Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 28, 2017

"Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A young man and woman dream amid violence's aftermath in this intense series opener. Read full book review >
A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 28, 2017

"With a happily-ever-after reminiscent of beloved fairy tales, this is a great pick for voracious readers who like their bejeweled princesses to have hard edges. (glossary) (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Set in the same Indian-inflected fantasy world as The Star-Touched Queen (2016), Chokshi's sophomore effort examines fear, desire, and ambition as three protagonists compete in the Tournament of Wishes. Read full book review >

NO TIME TO SAY GOODBYE by Bill Adler, Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2017

"While delivering an intriguing premise, this sci-fi tale ends too soon."
In this novella, a surgeon finds himself jumping forward in time, with each interval growing longer. Read full book review >
Murder by Munchausen by M.T. Bass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 2, 2017

"A fast-paced, entertaining, but incomplete sci-fi tale that could use a sequel to tie up several loose ends."
A dark, futuristic thriller features a disgraced police detective who hunts not just a brutal criminal, but also the androids the culprit uses to kill humans. Read full book review >
DEFY THE STARS by Claudia Gray
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 4, 2017

"Intelligent and thoughtful, a highly relevant far-off speculative adventure. (Science-fiction. 12 & up)"
A teen soldier teams up with an enemy android to end an interplanetary war. Read full book review >

WAKING GODS by Sylvain Neuvel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Pure, unadulterated literary escapism featuring giant killer robots and the looming end of humankind. In a word: unputdownable."
A brazen fusion of science fiction and apocalyptic thriller, the second installment in Neuvel's Themis Files (Sleeping Giants, 2016) is powered by nonstop action and adventure involving alien invaders and an army of seemingly indestructible giant robots—but ultimately it's also a deeply character-driven exploration of what it means to be human. Read full book review >
THE DRAGON'S LEGACY by Deborah A. Wolf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Wolf writes for a big screen: the smaller, human moments struggle for room to breathe."
Characters spread across three continents prepare for war and cataclysm in Wolf's debut novel, the first part of a trilogy. Read full book review >
BRIMSTONE by Cherie Priest
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"A tale as amiably warm as the Florida town where it's set but with its promises of real heat fading away before a pat conclusion that ties everything off a bit too neatly."
A young clairvoyant must save herself and her community from the ghosts a war veteran has brought home in Priest's (The Family Plot, 2016, etc.) newest fantasy/horror offering. Read full book review >
COLD WELCOME by Elizabeth Moon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Solidly engrossing if unspectacular fare, with greatest appeal to readers who prefer the familiar over the innovative."
After an extended—and impressive—excursion into fantasy, Moon returns to science fiction, picking up her Vatta's War series (Victory Conditions, 2008, etc.) where she left off. Read full book review >
SPUTNIK'S CHILDREN by Terri Favro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A noodle-bending literary sci-fi novel that puts its hero in the box with Schrödinger's cat."
An underground comic creator reveals the unbelievably true origin story of her most famous creation, Sputnik Chick, the girl with no past. Read full book review >
THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS by Emily Skrutskie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 18, 2017

"A dazzling, satisfying sequel. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
The sequel to The Abyss Surrounds Us (2016) finds this world's post-apocalyptic future threatened by rogue genetically engineered sea monsters. Read full book review >
FORGOTTEN WORLDS  by D. Nolan Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"Patchy but overall a notch above mediocre. Fans of the previous should be happy enough."
Second installment of Clark's military space opera (Forsaken Skies, 2016); as Earth's space navy battles predatory interstellar "polys" (mega-corporations), alien robots threaten everybody. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >