Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE LIBERATION by Ian Tregillis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A frighteningly frank and brutal consideration of slavery, post-slavery, and colonialism in metallic garb."
The thoughtful, blood-soaked conclusion to an alternate-history trilogy (The Rising, 2015, etc.) in which the Dutch rule Europe and the New World thanks to their control of Clakkers, mechanical servants fueled by clockwork and alchemy. Read full book review >
Enevah by Linda A. Ponsonby
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A series sure to spark interest among genre fans, particularly if the spotlight hits a few more characters."
In Ponsonby's debut sci-fi fantasy, a mother, her son, and their pets wind up in another world, joining the fight against an evil overlord threatening entire planets, including Earth. Read full book review >

RAZOR KING by T.W. Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2015

"A sci-fi novel swarming with detail that genre fans will appreciate and savor."
A security-force captain tries to stop a man leading a resistance against quantum-computer systems that threaten the entire world in Moore's (I Love Today, 2007) sci-fi tale.Read full book review >
The Descent by Brant Wehde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 14, 2015

"Though the pace may prove a little too free-wheeling for some readers, the story explores a mythical world that's both metaphorical and creative."
A debut coming-of-age novel examines a young man's journey through a fantastical afterlife. Read full book review >
ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A rich, atmospheric story that readers will be hard-pressed to put down. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
The Phantom of the Opera is reborn in this supernatural tale of music, passions, and love. Read full book review >

TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY by Cassandra Clare
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Stuffed with cameos from nearly every character of note from the Shadowhunter universe, there's not even enough room here for fan service. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
Ten previously published short stories take Simon from amnesia to Ascension. 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 >
The Prouds by Laith Taher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 22, 2016

"A straightforward, somewhat awkward fantasy epic about a determined monarch and a dangerous knight."
A debut novel sets the stage for a war between two great factions. Read full book review >
EMPIRE OF STORMS by Sarah J. Maas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Tightly plotted, delightful escapism. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
In the penultimate Throne of Glass book, Aelin meets unexpected obstacles as her enemies move against her and her allies. Read full book review >
Kalifus Rising by Alane Adams
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Indelible characters, both good and evil, and a rescue storyline that refuses to dawdle."
In this second installment of a YA fantasy series, a boy's friends rush to save him before a teen witch surrenders to dark magic. Read full book review >
Dystortions: 100 Hues of Purple by Lisa Pell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2016

"A poignant parody of media blather, modern romance, and mangled justice, with sci-fi accents."
A novel explores extraterrestrial love in a topsy-turvy world. Read full book review >
Rightful Heir by Becca Ketelsleger
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Will appeal to fans of classic sword-and-king fantasy, especially with its likable lead, but needs additional editing."
A female warrior, who is a natural leader, stars in this retelling of the King Arthur myth. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >