LJ Fiction Reviews: May 15, 2017

Engrossing erotic crime from Castille, with playful writing, abundant sex, and plenty of melodrama from Wild & Bliss; Binet's latest is sensational fun for the intellectually astute; genre experts pick the top summer reads; a grim, spare, and fascinating first novel from sf's Tidbeck
Below is a list of Erotica, Fiction, and SF/Fantasy titles to be reviewed in the May 15, 2017, issue of Library Journal. These lists include pertinent publisher and bibliographic information for your convenience. Starred reviews are indicated with **. Publishers: Please remember to send us one finished copy of each book that is scheduled for review (i.e., all of the forthcoming titles listed below) if you initially submitted a galley or bound manuscript. Our reviewers are not paid, and we like to send a finished copy of the reviewed book as a thank you. Materials should be mailed to: Library Journal, 123 William Street, Suite 802, New York, NY 10038. CALL FOR REVIEWERS: LJ is seeking reviewers in the following areas: e-Original Romance (ebook format; contact blfox@mediasourceinc.com); Multicultural Fiction (contact wwilliams@mediasourceinc.com); Literature; Performing Arts, Music(efrench@mediasourceinc.com; Health & Medicine; Parenting (contact apesek@mediasourceinc.com); Political Science (domestic and international); and Science. For more information and to fill out an application, go to ow.ly/vHWY30aROVh.


Ashley, Kristen. The Farthest Edge. Griffin: St. Martin’s. (Honey, Bk. 2). Jun. 2017. 512p. ISBN 9781250121134. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250121141. EROTICA thered.jpg42817**Bradley, Eden. Dangerously Bad. Berkley. (Dangerous Romance, Bk. 3). May 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780425269985. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781101638200. EROTICA Castille, Sarah. Luca. St. Martin’s Paperbacks. (Ruin & Revenge, Bk. 2). Jun. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9781250104052. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250104069. EROTICA **Reisz, Tiffany. The Red: An Erotic Fantasy. 8th Circle. Jul. 2017. 248p. ISBN 9781537217765. pap. $14.99. EROTICA **Wild, Meredith & Chelle Bliss. Misadventures of a City Girl. Waterhouse. (Misadventures, Bk. 1). Sept. 2017. 300p. ISBN 9781943893409. $19.99. EROTICA


Barker, J.D. The Fourth Monkey. Houghton Harcourt. Jun. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9780544968844. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780544969940. F Berg, Elizabeth. The Story of Arthur Truluv. Random. Nov. 2017. 240p. ISBN 9781400069903. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780679605133. F **Binet, Laurent. The Seventh Function of Language. Farrar. Aug. 2017. 384p. tr. from French by Sam Taylor. ISBN 9780374261566. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780374715083. F Healey, John J. The Samurai of Seville. Arcade: Skyhorse. Jun. 2017. 272p. ISBN 9781628727845. $24.99. F Iskandrian, Kristen. Motherest. Twelve: Grand Central. Aug. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9781455594443. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781455594450. F DEBUT seventhlanguage.jpg42817Laurain, Antoine. The Portrait. Gallic. Jun. 2017. 144p. tr. from French by Jane Aitkin & Emily Boyce. ISBN 9781910477434. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781910477458. F **Mathews, Brendan. The World of Tomorrow. Little, Brown. Sept. 2017. 560p. ISBN 9780316382199. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316382205. F DEBUT **Monroe, Mary Alice. Beach House for Rent. Gallery: S. & S. (Beach House). Jun. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9781501125461. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501125515. F **Montefiore, Santa. The Daughters of Ireland. Morrow. (Deverill Chronicles, Bk. 2). Aug. 2017. 576p. ISBN 9780062698681. $25.99; pap. ISBN 9780062456885. $15.99. F Phillips, Gin. Fierce Kingdom. Viking. Jul. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780735224278. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780735224285. F Pyper, Andrew. The Only Child. S. & S. Jun. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781476755212. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781476755250. F Robards, Karen. The Ultimatum. Mira: Harlequin. Jun. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780778330707. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488022906. F Sebastian, Mikhail. For Two Thousand Years. Other. Sept. 2017. 240p. tr. from Romanian by Philip Ó Ceallaigh. ISBN 9781590518762. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781590518779. F **Shalvis, Jill. Lost and Found Sisters. Morrow. Jun. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780062448118. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062448125. F Thayer, Nancy. Secrets in Summer. Random. May 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781101967072. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781101967096. F Theroux, Paul. Mother Land. Houghton Harcourt. May 2017. 560p. ISBN 9780618839322. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781328664105. F **Ward, Jesmyn. Sing, Unburied, Sing. Scribner. Sept. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9781501126062. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501126093. F **Yap, Felicia. Yesterday. Mulholland: Little, Brown. Aug. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780316465250. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780316465267. F DEBUT LAST-MINUTE MYSTERY Akunin, Boris. The State Counsellor: A Fandorin Mystery. Mysterious. Jul. 2017. 304p. tr. from Russian by Andrew Bromfield. ISBN 9780802126542. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780802189080. M **Billingham, Mark. Love Like Blood. Atlantic. Jun. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780802126535. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780802189547. M HIGH-PROFILE DEBUT NOVELS: FOUR DISTINCTIVE AND NEWSWORTHY WORKS **Brassingthwaighte, Ian. Live from Cairo. Scribner. Jul. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781501146879. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501146893. F Fuller, Alexandra. Quiet Until the Thaw. Penguin Pr. Jun. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780735223349. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780735223356. F **Hamilton, Omar Robert. The City Always Wins. MCD: Farrar. Jun. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780374123970. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780374716332. F **Stansel, Ian. The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo. Houghton Harcourt. Jul. 2017. 208p. ISBN 9780544963399. $23; ebk. ISBN 9780544963412. F
SUMMER ESCAPES: ROLL OUT THE BEACH TOWEL WITH SOME GENRE FICTION CHRISTIAN FICTION Chiavaroli, Heidi. Freedom’s Ring.Tyndale House. Aug. 2017. 425p. ISBN 9781496423122. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781496423139. CF Clipston, Amy. The Beloved Hope Chest. Zondervan. (Amish Heirloom, Bk. 4). May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780310341970. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780310000952. CF Johnson, Todd M. Fatal Trust. Bethany House. Aug. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780764230448. $25.99; pap. ISBN 9780764212352. $15.99. CF Orchard, Sandra. Over Maya Dead Body. Revell. (Serena Jones, Bk. 3). Jul. 2017. 353p. ISBN 9780800728892. $25.99; pap. ISBN 9780800726706. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781493407231. CF White, Roseanna. A Name Unknown. Bethany House. (Shadows over England, Bk. 1). Jul. 2017. 434p. ISBN 9780764230417. $25.99; pap. ISBN 9780764219269. $15.99. CF HISTORICAL FICTION losthistoryofstars.jpg42817Boling, Dave. The Lost History of Stars. Algonquin. Jun. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781616204174. $25. 95; ebk. ISBN 9781616207144. F Hartsuyker, Linnea. The Half-Drowned King. Harper. Aug. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780062563699. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062563712. F Kadish, Rachel. The Weight of Ink. Houghton Harcourt. Jun. 2017. 592p. ISBN 9780544866461. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780544866676. F Pataki, Allison & Owen Pataki. Where The Light Falls: A Novel of the French Revolution. Dial. Jul. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780399591686. $28. F Quinn, Kate. The Alice Network. Morrow Jun. 2017. 528p. ISBN 9780062654199. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062654205. F MYSTERY Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Scarred Woman. Dutton. Sept. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780525954958. $28; ebk. ISBN  9780698409781. M Horowitz, Anthony. Magpie Murders. HarperCollins. Jun. 2017. 496p. ISBN 9780062645227. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062645241. M Lepionka, Kristen. The Last Place You Look. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Jun. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781250120519. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9781538430415. M Penny, Louise. Glass Houses. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Aug. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9781250066190, $28.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466873681. M Quinn, Spencer. The Right Side. Atria. Jun. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781501118401. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781501118425. M ROMANCE Brockmann, Suzanne. Some Kind of Hero. Ballantine. (Troubleshooters, Bk. 19). Jul. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780345543820. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780345543837. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE Burrowes, Grace. Too Scot To Handle. Forever: Grand Central. (Windham Brides, Bk. 2). Jul. 2017. 346p. ISBN 9781455569991. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781455569984. HISTORICAL ROMANCE Goodman, Jo. A Touch of Frost. Berkley Sensation. Jun. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9780399584275. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780399584282. HISTORICAL ROMANCE pleasuresofpassion.jpg42817Jeffries, Sabrina. The Pleasures of Passion. Pocket. (Sinful Suitors, Bk. 4). Jun. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9781501144462. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781501144479. HISTORICAL ROMANCE MacLean, Sarah. The Day of the Duchess. Avon. (Scandal & Scoundrel, Bk. 3). Jul. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780062379436. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062379467. HISTORICAL ROMANCE Quinn, Julia. The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband. Avon. (Rokesbys, Bk. 2). Jun. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780062388179. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062388186. HISTORICAL ROMANCE SF & FANTASY Cato, Beth. Call of Fire. Harper Voyager. (Blood of Earth, Vol. 2). Aug. 2017. ISBN 9780062422118. pap. $14.99; ebk. 978006242215. FANTASY Lee, Yoon Ha. Raven Stratagem. Solaris. (Machineries of Empire, Bk. 2). Jun. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9781781085370. pap. $9.99; ebk. ISBN 9781786180469. SF McGuire, Seanan. The Brightest Fell. DAW. (October Daye, Bk.11). Sept. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780756413316. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780698183520. FANTASY Percy, Benjamin. The Dark Net. Houghton Harcourt. Aug. 2017. 727p. ISBN 9780544750333. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780544750579. HORROR Snipes, Wesley & Ray Norman. Talon of God. HarperCollins. Jul. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780062668165. $27.99; ebk. 9780062668189. FANTASY THRILLERS Coes, Ben. Trap the Devil. St. Martin’s. Jun. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9781250043184. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466841284. F lietome.jpg42817Ellison, J.T. Lie to Me. Mira: Harlequin. Sept. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780778330950. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488025143. F Gerritsen, Tess. I Know a Secret: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel. Ballantine. Aug. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780345543882. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780345543899. F Grisham, John. Camino Island.Knopf. Jun. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780385543026. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385543057.F Hanson, Hart. The Driver. Dutton. Aug. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9781101986363. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781101986387. F MatchUp. S.&S. Jun. 2017. 464p. ed. by Lee Child. ISBN 9781501141591. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781501141614. F WOMEN’S FICTION Esposito, Chloé. Mad. Dutton. (Mad, Bad, & Dangerous To Know, Bk. 1). Jun. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781101985991. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781101986011. F Gelman, Laurie. Class Mom. Holt. Aug. 2017. 302p. ISBN 9781250124692. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781250124708. F Sykes, Lucy & Jo Piazza. Fitness Junkie. Doubleday. Jul. 2017. 304p. ISBN 9780385541800. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385541817. F Woods, Eva. Something Like Happy. Graydon House: Harlequin. Sept. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9781525811357. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781488026072. F Zevin, Gabrielle. Young Jane Young. Algonquin. Aug. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781616205041. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616207724. F

Science fiction/fantasy

DEBUT OF THE MONTH preyofgods.jpg42817**Drayden, Nicky. The Prey of Gods. Harper Voyager. Jun. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780062493033. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062493040. FANTASY CHECK THESE OUT Bates, Callie. The Waking Land. Del Rey: Ballantine. Jun. 2017. 400p. ISBN 9780425284025. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780399177392. FANTASY DEBUT Belcher, R.S. The Queen of Swords. Tor. (Golgotha, Bk. 3). Jun. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780765390097. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765390110. FANTASY **Bennis, Robyn. The Guns Above. Tor. (Signal Airship, Bk. 1). May 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780765388766. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765388773. FANTASY Benson, Amber. The End of Magic. Ace: Berkley. (Echo Park Coven, Bk. 3). May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780425268698. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781101630563. FANTASY Brennan, Marie. Lightning in the Blood. Tor.com. (Varekai, Bk. 2). May 2017. 128p. ISBN 9780765392015. pap. $11.99.ebk. ISBN 9780765391438. FANTASY Durst, Sarah Beth. The Reluctant Queen. Harper Voyager. (Queens of Renthia, Bk. 2). Jul. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9780062413352. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062413376. FANTASY Gailey, Sarah. River of Teeth. Tor.com. May 2017. 176p. ISBN 9780765395238. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765395221. FANTASY Goss, Theodora. The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter. Saga: S. & S. Jun. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9781481466509. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781481466523. FANTASY Kadrey, Richard. The Kill Society. Harper Voyager. (Sandman Slim, Bk. 9). Jun. 2017. 416p. ISBN 9780062474148. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062474186. FANTASY Tidbeck, Karin. Amatka. Vintage. Jun. 2017. tr. from Swedish by Karin Tidbeck. 224p. ISBN 9781101973950. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101973967. SF **Valente, Catherynne M. The Refrigerator Monologues. Saga: S. & S. Jun. 2017. 160p. ISBN 9781481459341. $19.99; ebk. ISBN 9781481459365. FANTASY Vaughn, Carrie. Bannerless. John Joseph Adams: Houghton Harcourt. Jul. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780544947306. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780544947634. SF
lastiota.jpg42817SERIES LINEUP Brody, Jennifer. The United Continuums. Turner. (Continuum Trilogy, Bk. 3). Jul. 2017. 464p. ISBN 9781681622620. pap. $17.95; ebk. ISBN 9781681622644. SF Charish, Kristi. Owl and the Electric Samurai. Gallery. May 2017. 400p. ISBN 9781501139734. pap. $18; ebk. ISBN 9781501139727. FANTASY Kroese, Robert. The Last Iota. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. May 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781250088468. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250088475. FANTASY Wallace, Matt. Greedy Pigs. Tor.com. (Sin du Jour, Bk. 5). May 2017. 180p. ISBN 9780765393203. pap. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765393197. FANTASY
COLLECTIONS & ANTHOLOGIES Klages, Ellen. Wicked Wonders. Tachyon. May 2017. 288p. ISBN 9781616962616. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616962623. FANTASY Nebula Awards Showcase 2017. Pyr: Prometheus. May 2017. 320p. ed. by Julie E. Czerneda. ISBN 9781633882713. pap. $18; ebk. ISBN 9781633882720. SF

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