Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

PRAIRIE FIRE by E.K. Johnston
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2015

"Grand, heartbreaking, ennobling and unforgettable. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
This follow-up to the acclaimed The Story of Owen (2014) is part adventure, part alternative history, part friendship story, part ecological fable and all heroic saga.Read full book review >
THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER by Melinda Salisbury
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A slow but satisfying read with impressive depth and emotion. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A peasant girl transplanted to the royal court repeatedly confronts death in her new life as executioner, entertainer and bride. Read full book review >

SALT & STONE by Victoria Scott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Mind-blowingly intense. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
The second half of the race started in Fire & Flood (2014).Read full book review >
STONE IN THE SKY by Cecil Castellucci
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Thoroughly original outer-space scenario wrapped around clunky prose. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
After years trapped on a space station, seething with fury, a girl gets the chance to broaden her horizons. Read full book review >
A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Fantasy fans will love this fast-paced adventure, with its complex magic system, thoughtful hero and bold heroine."
A fast-paced fantasy adventure that takes readers into a series of interconnected worlds ruled by magic—or the lack of it. Read full book review >

SHADOW by Will Elliott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The narrative terminates in what might be dubbed an anti-cliffhanger: It just stops, and what it all adds up to, or where it's going, is anybody's guess.
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Second, and even more bewildering, entry in the Pendulum trilogy (The Pilgrims, 2014).
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EMPIRE by John Connolly
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Should particularly appeal to the more youthful section of the audience, devotees of the Kevin Anderson-Brian Herbert epics and suchlike."
Second in a just-about independently intelligible alien-warfare trilogy (Conquest, 2014) from Connolly (the Charlie Parker mysteries, etc.) and wife Ridyard, who offer a helpful short summary in the first couple of pages.Read full book review >
SILVERWOOD by Betsy Streeter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Nevertheless, Streeter's world is interesting and has potential; here's hoping the writing will improve as the series continues. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
A time-traveling, portal-jumping sci-fi with multiple narrative perspectives. Read full book review >
FIND ME by Laura van den Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A sad story about a sad girl slouching toward the end of the world."
In the last days of modern civilization, a young orphan from Boston makes her way across the dangerous wastelands of America. Read full book review >
FORTUNE'S BLIGHT by Evie Manieri
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Fans of the first volume should find it absorbing and rewarding enough.
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Second in the Shattered Kingdoms series, following Blood's Pride (2013).
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HALF THE WORLD by Joe Abercrombie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Superior in nearly all respects, just lacking that authentic spark of true originality."
The second, independently intelligible, entry in the Shattered Sea trilogy, following Half a King (2014).Read full book review >
EXIGENCY by Michael Siemsen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"A highly recommended, character-driven sci-fi novel in the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein."
In Siemsen's (The Opal, 2013, etc.) sci-fi novel, scientists embark on a long-distance, one-way voyage—and encounter disaster. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >