Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 5)

THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS by Jo Walton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 30, 2015

"There's still more talk than action, but enough happens that the end result is a satisfying conclusion, with room for more if desired."
Walton continues her tale of the goddess Athene's experiment to establish a city based on the principles of Plato's Republic, inhabited by stray scholars and former child-slaves harvested from various time periods.Read full book review >
THE HOLLOW QUEEN by Elizabeth Haydon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 30, 2015

"Thematically, an entry that wraps up all the major plotlines in a mostly satisfying fashion, though another installment is promised."
Eighth and penultimate part of Haydon's Symphony of Ages series (The Merchant Emperor, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >

Second Chronicles of Illumination by C. A. Pack
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 30, 2015

"The stakes have never been higher in Pack's inventive epic."
Pack's encore batch of riveting adventures about an interdimensional library system. Read full book review >
The Novel Life of Coral Ambrose by Bonnie Ballou
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2015

"A clever genre-hopper that espouses the healing power of books."
In Ballou's debut novel, a troubled bookworm gets her chance to step inside the world of literature. Read full book review >
Kara Richards by C. S. Eubank
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2015

"Intrigue abounds, but too much is left to the reader's imagination."
In this fantasy debut, a group of teens prepare for war against the evil magician who killed their parents. Read full book review >

Garbageman by Erik Dean
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2015

"Pure grisly fun."
In this sci-fi debut, a mysterious entity made of trash helps a young man get revenge on a criminal cartel. Read full book review >
THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR by Scott Hawkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2015

"A wholly original, engrossing, disturbing, and beautiful book. You've never read anything quite like this, and you won't soon forget it."
A spellbinding story of world-altering power and revenge from debut novelist Hawkins. Read full book review >
FernMacht by Peter Lobban
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 2015

"A well-intentioned but meandering novel that could have benefited from a tighter focus."
A man discovers and explores strange powers in Lobban's debut sci-fi novel. Read full book review >
TO HOLD THE BRIDGE by Garth Nix
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 9, 2015

"Not a necessary purchase, but a tasty buffet for Nix fans and a comprehensive sampler for new readers. (Fantasy/horror/science-fiction short stories. 12 & up)"
A collection of short speculative fiction showcases a hugely popular author. Read full book review >
THE CLOCKWORK CROWN by Beth Cato
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 9, 2015

"A satisfying follow-up that sticks to the comforts of familiar fantasy elements but still offers an entertaining, swiftly moving adventure in the company of Cato's appealing characters."
In a return to the steampunk-flavored world of her first novel, Cato (The Clockwork Dagger, 2014) sends her likable cast of characters on a more tightly written, higher stakes fantasy adventure.Read full book review >
THE INVASION OF THE TEARLING by Erika Johansen
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 9, 2015

"A satisfying, well-crafted sequel that will leave readers looking forward to what might happen next to 'that fantastic vision inside Tear's jewel' and those who treasure it."
There's a tear in the Tearling, and Tears are falling. Read full book review >
THE LIMINAL WAR by Ayize Jama-Everett
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 9, 2015

"An engaging sequel that sets its likable cast of characters against a fast-paced sequence of dangers while making an admirable effort to offer a more diverse vision of the superpower narrative."
In a sequel to his first novel (The Liminal People, 2012), Jama-Everett offers a story about a scrappy group of people with superpowers who careen through a criminal underground, the space-time continuum, and frequently outrageous battles to rescue a young woman who's gone missing.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >