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Rosarito Beach
Kirkus Reviews : Rosarito Beach (January 02, 2014)

A few interesting details pull this thriller just barely above the pack.

The Red Pole of Macau

Hamilton delivers colorful snapshots of Hong Kong and Macau, a well-paced plot, and a smart and capable heroine who’ll make you see accounting in a whole new light.

The Purity of Vengeance

Another accomplished exercise in three-decker suspense, though the climactic twist would be harder to predict if the story had ended 100 pages earlier.

The Death Trade

Brief thrills but continuous action.

Becoming Josephine: A Novel

A worthy fictional primer on Empress Josephine.

A Price to Pay
Kirkus Reviews : A Price to Pay (January 02, 2014)

Iona’s second adventure is long on tension but short on logic.

She Rises

Packed with smugglers and secret passages, rum-toting sailors, romance, and adventures in exotic parts, She Rises sings to its reader with the dulcet hypnotising tones of its true heroine, the sea; luring you in, then lulling you into its rolling pace.

Treasure Island!!!

Treasure Island!!! is a girl’s own self-helpless book, a parody of family memoirs, with a serious undercurrent.

Treasure Island!!!

Levine is a wonderful storyteller with a vibrant voice. “Treasure Island!!!” is a rollicking tale, shameless, funny and intelligent.

The Invisible Code

“The Invisible Code” has immense charm, but its plotting will satisfy serious mystery fans, too.


I loved this book for its prose style, for its characters, and for its clever construction.


In Vicious, Schwab was able to bring that same combination of modern mythmaking and over-the-top storytelling together into a superb novel.


Absolutely recommended for the dystopian fan – especially the fan that appreciates the slow play.


Overall, Veronica Roth is an extremely talented writer and I look forward to future books. However, I think this series which had so much potential – fell short.

The Apartment: A Novel

Most of “The Apartment” is written in carefully modulated sentences appropriately laced with smart disquisitions on architecture and art as we’re led to infer the psychological damage of having “added evil to the world.”

The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail

By capturing that grim reality, and in such gripping prose and detail, Mr. Martínez has both distinguished himself and done us all a vital public service.

Dirty Love

Dubus’s unerring blade-edged prose cuts right to the heart of the heart. Closing the book, we rush to scrub off that grit, needing to remember what pulses beneath. After all, falling in love is something we keep doing and doing.

The Goldfinch: A Novel

I found myself flipping through the pages, skimming over conversations and scenes to see if anything would actually happen, which often it did not.

The Housemaid's Daughter

Mutch's novel is a brisk reminder of just how far South Africa has come --- and how fast things deteriorated there in the years before Mandela came to prominence.