Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

LONG MAY SHE REIGN by Rhiannon Thomas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A thoughtful and thrilling tale. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
The mass poisoning of a royal court leaves a girl suddenly queen. Read full book review >
Earth: Legend of the End by Adam Hatefi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2017

"This scanty apocalyptic tale has heroes galore but not much substance."
Legendary figures battle over the fate of the world in Hatefi's debut fantasy novel. Read full book review >

WINTER OF THE GODS  by Jordanna Max Brodsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A preposterous page-turner."
A follow-up to The Immortals (2016) in which ancient Greek gods assume 21st-century identities and band together to fight a threat to their millennia-old existence. Read full book review >
GILDED CAGE  by Vic James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An absorbing first installment that presages an intriguing new fantasy series."
In a debut novel, James introduces readers to an alternate modern-day England where enticing drama and social unrest mix with aristocratic scandal and glamorous magic. Read full book review >
ISLAND OF EXILES by Erica Cameron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A fresh, original series starter bolstered by a dynamic protagonist and a welcome sense of depth."
Cameron (Assassins: Nemesis, 2017, etc.) tells a YA fantasy tale about a "nyshin"—a warrior, mage, and hunter—on a desert island rife with danger.Read full book review >

Squawk by Craig Halloran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"Primarily a setup for subsequent novels, but the boy-dragon duo makes this an admirable tale all its own."
In this opening of Halloran's (Trial of the Dragon, 2016, etc.) latest YA fantasy series, a teen in a post-apocalyptic world endures totalitarian rulers and bonds with a dragon like no other.Read full book review >
MELHARA by Jocelyn Tollefson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A violent, dramatic, and ultimately hopeful debut despite some pacing issues."
In this contemporary horror/fantasy novel, a Canadian woman confronts her destiny when a demon claims her as his queen. Read full book review >
AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE by Shaun David Hutchinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An earthy, existential coming-of-age gem. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
If your boyfriend is erased from history, is it because the universe is shrinking, or have you totally lost your mind? Read full book review >
WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Like fruit from the Goblin Market: luscious at first bite but ultimately overripe, cloying, and empty. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Germanic legends and the Persephone myth blend with the Labyrinth film to deliver a torrid fantasy romance. Read full book review >
HEART OF THE STORM by Michael Buckley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Despite some pacing hiccups, a series ender packed with action, scary enemies, and satisfying character arcs. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Half-human, half-Sirena white teenager Lyric faces the biggest threat to the world yet in this trilogy closer. Read full book review >
THE STARS ARE LEGION by Kameron Hurley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Perhaps not satisfying in a conventional way; but then, it's clearly not meant to be."
A warrior without a past and her treacherous lover fight to bring their literally decaying world a new future in this thought-provoking space opera. Read full book review >
GUARDIAN OF SECRETS by Brenda Drake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A fantasy that embraces its love-triangle motif and deftly manages to create a believably fragile political system at risk of collapse—unless the heroine can save it."
Magic and mayhem return to the world's libraries in this YA sequel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >