Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

Seven Weeks to Forever by Jennifer Farwell
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Jan. 8, 2015

"Appealing characters and a warm, sparkly love story tinged with wish fulfillment."
In this YA paranormal romance, a teenage girl has just a few weeks to live—and now a handsome stranger needs her help or he'll die too. Read full book review >
The Phoenix Rising by Phenice Arielle
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 26, 2013

"A smart, thrilling story of a dangerous and mystical adventure."
In Arielle's debut YA novel, a New York University journalism student discovers the truth about her mysterious past while visiting Africa. Read full book review >

Rhiannon's Tale by Barbara Elder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 2015

"A solid debut layered with flashbacks, eroticism, and emotionally dynamic characters."
In this romantic fantasy debut, a young woman who can see peoples' auras learns that she's part of a larger clan, one a militant cult wants destroyed. Read full book review >
Invasion Of The Ortaks by Sveinn Benónýsson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2014

"A well-rounded cliffhanger of an opening to a series likely to engage fans of medieval-themed fantasy."
In the first installment of Benónýsson's Invasion of the Ortaks fantasy series, a tale of political intrigue and unlikely camaraderie takes shape on the continent of Esthopia. Read full book review >
WAKE OF VULTURES by Lila Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Readers will love this absorbing fantasy adventure (the first in a planned series) and its strong, dynamic heroine."
A fantasy set in a Wild West populated by plenty of vicious monsters—and one unwilling heroine. Read full book review >

OUR LADY OF THE ICE by Cassandra Rose Clarke
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"An ambitious novel set in a richly imagined world but impeded by its glacial pace."
A sci-fi mystery involving robots and revolutionaries. Read full book review >
DEPARTURE by A. G. Riddle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"This sci-fi mystery starts strong, but the tangled plot that follows ultimately fails to satisfy."
Survivors of an unusual plane crash race to understand a strange new world. Read full book review >
BLACK WOLVES by Kate Elliott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"One seriously annoying flaw detracts from what otherwise is a stellar performance."
Elliott (Cold Steel, 2013 etc.) kicks off an intriguing new fantasy trilogy with—what else?—a doorstopper.Read full book review >
THE LIZARD PRINCESS by Tod Davies
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"If handed to exactly the right reader at the right time, this has the potentially to be revelatory, even life-changing; but most will find it baffling, irritating, or deadly dull. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A philosophy lecture disguised as a fairy tale, this third series entry both recapitulates and reinterprets the previous titles (Snotty Saves the Day, 2011; Lily the Silent, 2012).Read full book review >
FOREVER RED by Margaret Stohl
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Fans of the Marvel Universe aren't by definition stupid, and even though they will be jazzed by the schmaltzy heroic high jinks, they still deserve better than this. (Adventure. 11-14)"
A homeless Ukrainian girl, a suburban American boy, and a world-famous superheroine save the world. Read full book review >
AN INHERITANCE OF ASHES by Leah Bobet
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"War, community, long-festering anger, and forgiveness—all thoughtfully and deliberately conveyed. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
When a supernatural war reaches her farm, Hallie fights to defend her land while struggling with familial estrangement. Read full book review >
The Dark by Forrest Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2015

"This is a rollicking adventure with religious, philosophical, and technological overtones; for science fiction die-hards."
When a dimension-hopping spacecraft ventures beyond the boundaries of the universe, literally ending up nowhere, strange and disturbing events play havoc with it. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >