Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 5)

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 >

THE HYSTERY APP by V T Davy
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Could use more wonder but otherwise an impressively conceived story with true weight."
A lesbian couple accidentally creates an extremely unique app in Davy's (A Very Civil Wedding, 2014, etc.) darkly satirical sci-fi novel. Read full book review >
FIND ME by Laura van den Berg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A sad story about a sad girl slouching toward the end of the world."
In the last days of modern civilization, a young orphan from Boston makes her way across the dangerous wastelands of America. Read full book review >
FORTUNE'S BLIGHT by Evie Manieri
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Fans of the first volume should find it absorbing and rewarding enough.
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Second in the Shattered Kingdoms series, following Blood's Pride (2013).
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HALF THE WORLD by Joe Abercrombie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Superior in nearly all respects, just lacking that authentic spark of true originality."
The second, independently intelligible, entry in the Shattered Sea trilogy, following Half a King (2014).Read full book review >
EXIGENCY by Michael Siemsen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"A highly recommended, character-driven sci-fi novel in the tradition of Robert A. Heinlein."
In Siemsen's (The Opal, 2013, etc.) sci-fi novel, scientists embark on a long-distance, one-way voyage—and encounter disaster. Read full book review >
THE VILLAGE OF EBEN HOLLOW by Brad A. Braddock
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 12, 2015

"Fans of heroes who drink, waste bad guys, and still find time for church will enjoy this grisly high-stakes war."
A fantasy/adventure about a small village and an onslaught of demonic forces from debut authors Braddock and Pacy. Read full book review >
THE GLASS ARROW by Kristen Simmons
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"The ideas—extreme control of women and their sexuality—are more successful than the story's execution. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
A teenage girl raised free in the wild struggles to escape the fate of city girls—being auctioned for breeding. 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 >