Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

RADIATE  by C.A. Higgins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 23, 2017

"This conclusion lacks the propulsive power of Lightless, but it opens up into a compelling emotional tale about two people trying to save each other from a disaster of their own making."
A tense drama about a thief and a con man caught up in the end of a world; a conclusion to the trilogy that began with Lightless (2015) and Supernova (2016). Read full book review >
THE ROMEO CATCHERS by Alys Arden
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 23, 2017

"A meticulous blend of witchery, New Orleans lore, and teen angst. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
In this sequel to The Casquette Girls (2013), teen witches Adele and Isaac grow closer while fresh evil descends upon flood-ravaged New Orleans. Read full book review >

THICK AS THIEVES by Megan Whalen Turner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 16, 2017

"A series stand-alone that won't disappoint Turner aficionados. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
A slave escapes across the wilderness and cities of the Mede empire with an enemy soldier. Read full book review >
SHATTERED WARRIOR by Sharon Shinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2017

"The book may be a little too detailed. There are a lot of characters and history to keep track of, but Shinn's fans won't mind reading the story over and over again until they've learned every facet."
An alien invasion tends to put things in perspective in Shinn's (Gateway, 2009, etc.) graphic-novel debut.Read full book review >
FLAME IN THE MIST by Renée Ahdieh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 16, 2017

"This story (and sequels) will undoubtedly enthrall readers seeking a torrid, tortured romance in a trendy setting; still, a disappointment from an author capable of so much more. (Fantasy. 12-adult)"
In a historical fantasy inspired by feudal Japan, the daughter of aristocrats finds a place among sort-of-ninjas akin to Robin Hood's band. Read full book review >

PROTOTYPE by Robert D. Gallagher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 2017

"A crafty futuristic yarn brimming with inventive ideas to fill the forthcoming series installments."
In this sci-fi debut, a prison escape artist faces his greatest challenge yet aboard a computer-run space station facility revolving near a black hole. Read full book review >
A FACE LIKE GLASS by Frances Hardinge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 10, 2017

"Madcap, mysterious, magical, and meaty: like Grandible's cheeses, this may cause visions—or just make your head explode (with delight). Don't miss it. (Fantasy. 10-adult)"
A new-old book from Hardinge (published in the U.K. in 2012 but only now arriving stateside) balancing wit and wonder with a dose of big thoughts. Read full book review >
WHEN PLANETS FALL by Abby J. Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2017

"A propulsive, sharply crafted tale about a planetary war."
In this YA sci-fi debut, an alien world plays host to conflict among three humanoid tribes. Read full book review >
BRAVE NEW GIRL by Rachel Vincent
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 9, 2017

"Adds nothing new to a crowded genre. (Dystopian romance. 12 & up)"
After a chance encounter with a boy, a girl discovers secrets about herself and her society. Read full book review >
CREWE CHASE AND THE JET REAPERS by E. Sisco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"An intriguing tale that combines the fantasy structure of the Potter series with the persecution narrative of the X-Men."
This series opener introduces a world where ordinary humans called Cados oppress and execute wizards—and a school becomes a recruiting ground for elite magical soldiers. Read full book review >
THE SEAFARER'S KISS by Julia Ember
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 4, 2017

"Readers seeking a queer fantasy that taps into the popularity of mermaids and fairy-tale adaptations may appreciate this offering despite its flaws. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
A free-spirited mermaid chafes against the constraints of her imperiled community, risking her life for a taste of love and freedom. Read full book review >
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Superb: a protagonist and a tale sure to please fans of smart, literate fantasy and science fiction."
"Once upon a time there was a piece of biotech that grew and grew until it had its own apartment": an odd, atmospheric, and decidedly dark fable for our time. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >