Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 6)

A GATHERING OF SHADOWS by V.E. Schwab
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Fans of A Darker Shade of Magic will love its sequel, and fantasy fans who haven't yet read the first book in this series should hurry to catch up."
An absorbing fantasy adventure set in a world where magic can be a gift—or a weapon. Read full book review >
BITTER BITE by Jennifer Estep
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"An intense yet engaging urban fantasy jaunt."
Retired paranormal underworld assassin Gin Blanco can handle almost any physical threat, but when a figure from her past returns to charm her best friend and foster brother into a close relationship, she's convinced the woman is up to no good. Read full book review >

Albatross by R.A. MacAvoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2016

"An unusual, if initially slow-going, story that offers a pairing that's as creative as it is unexpected."
MacAvoy (Tea with the Black Dragon, 2014, etc.) and debut author Palmer offer a novel about a fugitive physicist and a renegade investigator who helps him.Read full book review >
Casimir Bridge by Darren Beyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2016

"Nefarious bigwigs, collusion, and galactic jumps against a cosmic backdrop; readers should definitely want to come back for more."
Interstellar travel is possible in the early 22nd century thanks to a much-desired element that one company controls and others will go to great lengths to take in this debut sci-fi adventure. Read full book review >
MARKED by Laura Williams McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"An original, textured page-turner. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Lyla is 16, and her only goal is to keep her seat in the Bright—the section of school for the smartest children—and earn the best grades so that she may go on to university one day and become an inventor. Read full book review >

THE RULE OF MIRRORS by Caragh M. O'Brien
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A middle volume that's elevated with its explorations of identity. (Science fantasy. 12 & up)"
After The Vault of Dreamers (2014), Rosie's split consciousness struggles to evade her old enemies and unravel the conspiracy.Read full book review >
THE ORION PLAN by Mark Alpert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Alpert, one of the best writers after Michael Crichton at transforming futuristic science into believable fiction, devises such a scary scenario here, it's a shame he doesn't develop it further."
In Alpert's latest nanotech thriller, a space probe from a solar system 200 light-years away lands with an explosive bang in a marginal area of Manhattan, infecting several park regulars with malevolent alien technology. Read full book review >
GLASS SWORD by Victoria Aveyard
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"This too-long heroine's journey requires that the next volume provide sufficient fireworks to keep readers invested in the planned four-book series. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Reborn as the infamous "lightning girl," Mare struggles to build an army of newbloods to face the murderous new king. Read full book review >
MORNING STAR by Pierce Brown
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"An ambitious and satisfying conclusion to a monumental saga."
Brown completes his science-fiction trilogy with another intricately plotted and densely populated tome, this one continuing the focus on a rebellion against the imperious Golds. Read full book review >
THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US by Emily Skrutskie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 8, 2016

"Personal and cultural complexities distinguish this fresh and fascinating look at a lawless future. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
The world's geopolitical balance rests on a genetically modified sea monster and his 17 1/2-year-old trainer. Can she resist the adrenaline rush of a pirate's life to keep the world aright? Read full book review >
Return of the Convict by William Alan Thomas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2016

"An exciting, thought-provoking, futuristic narrative that transcends its Dickensian-mashup origins."
In Thomas' sci-fi novel, a dying renegade returns to Earth from a Mars penal colony to connect with his secret ward—a young man undergoing cyberenhancements to take his place in tomorrow's elite. Read full book review >
The Pit by L.A. Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2016

"An intoxicating variant of the afterlife through the eyes of auspicious characters."
Hell is split into two factions, with one side searching for redemption while both recruit the Newly Dead for an inevitable war in this debut supernatural thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >