Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 6)

THE SIREN by Kiera Cass
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A frothy little stand-alone fairy tale. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
A chaste forbidden romance between a siren and a human in this re-edited rerelease from The Selection (2012) author Cass. Read full book review >
Hatred Day by T.S. Pettibone
Released: Jan. 23, 2016

"The first gripping installment in a sci-fi series set in a future of fractious and dangerous alien apartheid."
A member of a visiting alien race becomes the subject of an orchestrated hunt on Earth. Read full book review >

The Vathiriel Blade by Mark David Brantingham
Released: Jan. 22, 2016

"An unexpectedly compelling lone wolf narrative in a Western-flavored fantasy world."
An ex-soldier battles small-town corruption and an ancient evil in Brantingham's debut fantasy novel. Read full book review >
Carnifex by D.P. Prior
Released: Jan. 16, 2016

"Immersive worldbuilding adds texture to this dark, intriguing tale about a fighter."
In this fantasy novel, a dwarf grapples with deception and a stark destiny that could save, or ruin, his people. Read full book review >
Redfall: Fight for Survival by Jay J. Falconer
Released: Jan. 16, 2016

"Solid action but a dystopia left unexplored—though later series entries are primed to do just that."
An intelligence expert teams up with survivalists when a bizarre weather event prefaces a plan to stir up chaos among American citizens in this techno-thriller. Read full book review >

Toru by Stephanie R. Sorensen
Released: Jan. 13, 2016

"Cool alternative-history yarn of yester-century Nippon, a promising steampunk-energized start."
Defying his shogun's ban on contact with the Western world, a young Japanese in 1852 uses smuggled blueprints and technology to create a hyperindustrial movement to thrust the nation forward into the modern age. Read full book review >
THE BLUE WOODS by Nicole Maggi
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A satisfying finale. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
This final installment of the Twin Willows Trilogy finds the battle between the Benandanti and the Malandanti at a head. Read full book review >
Revelation by Ellery A. Kane
Released: Jan. 11, 2016

"A satisfying conclusion to a flawed but often fantastically entertaining trilogy."
In Kane's (Prophecy, 2015, etc.) final installment of the Legacy trilogy, a teenage girl puts her life on the line to try to destroy a sinister company that produces powerful, mood-altering drugs.Read full book review >
The Jestivan by David F. Farris
Released: Jan. 9, 2016

"A fun, energetic fantasy sure to appeal to anime aficionados."
Farris' debut is an epic tale of strange powers and political maneuvering set amid the backdrop of 10 fractious kingdoms, each with its own agenda and defining traits. Read full book review >
PAWN'S GAMBIT by Timothy Zahn
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A grab bag of decidedly less-than-amazing stories."
A collection of science-fiction and fantasy short stories from an author best known for his Star Wars expanded-universe novels. Read full book review >
SKINNER LUCE by Patricia Ward
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"High-caliber, often engrossing literary sci-fi."
Ward (The Bullet Collection, 2003) offers a tale of a woman discovering her alien origins.Read full book review >
THIS CENSUS-TAKER by China Miéville
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"A deceptively simple story whose plot could be taken as a symbolic representation of an aspect of humanity as big as an entire society and as small as a single soul."
Miéville (Three Moments of an Explosion, 2015, etc.) has two main modes: the pyrotechnics of a puzzle maker and the austere depth of a mythmaker. Brief and dreamlike, his latest novel is in his simpler, stronger style.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 4, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >