Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE CROWN'S GAME by Evelyn Skye
Released: May 17, 2016

"Wildly romantic, wholly immersive, and gloriously over-the-top. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A star-crossed pair is magically compelled to duel to the death in this sumptuous, Tolstoy-flavored fantasy debut. Read full book review >
THE GOD WAVE by Patrick Hemstreet
Released: May 17, 2016

"A flat-out astonishing debut."
In this sci-fi debut, a team of neuroscientists exposes new capabilities in the brain that may steer human evolution toward miraculous—and deadly—frontiers. Read full book review >

All Good Children by Dayna Ingram
Released: May 13, 2016

"An absorbing and poignant YA dystopian fantasy with a convincing heroine."
A teenager works through her emotional turmoil while waiting to become a sacrificial offering to aliens in this sci-fi melodrama. Read full book review >
THE MAP OF BONES by Francesca Haig
Released: May 3, 2016

"A powerful post-apocalyptic story with unusual emotional depth and clear, often beautiful language, this is one genre fans won't want to miss."
This sequel to The Fire Sermon (2015) extends and deepens its story of a post-apocalyptic world riven by war. Read full book review >
SLEEPING GIANTS by Sylvain Neuvel
Released: April 26, 2016

"Like the giant alien artifact in the story, this novel is so much more than the sum of its parts—a page-turner of the highest order!"
This stellar debut novel—revolving around a top-secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens—masterfully blends together elements of sci-fi, political thriller and apocalyptic fiction. Read full book review >

FLAMECASTER by Cinda Williams Chima
Released: April 19, 2016

"A welcome return for loyal fans and a splendid jumping-on point for new ones. Both will be panting for the next installment. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Chima revisits the Seven Realms for the next generation of warfare, intrigue, romance, and magic. Read full book review >
THE LIE TREE by Frances Hardinge
Released: April 19, 2016

"Thematically rich, stylistically impressive, absolutely unforgettable. (Historical fantasy/horror. 12 & up)"
Mystery, magic, religion, and feminism swirl together in Hardinge's latest heady concoction, set amid the scientific ferment following the publication of The Origin of Species. Read full book review >
RAILHEAD by Philip Reeve
Released: April 1, 2016

"As he did with the Mortal Engines series, Reeve has crafted something at once weirdly familiar and marvelously original. Thank the stars there's at least one sequel planned already. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Starlight Express meets Trainspotting—as run through Reeve's fertile imagination. Read full book review >
A TANGLE OF GOLD by Jaclyn Moriarty
Released: March 29, 2016

"Colorful and madcap, a veritable 'whirlshine' of sparkle, with a side of tears: deeply satisfying, perfectly ended. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A grand finale to a grand adventure, complete with truly startling revelations. Read full book review >
HALF LOST by Sally Green
Released: March 29, 2016

"An immensely satisfying finale of dazzling magic, hard-earned romance, and the tragic realities of war. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Fueled by a thirst for vengeance and the powers passed on by his infamous father, Nathan fights to end a war without losing himself in this series conclusion. Read full book review >
THE LAST MORTAL BOND by Brian Staveley
Released: March 15, 2016

"A deeply satisfying but bleak, dark work; its only illumination are flashes of high tragedy and perhaps the glimmers of a realistic but not far-ranging hope."
Humanity teeters toward doom in the concluding Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne (The Providence of Fire, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton
Released: March 8, 2016

"Romantic, thrilling, hilarious, and just plain great fun. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A sassy desert sharpshooter swashbuckles through a six-gun Arabian Nights in this fantasy debut.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >