Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE RAVEN GOD by
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A fast-paced, satisfying capper to a trilogy that's sure to enchant fans of adventure-driven fantasy."
Sam and his brave friends must rally to defend Orkney in the final installment of Adams' (The Red Sun, 2015, etc.) YAfantasy series.Read full book review >
WHEN GODS WAR by F. Howard Billings
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A simplistic sci-fi saga."
In this debut novel, a strange, young, grassy, and lopsided planet named Zeon faces catastrophe. Read full book review >

A PLAGUE OF GIANTS  by Kevin Hearne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A genuine page-turner: dependable entertainment with no claims to profundity."
The author of Besieged (2017, etc.), kicks off a new doorstopper fantasy trilogy in which a peaceful continent suffers coincidental invasions by different giant races.Read full book review >
HOW TO SET THE WORLD ON FIRE by T.K. Riggins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 13, 2017

"An often entertaining, mostly upbeat magical adventure."
A YA fantasy novel about an enchanted school competition. Read full book review >
WORLDS COLLIDE by Chris Colfer
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 11, 2017

"A busy if ultimately tidy wrap-up for fans. (foldout map of lower Manhattan) (Fantasy. 10-13)"
Witches and other fictional baddies move to conquer this world when a portal opens between the Land of Stories and a branch of the New York Public Library. Read full book review >

THE SPEAKER  by Traci Chee
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Filled with even more magic and intrigue than its predecessor, this is a gripping follow-up that will leave readers speculating and wanting more. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
The adventure continues in Chee's second installment of the Sea of Ink and Gold series. Read full book review >
NOVEMBER IN SALEM by L.C. Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 26, 2011

"A potentially compelling historical fantasy that sadly squanders its sense of place."
Russell's (Death of an H.O.E., 2013, etc.) YA fantasy novel, the first in a planned series, sends three middle schoolers on a quest through time to prevent a dark bargain that's been centuries in the making. Read full book review >
THE FALLEN by Lee French
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2014

"A fast-paced series opener that will make readers eager to know Chavali's next move."
Kort (A Curse of Memories, 2017, etc.) and French (Ghost Is the New Normal, 2017, etc.) join forces to launch a fantasy series about a woman's encounter with a highly unusual cabal. Read full book review >
ASTRODIAC by Eric Kitchen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"An often riveting tale that develops its characters as well as it does its steadily paced narrative."
In Kitchen's debut fantasy-adventure, a supernaturally gifted, elite few become targets for murder. Read full book review >
PAST OBSESSION by Richard Keith Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2017

"A powerful, lovingly rendered page-turner, full of intense emotion."
Taylor (Stones Skipping on Water, 2017, etc.) delivers a treatise on attachment, fate, and the romance of the past in this sci-fi mystery. Read full book review >
HALF-SHELL PROPHECIES by Ruthanne Reid
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 18, 2017

"A dark fantasy gem with an often sparkling delivery.
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From Reid (Strings, 2014, etc.), an urban fantasy in which a young woman is drawn by prophecy through hidden worlds of magic.Read full book review >
BIO-JUSTICE by Scott Takemoto
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A cogent novel that points a glaring light at an unfair justice system."
A convict agrees to an experiment that instantly ages him—corresponding to his sentence—but returning to the life he knew proves a punishing task in this debut sci-fi-infused thriller. 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 >