Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

Foul Is Fair by Jeffrey Cook
Released: May 5, 2015

"A rousing series opener, enabled by an adorable cast and a superb trove of faerie folklore."
This YA fantasy, by two contributors to the Sound & Fury: Shakespeare Goes Punk (2015) short story anthology, features a teenager who doesn't know that she's secretly a faerie princess.Read full book review >
Eerie by C.M. McCoy
Released: Dec. 15, 2015

"A charming and inventive tale, with a brave heroine confronting romance and dangerous entities."
A young woman must deal with a missing sister and a peculiar university in this debut paranormal adventure. Read full book review >

Wings of the Pegasus by Mark Kirsch
Released: Aug. 21, 2016

"An engaging, albeit unoriginal, premise, laid low by uninspiring storytelling."
Kirsch's debut sci-fi adventure novel tells a story set in a colossal starship containing 52 massive biospheres called Cylinders, inhabited by human colonists escaping an overpopulated Earth. Read full book review >
The Needle's Eye by Deanna Nese
Released: Sept. 8, 2016

"A tantalizing glimpse into a captivating world and an intense friendship, sure to leave readers wanting more."
The fates of two young students remain forever changed when two parallel realms intersect in this YA fantasy novel. Read full book review >
Quantum by Dean De Servienti
Released: Sept. 30, 2016

"Smart sci-fi with a much-desired object that's far more engaging than the average MacGuffin."
Various agencies hunt six scientists who've gone into hiding after unearthing an ancient artifact of indeterminate origin in De Servienti's (Life Turns, 2016, etc.) sci-fi thriller.Read full book review >

Game Over by Derek Edgington
Released: Sept. 26, 2016

"Lots of sci-fi twists and turns, some more believable than others, lead to a galvanizing finish."
The latest novel by Edgington (Immortal, 2016) features a rogue artificial intelligence and a virtual reality world holding 12 billion trapped souls.Read full book review >
Blowback '07 by Brian Meehl
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A vibrant time-travel tale that offers inventive storytelling along with sports, romance, and secrets."
A YA adventure finds a high school football star stuck in the past thanks to a mysterious musical instrument. Read full book review >
SILVER STARS by Michael Grant
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Exhaustive research, immersive storytelling, and emotional depth make for a superlative tale. (glossary, bibliography) (Alternate history. 14 & up)"
RECLUCE TALES by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Don't expect great significance everywhere—some of the pieces are no more than vignettes—but Modesitt is excellent company, and the more familiar you are with the series, the richer these stories will seem."
A collection of 17 new and three reprinted stories plus an essay, weaving among the prolific Modesitt's impressive 18-book (and counting) fantasy Saga of Recluse (Heritage of Cyador, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
MARTIANS ABROAD by Carrie Vaughn
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Reading far more like a book for young teenagers than one with a strictly adult audience, this easygoing adventure has an affable appeal."
Vaughn (Dreams of the Golden Age, 2014, etc.) offers a stand-alone that finds a Martian colonist struggling to adapt to life on Earth. Read full book review >
Telonaut by Matt Tyson
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Inventive, intelligent sci-fi about humans grappling with an oceanic world."
In this debut novel, a Postbox transports future government auditor Sero Novak to a colony on a water planet. Read full book review >
Ave, Caesarion by Deborah L. Davitt

"A scorching alternate-history adventure packed with romance and fantasy action."
Davitt (TheGoddess Embraced, 2015, etc.), the author of The Saga of Edda-Earth novels, begins a new fantasy series about the "god-born" son of Caesar and Cleopatra.Read full book review >
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Maria Goodavage
October 24, 2016

Wherever the president goes, there will be dogs. They’ll be there no matter what the country or state. They’ll be there regardless of the political climate, the danger level, the weather, or the hour. Maria Goodavage’s new book Secret Service Dogs immerses readers in the heart of this elite world of canine teams who protect first families, popes, and presidential candidates: the selection of dogs and handlers, their year-round training, their missions around the world, and, most important, the bond—the glue that holds the teams together and can mean the difference between finding bombs and terrorists or letting them slip by. Secret Service Dogs celebrates the Secret Service’s most unforgettable canine heroes. It is a must-read for fans of Maria Goodavage, anyone who wants a rare inside view of the United States Secret Service, or just loves dogs. “Goodavage’s subjects and their companions are quirky and dedicated enough to engage readers wondering about those dogs on the White House lawn,” our reviewer writes. View video >