Category Archives: Fiction

By The Time You Read This by Lola Jaye

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 346 pages, 2008 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: A summer read that had some buzz around it. Synopsis: Lois barely remembers her dad, who died when she was only five, but when she turns thirteen, she discovers that he thought ahead and left her a manual: tips, advice, and just chit-chat […]

The Fidelity Files by Jessica Brody

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 422 pages, 2008 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: Summer reading. Synopsis: Jennifer Hunter gets paid well for a job she doesn’t want anyone to know about – she’s a ‘fidelity inspector,’ which means women hire her to find out if their men would have every intention of cheating if Jennifer didn’t […]

The Romantics by Galt Niederhoffer

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 277 pages, 2008 Rating: 8/10 Reason for Reading: I was drawn to the cover – the taped-up rose combined with the title made me think this was the sort of love/hate story I was in the mood to read. Synopsis: A group of college friends meet up again six years later […]

Close by Martina Cole

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 500 pages, 2006 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: I read comparisons to the HBO show The Sopranos and I was ridiculously thrilled to have something to read in a similar vein. Synopsis: Close is the story of a family – a mob family as well as the ‘mom, dad, and kids’ […]

Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 364 pages, 2008 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: I love reading books set in India and Africa and this met the latter requirement. Synopsis: In this collection of five short stories (though I’d make the argument that two of them approach novella length), each story focuses on children in a different […]

Sail by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 388 pages, 2008 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I’ve read a few of Patterson’s books a number of years back but took a break when they seemed to be getting a little too fluffy for my tastes…but enough time has passed to try again. Synopsis: Katherine Dunne is disappointed to leave […]

How the Other Half Hamptons by Jasmin Rosemberg

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Trade, 320 pages, 2008 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: Remember that episode of Sex and the City where the women get a place in the Hamptons and craziness happens, especially with Charlotte pretending to be younger in order to date someone? I figured any place that brought that out in people was […]

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 439 pages, 2008 Rating: 10/10 Reason for Reading: Always happy to try out a new thriller author – especially one who had a big-name director (Ridley Scott, American Gangster) attached to the movie adaptation a year before his debut novel was even in stores. Synopsis: It’s hard for atrocities to stand […]

Madapple by Christina Meldrum

Reviewed by L.D.Y. Hardcover, 404 pages, 2008 Rating: 9/10 Reason for Reading: I like to check out the occasional ‘aimed at teens but also for adults’ type of novel. Synopsis: 16-year-old Aslaug’s mother has mysteriously passed away and she finds herself living between two worlds: the harsh yet ethereal place of her mother and her […]