration Heights by Wil Medearis. I’ve heard two things about this book. That’s it a debut and that it’s about the NYC art scene. I’ve read several debuts this year and in many instances these authors have been working on their manuscripts for many years and put a lot of care into their work. It feels good to take a look and help them out with publicity. Releases on January 22nd.