Lavanya Karthik

Reviewer Lavanya Karthik: Lavanya is from Mumbai, India and is a licensed architect and consultant in environmental management. She lives in Mumbai with her husband and six-year old daughter. She loves reading and enjoys a diverse range of authors across genres.

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Author: Sherry Linger Kaier
ISBN: 978-0-9843166-5

An Arty Adventure is a great teaching aid , both as a primer on art and  its reminder that art is about self expression and experimentation , not predefined rules.   

Author: Robert Jay
Publisher: Montooth Press
ISBN: 978-0-615-29645-6

Montooth.. leaves us  at an intriguing juncture, suggesting not just new adventures for Carty and the Crew, but  future encounters with old foes as well. I look forward to a sequel as entertaining .

Author: Clive Endive Ogive IV
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-160844-682-7

Author: Katherine Branning
Publisher: Blue Dome Press
ISBN: 978-1-935295-8

A single photograph of an ancient building – the Gok Madarsa in Sivas – is all it took to trigger a teenaged Katherine Branning’s fascination with Turkey.

Edited by Otto Penzler
Publisher: Vanguard Press
ISBN: 978-1-59315-617-6

‘Tis the Season to be deadly !’  the jacket of this book gleefully announces, and delivers on its promise too, with  this anthology  of  short stories by some of the most acclaimed names in the whodunit genre.

Author: James. L. Rubart
Publisher: B&H Books
ISBN:  978-14336-7151-7

Fantasy meets adventure in this modern day tale of a quest for a mythical book, and the motley crew of troubled individuals seeking it.

Author:  Julie Hyzy
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
ISBN: 978-0-425-23923-0

Ollie Paras, executive chef to the most powerful man in the world, is back and what a soup she is in this time!

Author: John S. McFarland

Publisher: The Patrice Press

ISBN: 978-1-880397-69-5

I do wish, however,  that the book cover gave away less of the plot; the suspense that Mcfarland’s writing  so skillfully maintains as his story hurtles towards its dramatic end, is  undermined by the overly helpful jacket summary .

Author: Susan Straight

Publisher: Pantheon Books

ISBN: 978-0-307-37914-6

Straight shows us her ‘guapa’ too, returning with ‘Take One Candle..’ to issues she has so eloquently examined in her earlier books – race; prejudice; the burden of painful cultural memory and its crippling effects across generations; the weight of love, often as damaging as it is redemptive.

Author: Cherie Priest

Publisher: Tor Books

ISBN:  978-0-7653-2578-5

It is perhaps the sheer power of the machinery in this book that makes the climax a little disappointing for me – I thought the magnificent Dreadnought demanded a foe as formidable and inventive as itself, rather than the George Romero-inspired chomp fest Priest offers it instead.

Author: Hilary Davidson

ISBN: 978-0-7653-2697-3

Publisher: Forge

The Damage Done is a winner - a gripping page turner, brimming with intriguing characters, gleefully executed end-of-chapter plot twists, red herrings and a finale you don’t quite see coming.

Author: Elizabeth Atkinson

ISBN: – 978-0-7613-5604-2

Publisher: Carolhoda Books

Author: Miles Corwin

Publisher: Oceanview Press

ISBN: 978-1-60809-007-5

A book rather like the album it draws its name from - spare, moody and full of surprises.

Author: Stefan Petrucha

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-446-55599-9

In Blood Prophecy Stefan Petrucha succeeds in taking the vampire genre and turning it right onto its head, with this tale of a bloodsucker with a conscience.

Author: Edwidge Danticat

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN : 978-0-691-14018-6

Images of quiet resilience that are perhaps most telling of Danticat’s floating world, of a country picking up the pieces of its shattered identity yet again – a country and a people undeniably guapa. And it is in the unflinching portrayal of these people and this country, in Danticat’s graceful and passionate commitment to bearing witness to their anguish and their joys, that we glimpse her courageous beauty too.

Author: Sherrida Woodley

ISBN: 978-1-936178-18-6

Science fiction intertwines with the story of a woman on the trail of lost love in Sherrida Woodley’s debut novel about a world hurtling toward a horrific apocalypse .

Author: Felix Gilman

Publisher: TOR

ISBN: 978-0-7653-2552-5

Steampunk meets the supernatural in this sweeping tale of a wild, untamed world and the powers that battle for its control. Felix Gilman’s The Half Made World, part one of a duology, is an inventive rewrite of the settling of America, teeming with complex characters, fantastic devices and a dystopian landscape as compelling as it is unsettling.

Author: Ben Tripp

Publisher: Gallery Books

ISBN: 978-1-4391-6516-4

The apocalypse is here... and it’s got bite!

Author: Michael Hoffman

Publisher: Virtual Bookroom Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-60264-605-6

Aside from the writer’s predilection with those twin themes, - Christianity and death by bludgeoning – elements that do not always justify their presence, Little Pieces is an elegant and well observed examination of the human condition

Authors: Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin

Publisher: Chiron Books

ISBN: 978-1-93517807-1

The first in a trilogy from acclaimed authors Coleman and Perrin, Juggler in the Wind is a coming of age story for young adults that offers an interesting take on mythology, with the Greek gods travelling across America as performers in a seedy circus

Author: Patricia Gussin
Oceanview Publishing
ISBN 978-1-933515-81-6

Author: Artie Bennett

Illustrator: Mike Lester

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

ISBN: 978-1-59990-311-8

Here is a book that recognizes that simple and priceless delight

Author: Susan Hill


Publisher: Overlook Press

Right from its rain drenched opening lines, Shadows... draws the reader into its bleak landscape

