Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

BETWEEN THE BLADE AND THE HEART by Amanda Hocking
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Though mythologically scattershot, the magical worldbuilding is a boon for an otherwise quick-reading but insubstantial story. (Fantasy. 13-adult)"
A Valkyrie uncovers damage to the balance between mortals and immortals. Read full book review >
GAELAN’S WAR by Thaddeus  McGrath
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"A briskly written, spirited, and accomplished thriller that readers will be able to sink their teeth into."
A war-torn hero battles an encroaching population of werewolves in McGrath's debut novel. Read full book review >

COUNT TO INFINITY  by John C. Wright
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"Intriguing, astounding stuff, though likely to appeal only to those who've read Wright's previous installments."
Curious to learn why our universe, at the largest scale, consists of clumps and filaments of matter interspersed with enormous voids—and have several billion years at your disposal? Draw up a chair. Wright has all the answers. Read full book review >
THE WILL TO BATTLE by Ada Palmer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Still intriguing and worth pursuing, but the strain may be beginning to show."
A stagnant, complacent Earth faces war in the 25th century in the third of an ongoing science-fantasy series (Seven Surrenders, 2017, etc.). Read full book review >
EVALENE'S NUMBER by Bethany  Atazadeh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 3, 2017

"A rigorous apocalyptic backdrop and versatile characters supply seemingly endless avenues for further volumes to explore."
In this YA sci-fi debut and the start of a series, a teen receives an unexpected ranking in a distant future, leading her to question the system's fairness. Read full book review >

DOMANI by Carolyn Gross
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 2, 2017

"An interplanetary tale with stellar characters that will put readers on the hunt for the next entry."
The first installment of Gross' (Bard's Exile, 2016, etc.) sci-fi series follows a woman as she aims to save a population of a planet headed for fiery annihilation. Read full book review >
WEAVE A CIRCLE ROUND by Kari Maaren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"A charming, extraordinarily relatable book with the potential to become a timeless classic."
A Canadian teenager learns about herself—and the fabric of the universe—when she goes traveling in time with an immortal 14-year-old. Read full book review >
REN FAIRE AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Josef  Matulich
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"While unapologetically over-the-top, this supernatural tale maintains a fervent, magical pace."
In this final installment of a comical trilogy, a contractor faces zombies and other obstacles while trying to build a Renaissance faire. Read full book review >
SIEGE OF SHADOWS  by Sarah Raughley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"This sequel lacks the excitement of its predecessor, but a shocking cliffhanger ending may salvage it for readers. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Maia, Chae Rin, Lake, and Belle continue their face-off against Saul in Book 2 of the Effigies series, following Fate of Flames (2016). Read full book review >
WINTER OF ICE AND IRON by Rachel Neumeier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"The worldbuilding is patchy in places, but a finely drawn web of convincing characters with complex relationships wins out."
In a world where rulers hold power through their ties to the great "Immanent Powers" that inhabit their lands, peaceful princess Kehera of Harivir and the infamous Wolf Duke of Pohorir must work together to stop a mad king and a power-hungry Immanent. Read full book review >
LIVING THE GOOD DEATH by Scott  Baron
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 20, 2017

"This paranormal tale sets an intriguing stage, but its blander passages dilute the comedy."
Baron (Snow White's Walk of Shame, 2017, etc.) offers a novel in which Death comes to life. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURES OF SARA SPRINGBORN AND MR. WOLLO BUSHTAIL by William Crow Johnson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 15, 2017

"A diverting tale that champions nature as convincingly as its heroes do."
In Johnson's (The Sword is Whet, 2017, etc.) middle-grade fantasy, a young girl and a squirrel, communicating telepathically, endeavor to broker peace between humans and forest creatures. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >