About The Navi Review & Navidad Thelamour

20160217_164216The Navi Review is a no holds barred, authentic and candid look at the novels, short story collections and non-fiction works out today. If you’re deciding whether or not a book is worth the money–or the time–turn here to get the honest scoop on it before plunging into your wallet on an unsure bet!

Navidad is a former literary agent, one-time Managing Editor of Southern Fried Karma Press, novelist and short story writer. Her novel, Snakes and Ladders, is currently under review for publication, and she is currently completing a short story collection that goes by the following description:

A collection of enigmatic and intriguing creative narratives that delves into the female psyche in her quest for sensuality, absolution, revenge and fulfillment. A new literary aesthetic, these are the anti-fairy tale stories for the totally modern woman and the modern age, a veritable celebration of life and what it truly means to be a woman…

She has a B.A. in English, Creative Writing from Georgia State University and M.A. in Publishing from Kingston University, London. She’s worked within the walls of publishing greats such as Random House, Little, Brown and Hachette, as well as at phenomenal non-fiction houses such as Zed Books.

Drop her a line or question anytime; start a raucous debate or add your input in a comment; no holds barred! Want Navidad to review your next book, edit your manuscript for publication, or to partner with your literary journal, publishing house, or review site on review projects and author interviews? Looking to be a guest writer for a post here at The Navi Review or for Navi to write a post on your blog? Email her at navidad.thelamour@gmail.com. And don’t forget to follow the blog on Twitter @thenavireview AND on Goodreads!

short stories, Southern Gothic fiction, African American fiction, great character pieces and mind benders of any sort–any genre, Millennial lens reads, non-fiction that uncovers new, poignant truths & debunks myths


Navidad’s Review Aesthetic:

The key to my heart is a REALLY good character piece! A novel that peels back the layers of humanity for true examination, even if I have to bring out my tissues! My favs explore every ism you can think of, and if there are Gothic elements (not commercial horror, fantasy, paranormal — true GOTHIC) I’ll be in love for sure. My life changing reads have been A Rose For Emily by William Faulkner, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Recitatif by Toni Morrison and for contemporary shorts: The Paperhanger by William Gay, A House on the Plains by E.L. Doctorow. Full-length reads A Little Life, Everything I Never Told You, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Gone with the Wind, The Emperor of Ocean Park, New England White.
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Star System:

1 star – Could barely finish, Never, Ever Again shelf
2 star – Meh, Could have done without this read
3 star – Average
4 star – Really Liked
5 star – In LOVE with this one!

Then there’s the coveted, Oh, Where’ve You Been All My Life shelf — life-changing (or at least mentality-changing) reads!