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The String Diaries

It's a beach read, an airport novel, a page-turner—none of which is meant as an insult. If you like a fast-paced story full of intrigue and cliff-hanger chapters, this is the book for you.

The Accidental Apprentice

A thought-provoking dissection of a modern India, though one with an unsatisfying conclusion.

High as the Horses' Bridles

A lackluster attempt to see a religious subculture refracted through individual lives.

The Dead Will Tell

No one who picks up Kate’s stunning sixth case, a marriage of thriller and police procedural, will put it down unfinished.

Half a King

Well-dressed, sure, but underneath, it’s the same old, same old.

Road Ends: A Novel
Kirkus Reviews : Road Ends (July 08, 2014)

Although the novel moves slowly, the characters are riveting and demand sympathy even at their most pathetic. We are left with the sense that to live is to struggle, in cities or in the harsh, Canadian north, and there is nothing to do but the best we can.

California: A Novel
Kirkus Reviews : California (July 08, 2014)

This has the bones of an excellent book, but, sadly, an untenable amount of flab is covering them.

Power Play
Kirkus Reviews : Power Play (July 08, 2014)

Coulter introduces new characters to her FBI series, reinforces old ones and provides plenty for them all to do. But the result, however action-packed, is less thrilling than her best.

The Competition

An all-too-timely tale that makes you long for the day it’ll be outdated. Just the thing for readers whose appetites for stories of mass shootings haven’t been sated by the daily news.

The Sweet Spot

A sports-filled romance full of steamy sex scenes that will please Evanovich’s fans.

Beautiful Oblivion: A Novel

Beautiful Oblivion is definitely a must read for fans of Beautiful Disaster and while it provides a satisfactory diversion to reality don’t expect Cami and Trent to have the same impact as Abby and Travis.

Money: The Unauthorized Biography

Read the book and make up your own mind about this; you will emerge better informed, and also surprisingly entertained.

The Scar Boys

The Scar Boys reminded me of what a Chris Crutcher book would be like if he wrote more about musicians than athletes. So if you enjoy Crutcher, books full of music references, road trips and more, then I recommend reading this.

Graduation Day

Graduation Day succeeds because of its fast-paced story, gutsy main characters, and surprisingly moderate ending in terms of political ramifications.

Don't Try To Find Me

Don't Try to Find Me is an intense read about the relationships between parents and their kids, teens and their peers, and the emotional turmoil that can surround everyday life.

Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands: A Novel

Suspenseful, provocative, often terrifying yet compassionate, it pushes a variety of hot buttons — child homelessness, mental illness, nuclear energy — all while creating one of the most memorable teenage protagonists in recent fiction.

The New Arabs: How the Millennial Generation is Changing the Middle East

Mr. Cole’s book is at its most illuminating when it takes the reader inside the youth movements in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, showing us how activists used technology and social media to amplify their message and connect with like-minded citizens across the region.

The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

As an imagist O’Neill excels at inventing a place where magic really happens, where the mundane can become extraordinary through her protagonist’s kaleidoscopic vie en rose.

Written in My Own Heart's Blood: A Novel

I was expecting more from this novel. Maybe that’s what comes from the four years anticipation.

The Great Glass Sea

he reader is left feeling like some larger point about the conflict was lost in the book’s epic sprawl.