Dark fan­tasy

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BOOKS - Com­piled by ROUWEN LIN Black Mamba Boy Black Swan Ris­ing I Heart Paris Im­mor­tal Beloved Katie Up And Down The Hall Per­son­ally, I Blame My Fairy God­mother Saraswati Park The Killing Place

JAuthor: Nafida Mohamed Pub­lisher: Harper, 278 pages AMA is a 10-year-old boy who grew up on the streets of Aden, a vi­brant and an­cient sea­port filled with raga­muffins and vagabonds. He can barely re­mem­ber his fa­ther.

When his mother dies and he loses ev­ery­thing he has in his life, he re­alises that his only chance of sur­vival lies in find­ing his fa­ther. He knows that his fa­ther is well and alive in Bri­tain, and so he sets out on a jour­ney that will take him through war-torn Su­dan, Eritrea, Egypt and Pales­tine.

This is a story of the scars war leaves be­hind, and of a lit­tle boy’s long walk to free­dom. Author: Lee Car­roll Pub­lisher: Ban­tam Press, 396 pages GARET James is a 26-year-old jew­ellery de­signer who lives with her fa­ther in a town house that also houses his art. As the eco­nomic cri­sis threat­ens to ruin them, she stum­bles across a strange an­tique shop and is told to open a sil­ver box that has been sol­dered shut. The moment she does it, thieves break into her house and steals the box and some valu­able paint­ings.

The po­lice sus­pect her fa­ther of at­tempt­ing an in­surance fraud. Set­ting out to clear his name, she dis­cov­ers that she is de­scended from a long line of women who guard the bar­ri­ers be­tween this world and the su­per­nat­u­ral realm. Author: Lind­sey Kelk Pub­lisher: Harper, 312 pages AN­GELA is in the City of Love, but ro­mance is tak­ing a nose-dive ... She should have known it sounded too good to be true when boyfriend Alex sug­gested a Parisian hol­i­day at the very the same time as fashion mag­a­zine Belle asks her to write an ar­ti­cle.

Be­cause, as she is wan­der­ing around the quaint city, she spots Alex cosy­ing up to his ex. With London and her old life only a train ride away, An­gela is more than ready to flee for the com­fort of home. But should she stay and

fight for her man in­stead? Author: Cate Tier­nan Pub­lisher: Lit­tle, Brown and Com­pany, 407 pages FOR one whole cen­tury, the im­mor­tal Nastasya has been liv­ing life as an ex­tremely spoiled party girl. She has al­most for­got­ten about the vi­o­lent and fa­tal tragedy that robbed her of her fam­ily and her birthright. But when she wit­nesses her best friend, a dark im­mor­tal, tor­ture a hu­man, she flees the scene.

Seek­ing refuge at a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion­tion cen­tre, she meets a sexy im­mor­tal who seems linked to her past. She knows that dan­ger lurks close but it doesn’t stop her from fall­ing for him. This is the first of a new tril­ogy from this fan­tasy and young adult fic­tion writer. Author: Glenn Plaskin Pub­lisher: Cen­tre Street, 254 pages JOUR­NAL­IST and New York City res­i­dent Glenn Plaskin shares the story of how his beloved cocker spaniel, Katie, brought him closer to his neigh­bours and turned an apart­ment build­ing of strangers into a fam­ily.

Katie charms ev­ery­oneone she comes into con­tact with: an el­derly cou­ple, a sin­gle dad and his young son, a dog-pho­bic guy. She ac­com­pa­nies Plaskin on his in­ter­views, re­ceives a Christ­mas gift from Ivana Trump her­self, stars as Toto in a the­atre pro­duc­tion of The Wizard Of Oz and makes it into page six of The New York Post! Author: Clau­dia Car­roll Pub­lisher: Avon, 411 pages IN this re­verse Cin­derella tale, Jessie Woods lives in a pink man­sion and has a dream boyfriend. She’s a dare­devil TV host and has more than enough shoes to last a life­time.

To her horror, she wakes up one morn­ing to find that her prince isn’t quite so charm­ing and her party-lov­ing friends have all dis­ap­peared. Heart­bro­ken and job­less, Jessie is forced to re­turn home to live with her step­mother and two evil step­sis­ters.

Is there a happy end­ing for our damsel in dis­tress or is she doomed to scrub the fire­place for­ever? Author: An­jali Joseph Pub­lisher: Fourth Es­tate, 261 pages THE city of Bom­bay never sleeps, but you can still find lit­tle en­claves of peace and quiet if you search hard enough.

In one such place, Mo­han, a mid­dle-aged let­ter writer sits un­der a banyan tree and col­lects old books. He lives with his wife, Lakshmi, who leaves to mourn the death of a sib­ling.

Their nephew, 19-year-old Ashish, puts up at their place. He em­barks on an af­fair with a rich boy in col­lege and then be­comes the toy boy of his English tu­tor.

As Mo­han scrib­bles away in the mar­gins of the books he col­lects, he won­ders what is to be­come of Ashish’s life and whether his wife will ever re­turn. Author: Tess Ger­rit­sen Pub­lisher: Ban­tam Press, 322 pages SOME­THING very strange is go­ing on in the snow­bound vil­lage of King­dom Come, Wy­oming. Twelve iden­ti­cal houses are aban­doned and meals re­main un­touched on din­ing room ta­bles. Maura Isles finds her­self trapped in this place while a snow­storm rages out­side.

A few days later, she dis­ap­pears. Her friend, Jane, comes look­ing for her, but ev­ery­one thinks it is too late: a crashed ve­hi­cle has been found with four badly burned bod­ies in­side.

The au­thor­i­ties as­sume that one of the women is Maura. But Jane thinks that the truth lies in King­dom Come, buried un­der six feet of snow.

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