Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 6)

THIS SHATTERED WORLD by Amie Kaufman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 23, 2014

"The cringe-worthy romantic setup chafes, but on the plus side, this soft science fiction offers intense, nongratuitous bloodshed, corporate conspiracy and intriguing explorations of culpability. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
It's not exactly a meet-cute. Read full book review >
The Legend of Queen Agatha by Sam Cunningham
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 18, 2014

"Astute lessons in government enliven this less than compelling tale of a wise, disciplined queen known for her beneficence."
An aristocrat's daughter becomes queen in this insightful if somewhat bland fantasy from debut author Cunningham. Read full book review >

SHRUGG, 1 MILE by G. A. Schindler
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 12, 2014

"Rough prose undermines this sci-fi tale and its inimitable villain."
Schindler's debut sci-fi novella explores what might happen if the aliens are already here, watching us. Read full book review >
THE CAPABLE CHILD by K. M.  Edwards
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2014

"A fairy tale wrap-up to a small-town series."
In the concluding volume of Edwards' (The Changeable Child, 2013) trilogy, a newly divorced mom returns to Berger, Missouri, handling fortune, revelations, and romance. Read full book review >
PRINCESS OF THORNS by Stacey Jay
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Those able to overlook the incomplete worldbuilding will find the compelling, fully fleshed romance and gems of truth scattered throughout the story satisfying and worth the effort. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Exiled warrior-princess Aurora, the Sleeping Beauty's daughter, attempts to save her brother and reclaim her throne. Read full book review >

NOW THAT YOU'RE HERE by Amy K. Nichols
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"A debut with great characters and huge nerd appeal. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
A science-minded girl falls for a graffiti artist—the catch, though, is that he's from a parallel universe. Read full book review >
ZODIAC by Romina Russell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Readers may forgive quibbles both major and minor for a story that touches on such complicated themes of identity, love, sex, class and politics. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
A sci-fi refreshing for both its nondystopian plot and fallible heroine. Read full book review >
THE PARDONER'S TALE by Morgan Ferdinand
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 6, 2014

"This supernatural thriller's humor and well-developed relationships will keep the pages turning."
Ferdinand's sharp debut novel features a shape-shifting private eye who's hellbent on slaying demonic beasts. Read full book review >
RAVENCLIFFE by Carol Goodman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Rife with atmosphere, adventure and romance, this is a fantasy world worth getting lost in for a while. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Half-breed Darkling Avaline Hall makes a triumphant return in the second installment of the Blythewood series. Read full book review >
BLACK KNIGHT by Christopher Pike
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Those overlooking its heroine will enjoy the plot's new spin on the familiar tropes. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Before new witch Jessie Ralle can get the hang of the parallel-world-hopping double life introduced in Witch World (2012), she's tossed into a paranormal version of The Hunger Games. Read full book review >
CARBIDE TIPPED PENS by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"The few misses in this collection are more than made up for by the strength of the hits. Hard-core sci-fi fans will gobble this up, and readers newer to the genre should give it a chance, too."
A science-fiction anthology that strikes a balance between radical scientific ideas and grounded human emotion. Read full book review >
THE GENOME by Sergei Lukyanenko
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Not quite up to the standard of Russia's greatest science-fiction writers (such as the Strugatsky brothers) but nonetheless refreshingly different and something of a page-turner: well worth investigating."
A medium-future exploration of the effects of genetic engineering, which first appeared in Russian in 1999, from the Moscow-resident author of Night Watch (2013, etc.).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >