Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

NIL UNLOCKED by Lynne Matson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 12, 2015

"A fast, tense gift for readers wanting to return to Nil. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Following Nil (2014), Rives falls for a new girl who holds the key to salvation from the alternate-dimension island.Read full book review >
BECOMING JINN by Lori Goldstein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 12, 2015

"Those who can get past the protagonist's tiresome pity party will be eager for further exploration of her Zar family and the subterranean intrigues of Jinn society. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
"[W]hen genies are involved, there's always a trick." Read full book review >

ARCHIVIST WASP by Nicole Kornher-Stace
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 12, 2015

"Difficult, provocative, and unforgettable—the most dangerous kind of fiction. (Science fiction/fantasy. 14 & up)"
A ravishing, profane, and bittersweet post-apocalyptic bildungsroman transcends genre into myth. Read full book review >
MOTHER OF EDEN by Chris Beckett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 12, 2015

"Readers delighted by the first book will certainly wish to renew their acquaintance."
Sequel to Dark Eden (2014), Beckett's 2013 Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning tale of humans stranded on a remote planet who have mostly forgotten their origins. Read full book review >
WHERE by Kit Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2015

"An intriguing, but ultimately underdeveloped, premise that doesn't pay off."
A paranormal mystery about what happens when a whole town goes missing. Read full book review >

DREAMS OF SHREDS & TATTERS by Amanda Downum
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 12, 2015

"A contemporary fantasy with a potentially fascinating setup that gets overwhelmed by prosaic writing and an unambitious use of familiar tropes."
In a novel that brings together modern Vancouver and a nightmarish dream world, Downum (The Kingdoms of Dust, 2012, etc.) offers an unsettling adventure that relies on some familiar elements of urban fantasy.Read full book review >
BURN by Walter Jury
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 12, 2015

"A cover-to-cover thrill ride. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
Extinction and survival are a zero-sum game in the conclusion to the alien-invasion plot started in Scan (2014).Read full book review >
THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renée Ahdieh
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 12, 2015

"Dreamily romantic, deliciously angst-y, addictively thrilling. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A lush, hypnotic, swoony re-imagining of the "Arabian Nights" framing story. Read full book review >
SYSTEM by Jon A. Davidson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 6, 2015

"A staid, melancholy, cautionary sci-fi tale with an Orwellian, fablelike quality."
Faced with the end of his marriage, a mild-mannered man starts to question the omnipotent data-based System that regulates his society in this sci-fi novel. Read full book review >
CRIMSON BOUND by Rosamund Hodge
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 5, 2015

"Rachelle's flaws make her an incredibly sympathetic character; though her romance is not so compelling, the unusual, intricately woven story and themes make for a worthwhile read. (Fantasy. 14 & up)
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A high fantasy loosely based on "Little Red Riding Hood" and the less well-known "The Girl with No Hands." Read full book review >
THE VORRH by B. Catling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 5, 2015

"Certainly unusual, sometimes powerful, this book nevertheless doesn't quite succeed thanks to its murky, roundabout plot and over-rich language."
A darkly imaginative story of magical realism set in and around a forest with mystical powers. Read full book review >
CORSAIR by James L. Cambias
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 5, 2015

"A potboiler that fans of Cambias' previous excellent work will wish to investigate."
Near-future science-fiction thriller from the author of A Darkling Sea (2014).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Ace Atkins
June 2, 2015

P.I. Spenser, knight-errant of the Back Bay, returns in Kickback, the latest in the iconic New York Times–bestselling series from author Ace Atkins. What started out as a joke landed 17-year-old Dillon Yates in a lockdown juvenile facility in Boston Harbor. When he set up a prank Twitter account for his vice principal, he never dreamed he could be brought up on criminal charges, but that’s exactly what happened. This is Blackburn, Massachusetts, where zero tolerance for minors is a way of life. Leading the movement is tough-as-nails Judge Joe Scali, who gives speeches about getting tough on today’s wild youth. But Dillon’s mother, who knows other Blackburn kids who are doing hard time for minor infractions, isn’t buying Scali’s line. She hires Spenser to find the truth behind the draconian sentencing. “It’s great to see Spenser tackle a social evil with its roots in real life,” our reviewer writes. View video >