Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 3)

THE ORPHAN QUEEN by Jodi Meadows
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"Despite what's possibly the most agonizing cliffhanger since Catching Fire, genre fans will find it worth their time. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A displaced teenage queen acts as a thief, spy and vigilante while plotting to reclaim her throne. Read full book review >
THE DICKENS MIRROR by Ilsa J. Bick
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"An ambitious, atmospheric, not-entirely-successful attempt at a head trip. (Fantasy/horror. 14 & up)"
The world-hopping adventure begun in the previous volume (White Space, 2014) concludes in a new Now, a Victorian London crumbling right out from under the characters.Read full book review >

TETHER by Anna Jarzab
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"Despite predictability and second-book syndrome, a generally fast and enjoyable read of interpersonal drama and rescues. (Science fantasy. 12 & up)"
Back on Earth and discontented after the events of Tandem (2013), Sasha returns to Aurora for the boy she left behind.Read full book review >
THE FIRE SERMON by Francesca Haig
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"With its well-built world, vivid characters and suspenseful plot, this book, the first in a planned trilogy, is poised to become the next must-read hit."
A suspenseful post-apocalyptic adventure about a world cleaved in two. Read full book review >
THE EXILE by C.T. Adams
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"It's not exactly deep, but this book (the first in a planned series) will entertain readers looking for a fun fantasy that mixes adventure with just a bit of romance."
A fast-paced fantasy about a half-faerie, half-human girl struggling to figure out which world she really belongs in. Read full book review >

THE MECHANICAL by Ian Tregillis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 10, 2015

"Not quite yet peak Tregillis, but his fans—and other readers with an interest in dark, intelligent fantasy—will find much to admire here."
First of a new fantasy trilogy from the author of the splendid Something More Than Night (2013, etc.).Read full book review >
THE ALEX CROW by Andrew Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 5, 2015

"Magnificently bizarre, irreverent and bitingly witty, this outlandish novel is grounded by likable characters and their raw experiences. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Three stories wind round one another in unexpected ways in this science-fiction offering peppered with recurring symbols. Read full book review >
THE WINNER'S CRIME by Marie Rutkoski
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 3, 2015

"Enthralling, agonizing and incandescent. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
The middle entry in a fantasy trilogy brings new players to the game while exponentially raising the stakes. Read full book review >
MADNESS IN SOLIDAR by L.E. Modesitt Jr.
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 3, 2015

"Despite the imperfections, Modesitt once again delivers an engrossing power struggle negotiated by a virtuous and talented man committed to achieving the greater good by way of the least harm."
The ninth book in the Imager series moves on some 380 years from the previous entry (Antiagon Fire, 2013).Read full book review >
OLD VENUS by George R.R. Martin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 3, 2015

"Good fun all around. Now on to Mars, Saturn, Jupiter...."
"What a world," says a character in this lively old-school sci-fi anthology. "It's like a circle in Dante's hell." Read full book review >
DEATH MARKED by Leah Cypess
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 3, 2015

"Somber and disquieting but alight with flickers of hope. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A sorceress without magic navigates lies, treachery and despair in this thoughtful conclusion to the fantasy duology that began with Death Sworn (2014).Read full book review >
THE SUICIDE EXHIBITION by Justin Richards
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 3, 2015

"Part Indiana Jones, part X-Files, part Catch-22, it's good campy fun."
What if Hitler's inner circle, already obsessed with the occult, sought to harness the power of an alien race to help the Nazis win the war? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >