Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

CRIMSON BOUND by Rosamund Hodge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 5, 2015

"Rachelle's flaws make her an incredibly sympathetic character; though her romance is not so compelling, the unusual, intricately woven story and themes make for a worthwhile read. (Fantasy. 14 & up)
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A high fantasy loosely based on "Little Red Riding Hood" and the less well-known "The Girl with No Hands." Read full book review >
THE VORRH by B. Catling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Certainly unusual, sometimes powerful, this book nevertheless doesn't quite succeed thanks to its murky, roundabout plot and over-rich language."
A darkly imaginative story of magical realism set in and around a forest with mystical powers. Read full book review >

CORSAIR by James L. Cambias
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 5, 2015

"A potboiler that fans of Cambias' previous excellent work will wish to investigate."
Near-future science-fiction thriller from the author of A Darkling Sea (2014).Read full book review >
THE GOSPEL OF LOKI by Joanne M. Harris
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 5, 2015

"If not exactly fresh, certainly a rich, in-depth addition to the modern mythic canon."
If everything you know about Loki begins and ends with the actor Tom Hiddleston, this book is for you. Read full book review >
A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 5, 2015

"Sexy and romantic. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A wild new take on "Beauty and the Beast" in a world where humans and the faeries who once enslaved them live separated by a wall erected under Treaty. Read full book review >

WOLVES by Simon Ings
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2015

"A novel that's easy to admire but almost reptilian in its lack of warmth."
A new novel that probes the relationship between perception and reality. Read full book review >
AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 28, 2015

"Bound to be popular. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
A suddenly trendy trope—conflict and romance between members of conquering and enslaved races—enlivened by fantasy elements loosely drawn from Arabic tradition (another trend!). Read full book review >
THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT by Melissa Grey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 28, 2015

"The well-built world, vivid characters, and perfect blend of action and amour should have readers eagerly seeking the sequel. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Seventeen-year-old Echo is an odd bird, but she soars in this urban fantasy. Read full book review >
THE LAST BOOK EVER WRITTEN by Jonah Kruvant
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 28, 2015

"A bit familiar, but exciting nonetheless."
In a future dictatorship, detective Victor Vale starts questioning authority when, to infiltrate a dissident cell, he goes undercover as a writer. Read full book review >
PIRATE'S ALLEY by Suzanne Johnson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 21, 2015

"Still, the world and characters are appealing, and fans of the series will find enough of its charms here to keep them reading."
An urban fantasy set in a mysteriously snow-covered New Orleans. Read full book review >
THE ARCHITECT OF AEONS by John C. Wright
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 21, 2015

"Impressive, with dull intervals, but for the committed only."
Fourth of a projected six-volume series (The Judge of Ages, 2014, etc.) charting the future history of an Earth threatened by almost inconceivably advanced alien invaders. Read full book review >
THE MACHINE AWAKES by Adam Christopher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 21, 2015

"Fans of the previous certainly will want to investigate."
Space opera set in the same universe as Christopher's space-horror yarn The Burning Dark (2014).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >