Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 3)

CHILDREN OF THE EARTH by Anna Schumacher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 2, 2015

"A sequel that fulfills its predecessor's promises. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The buildup to and final culmination of prophecies from End Times (2014).Read full book review >
THE FOLD by Peter Clines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Fans of the author's popular novel 14 (2012) will want to pay particular attention, as these shared universes share other horrors as well."
A schoolteacher with unusual gifts is recruited by the Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects division to investigate a troubled project. Read full book review >

BRIAR QUEEN by Katherine Harbour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Readers drawn to faerie lore will enjoy this lush, romantic tale even if the plot does wander in the gothic wilderness a bit too long."
A gothic story of faerie-tale romance, rescue, and revenge. Read full book review >
TO HOLD THE BRIDGE by Garth Nix
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 9, 2015

"Not a necessary purchase, but a tasty buffet for Nix fans and a comprehensive sampler for new readers. (Fantasy/horror/science-fiction short stories. 12 & up)"
A collection of short speculative fiction showcases a hugely popular author. Read full book review >
THE CLOCKWORK CROWN by Beth Cato
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 9, 2015

"A satisfying follow-up that sticks to the comforts of familiar fantasy elements but still offers an entertaining, swiftly moving adventure in the company of Cato's appealing characters."
In a return to the steampunk-flavored world of her first novel, Cato (The Clockwork Dagger, 2014) sends her likable cast of characters on a more tightly written, higher stakes fantasy adventure.Read full book review >

THE INVASION OF THE TEARLING by Erika Johansen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 9, 2015

"A satisfying, well-crafted sequel that will leave readers looking forward to what might happen next to 'that fantastic vision inside Tear's jewel' and those who treasure it."
There's a tear in the Tearling, and Tears are falling. Read full book review >
THE LIMINAL WAR by Ayize Jama-Everett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 9, 2015

"An engaging sequel that sets its likable cast of characters against a fast-paced sequence of dangers while making an admirable effort to offer a more diverse vision of the superpower narrative."
In a sequel to his first novel (The Liminal People, 2012), Jama-Everett offers a story about a scrappy group of people with superpowers who careen through a criminal underground, the space-time continuum, and frequently outrageous battles to rescue a young woman who's gone missing.Read full book review >
THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR by Scott Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"A wholly original, engrossing, disturbing, and beautiful book. You've never read anything quite like this, and you won't soon forget it."
A spellbinding story of world-altering power and revenge from debut novelist Hawkins. Read full book review >
THE HOLLOW QUEEN by Elizabeth Haydon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 30, 2015

"Will probably satisfy the fans, but, given the enormous, complex back story with its potentially fascinating, still-unexplored regions, it could and should have done more."
Eighth and final part of Haydon's Symphony of Ages series (The Merchant Emperor, 2014, etc.)—which may come as a surprise to readers anticipating a more protracted conclusion. Read full book review >
THE MAP OF CHAOS by Félix J. Palma
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 2015

"And never mind the loose ends: there's another volume on the way, and we look forward to it."
What lies on the other side of the beyond? Does The Shadow know? Certainly the Invisible Man does, and therein lies a knot in Palma's (The Map of the Sky, 2012, etc.) newest delightful puzzler.Read full book review >
THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS by Jo Walton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 30, 2015

"There's still more talk than action, but enough happens that the end result is a satisfying conclusion, with room for more if desired."
Walton continues her tale of the goddess Athene's experiment to establish a city based on the principles of Plato's Republic, inhabited by stray scholars and former child-slaves harvested from various time periods.Read full book review >
SILVER IN THE BLOOD by Jessica Day George
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 7, 2015

"Thoroughly researched historical details and bright if naïve protagonists conjure a winning period adventure. (author's note) (Historical fiction/paranormal fantasy. 12-17)"
Turn-of-the-last-century socialites discover the bloody secrets of their Old World family in this lush historical fantasy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >