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One Breath Away

One Breath Away

Heather Gudenkauf‘s latest novel of suspense, about a nearly unspeakable subject, grabs the reader from page one. This is Gudenkauf’s third novel, after The Weight of Silence and These Things Hidden, both very successful. She has a fun article, “The Rules for Suspense Writing,” up on Publishers Weekly. GUDENKAUF, Heather. One Breath Away. 370p. Harlequin. 2012. [...]

Alif the Unseen

Alif the Unseen

G. Willow Wilson is the author of an acclaimed memoir, The Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman’s Journey to Love and Islam (Grove, 2010). She has also published graphic novels with illustrator M.K. Perker, including Cairo (2008) and the Air series (2009-2011). Alif the Unseen, in her own words, “represents the moment at which I said “screw [...]

The Starboard Sea

The Starboard Sea

I have to admit that I spent much of the first half of Amber Dermont’s debut novel wondering if I was really going to review it for this blog. Was it wishful thinking? Did I just WANT it to have teen appeal? I knew it appealed to me right away. At first, that was because [...]

The Hangman’s Daughter

The Hangman's Daughter

Originally published in ebook format by AmazonCrossing in 2010, an imprint that offers foreign-language books in translation, The Hangman’s Daughter was released in print this month by Mariner Books, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This historical mystery is the first in a series that is very popular in Germany. (Two more titles in the [...]

Hotwire

Hotwire

Hotwire is the ninth thriller in Alex Kava’s Maggie O’Dell series, comprised of A Perfect Evil, Split Second, The Soul Catcher, At the Stroke of Madness, A Necessary Evil, Exposed and Black Friday. Fortunately, Kava deliberately writes so that each can be enjoyed as a standalone. Hotwire happens to be of particular appeal for our [...]

Alice Bliss

Alice Bliss

Laura Harrington’s debut novel makes a powerful anti-war statement, while being entirely supportive of the families personally involved. Alice Bliss is a teenager whose world is turned upside down when her father’s army reserve unit is called up for active duty in Iraq. I will admit that there came a point when I had to put [...]

Deathless

Deathless

Catherynne Valente is well-known among fantasy fans as a true storyteller. In Deathless, she borrows generously from Russian folklore, and especially the figures of Baba Yaga and Koschei the Deathless. This is the way Valente describes the book in her blog post of March 29, the day it was published: “There is so much love in [...]