Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 6)

Rhiannon's Tale by Barbara Elder
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 8, 2015

"A solid debut layered with flashbacks, eroticism, and emotionally dynamic characters."
In this romantic fantasy debut, a young woman who can see peoples' auras learns that she's part of a larger clan, one a militant cult wants destroyed. Read full book review >
The Tree of Life by Dawn Davis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2015

"Fans of magical realism à la Alice Hoffman will feel at home with this story."
Debut novelist Davis spins a time-travel story that features an unstoppable young heroine. Read full book review >

BRIAR QUEEN by Katherine Harbour
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Readers drawn to faerie lore will enjoy this lush, romantic tale even if the plot does wander in the gothic wilderness a bit too long."
A gothic story of faerie-tale romance, rescue, and revenge. Read full book review >
THE FOLD by Peter Clines
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Fans of the author's popular novel 14 (2012) will want to pay particular attention, as these shared universes share other horrors as well."
A schoolteacher with unusual gifts is recruited by the Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects division to investigate a troubled project. Read full book review >
CHILDREN OF THE EARTH by Anna Schumacher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 2, 2015

"A sequel that fulfills its predecessor's promises. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
The buildup to and final culmination of prophecies from End Times (2014).Read full book review >

STORM AND STEEL by Jon Sprunk
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 2, 2015

"A strong second entry and still a series to follow."
In the second part of The Book of the Black Earth, magic causes more problems than it solves for Horace, the foreign shipwright-turned-sorcerer and military adviser to the queen of a beleaguered city-state. Read full book review >
Those Who Are Left by Josh  Stricklin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Entertaining though not groundbreaking zombie survival story."
In Stricklin's debut, a zombie apocalypse brings four people together on a quest to find safe haven. Read full book review >
TERRA'S WORLD by Mitch Benn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 2015

"This novel is best for fans of Benn's first book. Though comprehensible on its own, it offers little new ground as a stand-alone science-fiction story."
The sequel to Terra (2013) confronts apocalypse with a breezy, British air.Read full book review >
Clarion Call of the Last Kallus by Peter  Krass
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2015

"This clever mystery will particularly delight hard-core wordophiles—and send them scrambling for the dictionary."
In Krass' (Carnegie, 2011, etc.) novel, a National Security Agency assassin finds that things aren't what they seem after he carries out orders to kill a fellow agent. Read full book review >
The Dark by Forrest Carr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2015

"This is a rollicking adventure with religious, philosophical, and technological overtones; for science fiction die-hards."
When a dimension-hopping spacecraft ventures beyond the boundaries of the universe, literally ending up nowhere, strange and disturbing events play havoc with it. Read full book review >
Exophobic: Making Waves by D. Kenton Mellott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 27, 2015

"Leisurely paced but intelligent and profound, even at its goofiest."
An agency monitoring illegal manipulation of electromagnetic waves may have uncovered an attempt to control humanity in Mellott's (Exophobe, 2012, etc.) latest sci-fi outing. Read full book review >
The Land of Matta  by Michael Eldred
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 27, 2015

"A fantastical puzzle that may be too difficult to solve.

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Eldred (Capital and Technology, 2015, etc.) presents a fantasy allegory for physics enthusiasts.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 >