Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 11)

RAILHEAD by Philip Reeve
Released: April 1, 2016

"As he did with the Mortal Engines series, Reeve has crafted something at once weirdly familiar and marvelously original. Thank the stars there's at least one sequel planned already. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Starlight Express meets Trainspotting—as run through Reeve's fertile imagination. Read full book review >
Parched by Andrew Branham
Released: April 1, 2016

"A fast-paced post-apocalyptic tale of survival and family."
Branham (Anything for Amelia, 2015) describes a family's struggles in a world running out of water in this dystopian novel.Read full book review >

Lone Wolf by Robin Mason
Released: April 1, 2016

"A morally-sound hero who earns sympathy and cheers as a champion of the wildlife."
Mason, Robin LONE WOLF: BOOK TWO OF THE OLDENGLEN CHRONICLES A twelve-year-old boy's ability to communicate with animals may come in handy when revenge-minded bullies invade his family's land in Mason's (Oldenglen, 2015) middle-grade fantasy. Read full book review >
Ptaath's Hammer by Wim Baren
Released: April 1, 2016

"A tale about an underwater city that delivers a sensuous and gripping historical fantasy wrapped inside a contemporary romance."
A startling archaeological discovery leads to the revelation of a lost world. Read full book review >
What Lies Beyond? by Howard Dimond
Released: March 31, 2016

"Readers who have followed Michael and Oats' long search will likely enjoy this latest installment, but newcomers to the series should start at the beginning."
Two pals continue their quest for scientific and religious truths while their friends prepare for major life changes in Dimond's sequel to By Accident or Design (2014). Read full book review >

A TANGLE OF GOLD by Jaclyn Moriarty
Released: March 29, 2016

"Colorful and madcap, a veritable 'whirlshine' of sparkle, with a side of tears: deeply satisfying, perfectly ended. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A grand finale to a grand adventure, complete with truly startling revelations. Read full book review >
HALF LOST by Sally Green
Released: March 29, 2016

"An immensely satisfying finale of dazzling magic, hard-earned romance, and the tragic realities of war. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Fueled by a thirst for vengeance and the powers passed on by his infamous father, Nathan fights to end a war without losing himself in this series conclusion. Read full book review >
Curse the Day by Zachary Koala  Hardison
Released: March 29, 2016

"An ardent tale about a formidable creature that will synchronize cheers and ruminations."
In this supernatural debut, a shadowy figure begins killing humans he marks as truly evil, while apparently trying to ignite a war between the corrupt and the incorruptible. Read full book review >
Healer by Ellyn E. Hugus
Released: March 29, 2016

"A rewarding, though brief, finale to the Peace Keeper trilogy."
In this final fantasy-series installment, Hugus (Plant Speech, 2011, etc.) brings another of her Children of the Earth into focus as a final battle against their elemental adversary approaches.Read full book review >
The Long Home by J.T. Stilson
Released: March 28, 2016

"A sequel presents an ample and pronounced Christian doctrine but has a tale of individuals protecting their home against malicious baddies at its core."
Mortals and immortals reintroducing science and technology to New Earth have their peaceful realm threatened by evil beings planning an uprising in this second installment of a fantasy series. Read full book review >
The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross
Released: March 26, 2016

"A spellbinding fantasy with some moral weight and a meatier narrative than usual, one likely to leave readers quite satisfied."
Ross (Some Fine Day, 2015, etc.) conjures an epic of demons and daevas, family, loss, and the turmoil of a kingdom in peril in her second novel. Read full book review >
In the Shreds of Reality by Christopher Mart
Released: March 25, 2016

"While its style falls short of its substance, this globe-trotting sci-fi tale has intrigue to spare."
In this first installment of a projected trilogy, a nameless man risks waking up in the body of a new person every time he falls asleep. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >