Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 4)

FINN FANCY NECROMANCY by Randy Henderson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"But readers who crave characters with rich, fully inhabited emotional lives should look elsewhere."
A fast-paced fantasy mystery set in a mostly well-realized world stuffed with magical eccentricities. Read full book review >
RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"An inventive, character-driven twist breathes new life into tired fantasy trends. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Amid a war and rising civil unrest, a young thief discovers the shocking power within her that sparks a revolution. Read full book review >

RIGHTEOUS FURY by Markus Heitz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Fine for fans of the Dwarves series; others may be in for an uncomfortable visit."
From the author of the best-selling Dwarves series (The Fate of the Dwarves, 2008, etc.), a new venture retelling substantially the same story but from a radically different point of view; it first appeared in Germany in 2009. Read full book review >
THE AUTUMN REPUBLIC by Brian McClellan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A slam-bang conclusion to an outstanding trilogy."
Final part of the Powder Mage trilogy (The Crimson Campaign, 2014, etc.) about—well, mix the American Revolution with the Civil War, stir in gods, magic, power politics and what-all, and you'll get the flavor.Read full book review >
Café Noir by Ross C. Hardy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A fairly small portion, but don't be surprised if this bitter brew keeps you up all night."
Consumerism runs wild in a chaotic, violent future dominated by the corporate superpower Krater Koffee. Read full book review >

THE CLEOPATRA AFFAIR by Eric Vinc3nt
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 7, 2015

"Archaeological mystery and murder wandering in a desert of dialogue."
American spy hero Tristan Boumann uncovers the lost tomb of Cleopatra in this stand-alone murder mystery in Vinc3nt's Pyramider spy-fitrilogy. Read full book review >
AWAKENING by Andi O'Connor
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 5, 2015

"With a touch of sci-fi, this penultimate installation of a fantasy series delivers rich characters and complex plotlines."
In this second installment of O'Connor's (Silevethiel, 2013, etc.) YA fantasy series, a young man, fighting to save the world, is tested when an old adversary returns to wreak more destruction. Read full book review >
SHADOW OF THE WAR MACHINE by Kristin Bailey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Clever machines, well-drawn relationships of varying constellations, literal death traps and world-threatening intrigue, headlined by an aspirational heroine, make this a winner. (Steampunk. 12 & up)"
The high-stakes conclusion of Meg's quest to become an Amusementist and find her missing grandfather. Read full book review >
COVENANT'S END by Ari Marmell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Smart fantasy with heart and enough bad puns to last a lifetime. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Widdershins is back, in her last and most dangerous adventure. Read full book review >
DEAREST by Alethea Kontis
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Perhaps not the best in the series; but it's hard to resist the Woodcutters' fluffy, eager-to-please charm. Monday's story next, please? (Fantasy. 11 & up)"
The Woodcutter sister with "a heart as big as the moon" meets her destiny in the third of the frothy fairy-tale series (Hero, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
LOVE IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION by Judd Trichter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"A fast-moving, suspenseful story set in a fascinating future world stuffed with all the violence, sex and sleaze a noir fan could ask for."
A dark and sometimes-gruesome sci-fi noir set in a slick, sick city on the brink of disaster. Read full book review >
CITY OF SAVAGES by Lee Kelly
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Gripping stuff."
Two sisters try to survive in the ruins of New York City not quite two decades after a world war destroyed civilization. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >