Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

LONG MAY SHE REIGN by Rhiannon Thomas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A thoughtful and thrilling tale. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
The mass poisoning of a royal court leaves a girl suddenly queen. Read full book review >
GILDED CAGE  by Vic James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An absorbing first installment that presages an intriguing new fantasy series."
In a debut novel, James introduces readers to an alternate modern-day England where enticing drama and social unrest mix with aristocratic scandal and glamorous magic. Read full book review >

ISLAND OF EXILES by Erica Cameron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A fresh, original series starter bolstered by a dynamic protagonist and a welcome sense of depth."
Cameron (Assassins: Nemesis, 2017, etc.) tells a YA fantasy tale about a "nyshin"—a warrior, mage, and hunter—on a desert island rife with danger.Read full book review >
Squawk by Craig Halloran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"Primarily a setup for subsequent novels, but the boy-dragon duo makes this an admirable tale all its own."
In this opening of Halloran's (Trial of the Dragon, 2016, etc.) latest YA fantasy series, a teen in a post-apocalyptic world endures totalitarian rulers and bonds with a dragon like no other.Read full book review >
AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE by Shaun David Hutchinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An earthy, existential coming-of-age gem. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
If your boyfriend is erased from history, is it because the universe is shrinking, or have you totally lost your mind? Read full book review >

HEART OF THE STORM by Michael Buckley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Despite some pacing hiccups, a series ender packed with action, scary enemies, and satisfying character arcs. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Half-human, half-Sirena white teenager Lyric faces the biggest threat to the world yet in this trilogy closer. Read full book review >
GUARDIAN OF SECRETS by Brenda Drake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A fantasy that embraces its love-triangle motif and deftly manages to create a believably fragile political system at risk of collapse—unless the heroine can save it."
Magic and mayhem return to the world's libraries in this YA sequel. Read full book review >
AGE OF ORDER by Julian North
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 6, 2017

"A promising debut that re-energizes tropes in the dystopian sci-fi genre."
In North's debut YA novel set in a violently divided, high-tech New York City, a poor girl enrolls in a Manhattan school that serves as an enclave for the fabulously rich, powerful, and dangerous. Read full book review >
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Immersive and engaging, despite some flaws, and destined to capture imaginations. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Magic, mystery, and love intertwine and invite in this newest take on the "enchanted circus" trope. Read full book review >
SILVER STARS by Michael Grant
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Exhaustive research, immersive storytelling, and emotional depth make for a superlative tale. (glossary, bibliography) (Alternate history. 14 & up)"
THE DARK DAYS PACT by Alison Goodman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"The fantasy/Regency/history mashup readers didn't even know they wanted. (Historical fantasy. 13 & up)"
Following the events of The Dark Days Club (2016), Lady Helen is back, still grappling with propriety and power. Read full book review >
THE SKILL OF OUR HANDS by Steven Brust
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"The imaginative worldbuilding and magic system overshadow the plot, and the reader may need a flowchart to track the cast, but Brust and White offer a frequently poignant take on the question of whether power conveys authority."
A group of secretive immortals are thrown into turmoil by the murder of one of their own in Brust and White's sequel to The Incrementalists (2013). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >