Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

Killing Mickey by Charlie Rehor
Released: May 19, 2016

"A satire with hilarious leaps of imagination and a solid core of societal engagement."
Rehor's debut is a gonzo sci-fi comedy about a near-future world of corporate stranglehold where a programmer trying to escape his past may threaten the future. Read full book review >
Autonomously Yours by K.N. Parker
Released: Jan. 19, 2015

"An android tale about sexism that lacks a strong human cast."
A scientist invents an extremely lifelike female android in this slim sci-fi novel. Read full book review >

OF FIRE AND STARS by Audrey Coulthurst
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A romantic fantasy that will appeal to those who appreciate character-driven novels. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Murder, mayhem, magic, romance—and horses, lots of horses! Read full book review >
CURRENTS by Eva Moraal
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"Themes can't save a book when plot, characters, and setting don't hold water. (afterword) (Post-apocalyptic romance. 14 & up)"
In a flood-plagued future Europe, a have and a have-not fall in love. Read full book review >
SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A thoughtful and thrilling story of life, death, and meaning. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Two teens train to be society-sanctioned killers in an otherwise immortal world. Read full book review >

Tearing Down The Statues by Brian Bennudriti
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Rococo worldbuilding and sci-fi fantasy for the adventurous reader, relayed in language and description bordering on the experimental."
As an incredible realm sinks deeper and deeper into anarchy and warfare, a strange group of pilgrims embarks on an enigmatic mission. Read full book review >
Sir Coffin Graves (Book 2) by Leinad Platz
Released: April 18, 2016

"A highly charged fantasy tale about God-chosen warriors fighting evil forces intent on destruction."
A young man imbued with superpowers must fight to save the world from the man he once thought was his father. Read full book review >
A CITY DREAMING by Daniel Polansky
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Anyone with even the slightest interest in genre fiction should be delighted by this whacked-out fantasy novel."
A magician returns to an alternate-universe version of New York City to settle squabbles between two warring queens, battle his nemesis, and save the world. Read full book review >
THE DEMON GIRL'S SONG  by Susan Jane Bigelow
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"With a tighter editorial hand, this book could have been captivating. (map) (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
According to ancient demon lore, the ghost of a recently deceased emperor takes his successor as a host in order to ensure continuity of power, but somehow Emperor Askar Molasca's ghost finds his new home in the body of 17-year-old Andín dal Rovi, a feisty Antrimanian girl. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Ferocious and intelligent. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
In this intriguing epic fantasy, the magic used to control limited resources eventually corrupts the social order as well. Read full book review >
TREACHERY'S TOOLS  by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Breaks little new ground, but a solid, involving entry in a worthwhile, occasionally outstanding series."
Tenth (Madness in Solidar, 2015, etc.) in the Imager series: think an early modern France where magic, or "imaging," requires precise visualization of technique and result. We pick up the previous timeline 13 years later. Read full book review >
ZERO-G by William Shatner
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Zero stars."
A near-future spy thriller set in space from Star Trek's Shatner (Leonard, 2016, etc.) and prolific co-writer Rovin (The Sound of Seas, 2016, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >