Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

THE QUEEN OF BLOOD by Sarah Beth Durst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Enough substance to break from the pack; here's hoping that future volumes pull even farther ahead."
In the first of a new fantasy series by Durst (The Girl Who Could Not Dream, 2015, etc.), a woman with apparently weak magical abilities but exceptional smarts and determination competes to rule her land. Read full book review >
RED TIDE by Marc Turner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Another stunning, self-contained yarn that firmly establishes Turner in the fantasy front ranks."
The final part of this inventive and ferocious fantasy trilogy (Dragon Hunters, 2016, etc.) deftly combines characters from both previous entries—those that are still alive, anyway, and even some that weren't. Read full book review >

SUMMERLONG by Peter S. Beagle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A beautifully detailed fantasy about love, magic, and age that doesn't quite reconcile its reality with the myths that inspire it."
In his first new novel in more than a decade, Beagle creates an intimate drama between the members of a family who are slowly blindsided by myth and magic spilling into their ordinary world. Read full book review >
THE READER by Traci Chee
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"This cleverly layered fantasy leaves more questions than it answers, but fortunately, it's only the first of what promises to be an enchanting series. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
In her debut for teens, Chee takes readers on a heart-racing adventure. Read full book review >
THE SOUND OF SEAS by Gillian  Anderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Ideas that looked thin for a single book stretched beyond all reasonable elasticity."
Final part of the X-Files-ish trilogy (A Dream of Ice, 2015, etc.) about contact with an ancient civilization now buried under the Antarctic ice. Read full book review >

THE GRACES by Laure Eve
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Powerful. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A teenage girl becomes obsessed with a family of reputed witches in this British author's North American debut. Read full book review >
THE HAWKWEED PROPHECY by Irena Brignull
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Fantasy and nonfantasy readers alike will appreciate this gritty and intriguing coming-of-age story. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Poppy and Ember, switched at birth, discover the truth and each other in this coming-of-age fantasy. Read full book review >
NINTH CITY BURNING by J. Patrick Black
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Black borrows a long list of sci-fi/fantasy ingredients to cook up a Hunger Games/Star Wars remix featuring tweens trapped in an unmotivated war which will make them unlikely-but-relatable heroes."
After an alien invasion and near-instantaneous human extinction that unleashed a force called "thelemity," which "certain people can use to affect reality," most humans live in militarized zones under siege; but there are also warring, nomadic tribes from whose "coda" come two sisters, thelemity adepts, who tip the balance of power. Read full book review >
THE MASKED CITY by Genevieve Cogman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"While it seems like there should be something for everyone in this mashup of dragons, faeries, librarians, Holmes, and masked mystery, the end result is more a stew of 'wouldn't it be cool...' than a tightly plotted tale."
In the second installment of her Invisible Library series, Cogman (The Invisible Library, 2016) chronicles the exploits of Irene Winters, an interdimensional Librarian seeking rare books across alternate worlds. Read full book review >
ELITE by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Avoiding second-volume sag with plenty of charisma, this outing proves to be a satisfying read that takes the baton neatly from the first and leaves readers ready for more. (Science fiction/fantasy. 12 & up)"
Following the events of Hunter (2015), now that she's become an Elite, Joy knows she's in for more high-stakes danger and will be facing more dangerous Othersiders than before. Read full book review >
FORSAKEN SKIES by D. Nolan Clark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Does anyone need to read this? No. Will anyone want to? Shrug. Maybe on the beach."
First, juiceless, installment of a space opera trilogy from Clark, a pseudonym for David Wellington (The Cyclops Initiative, 2015, etc.), author of zombie, vampire, werewolf, and action thriller series. Read full book review >
EMPIRE OF STORMS by Sarah J. Maas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Tightly plotted, delightful escapism. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
In the penultimate Throne of Glass book, Aelin meets unexpected obstacles as her enemies move against her and her allies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >