Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 10)

BORDERLINE by Mishell Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"An enjoyable fantasy mystery that tackles physical disability and mental illness without sacrificing diverting, fast-paced storytelling."
In a debut novel that promises to be the first volume of an engaging urban fantasy series, Baker introduces a hard-edged but appealing heroine and a version of Los Angeles that pairs Hollywood with a magical parallel world. Read full book review >
Waterwight by Laurel McHargue
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 29, 2016

"Striking dreamscapes make this tale about a heroine who can fly a fine first outing in a planned series."
In this YA adventure, a girl orphaned by global cataclysm searches for a new home, encountering talking animals and discovering she possesses special powers. Read full book review >

The Corn Standard by Dennis x Myers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2016

"An ambitious, quick satire that offers a mixed bag of the cynical and the odd."
Myers (Coyote, 2012) offers a satirical novel about one lawyer's quest through a bizarre Midwestern world. Read full book review >
The Rampart Guards by Wendy Terrien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 26, 2016

"A delightful novel that delivers a tightly plotted, character-driven story about a hero confronting wondrous creatures."
This first installment of a projected paranormal fantasy series chronicles the adventures of a 14-year-old boy who, after dealing with the disappearance of his mother, moves to another state. Read full book review >
BEHOLD THE BONES by Natalie C. Parker
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Shines with spooky Southern charm. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
Following Beware the Wild (2014), Candy and the supernatural swamp have unfinished business.Read full book review >

THE FORBIDDEN WISH by Jessica Khoury
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Dripping in magic, strong women, and forbidden love. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A Middle East-inspired fantasy version of "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp." Read full book review >
A GATHERING OF SHADOWS by V.E. Schwab
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Fans of A Darker Shade of Magic will love its sequel, and fantasy fans who haven't yet read the first book in this series should hurry to catch up."
An absorbing fantasy adventure set in a world where magic can be a gift—or a weapon. Read full book review >
BITTER BITE by Jennifer Estep
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"An intense yet engaging urban fantasy jaunt."
Retired paranormal underworld assassin Gin Blanco can handle almost any physical threat, but when a figure from her past returns to charm her best friend and foster brother into a close relationship, she's convinced the woman is up to no good. Read full book review >
Star Racers by Martin Felando
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2016

"A fun and fast-paced space opera."
A young racer enters a competition to save his planet in this sci-fi debut. Read full book review >
Albatross by R.A. MacAvoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2016

"An unusual, if initially slow-going, story that offers a pairing that's as creative as it is unexpected."
MacAvoy (Tea with the Black Dragon, 2014, etc.) and debut author Palmer offer a novel about a fugitive physicist and a renegade investigator who helps him.Read full book review >
Casimir Bridge by Darren Beyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2016

"Nefarious bigwigs, collusion, and galactic jumps against a cosmic backdrop; readers should definitely want to come back for more."
Interstellar travel is possible in the early 22nd century thanks to a much-desired element that one company controls and others will go to great lengths to take in this debut sci-fi adventure. Read full book review >
MARKED by Laura Williams McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"An original, textured page-turner. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Lyla is 16, and her only goal is to keep her seat in the Bright—the section of school for the smartest children—and earn the best grades so that she may go on to university one day and become an inventor. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >