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The Ghost Bride

In her debut, Yangsze Choo weaves a wonderful tale incorporating these and other elements of Malaya (Malaysia) and its culture (there's a great section in the back of the book outlining some of the different things she touches on throughout the story, too).

Fallen Land: A Novel

In Fallen Land, Flanery has given us a gripping thriller, and a superb portrayal of how ordinary men can veer into madness.

Brewster: A Novel

Slouka’s real triumph here is capturing the amber of grief, the way love and time have crystallized these memories into something just as gorgeous as it is devastating.

Emperor of Thorns

Mark Lawrence has written a brilliant and enthralling tale – a trilogy that has gripped from the first scene to the very last – and I, for one, can’t wait to see what he’ll do next.

Turn Around Bright Eyes

Even the sweetest moments in Turn Around Bright Eyes, which occur as he is falling in love with Ally, are quietly underscored by a prescient awareness that this very book will one day be a relic – that it has to be.

The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light

Bogard’s message is emphatically not that we need to go back to the dark ages, but rather that we follow Jousse’s example and use light sparingly, sensitively and innovatively.

In Praise of Messy Lives: Essays

Roiphe’s writing, with its catchy style and vigorously expressed opinions, is entertaining, but her analytical skills are nothing like as profound as that proudly brandished doctorate in literature might lead one to hope.

The Interestings: A Novel

Meg Wolitzer’s eagerly awaited ninth novel, The Interestings, is an ambitious study of fall from grace.

The Panopticon: A Novel

Anais’s story is one of abandonment, loss, and redemption, well suited for a paranoid age in which society finds itself constantly under the microscope.

The Panopticon: A Novel

Fagan has given us one of the most spirited heroines to cuss, kiss, bite and generally break the nose of the English novel in many a moon.

The Panopticon: A Novel

The writing is harsh, graphic and sometimes difficult to get through in its attention to dialect, and though its raw exposure of foster care and the system is interesting, I never felt enough “story” to really relate to those within the walls of the Panopticon.

Visitation Street

A terrific story in the vein of Dennis Lehane's fiction.

Visitation Street

“Visitation Street” is urgent and feeling and so well told. Beautifully written, too.

Visitation Street

Visitation Street, a powerfully beautiful novel by Ivy Pochoda, lingers on the moment the ­working-class neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn, changed forever: the night 15-year-old June Giatto went out into the Upper Bay in a pink raft with her best friend, Val Marino, and never returned.

The Golem and the Jinni

It is still a beautifully crafted book, the descriptions are lovely, and the ideas are fresh and original, but I would have liked a faster pace, a little more romance, and a lot more magic!

Justice for Sara

Justice For Sara is a great summer beach read, so take out that extra sweater and make space for it in your case.

Let Me Go

Let Me Go is the compelling study of a deeply troubled relationship between two damaged yet somehow sympathetic people, marking another fine installment to the series.

Compound Murder

If you are not familiar with these books, I guarantee if you read one, you will be on the hunt for every Sheriff Dan Rhodes book and not be satisfied until you have completed the series.

His Majesty's Hope

His Majesty's Hope is very gripping and I quite enjoyed it; this is the first time that I've read any of her books and she has written two previous novels with the Maggie Hope character.

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic embraces many of the things that make portal stories so perennial, with just enough twists that it seems to be in conversation with some of its forebears.