Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 10)

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 >
A DAUGHTER OF NO NATION by A.M.  Dellamonica
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Fans of Stormwrack will welcome another chance to set sail with Sophie."
A fantasy adventure set in a seafaring world full of tall ships and political intrigue. Read full book review >

THE RISING by Ian Tregillis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Part 3 can't come too soon."
War overshadows this second volume of an alternate-world trilogy (The Mechanical, 2015) set a few hundred years after the Dutch scientist Christiaan Huygens blended clockwork and alchemy to create the robotic Clakkers.Read full book review >
Love Hurts by Tricia Reeks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"A well-organized, wide-ranging collection of consistently strong genre stories."
In this anthology of short speculative fiction, debut editor Reeks gathers 26 stories about love—and the jealousy, sacrifice, and pain that can haunt even the most devoted hearts. Read full book review >
Fractures by Will James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 26, 2015

"A beautiful dose of carnal mayhem set in Purgatory."
This debut fantasy thriller finds an assassin taken out of the killing game only to be thrust into a surreal plot to dethrone a deity. Read full book review >

Killing Juggernaut by Jared Bernard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 2015

"Despite an overall lack of focus, Bernard's tale still manages to retain a mournful, prophetic power."
It's the end of the world as we know it, and nobody feels fine in Bernard's debut portrayal of humanity's end. Read full book review >
Shrivers by Jeb Kinnison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 25, 2015

"A novel about a galactic threat that offers an addictive barrage of lofty ideas infused with soul."
A third adventure in a sci-fi series follows idealistic rebels who can manipulate reality using quantum portals. Read full book review >
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 Midnight Land by E.P. Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A bold beginning to a series that explores gender, empathy, and the frozen north."
Clark's (The Midnight Land: Part Two: The Gift, 2015) fantasy novel, the first in a series, takes place in an alternate-history version of Russia where women rule and wood spirits lurk among the fir trees. Read full book review >
Out of the Blue Valise by Mari Gayatri Stein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2015

"A delightful jumble of jungle creatures, two-legged and four-legged alike."
Hippos shrink, zebras speak French, and love heals all wounds in Stein's debut novel. Read full book review >
Maya Rising by Melissa Roen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2015

"A vividly imagined but dark dystopian fantasy complete with passionate romance and dangerous alliances."
An intrepid pair has survived the apocalypse, but the worst is yet to come in Roen's sequel to Last Call for Caviar (2013). Read full book review >
DEATH WAVE by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Not the best entry in this long and uneven series, but regulars won't want to give up the habit now."
Sequel to New Earth (2013), in which humans explored a planet orbiting the star Sirius that turned out to be inhabited. By human-aliens.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >