Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

NOW I RISE by Kiersten White
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 27, 2017

"Absolutely devastating in the best way. (dramatis personae, glossary, author's note, acknowledgments) (Historical fiction. 15-adult)"
The Dracul siblings experience power's price in this middle volume of a trilogy that imagines a female Vlad the Impaler. Read full book review >
THE WITCHWOOD CROWN  by Tad Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Not just utterly readable—an instant fantasy classic."
Almost three decades after the release of the first volume of Williams' epic fantasy series, Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, he returns to the iconic realm of Osten Ard with the stunning first installment of a new sequel trilogy. Read full book review >

THE WAKING LAND by Callie Bates
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 27, 2017

"Given that Bates had such magical material to work with, her lack of depth and ingenuity is disappointing."
In this debut novel, a young woman must rediscover her ancient powers of earth magic to save a kingdom. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 2017

"A worthy, only occasionally clunky treatise on matters of urgent concern."
Yawning can be contagious. Suicide, too, as this intriguing book shows. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >