Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 4)

OF SILK AND STEAM by Bec McMaster
ROMANCE
Released: March 3, 2015

"The steampunk technology is fun and the characters nice and spicy, but the book requires too much suspension of disbelief to be a really good read."
A coldly powerful duchess finds herself distracted from political machinations by the mischievously handsome heir to a dukedom. Read full book review >
Project GITMO: Resolution by Daniel J. Rich
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 2, 2015

"Fast, action-packed fantasy-adventure that's not too demanding."
In the second book of Rich's series, Airman Aaron Craymer is part of a strange and deadly group of soldiers: a black ops unit of vampires trained by the U.S. government. Read full book review >

PRAIRIE FIRE by E.K. Johnston
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2015

"Grand, heartbreaking, ennobling and unforgettable. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
This follow-up to the acclaimed The Story of Owen (2014) is part adventure, part alternative history, part friendship story, part ecological fable and all heroic saga.Read full book review >
THE EVOLUTION OF ROBERT CARR by Paul K Lovett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2015

"A somewhat uneven sci-fi tale that admirably handles weighty philosophical concepts with a light touch."
In Lovett's debut sci-fi satire, a young man's technological upgrade doesn't go as expected. Read full book review >
THE SIN EATER'S DAUGHTER by Melinda Salisbury
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"A slow but satisfying read with impressive depth and emotion. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
A peasant girl transplanted to the royal court repeatedly confronts death in her new life as executioner, entertainer and bride. Read full book review >

SALT & STONE by Victoria Scott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Mind-blowingly intense. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
The second half of the race started in Fire & Flood (2014).Read full book review >
STONE IN THE SKY by Cecil Castellucci
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Thoroughly original outer-space scenario wrapped around clunky prose. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
After years trapped on a space station, seething with fury, a girl gets the chance to broaden her horizons. Read full book review >
A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Fantasy fans will love this fast-paced adventure, with its complex magic system, thoughtful hero and bold heroine."
A fast-paced fantasy adventure that takes readers into a series of interconnected worlds ruled by magic—or the lack of it. Read full book review >
SHADOW by Will Elliott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The narrative terminates in what might be dubbed an anti-cliffhanger: It just stops, and what it all adds up to, or where it's going, is anybody's guess.
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Second, and even more bewildering, entry in the Pendulum trilogy (The Pilgrims, 2014).
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EMPIRE by John Connolly
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Should particularly appeal to the more youthful section of the audience, devotees of the Kevin Anderson-Brian Herbert epics and suchlike."
Second in a just-about independently intelligible alien-warfare trilogy (Conquest, 2014) from Connolly (the Charlie Parker mysteries, etc.) and wife Ridyard, who offer a helpful short summary in the first couple of pages.Read full book review >
At The Sharp End of Lightning by N.R. Bates
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 20, 2015

"A fantasy series starter that hardly scratches the surface, but its vivid descriptions and remarkable characters will have readers hunting for the next installment."
Sprites find themselves in mortal danger when connections between parallel worlds start to wither in Bates' debut fantasy novel. Read full book review >
SILVERWOOD by Betsy Streeter
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Nevertheless, Streeter's world is interesting and has potential; here's hoping the writing will improve as the series continues. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
A time-traveling, portal-jumping sci-fi with multiple narrative perspectives. 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 >