Author: C. L. Fagan
ISBN: 978-1-60860-416-6
Publisher: Eloquent Books

The book positions itself at an interesting time in history when the idea of a free America is still frowned upon, and even the future fathers of American liberty aggressively support allegiance to the British

Author: Al Riske
Publisher: Luminis Books
ISBN-13: 978-1-935462-32-3

Definitely a book I will keep returning to

Author: Seth Campos
Publisher:Mubby Books
ISBN-13: 978-0-9825417-1-5

As an unabashed comics enthusiast, it is always a pleasure for me to discover a new graphic novel or strip, and Welcome to Beeky Airlines is a great new addition to my shelf

Editor: Christopher Nosnibor
ISBN: 978-0-9556939-2-2
Publisher: Clinicality Press

Be warned, this is not a book for the squeamish or faint hearted

Author: Nastya Polikarpova
Outskirts Press
ISBN: 978-1-4327-3590-6

Author: Justin Allen
Overlook Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-59020-273-9

For all the issues I had with the book, I must say that Year of the Horse redeems  itself with a cracker of a showdown, a very satisfying solution to the mystery of the treasure, and enough tantalizing clues to suggest the possibility of a sequel

Author: Jennifer White
Illustrator: by Colin White
Publisher: BookSurge Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-4392-5983-2

A visual and aural treat for every reader, young and old.

Authors: Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin
ISBN: 978-1-935178-06-4
Publisher: Chiron Books

A heartwarming and thought provoking book about life, growing up and finding purpose

Author: Kathleen S. Wilson
ISBN: 978-1-4392-3065-7
Publisher: Booksurge

A book to read for its interesting vision of the future.

Author: Kimberly Stuart
Publisher: David. C. Cook
ISBN: 978-0-7814-4892-5

Be warned though, the frequent – and very fond - references to food scattered through the book are quite likely to have you bingeing as you read!

Author: Tom and Tess Hannah
Outskirts Press
ISBN: 978-1-4327-1610-3

An enjoyable collection for anyone with a yen for humorous verse

Author: Lynn Freed
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 978 0 15 11288 6

A small but deeply moving tale, voiced by a memorable narrator

Author: Lev Grossman
Publisher: Viking

A must read for its gripping premise, the fierce energy of the first half, and its frank examination of these flawed yet memorable characters.

Author: Catherine M Wilson
Publisher: Shield Maiden Press
ISBN: 10 09815636 1 9

There are characters with potential in a compelling fantasy world, and I do hope that they find the adventures they deserve in the sequels to come.

Author: Paul Martin Midden
Publisher: Millennial Mind Publishing
ISBN:  978- 1-58982-492-8

Toxin offers thriller buffs an enigmatic hero, a startling new enemy and a gripping, suspenseful page turner.

Author . Manjula Naraynan
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 978- 1 - 4389 - 6957- 2

This charming little story by Manjula Naraynan follows a little green pear on his quest for identity and self worth

Author: Preetham Grandhi
Publisher: Sweetwater Books
ISBN: 978-1-59955-235-4

For the reader willing to suspend belief in the rational, this is an engrossing tale of rebirth, preordained fate  and retribution 

Author: Heather McPhaul
Pulisher: Booksurge
ISBN: 1-4196-8627-5

Author Heather McPhaul  has crafted a charming coming of age tale in Raggedy Ann Heart, about  a family struggling to get by in rural West Texas in the 70s.

Author: Bonnie Grove

Publisher: David C Cook
ISBN : 978-1-4347-6641-0

An interesting  and readable book about one woman’s internal journey toward finding herself.

Bich Minh Nguyen
Publisher: Viking
ISBN: 978-0-670-02081-2

A compelling read and  a finely detailed study of the ties that bind us, confound us and make us who we are. 

Author: Alan Cheuse
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-4022-1516-2

Well-crafted, insightful and often profound, a book about finding not just beauty and newness, but also oneself in the journeys that invariably define us - even those of us travelers that are strictly armchair-bound.

Author: Margaret Fenton

Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
ISBN: 1-933515-51-1

'Little Lamb Lost' marks the promising debut of novelist Margaret Fenton, and introduces a new detective into  the mystery genre– Claire Conover

Author: Jan Elvin
Publisher: AMACOM
ISBN: 978-0-8144-1049-3

“Soldiers aren’t the only casualties of war”, says author Jan Elvin in the afterword of this engrossing and well written memoir. ” Their families suffer as well although their battles are fought later, on the home front.” 

Author: Ellen Potter
ISBN: 978-0-399-24705-7
Publisher: Philomel Books

Watch out for one final surprise at the very end – a small yet wonderfully life affirming gesture that had me awestruck, humbled and teary eyed all at once. This is a book I shall keep returning to for a long time. 

Author: Max Frei 
Translator: Polly Ganon
ISBN: 978-1-59020-065-0
Publisher: Overlook Press

The Labyrinths of Echo, a successful Russian series, makes its English debut with The Stranger. Written under the pseudonym Max Frei, the books chronicle the adventures of a young man of the same name in a mysterious world of magic that he visits in his dreams.

Author: Daniel Kalder
ISBN: 978-1-59020-226-5
Publisher: Overlook Press

Strange Telescopes chronicles Kalder's journeys through post-perestroika Russia, Siberia and the Ukraine in search of four  people who  view the world 'through strange telescopes' - individuals that have created alternate realities for themselves.

Author: George Karnikis
Outskirts Press
ISBN: 978-1-4327-2898-4

The word Anastrophe, derives from the Greek word for turning things around, and that is what this ambitious novel envisions for a planet ravaged by environmental degradation and the indiscriminate use of nuclear power.

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