Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 3)

ANCILLARY MERCY by Ann Leckie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Wraps up the story arc with plenty of room to tell many more tales in this universe. Let's hope Leckie does."
In the conclusion to Leckie's multiaward-winning trilogy (Ancillary Justice, 2013; Ancillary Sword, 2014), Fleet Captain Breq Mianaai directly confronts Anaander Mianaai, the interstellar ruler who blew up Justice of Toren, the ship that housed Breq's consciousness.Read full book review >
AN INHERITANCE OF ASHES by Leah Bobet
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"War, community, long-festering anger, and forgiveness—all thoughtfully and deliberately conveyed. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
When a supernatural war reaches her farm, Hallie fights to defend her land while struggling with familial estrangement. Read full book review >

WILD SKY by Suzanne Brockmann
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A solid sequel. (Paranormal suspense. 14 & up)"
The Brockmanns bring their reliable style to this sequel to Night Sky (2014), combining intrigue, the paranormal, and teen angst with signature romance.Read full book review >
SHADOWS OF SELF by Brandon Sanderson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A fast-paced fantasy adventure set in a fascinating world and populated with lovable, memorable characters."
A fantasy thriller about a supernatural assassin and a city on the brink of collapse. Read full book review >
ICE LIKE FIRE by Sara Raasch
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Unanswered questions will have readers awaiting the third book and hoping that it brings Meira and her people peace at long last. (map) (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
In this sequel to Snow Like Ashes, Winter's queen, Meira, struggles to forge a new life for her recently liberated people. Read full book review >

THE IMMORTAL HEIGHTS by Sherry Thomas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Delivers on all the grand epic sweep, lush prose, and overwrought emotion promised by the first two volumes; if that's the sort of thing you like, this is the sort of book you'll love. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Thomas wraps up her trilogy with a grandiose finale, plus a hearts-and-flowers denouement. Read full book review >
THE BEAST OF CRETACEA by Todd Strasser
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An odd combination of genres and tropes for fans of old-fashioned adventure. (author's note, glossary) (Science fiction/adventure. 12 & up)"
Moby-Dick on an alien planet. Read full book review >
FOREVER RED by Margaret Stohl
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Fans of the Marvel Universe aren't by definition stupid, and even though they will be jazzed by the schmaltzy heroic high jinks, they still deserve better than this. (Adventure. 11-14)"
A homeless Ukrainian girl, a suburban American boy, and a world-famous superheroine save the world. Read full book review >
STARS by Colleen Oakes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Dark, even horrific in its graphic bloodshed and psychological menace; but the nuanced portrayals—of a hero frequently excused by his whimsical glamour and a heroine too often dismissed as girlishly insipid—are riveting. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The fashion for grimdark retellings of childhood classics tackles Peter Pan in the first of a trilogy.Read full book review >
THE ROSE SOCIETY by Marie Lu
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Original and sobering, Adelina is an antihero of nigh-unremitting darkness: an unusual young woman in the mold of such archetypes as Lucifer, Macbeth, and Darth Vader—and even Kissin' Kate Barlow from Holes. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
A heroine's tragic tumble dominates the second volume of this trilogy. Read full book review >
ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Ambitious, heartbreaking, and out-of-this-world awesome. (Science fiction. 13 & up) "
In the wake of an interstellar incident, a post-mortem dossier comprising interview transcripts, memos, instant-messaging transcripts, diary entries, and more is assembled in this mammoth series opener. Read full book review >
DEPARTURE by A. G. Riddle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"This sci-fi mystery starts strong, but the tangled plot that follows ultimately fails to satisfy."
Survivors of an unusual plane crash race to understand a strange new world. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >