Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 5)

WARRIOR'S BANE by David L. McDaniel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2018

"A somewhat predictable but still inventive fantasy-series opener."
This fantasy debut tells the story of a mercenary who's forced from retirement by an evil horde, warlike kingdoms, and an ancient prophecy. Read full book review >
RABID HEART by Jeremy  Wagner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2018

"An endlessly entertaining zombie tale that checks off genre conventions with style."
In this horror romp, a woman's love for her fiance survives the zombie apocalypse despite his status as one of the undead. Read full book review >

FATHOMS BETWEEN by Laura  Holt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Entertaining, but the writing could be stronger."
With star-crossed love a blight on her family, a young woman reluctantly works with Hades to break the curse in Book 3 of this fantasy series. Read full book review >
KILL THE QUEEN  by Jennifer Estep
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Original worldbuilding suffers against a cartoonish villain and a plot that must continue straining to support its own premises."
Fantasist Estep (Venom in the Veins, 2018, etc.) debuts a new series with a tale of a young noblewoman's coming-of-age against a backdrop of assassination, magic, and fate. Read full book review >
ZERO SUM GAME by S.L.  Huang
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"If not entirely satisfying on its own, an excellent harbinger for books to come."
This debut is a paranormal thriller in which both the action and the questions don't stop. Read full book review >

THE RISING GOLD by Ava Jae
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"An intricate constellation of characters and crises. (map, character list, glossary) (Science fiction. 15-adult)"
Eros and Kora find new challenges as they lead their peoples in this tumultuous trilogy closer. Read full book review >
THE BONELESS MERCIES by April Genevieve Tucholke
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Wow. (Fantasy. 12-adult)"
In this saga inspired by the ancient tale of "Beowulf" our hero is a 17-year-old death-trader named Frey. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY 2018 by N.K.  Jemisin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"The stories in this collection will leave the reader mournful, angry, and inspired."
Jemisin, the latest guest editor for this series, has chosen stories with themes similar to the ones that appear in her own short story collection, How Long 'til Black Future Month? (2018). Read full book review >
UNCHAINED by Helen Hardt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"An enthralling and rousing vampire tale that will leave readers waiting for the sequel."
A vampire who's recently escaped unknown captors has an inexplicable link to an emergency room nurse in this erotic thriller. Read full book review >
STAR-CROSSED by Pintip Dunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"An unusual focus on food only improves this intriguing coming-of-age story."
As unrest grows in a food-strapped space colony, a young woman slated for leadership must make a heart-wrenching decision in this YA sci-fi/romance novel. Read full book review >
THE OTHERWORLD SONGBIRDS by Lanny  Smith
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 2018

"This fantasy tale creates an earnest, gleaming world that's hard to leave."
A YA novel finds a royal family under siege by evil shape-changers. Read full book review >
MONSTERS by David Alexander  Robertson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2018

"A satisfying continuation of a moody, stylish series."
Robertson (Strangers, 2018, etc.) returns to the adventures of First Nations teenager Cole Harper in this supernatural YA sequel.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >