Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 8)

The War of Words by Amy Neftzger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2016

"Engaging characters and an imaginative plot make for a satisfying read."
Neftzger's fantasy novel refreshes the conventions of the genre while meeting readers' expectations of it. Read full book review >
BLOOD PASSAGE by Heather Demetrios
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2016

"Here's hoping the third book arrives faster than a jinni can manifest a glass of spiced Arjinnan wine. (Fantasy. 15 & up)"
After three years of servitude under a greedy half-human/half-jinn master, jinni slave Nalia Aisouri'Taifyeh is free—almost. Read full book review >

BLACK CITY SAINT by Richard A. Knaak
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Melodramatic and forgettable."
A legendary figure-turned-paranormal investigator protects Prohibition-era Chicago against otherworldly influences in the first of a series by an author best known for his epic fantasy (The Horned Blade, 2015). Read full book review >
THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC by Mark Tompkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"The bones of a great fantasy are here, but most readers will find the book slow going."
A half-goddess, a Vatican mercenary, kings, queens, warriors, and faery creatures battle for control of Ireland in this historical fantasy adventure. Read full book review >
ARKWRIGHT by Allen Steele
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"A predictable tale that boldly goes where no one should have gone."
In Hugo Award-winning author Steele's (V-S Day, 2014, etc.) latest novel, a popular science-fiction writer aims to colonize space.Read full book review >

THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WHEEL by R.S. Belcher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Could Belcher be stretching himself too thin? Let's give him the benefit of the doubt, for now."
Because Belcher isn't busy enough writing an occult Western (The Shotgun Arcana, 2014) and a contemporary paranormal noir series (Nightwise, 2015), he begins a new contemporary horror/dark fantasy series with this novel. Read full book review >
BORDERLINE by Mishell Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"An enjoyable fantasy mystery that tackles physical disability and mental illness without sacrificing diverting, fast-paced storytelling."
In a debut novel that promises to be the first volume of an engaging urban fantasy series, Baker introduces a hard-edged but appealing heroine and a version of Los Angeles that pairs Hollywood with a magical parallel world. Read full book review >
Waterwight by Laurel McHargue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 29, 2016

"Striking dreamscapes make this tale about a heroine who can fly a fine first outing in a planned series."
In this YA adventure, a girl orphaned by global cataclysm searches for a new home, encountering talking animals and discovering she possesses special powers. Read full book review >
The Rampart Guards by Wendy Terrien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 26, 2016

"A delightful novel that delivers a tightly plotted, character-driven story about a hero confronting wondrous creatures."
This first installment of a projected paranormal fantasy series chronicles the adventures of a 14-year-old boy who, after dealing with the disappearance of his mother, moves to another state. Read full book review >
BEHOLD THE BONES by Natalie C. Parker
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Shines with spooky Southern charm. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
Following Beware the Wild (2014), Candy and the supernatural swamp have unfinished business.Read full book review >
THE FORBIDDEN WISH by Jessica Khoury
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Dripping in magic, strong women, and forbidden love. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A Middle East-inspired fantasy version of "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp." Read full book review >
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 >
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 >