Fingersmith, by Sarah Waters

fingersmithTitle: Fingersmith

Author: Waters, Sarah (Author’s Website)

Genre:  Historical fiction, crime fiction, LGBTQ fiction

Bibliographic: Riverhead Books, 582 pages, Paperback List Price $17.00, Audiobook List Price $28.04, ISBNs 9781573222037, 9781573229722, 9781860498831, 9781101057025

Publication Date: October 1, 2002

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Books to TV, first person, Gothic, literary fiction, multiple perspectives, character-driven, intricately plotted, atmospheric, suspenseful, descriptive

Why I picked it up: A close friend told me it was one of her favorite books and I needed to read it ASAP.

S.I.A.S.: Susan Trinder is going to pull a con on Maud Lilly, but there’s too much information she doesn’t know.

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The Veins of the Ocean, by Patricia Engel

veinsoftheoceanTitle: The Veins of the Ocean

Author: Engel, Patricia (Author’s Website)

Genre: Literary Fiction

Bibliographic: Grove Press, 320, Hardcover List Price $25.00, Paperback List Price $17.00, Audiobook List Price $27.99, Audiobook CD List Price $29.99, ISBNs 9780802124890, 9780802189998, 9780802126740, 9781534608092

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Rating: Stars of Five for Quality/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Character-driven, atmospheric, reflective, descriptive, lyrical

Why I picked it up: Thanks to the 2016 presidential election results, I found myself growing grim about the mouth, bringing up the rear of every funeral I met, and knowing a damp drizzly November in my soul. It was high time to get to sea as soon as I could.

S.I.A.S.: Reina struggles to come to terms with her family’s legacy, while Nesto struggles to come to terms with his family’s present.

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Hex, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt

hexTitle: Hex

Author: Olde Heuvelt, Thomas (Author’s Website)

Genre: Horror

Bibliographic: Tor, 384 pages, Hardcover List Price $24.99, Paperback List Price $15.99, , ISBNs 9780765378804, 9781466864580, 9780765378811

Publication Date: April 26, 2016

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Translation, disturbing, gruesome, descriptive

Why I picked it up:  I’d heard very good things about it, and liked the idea of a town just coming to accept something horrible in their midst.

S.I.A.S.: The residents of Black Spring are used to Katherine, a 300-year-old witch, wandering around, but some people want things to change.

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Underground Airlines, by Ben H. Winters

undergroundairlineTitle: Underground Airlines

Author: Winters, Ben H. (Author’s Website)

Genre: Alternative history, dystopia

Bibliographic: Mulholland Books, 336 pages, Hardcover List Price $26.00, Audiobook List Price $24.55, Audiobook CD List Price $40.00, ISBNs 9780316261241, 9780316268622

Publication Date: July 5, 2016

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Complex characters, intricately plotted, fast-paced, atmospheric, disturbing, dramatic, thought-provoking, compelling, stylistically complex

Why I picked it up: I wanted to read an alternate history, and I was intrigued by this one because it looked depressingly similar to the events going on in the news.

S.I.A.S.: It’s 2016, and the Underground Airlines are still helping slaves escape from the South — and it’s Victor’s job to find them.

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News of the World, by Paulette Jiles

newsoftheworldTitle: News of the World

Author: Jiles, Paulette (Author’s Website)

Genre: Western, historical fiction

Bibliographic: William Morrow, 224 pages, Hardcover List Price $22.99, Audiobook List Price $17.95, ISBNs

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Complex characters, flawed characters, character-driven, compelling, descriptive

Why I picked it up: I read Standing in the Light over and over as a child, and this looked like it might have a similar vibe (but for grownups).

S.I.A.S.: Johanna was kidnapped by the Kiowa when she was very small, and Captain Kidd has to return her to her family.

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The Nest, by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

thenestTitle: The Nest

Author: Sweeney, Cynthia D’Aprix (Author’s Website)

Genre: Women’s fiction, literary fiction

Bibliographic: Ecco, 368 pages, Hardcover List Price $26.99, Paperback List Price $16.99, Audiobook List Price $23.95, ISBNs 9780062414212, 9780062441652, 9780062414236, 9780062414229, 9780606396622

Publication Date: March 22, 2016

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♥♥♥ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Domestic fiction, flawed characters, character-driven, moving, sardonic, compelling

Why I picked it up: I knew I needed to read some women’s fiction for my RA class, and I kept hearing good things about this particular title.

S.I.A.S.: The Plumb siblings have been counting on their inheritance, but one stupid mistake changes everything.

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