Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE WITCH'S DAUGHTER by Leigh Ann Edwards
Released: July 25, 2015

"There's not a dull moment for this fantasy's protagonist—no matter whose daughter she is."
A young woman must prove her noble lineage in order to break a curse in the second installment of Edwards' (The Farrier's Daughter, 2014) fantasy/romance series. Read full book review >
Ink Calls to Ink by Nathan Crowder
Released: July 23, 2015

"An intriguing concept, but uneven execution clouds this literary alternate reality."
Crowder's (Cobalt City Blues, etc.) sci-fi novel reimagines characters from an array of literary sources—from the Greek classics to Charles Dickens—as outcasts in a gritty, present-day London.Read full book review >

DEAD MAN'S REACH by D.B. Jackson
Released: July 21, 2015

"A thoroughly engrossing and involving entry that no series fan will want to miss."
Fourth in the independently intelligible series (A Plunder of Souls, 2014, etc.) about magic ("conjuring") in the turbulent and increasingly rebellious pre-Revolutionary Boston of 1770.Read full book review >
ALIVE by Scott Sigler
Released: July 15, 2015

"Sure to win Sigler younger fans, this is the first book of a new trilogy. Em and her group of teenagers end up in an interesting place, creating plenty of energy for Book 2."
Teenagers break out of coffins in Sigler's (Pandemic, 2014, etc.) latest sci-fi thriller.Read full book review >
Released: July 14, 2015

"Brilliantly imagined and full of wonder. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
In the second installment of the Mapmakers trilogy, Sophia Tims goes on a journey in search of her parents in a world broken apart by the Great Disruption of 1799. Read full book review >

BOMBS AWAY by Harry Turtledove
Released: July 14, 2015

"Definitely worth a try for Turtledove fans and armchair warriors in general."
Alternate-world warrior extraordinaire Turtledove (Last Orders, 2014, etc.) delivers the opening barrage of a new speculative conflict: What if President Harry Truman had ordered nuclear weapons to be used in the Korean War?Read full book review >
DARK ORBIT by Carolyn Ives Gilman
Released: July 14, 2015

"A thoroughly engrossing story with a fast-paced plot, memorable characters, and big ideas, this book is science fiction at its very best."
A gripping story in which travelers to a distant world grapple with new people, new ideas, and ancient obsessions. Read full book review >
DEVIL'S DAUGHTER by Hope Schenk-de Michele
Released: July 14, 2015

"A worthwhile jaunt for readers interested in a mix of magic, mankind, and the sinister ploys of the devil."
Debut authors Schenck-de Michele and Marquez's urban fantasy novel about Lucifer's daughter and a peculiar shop. Read full book review >
ARMADA by Ernest Cline
Released: July 14, 2015

"A hackneyed sci-fi spectacle."
From the author of Ready Player One (2011), another book centered around video games and the 1980s.Read full book review >
FOULSHAM by Edward Carey
Released: July 7, 2015

"A story wondrous fine, full of terrors and marvels. (Horror. 11 & up)"
The middle volume of the Iremonger trilogy escalates in both suspense and strangeness. Read full book review >
SILVER IN THE BLOOD by Jessica Day George
Released: July 7, 2015

"Thoroughly researched historical details and bright if naïve protagonists conjure a winning period adventure. (author's note) (Historical fiction/paranormal fantasy. 12-17)"
Turn-of-the-last-century socialites discover the bloody secrets of their Old World family in this lush historical fantasy. Read full book review >
BELL WEATHER by Dennis Mahoney
Released: July 7, 2015

"A pleasant, passable diversion that never quite conquers its tropes or pitfalls."
A young woman's past catches up with her in a magic, recently colonized new world in this historical fantasy from Mahoney (Fellow Mortals, 2013).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >