Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 4)

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 >
KAREN MEMORY by Elizabeth Bear
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Supplies all the Bear necessities: strong female characters, existential threats, intriguing developments and a touch of the light fantastic."
Steampunk: Something of a new venture for Bear, whose previous output (Steles of the Sky, 2014, etc.) has ranged from heroic fantasy to science fiction, often with an embedded murder mystery.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >