Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE WICKED WILL RISE  by Danielle Paige
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 31, 2015

"Readers who liked Volume 1 will be perfectly happy waiting with this sequel for the series climax. (Dystopian fantasy. 12 & up)"
In Oz, the rebellion begun in Dorothy Must Die (2014) continues as its players regroup.Read full book review >
VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK by Marie Brennan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 27, 2015

"Fans of this charming series won't be disappointed."
Third in Brennan's fine natural-history fantasy series, set six years after the events detailed in The Tropic of Serpents (2014).Read full book review >

AFTER MIND by Spencer Wolf
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2015

"A rewarding tesseract of a novel that doesn't release its secrets easily."
A sci-fi debut about a boy who's deathly afraid of water and the family who helps reconstruct his mind after a tragic accident. Read full book review >
ICEFALL by Gillian Philip
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 24, 2015

"Teenage angst with bells and whistles—still, it's the formula that series regulars know and relish."
The concluding part of the Rebel Angels series (Wolfsbane, 2014, etc.) which, following a fine opening book, has slipped further downhill with each successive entry. Read full book review >
HALF WILD by Sally Green
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 24, 2015

"A character-driven page-turner offering both emotional depth and gory thrills. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
After he's abandoned once again by his infamous Black Witch father (Half Bad, 2013), Nathan grapples with his new, unruly magical gift and risks everything to save his true love.Read full book review >

THE DOOR IN THE MOON by Catherine Fisher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 24, 2015

"Engrossing and addictive. (Science fiction/fantasy. 12 & up)"
Past, present and future collide; science fiction melds with fantasy and historical thriller in the third volume of this genre-blending quartet. Read full book review >
HARRISON SQUARED by Daryl Gregory
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 24, 2015

"Superior, with plenty of crossover teen appeal."
New dark fantasy from the author of the splendid Afterparty (2014, etc.).Read full book review >
A BLINK OF THE SCREEN by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 17, 2015

"One of the main draws of this collection for serious fans, or aspiring writers, will be the chance to trace the evolution of Pratchett's craft—but there's plenty here for readers who have never heard of him to enjoy."
A short story collection covering the entire career of one of our most prolific, and beloved, fantasy writers. Read full book review >
THE DOORS YOU MARK ARE YOUR OWN by Aleksandr Tuvim
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"An epic novel of good and evil that may have more ambition than its story can support."
In a dark future where water is scarce and disease runs rampant, a young revolutionary plots the downfall of an authoritarian government. Read full book review >
SHADOW SCALE by Rachel Hartman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"Dragon fiction has never flown higher. Seraphina's adventures may be over, but here's hoping there are more Goreddi tales to come. (map, cast of characters, glossary) (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Having come to terms with her own heritage, both dragon and human, Seraphina is back for more, following her eponymous first outing (2012). Read full book review >
THE ORPHAN QUEEN by Jodi Meadows
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"Despite what's possibly the most agonizing cliffhanger since Catching Fire, genre fans will find it worth their time. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A displaced teenage queen acts as a thief, spy and vigilante while plotting to reclaim her throne. Read full book review >
THE DICKENS MIRROR by Ilsa J. Bick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"An ambitious, atmospheric, not-entirely-successful attempt at a head trip. (Fantasy/horror. 14 & up)"
The world-hopping adventure begun in the previous volume (White Space, 2014) concludes in a new Now, a Victorian London crumbling right out from under the characters.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >