In our Under the Radar, Over the Moon monthly video series, we talk about debut and midlist titles that we've absolutely fallen in love with. But of course we're not the only ones raving about these amazing books. We've collected just a sampling of the love rolling in for just a few of the titles we've talked about, so I hope that if our crazy videos alone weren't enough to persuade you to check out these books, these great reviews will give you that final push!
Kirkus adores Sarong Party Girls by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan: “Lu-Lien Tan offers a fascinating insight into Singapore's club scene and social castes, and she does so in an irreverent, likable voice made more notable for its patois, Singlish… After the turbulence of Jazzy's journey, the final message is a positive one. A rowdy tale, memorable language, and a very distinctive protagonist.”
Publishers Weekly Starred Review for Night of the Animals by Bill Broun: "Through precise and eloquent prose and a hint of political satire, Broun creates a near future filled with bioelectric technology and characters with patois as diverse as their desires. Broun’s novel is strange, witty, and engrossing, skipping through madness and into the realm of myth.”
NPR.org Rave Review for Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman: “…it's a perfectly constructed literary novel…nearly impossible to put down…Wasserman's characters are so flawlessly realized…beautifully done—poetic and beautiful…masterful…. Wasserman does so many things right in Girls on Fire, it's hard to count them all…hypnotically beautiful. There's not a false step in it, and you never want it to end…Girls on Fire is an inferno—it's brutally gorgeous, and you know it could explode anytime, but you can't turn away, even for a second.”
Ivy Pochoda, author of Visitation Street, on The Lost Girls by Heather Young: “Heather Young is a master weaver of plot, time, and character. Her prose is confident, her story ambitious. The result—The Lost Girls—is a haunting and dynamic debut that never falters.”
There's still time to download egalleys for many of these from Edelweiss, so I hope you'll dip in! If you haven't already discovered the magic that is Under the Radar, Over the Moon, definitely check out our archived videos for some good laughs and great books.