Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 4)

THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER by Renée Ahdieh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 3, 2016

"Thrillingly full of feeling. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Passion and betrayal; swordfights, spells, and sacrifice; and (of course) a flying carpet—all spill over in this culmination of the lush reimagining of The Arabian Nights that began with The Wrath and the Dawn (2015).Read full book review >
THE MAP OF BONES by Francesca Haig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A powerful post-apocalyptic story with unusual emotional depth and clear, often beautiful language, this is one genre fans won't want to miss."
This sequel to The Fire Sermon (2015) extends and deepens its story of a post-apocalyptic world riven by war. Read full book review >

A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 3, 2016

"Hits the spot for fans of dark, lush, sexy fantasy. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
After the events of A Court of Thorns and Roses (2015), Feyre struggles to pull herself back together while imminent threats loom.Read full book review >
The Chronicles of Spartak by Steven A. Coulter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2016

"An overripe but still entertaining gay fantasia."
A multitalented, bisexual, teenage slave becomes a symbol of freedom in this debut sci-fi saga. Read full book review >
The Communication Room by Adam Aresty
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 27, 2016

"A sci-fi tale that will stay in readers' minds as they ponder the value of human connection in times of crisis."
In this futuristic, psychological horror novel, aliens control and victimize members of the human race. Read full book review >

SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain Neuvel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"Like the giant alien artifact in the story, this novel is so much more than the sum of its parts—a page-turner of the highest order!"
This stellar debut novel—revolving around a top-secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens—masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >
THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN by Roshani Chokshi
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 26, 2016

"Richly imagined, deeply mythic, filled with lovely language with violet overtones: this is an author to watch even if she's not there yet. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
In a fantasy world influenced by Indian mythology, a young princess lives in scorn because of the horoscope that decrees she will marry "death and destruction." Read full book review >
THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 26, 2016

"Stiefvater couldn't write a bad book, and this isn't one, but it is a disappointment after years of glorious buildup. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A group of Virginia teenagers finally finds a long-buried Welsh king in this conclusion to the four-part Raven Cycle. Read full book review >
THE LAST FULL MEASURE by Trent Reedy
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 26, 2016

"An action-packed tale of a future readers will hope never happens. (Thriller. 14 & up)"
The Divided We Fall Trilogy series concludes with the United States on the brink of destruction. Read full book review >
The Buried Symbol by Jeffrey L. Kohanek
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2016

"While it shows potential, this tale lays the groundwork for future installments instead of delivering a rousing adventure."
A poor young man strives to rise above his station in a rigid society stratified into strict castes in this debut fantasy novel, the first in The Runes of Issalia series.Read full book review >
Dreadlands by Jaimie Engle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2016

"A solid, journeyman effort that shows signs of trying to break free of epic-fantasy tropes but never truly flies."
Engle (The Dredge, 2015, etc.) weaves Viking lore, animalistic shape-shifters, and coming-of-age adventure into a fantasy epic. Read full book review >
NETTLE KING by Katherine Harbour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 19, 2016

"Readers invested in the series will want to follow Finn on her latest adventure, but this book will likely appeal to fans only."
Teenagers face down supernatural dangers in this moody faerie-tale drama. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >