Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE MARKED GIRL by Lindsey Klingele
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 21, 2016

"Fast, light, and lacking in substance. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A teen girl's destiny crosses with that of a prince from another world. Read full book review >
WAYPOINT KANGAROO by Curtis C. Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Debut novelist Chen has created an engaging character and a rich, believable world. Sci-fi fans will love this fun, high-tech adventure."
A fast-paced spy thriller set on a cruise ship to Mars. Read full book review >

IN THE SHADOW OF THE GODS by Rachel Dunne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Antiheroes carry the day—and maybe save it—in this dark tale of pragmatism and survival."
Five strangers form a tense alliance to stop the release of two gods bound centuries ago in Dunne's debut novel, a semifinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel (2014). Read full book review >
TITANBORN by Rhett C. Bruno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"This solar-system-spanning mystery will scratch the genre itch."
A futuristic thriller set in a solar system teetering on the brink of revolution. Read full book review >
STEEPLEJACK by A.J.  Hartley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 14, 2016

"Smart political intrigue wrapped in all the twists and turns of a good detective story makes for a rip-roaring series opener. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
This latest novel from Hartley (Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 2014, etc.), his debut for teens, is social commentary masquerading as crime fiction masquerading as fantasy.Read full book review >

LEAGUE OF DRAGONS by Naomi Novik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Not the finest entry in the sequence, being slow to gather momentum and somewhat patchy, but overall a satisfying conclusion to a remarkable series."
Ninth, and last, of the Temeraire historical fantasy series (Blood of Tyrants, 2013, etc.), reimagining the Napoleonic Wars in a world where humans coexist with intelligent dragons. Read full book review >
THE LONG COSMOS by Terry Pratchett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Scientist Baxter's naturally rather pedantic and dispassionate tone needed more of the warmth and wit of the late fantasist Pratchett (who died in 2015)."
Final installment of the series (The Long Utopia, 2015, etc.) wherein Earth is one of an indefinite sequence of worlds occupying the same space but separated by some higher dimension (one can almost hear Pratchett murmur, "Nobody knew for certain, but it was probably quantum"). Read full book review >
Moonburner by Claire Luana
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"A promising start to a fantasy series that delivers a superb sense of fun and strong female characters who are both heroes and villains."
A debut secondary-world fantasy charts the story of two peoples at war across a backdrop of mysticism, celestial power, and forbidden love. Read full book review >
THE LAST DAYS OF NEW PARIS by China Miéville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2016

"Despite its clever concept, this novella feels a little too much like listening to someone go on and on about his dreams."
A surrealist collage of a novella: part fantasy, part alternate history, part catalogue raisonné. Read full book review >
The Last Sunset by Clark Hays
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2016

"The stakes are higher than ever in the latest chapter of this outstandingly entertaining vampire series.
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In this fourth book in The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection, Lizzie, Tucker, and the others will have to put aside their differences when an ancient enemy emerges from the shadows. Read full book review >
THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 7, 2016

"Crackling with energy, just the ticket for an all-night read. (Futuristic fantasy/horror. 15 & up)"
Natural enemies find themselves reluctant allies in a war-torn, monstrous future. Read full book review >
AUTUMN PRINCESS, DRAGON CHILD by Lian Hearn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Even those immune to the charms of fantasy and operatic tribal warfare can admire Hearn's skill at juggling so many characters who defy fairy-tale simplicity."
The second installment in Hearn's The Tale of Shikanoko series about a mythical version of feudal Japan. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Swan Huntley
June 27, 2016

In Swan Huntley’s debut novel We Could Be Beautiful, Catherine West has spent her entire life surrounded by beautiful things. She owns an immaculate Manhattan apartment, she collects fine art, she buys exquisite handbags and clothing, and she constantly redecorates her home. And yet, despite all this, she still feels empty. One night, at an art opening, Catherine meets William Stockton, a handsome man who shares her impeccable taste and love of beauty. He is educated, elegant, and even has a personal connection—his parents and Catherine's parents were friends years ago. But as he and Catherine grow closer, she begins to encounter strange signs, and her mother, Elizabeth (now suffering from Alzheimer’s), seems to have only bad memories of William as a boy. In Elizabeth’s old diary she finds an unnerving letter from a former nanny that cryptically reads: “We cannot trust anyone . . . “ Is William lying about his past? “Huntley’s debut stands out not for its thrills but rather for her hawkish eye for social detail and razor-sharp wit,” our reviewer writes. “An intoxicating escape; as smart as it is fun.” View video >