Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

LIGHTLESS by C.A. Higgins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A suspenseful, emotional story that asks plenty of big questions about identity and freedom, this is a debut not to be missed."
A tense psychodrama set on a malfunctioning spaceship. Read full book review >
Clarion Call of the Last Kallus by Peter  Krass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2015

"This clever mystery will particularly delight hard-core wordophiles—and send them scrambling for the dictionary."
In Krass' (Carnegie, 2011, etc.) novel, a National Security Agency assassin finds that things aren't what they seem after he carries out orders to kill a fellow agent. Read full book review >

Home: Interstellar by Ray Strong
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 2, 2014

"Technical detail and digression sometimes slow down this complex, compelling tale of galactic intrigue."
Hard sci-fi with a heart, Strong's debut is the story of a young woman fighting a corrupt system to keep a promise to her dying mother—and maybe, in the process, find a planet to call home. Read full book review >
Alien Peace Scrolls by John Skydore
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 23, 2012

"An innovative, thought-provoking premise unfortunately obscured in a deluge of perplexing metaphors."
Skydore's debut New Age offering examines the secret to permanent peace on Earth. Read full book review >
HUNTER by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Captivating, dynamic, well-paced, and thrilling. (Science fiction/fantasy. 12 & up)"
Joyeaux Charmand is a young Hunter, chosen from her village to join the Hunter corps of Apex, protecting its Cits from the Othersiders—fantastical, menacing creatures—and also protecting the secrets and people of her village back home. Read full book review >

SMOKED by Mari Mancusi
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Where there's smoke, there's fire. And dragons. And the end of the world. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
No one is immune to sacrifice and revenge, and sometimes even a vegetarian dragon can have a taste for blood. Read full book review >
FIREWALKER by Josephine Angelini
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A sequel of surprising depth and drama. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Lily faces new trials against the ever enigmatic Lillian, the monstrous Woven, and, to her surprise, her own morality. Read full book review >
SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Cracking page-turner with a multiethnic band of misfits with differing sexual orientations who satisfyingly, believably jell into a family. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Adolescent criminals seek the haul of a lifetime in a fantasyland at the beginning of its industrial age. Read full book review >
Burn for Home by Ash Elko
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

"Creative sci-fi tales that paint a picture of two people very much in love."
A debut three-part chronicle of a futuristic romantic coupling. Read full book review >
THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT by Seth Dickinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A highly impressive debut that engages intellectually while rarely offering emotional involvement."
Fantasy intrigue, power politics, and revenge: Brooklyn resident Dickinson's first novel. Read full book review >
PILLARS OF TIME by R.J. Robin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

"A journey to a messy but promising new universe."
In Robin's thriller, a grieving woman travels to a new world and goes on a mission to upset her new society's status quo. Read full book review >
Dawn of Modern Man by N.J. Plastino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2015

"An imaginative, though sometimes-overdetailed, sci-fi adventure with its share of futuristic enticements."
From debut author Plastino, a sci-fi novel about life in a virtual world known as the Cloud. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >