Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

WICKED LIKE A WILDFIRE by Lana Popovic
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Those looking for fantasy with diversity may find themselves bewitched. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Reminiscent of Practical Magic, this sensory-rich debut and series opener highlights the mysteries of life, death, and love for modern twin witches. Read full book review >
THE STONE SKY by N.K.  Jemisin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Painful and powerful."
Jemisin concludes her Broken Earth trilogy (The Obelisk Gate, 2016, etc.), about a vengeful Earth whose tectonic instability can be controlled by the despised and feared orogenes. Read full book review >

THE COURT OF BROKEN KNIVES  by Anna Smith Spark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Should appeal to grimdark fans looking for the extreme edge; others may well find it nasty, brutish, and not short enough."
Fantasy debut and first of a series from an author whose Twitter handle is @queenofgrimdark; it first appeared earlier this year in the U.K. Read full book review >
THE LEAGUE OF GOVERNORS by Wendy Terrien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2017

"A strong continuation of a teen fantasy series that doesn't shy away from life's darker side."
In the second book of her YA paranormal fantasy series, Terrien (The Rampart Guards, 2016) pits her 14-year-old hero against the insidious forces of authoritarianism.Read full book review >
THE CLAN CALLING by Wendy Terrien
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 11, 2017

"A fresh installment with a realistic protagonist whom teens will want to follow into the realms of the paranormal."
In Terrien's (The Rampart Guards, 2016) YA fantasy sequel, a teenager comes face to face with shape-shifters and unwanted responsibilities.Read full book review >

SHIMMER AND BURN by Mary Taranta
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Even those readers who adore misery and squalor might find this a bit much. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
A grimdark fantasy debut opens with the 6-year-old heroine's mother stabbing her through the heart, and it's all downhill from there. Read full book review >
THE HEARTS WE SOLD by Emily Lloyd-Jones
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A dark fantasy brimming with passion and peril. (Paranormal suspense. 15-adult)"
A girl sells her heart to a demon to escape abusive parents, unwittingly signing up for more than she bargained for. Read full book review >
THE NEW VOICES OF FANTASY by Peter S. Beagle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A stellar anthology that proves not only that fantasy is alive and well, but that it will be for years to come."
A companion piece of sorts to Beagle's critically acclaimed anthology, The Secret History of Fantasy (2010)—a collection of stories that transcended the conventions and clichés of contemporary fantasy—Beagle and Weisman's latest contains 19 comparable stories from some of the genre's most innovative and exciting new voices. Read full book review >
THE CLOCKWORK DYNASTY by Daniel H. Wilson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A thrilling mix of influences, much like Sylvain Neuvel's Sleeping Giants (2016) and HBO's Westworld, that creates a captivating scenario begging for many sequels."
A feisty young anthropologist discovers a secret civilization of mechanical souls. Read full book review >
BLACK LIGHT EXPRESS  by Philip Reeve
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Hop aboard and prepare for the ride of your life. (glossary) (Science fiction. 12-adult)"
Reeve picks his story up directly after Railhead (2016), with more of everything, from destruction to fun.Read full book review >
ASTRODIAC by Eric Kitchen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An often riveting tale that develops its characters as well as it does its steadily paced narrative."
In Kitchen's debut fantasy-adventure, a supernaturally gifted, elite few become targets for murder. Read full book review >
THE FALL OF LILITH by Vashti Quiroz-Vega
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A well-written, descriptive, and dark creation story."
Fallen angels battle for survival in Quiroz-Vega's (The Basement, 2013) fantasy novel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >