Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

MARKED by Jenny Martin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 17, 2016

"Derivative, fast-paced brain candy. (Dystopian adventure. 12 & up)"
Fugitive Phee and the rebellion face off against villainous tyrant King Charlie in this duology closer. Read full book review >
THE CROWN'S GAME by Evelyn Skye
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 17, 2016

"Wildly romantic, wholly immersive, and gloriously over-the-top. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A star-crossed pair is magically compelled to duel to the death in this sumptuous, Tolstoy-flavored fantasy debut. Read full book review >

DOMINION by John Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"A yarn that makes little claim to originality but offers appealing characters and an involving narrative to devotees of easy-reading space operas."
An alien-warfare trilogy (Empire, 2015, etc.) culminates with white-hat aliens, black-hat aliens, young human survivors, and evil brain-sucking parasites battling to a gruesome finish. Read full book review >
COMPANY TOWN by Madeline Ashby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Begins with vivid characters and solid worldbuilding bones but doesn't entirely hang together."
A teenage genius and his bodyguard uncover unpleasant corporate secrets and face a potentially otherworldly threat in this near-future sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
THE GOD WAVE by Patrick Hemstreet
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 17, 2016

"A flat-out astonishing debut."
In this sci-fi debut, a team of neuroscientists exposes new capabilities in the brain that may steer human evolution toward miraculous—and deadly—frontiers. Read full book review >

TIME ZERO by Carolyn Cohagan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 16, 2016

"Girl power need not be Islamophobic—but this book is. (Dystopian romance. 14 & up)"
In Cohagan's dystopian theocracy of New York City, women and girls wear face-covering veils and modest clothes and are forbidden to read, and the men wear beards and tunics. Read full book review >
All Good Children by Dayna Ingram
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 13, 2016

"An absorbing and poignant YA dystopian fantasy with a convincing heroine."
A teenager works through her emotional turmoil while waiting to become a sacrificial offering to aliens in this sci-fi melodrama. Read full book review >
CHILDREN OF EARTH AND SKY by Guy Gavriel Kay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"The historical setting is lush, well-researched, and well-painted, but Kay runs a risk of readers finding the history to be his strongest character."
Kay (River of Stars, 2013, etc.) makes another incursion into a world but a quarter-turn from our own past in a historical fantasy connected by a thin thread of continuity to his Lions of Al-Rassan. Read full book review >
ADMIRAL by Sean Danker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"A not-very-thrilling thriller dressed up in mediocre sci-fi clothing."
The first in a series of sci-fi military thrillers finds a crew fighting to stay alive amid mysterious circumstances. Read full book review >
THE CHIMES by Anna Smaill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2016

"Entrancingly poetic and engagingly plotted, this is a story that brims with heart and soul."
A melodic, immersive dystopian tale set in a London where writing is lost and song has replaced story. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >