kirkus reviews

I think it’s a great time to be an indie bookstore. I think we have to work harder each year to make customers happy and stay relevant, but most of us are up for the challenge. People want a place they can walk into and feel at home, surrounded by books and the people who love them. It takes a bit of hustle to think of new, innovative ways to keep revenue coming in, but as long as the publishers keep publishing high-quality books, we’ll keep selling them.

As press for my upcoming graphic memoir, Tomboy, start trickling in, I am very excited to announce that it has received a coveted Starred review in Kirkus Reviews!

Every time this book gets a good write-up, I breathe a hugh sigh of relief: I have never written anything so personal, and to find that other people relate to the book, and think it is a important voice about gender, is hugely satisfying.  Writing a memoir is terrifying, laying yourself bare is a big risk; hearing that the book’s intended result is intact makes it all worthwhile.  Hopefully this is just the first of many enthusiastic reviews that the book will receive, but for now, I’m on cloud nine.  Click here to read the entire review,  and be sure to request Tomboy from your favorite local bookstore and library so that you can get a copy when it is released on September 2nd! 

So proud of all of our titles that were included on this list




“Life is nasty, brutish, and short in this noir-tinged Western about a pair of coldblooded killers out on the trail.

“It’s a pretty raw set of circumstances, treated matter-of-factly, but Winnette portrays his serial killers with an odd grace and punctuates his circular narrative with murders, revenge killings, a shooting spree, and a heroic arc for wannabe gunslinger Bird that is broadly, darkly humorous.”

Haints Stay’s first review is up over at Kirkus Reviews. It’s an interesting one, if complicated. Thanks to Kirkus Reviews, though! 

Read the review. Get after it on Goodreads.

Pre-order the book.


Lauren Oliver is known for her best-selling young adult novels (including the Delirium trilogy) but her new novel ROOMS is her first written for adults. We ask her about making the transition, finding new readers, and writing a ghost story. ROOMS actually has two story lines that nicely collide: First, a ghost story in which the ghosts can’t leave the house but don’t know why. Second, an estranged family story in which the ex-husband dies, leaving his alcoholic ex-wife, angry daughter and disaffected teen son to clean out their former home, not knowing that it’s haunted. We go ghost-hunting with Lauren Oliver this week at Kirkus TV.

Tiny Cooper is finally taking center stage … and the world will never be the same again. Filled with honesty, humor, and “big, lively, belty” musical numbers, Hold Me Closer is the no-holds-barred (and many-bars-held) entirety of the beloved musical first introduced in Will Grayson, Will Grayson, the award-winning bestseller by John Green and David Levithan. “Tiny will have readers falling out of their chairs laughing… . It’s big. It’s gay. It’s outrageous and hilarious,” said the Kirkus review. Penguin Teen Author Spotlight is proud to introduce Tiny Cooper. Get to know more about him below!

Name: Tiny Cooper 

Novel: HOLD ME CLOSER: The Tiny Cooper Story 

Available: 3/17/15 

Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? Sondheim. 

What’s your favorite thing about your book? The dancing. 

If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? Superman, because he could leave all the time and pick up magazines and food. 

Where do you write? In my head, mostly. 

Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? Sondheim. 

Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? A GIF of kittens singing “Giants in the Sky” 

What is your favorite season? Tony season. 

If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? HEDWIG rehearsals, in the space right in front of Lena Hall as Darren Criss leans in to kiss her, so that he would end up kissing me and fall in love and decide that I was not only his best friend but someone he wanted to kiss on a highly frequent basis for at least a year and a half. Is that too specific? 

Do you have any writing rituals? A song isn’t done until I’ve sung it in the shower. 

What is your idea of earthly happiness? Sondheim. 

What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? Patty Lupone’s one woman show, You Didn’t Think I’d Last But Suck It I’m Still Here. 

What are you currently working on? The road to getting a Tony.


Thank you, Tiny Cooper! We wish you luck on getting a Tony!

You can find David Levithan on his website and his Facebook!

Add HOLD ME CLOSER: The Tiny Cooper Story to your “to-read” shelf on Goodreads!

Purchase HOLD ME CLOSER: The Tiny Cooper Story from your favorite retailer!

A lovely pre-pub review just came in for An Unlikely Union: The Love-Hate Story of New York’s Irish and Italians, forthcoming this summer from NYU Press! 

“In this lively history of the clashes, compromises, and eventual bonding between two feisty immigrant groups, Moses looks at Irish and Italian expressions of religion, social customs, and family life; access to political power; competition for jobs; and cultural forces that shaped their images… A brisk, well-researched look at a significant part of New York’s boisterous past.”
Kirkus Reviews

"One of the most striking features of The Luminous Heart of Jonah S. is Nahai’s presentation of women—they not only tend to overshadow their male counterparts, but are also in ruthless competition with one another, their threats against each other as emotionally malicious as they are violent. They are, in other words, human. Nahai grew up surrounded by disempowered women, whose stories often seemed like their only weapons, and her writing of strong female characters is a way to honor this, to not allow these voices to fall into the shadows of obscurity.” (via Gina B. Nahai | Kirkus)

Great feature on Gina B. Nahai at Kirkus! Grab your copy of The Luminous Heart of Jonah S. now.

Leigh Bardugo's RUIN AND RISING Gets a Starred Kirkus Review

@LBardugo’s RUIN AND RISING Gets a Starred Kirkus Review #grishatrilogy

If you were excited about reading the third and final book of Leigh Bardugo‘s Grisha trilogy, then this may make you even more excited, if that’s possible.  Kirkus Reviews posted their review of Ruin and Rising, and as it gave a brief description about what’s to come for Alina Starkov the rest of the characters in the book, they said this about Leigh:

She is most successful at delineating…

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An Interview with The Inspector of the Dead Author
  • Kirkus Reviews:Do you think Thomas De Quincey might really have made a skilled detective?
  • David Morrell:Edgar Allan Poe was hugely influenced by De Quincey. Poe invented the detective story, using an eccentric detective and a friend who reports about the detective’s adventures. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle admitted to “borrowing” Poe’s format when he invented Sherlock Holmes, whose drug habit almost certainly can be traced back to De Quincey. Wilkie Collins explicitly used De Quincey and his Confessions of an English Opium-Eater as a major plot solution in one of the first detective novels, The Moonstone.

An occasionally bizarre, often fascinating paranormal thriller. - Kirkus Reviews

Well, I’ve already got Kirkus fixed ^_^ so that’s excellent ^_^

Still have to fiddle with layouts, which means don’t trust the pre-order page yet. 

I still think Kirkus might give away a bit too much, but whatever. I think it really comes down to that last line of their review. I think that says I’m different in a good way ^_^ or at least that’s my positive spin on it ;)