Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT by Sabaa Tahir
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 30, 2016

"An excellent continuation of a series seemingly designed for readers of the political, bloody fantasy style du jour, set apart by an uncommon world. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Tahir's follow-up to An Ember in the Ashes (2015) picks up right where Volume 1 left off, ratcheting up the tension (military and sexual) as well as the magic, the violence, and the stakes. Read full book review >
EARLY DAYS by Robert Silverberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2016

"Reading this collection is akin to watching the B-movies Quentin Tarantino has spent his career riffing off—fun for superfans and students of the genre but skippable for everyone else."
A collection of pulp-style science-fiction stories from the days when men were men and aliens were green, scaly, and up to no good. Read full book review >

THE DEMON GIRL'S SONG  by Susan Jane Bigelow
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"With a tighter editorial hand, this book could have been captivating. (map) (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
According to ancient demon lore, the ghost of a recently deceased emperor takes his successor as a host in order to ensure continuity of power, but somehow Emperor Askar Molasca's ghost finds his new home in the body of 17-year-old Andín dal Rovi, a feisty Antrimanian girl. 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 >

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 >
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 >
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 >
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 >
FROST LIKE NIGHT by Sara Raasch
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"The dangers are real and many die—which is why the twist ending works: happiness is sobered by sacrifice in a fulfilling conclusion. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Meira returns in this final installment in the Snow Like Ashes trilogy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >