Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 3)

GILDED CAGE  by Vic James
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"An absorbing first installment that presages an intriguing new fantasy series."
In a debut novel, James introduces readers to an alternate modern-day England where enticing drama and social unrest mix with aristocratic scandal and glamorous magic. Read full book review >
ISLAND OF EXILES by Erica Cameron
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A fresh, original series starter bolstered by a dynamic protagonist and a welcome sense of depth."
Cameron (Assassins: Nemesis, 2017, etc.) tells a YA fantasy tale about a "nyshin"—a warrior, mage, and hunter—on a desert island rife with danger.Read full book review >

DRAGONKYN by Nathan Smith Jones
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A superhero series opener that should work quick, indelible magic on audiences."
A YA fantasy features an underprivileged teen who starts displaying fantastic powers. Read full book review >
Squawk by Craig Halloran
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2017

"Primarily a setup for subsequent novels, but the boy-dragon duo makes this an admirable tale all its own."
In this opening of Halloran's (Trial of the Dragon, 2016, etc.) latest YA fantasy series, a teen in a post-apocalyptic world endures totalitarian rulers and bonds with a dragon like no other.Read full book review >
MELHARA by Jocelyn Tollefson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 8, 2017

"A violent, dramatic, and ultimately hopeful debut despite some pacing issues."
In this contemporary horror/fantasy novel, a Canadian woman confronts her destiny when a demon claims her as his queen. Read full book review >

AT THE EDGE OF THE UNIVERSE by Shaun David Hutchinson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An earthy, existential coming-of-age gem. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
If your boyfriend is erased from history, is it because the universe is shrinking, or have you totally lost your mind? Read full book review >
WINTERSONG by S. Jae-Jones
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Like fruit from the Goblin Market: luscious at first bite but ultimately overripe, cloying, and empty. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Germanic legends and the Persephone myth blend with the Labyrinth film to deliver a torrid fantasy romance. Read full book review >
HEART OF THE STORM by Michael Buckley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Despite some pacing hiccups, a series ender packed with action, scary enemies, and satisfying character arcs. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Half-human, half-Sirena white teenager Lyric faces the biggest threat to the world yet in this trilogy closer. Read full book review >
THE STARS ARE LEGION by Kameron Hurley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Perhaps not satisfying in a conventional way; but then, it's clearly not meant to be."
A warrior without a past and her treacherous lover fight to bring their literally decaying world a new future in this thought-provoking space opera. Read full book review >
GUARDIAN OF SECRETS by Brenda Drake
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A fantasy that embraces its love-triangle motif and deftly manages to create a believably fragile political system at risk of collapse—unless the heroine can save it."
Magic and mayhem return to the world's libraries in this YA sequel. Read full book review >
KING'S CAGE by Victoria Aveyard
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Simmering with internal conflict and well-devised courtly scheming—but readers new to the series had best start with Book 1. (Fantasy. 13-adult)"
The "lightning girl" who once led a revolution now toils, powerless and imprisoned, in this continuation of the Red Queen series. Read full book review >
AGE OF ORDER by Julian North
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 6, 2017

"A promising debut that re-energizes tropes in the dystopian sci-fi genre."
In North's debut YA novel set in a violently divided, high-tech New York City, a poor girl enrolls in a Manhattan school that serves as an enclave for the fabulously rich, powerful, and dangerous. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >