Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

CHIMERA by Mira Grant
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Readers will feel brain-dead themselves after slogging through this deadly dull saga."
Grant's tapeworm trilogy concludes with an all-out war. Read full book review >
THE SHARDS OF HEAVEN by Michael Livingston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A satisfyingly supernatural back story for the all-too-real final war of the Roman Republic."
Titans of Roman history grapple for control of an empire with the aid of a mystical weapon in this debut historical fantasy novel from Livingston. Read full book review >

Y NEGATIVE by Kelly Haworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2015

"A clunky dystopian novel that tries to tell a story about love defying prejudice but fails to imagine it with any believability."
In her debut novel, Haworth creates a post-apocalyptic America where gender prejudice rules society. Read full book review >
Star Force: Inception (SF1) by Aer-ki Jyr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2012

"An early installment that does little to make readers eagerly await later books in the series."
Jyr's (Apex, 2015, etc.) short sci-fi tale provides a rushed narrative of the creation of Star Force, an elite team devoted to defending Earth against dinosaur aliens. Read full book review >
WEIGHING SHADOWS by Lisa Goldstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Lovely, disturbing, and intriguing in spots but ultimately, just not enough."
Goldstein takes a break from fantasy (The Uncertain Places, 2011, etc.) and returns to science fiction with this brief tale of a corporation seeking to diminish the role of women in society by altering the timeline.Read full book review >

ROAN by E. R. Barr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 8, 2012

"A novel entry into the world of teenage fantasy that ultimately unfolds into a truly epic saga."
From debut author Barr comes an urban-fantasy novel about an adolescent boy on the cusp of mysterious change and the strange town within which he seeks refuge. Read full book review >
NEBULA AWARDS SHOWCASE 2015 by Greg Bear
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Not a banner year, all in all, but good enough to delight and entertain."
The Nebula Awards 2014 showcase, for works published in 2013. In 2015. At last! Read full book review >
MADE TO KILL by Adam Christopher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A small idea stretched until it snaps."
Raymond Chandler meets Astounding in this pulpy, hard-boiled detective pastiche, the first of a trilogy by the author of The Empire State and The Spider Wars series (The Machine Awakes, 2015, etc.).Read full book review >
THE SHEPHERD'S CROWN by Terry Pratchett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"This is the late Pratchett's last book; even not-quite-perfect Pratchett is something to treasure and can proudly take its place in one heck of a literary legacy. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
"Cry ‘Crivens!' and let loose the clan Mac Feegle!" Read full book review >
Voodoo Moon by Suzon Tropez Holmes
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Vividly rendered gothic settings and intriguing characters help advance the historical and supernatural elements despite weak editing that trips up the narrative momentum."
In Holmes' paranormal fantasy, a Confederate officer's attraction to a mysterious, beautiful woman leads him into the mystical world of voodoo. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2014

"A thriller that ably rakes through werewolf tropes in search of new territory."
From the author of The Whaler Fortune (2014) comes a Victorian supernatural thriller about a good man coping with a science-born curse.Read full book review >
HAWTHORN by Carol Goodman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A satisfying end to an epic trilogy. (Historical fantasy. 12 & up)"
Having just recently saved Blythewood School for Girls from the evil Shadow Master Judicus van Drood, Avaline Hall is looking forward to relaxing and enjoying her senior year. As if. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >