Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE STRANGE CASE OF THE ALCHEMIST'S DAUGHTER by Theodora  Goss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 2017

"Despite a potential-laden premise that stands out from the many character-mashup stories on the market, this collection of parts fails to come alive."
The daughters of literature's most infamous scientists band together in Goss' (Red as Blood and White as Bone, 2016, etc.) Gothic adventure story. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO WINTER by Mark Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 13, 2017

"A breakout new series full of romance, danger, and a surprisingly engaging world. (Post-apocalyptic adventure. 14-adult)"
A deadly virus has devastated the population of Australia, leaving pockets of humanity to survive as best as they can. Read full book review >

MIDNIGHT AT THE ELECTRIC by Jodi Lynn Anderson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 13, 2017

"Deft, succinct, and ringing with emotion without ever dipping into sentimentality, Anderson's novel is both intriguing and deeply satisfying. (Science/historical fiction. 12-adult)"
In the year 2065, 16-year-old Adri Ortiz is one of the hardworking, talented few chosen to colonize Mars. Read full book review >
THE SPACE BETWEEN THE STARS by Anne Corlett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"Terrible science and even worse fiction."
An off-world colonist struggles to return to Earth in the wake of an interplanetary plague in this debut novel. Read full book review >
THE BONE QUEEN by Alison Croggon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 13, 2017

"Magnificent yet intimate, dark yet tender. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Croggon takes readers back 50 years before the four original books in her Pellinor series for this prequel about a malevolent spirit breaking into the World. Read full book review >

CORMORANT RUN by Lilith Saintcrow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"A slow start and lack of compelling characters hold this back from becoming the gripping adventure it wants to be."
A down-and-dirty caper set in a dangerous and enigmatic world. Read full book review >
THIEF'S CUNNING by Sarah Ahiers
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 13, 2017

"A well-realized fantasy with strong action and romance. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Allegra Saldana, from Assassin's Heart (2016), is full-grown and plunged into new dangers. Read full book review >
OUR DARK DUET  by Victoria Schwab
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 13, 2017

"Happily, the many ardent fans waiting for this volume probably won't mind its snags, they'll just delight in the feels. (Fantasy/horror. 14-adult)"
In a world where monstrous acts beget actual monsters, what is humanity? Read full book review >
SOLERI by Michael Johnston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"A pedestrian opening volume."
First installment of a fantasy series featuring a power struggle over the remains of an ancient empire, from the co-author (with wife Melissa de la Cruz) of the Heart of Dread trilogy (Golden, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
THE SACRED ERA by Yoshio Aramaki
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"A badly translated and misogynistic sci-fi relic."
A surreal dystopian tale originally published in the 1970s is the Japanese author's first novel to be translated into English. Read full book review >
WILDERS by Brenda Cooper
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 13, 2017

"The potential for some interesting ideas languishes in a half-built world populated with barely sketched characters."
The first of a near-future series about an uneasy balance between city and country. Read full book review >
FELIX YZ by Lisa Bunker
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 6, 2017

"Joyful, heartbreaking, completely bonkers, and exuberantly alive. (Science fiction. 10-adult)"
A freak scientific accident leaves an ordinary Maine boy atomically bonded to a fourth-dimensional being in this debut middle-grade 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 >