Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

Accidental Arrival by Lutricia Barnett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2016

"An engaging narrative voice and thoughtful back story add depth to a fairly standard portal-adventure plot."
In this YA fantasy novel, a teenage girl unexpectedly travels to another planet, where she learns that Earth may soon join an intergalactic coalition. Read full book review >
TIME TO HEAL by Todd McClimans
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 2, 2016

"A well-constructed, compelling addition to an ongoing time-travel tale."
McClimans (Time Underground, 2015, etc.) returns to the time-traveling adventures of teens Kristi Connors and Ty Jordan in this third volume of his YA sci-fi series.Read full book review >

THE DIABOLIC by S.J. Kincaid
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Philosophical, twisty, and addictive. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
A genetically engineered killing-machine bodyguard must impersonate her charge in a dangerous galactic court. Read full book review >
Silver Rain by Patrick Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A technology-inspired mystery with all the fun of a zombie-esque outbreak."
Nanobytes released into the air transform most of the U.S. population into crazed killers who attack the unaffected in this sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE PLANETS by Ken Liu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A phenomenal anthology of short speculative fiction."
In this anthology, Liu offers an assortment of the short fiction he's translated, along with three short essays about Chinese science fiction. Read full book review >

Infinity by Jus Accardo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A fun YA sci-fi story with a compelling cast of characters."
A rebellious teenager discovers a family secret that involves hopping between dimensions and confronts a dangerous killer in Accardo's (Embraced, 2015, etc.) latest novel, the first in a series.Read full book review >
Highway Thirteen to Manhattan by Kourtney Heintz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A daring, if occasionally dreary, series installment that shows that love can be an unremitting trial—with or without superpowers."
A telepath has a near-death experience and later struggles with an inner darkness in Heintz's (The Six Train to Wisconsin, 2013) paranormal drama. Read full book review >
Blowback '07 by Brian Meehl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A vibrant time-travel tale that offers inventive storytelling along with sports, romance, and secrets."
A YA adventure finds a high school football star stuck in the past thanks to a mysterious musical instrument. Read full book review >
Prisoners of the Game by Tim Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2016

"An ambitious, enjoyable romp whose briskness makes its few stumbles forgivable."
Gamers must survive a glitch-y virtual-reality realm that's rendering its players comatose in Allen's (Apocalypse Orphan, 2016) sci-fi actioner.Read full book review >
THE FATE OF THE TEARLING by Erika Johansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2016

"Overall, a satisfying close to a long but worthy yarn."
The Red Queen is off her head—and heads, it seems, will roll in this closing installment of Johansen's Tearling trilogy. Read full book review >
LOST GODS by Brom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An oddly schizophrenic yarn—organized above, chaotic below—but fans of Brom's weirdly offbeat imagination will find much to admire."
Underworld fantasy from the artist, games designer, and novelist (Krampus, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
THIS WAY TO THE END TIMES by Robert Silverberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Wonderfully written, surprisingly varied apocalyptic tales."
In a substantial anthology of stories about the end of the world, editor Silverberg (Tales of Majipoor, 2013, etc.) brings together works by both classic science-fiction writers and contemporary authors. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >