Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 3)

Tallah by Jonathan R. Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2016

"A nice addition to the series with all the same strengths as the original."
Miller (Gravity Breaker, 2016, etc.) picks up Tallah Williams' story in this second installment, as she uses and abuses her gravity-controlling power in an attempt to fit into—or remake—the world she lives in.Read full book review >
Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 22, 2016

"A somewhat standard, if rousing, supernatural tale combined with a gleefully eccentric teenage romance."
In Leigh-Reign's debut sci-fi thriller, a teenage misanthrope questions his disturbing proclivities and even his origin after he becomes inexplicably captivated by a new girl at school. Read full book review >

GEMINA by Amie Kaufman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"An action-packed thrill ride and stellar head trip. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
Continuing Illuminae's (2015) story, Kaufman and Kristoff explore what went down on Jump Station Heimdall while the spaceship Hypatia was trying to get there. Read full book review >
MOON CHOSEN by P.C. Cast
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Cast's fans should find much to be pleased with in this new venture. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The lives of three disparate young people collide in this post-apocalyptic fantasy. Read full book review >
THE TOURIST by Robert Dickinson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Echoes of Bradbury and Orwell, in the service of a crackerjack conspiracy plot; a seductively intriguing work of speculative fiction."
Welcome to the 21st century. Please don't feed the natives. Read full book review >

Reliant's: Price by Stephen Logsdon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"The author wisely expands his fictional and increasingly riveting futuristic universe, with room to grow."
A survivor of the first encounter with aliens in 2164 spearheads a mission to rescue a hijacked civilian ship and crew from an ostensibly aggressive species in this sci-fi tale. Read full book review >
GOLDENHAND by Garth Nix
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A masterfully spun tale well worth the yearslong wait. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
At long last, fantasy master Nix returns to the story of Lirael. Read full book review >
BOUND BY BLOOD AND SAND by Becky Allen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Ferocious and intelligent. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
In this intriguing epic fantasy, the magic used to control limited resources eventually corrupts the social order as well. Read full book review >
TREACHERY'S TOOLS  by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Breaks little new ground, but a solid, involving entry in a worthwhile, occasionally outstanding series."
Tenth (Madness in Solidar, 2015, etc.) in the Imager series: think an early modern France where magic, or "imaging," requires precise visualization of technique and result. We pick up the previous timeline 13 years later. Read full book review >
AHSOKA by E.K. Johnston
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A great treat for young—and not-so-young—Star Wars fans that provides a thrilling back story for a compelling character. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Ahsoka Tano is a Jedi on the run. Read full book review >
EXTRAORDINARY OCTOBER by Diana Wagman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Offbeat while also incorporating themes of tolerance, October's tale will have readers rooting for her every step of the way. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
An ordinary girl, an unquenchable itch, a bizarre, spontaneously appearing flower-shaped ankle tattoo—and suddenly, four days before October Fetterhoff's 18th birthday, she begins to change. Read full book review >
THE MIDNIGHT STAR by Marie Lu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Like many a classic antihero's, Adelina's trajectory is both sobering and satisfying. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
The affecting conclusion to the Young Elites trilogy relishes ardent emotion but is never mawkish. 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 >