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The July/August 2017 issue of Foreword Reviews is on newsstands now!

A note from Foreword Reviews Managing Editor, Michelle Schingler:

While all independent books light up our skies (drive our tides, are our sun and moon—pick your celestial metaphor and we’re there), there are always a few books in every issue that we’re extra inclined to rave about.

They are the books that reviewers don’t just love, but they are eager to recommend. They aren’t only satisfying; they warrant a personal post or two once a writer has filed their review. They are books that we are proud to have opined about first—that we’ll meet on a bookstore shelf someday soon, and whose finished versions will cause us to absolutely light up.

Foreword has begun to highlight these stellar books with special recognition in its print magazine. You’ll see starred reviews for the first time in the July/August issue, and we’re awfully prone to beam over the books they’re affixed to—books chosen according to a combination of reviewer feedback and absolute editorial adoration.

The Experiment’s true crime work, In Vino Duplicitas, earned this designation by being of the finest vintage within its genre—thrilling and learned and engrossing. Candlemark & Gleam’s enchanting intradimensional Wellside is young adult fantasy done right, while Pegasus published a follow-up to Fiddler on the Roof, After Anatevka, that both pays gorgeous homage to Sholem Aleichem’s vision and gives Tevye’s second oldest daughter, Hodel, new life and independence. If you loved her then, you’ll absolutely be awed by Alexandra Silber’s iteration.

The Inkshares project The Punch Escrow, which is generating buzz across media, earned a star within our thrillers feature, too—alongside the literary tour de force Shadow of the Lions from Algonquin. Our short-story feature writer, Kristine Morris, could not stop raving about To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts, which boasts a star now also. And Katie Kennedy’s second young adult space extravaganza, What Goes Up, is a book that we’re also eager to see break through the stratosphere. Our star rating rests beside it as proof.

We hope that Foreword readers fall as in love with these titles as we did, and that you enjoy them along side all of the other extraordinary offerings in our July/August issue. Click here to buy the current issue or subscribe!