Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 6)

THE TATTERED BOX by Paul Schumacher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 16, 2016

"A well-crafted, if conventional, time-travel tale."
A teenager travels back to 1941 and encounters his grandfather in this YA debut. Read full book review >
CLING by Jeff Menapace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 14, 2016

"Elevates the dystopian genre with snappy writing, well-drawn characters, intriguing back story, and bracing battles.


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In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman with special powers and a small band of underground survivors take on a cruel warlord. Read full book review >

DAWN OF LEGAIA by A.C. Hachem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"An expansive tale, despite its focus on one character, that offers trendy tech and substantial back story for a planned series."
A scientist aiming to colonize a new planet faces strong—and potentially lethal—opposition from an affluent rival in Hachem's sci-fi debut. Read full book review >
THE LAST UP by Jimmy Vee
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 12, 2016

"An engaging, funny tale about salesmanship and much more."
A time-travel fantasy novel about the philosophical core of an auto dealership. Read full book review >
4 YEARS TRAPPED IN MY MIND PALACE by Johan Twiss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 9, 2016

"An intriguing premise, effective voice, and entertaining writing make for a winning tale about two musicians."
In this YA novel, a paralyzed, mute teenager gets a new roommate, an elderly jazz performer, who can hear his thoughts—and take him back in time. Read full book review >

THE METAL WITHIN by Len Gizinski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2016

"A breezy, smart apocalyptic tale that makes sequels look tempting."
In the opening installment of debut novelist Gizinski's sci-fi series, survivors in a dystopian world encounter a covert organization that targets threats to citizens. Read full book review >
THE LIBERATION by Ian Tregillis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A frighteningly frank and brutal consideration of slavery, post-slavery, and colonialism in metallic garb."
The thoughtful, blood-soaked conclusion to an alternate-history trilogy (The Rising, 2015, etc.) in which the Dutch rule Europe and the New World thanks to their control of Clakkers, mechanical servants fueled by clockwork and alchemy. Read full book review >
Biome by Ryan Galloway
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"An indelible red-planet backdrop enhances an already rugged, tenacious story of a colony's cadets learning to rely on one another."
Part of a Mars terraforming settlement, a teenager has six days to figure out why doctors are repeatedly wiping her peers' memories—and why she's retained her own—in this sci-fi debut. Read full book review >
KINGDOM OF APATHY by Pasquale A. Neri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"Though the scale of the book disorients the reader at times, the payoff comes in a decidedly creative mix of sci-fi and magic."
A part sci-fi, part fantasy debut novel examines the convergence of magical worlds. Read full book review >
THE PAIN SEASON by Libby Doyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 2, 2016

"A commendable follow-up with otherworldly action, down-to-earth melodrama, and sensuality in between."
An FBI agent's devastated when she learns her boyfriend's a supernatural warrior—and Lucifer's son—in this second installment of a paranormal romance series. Read full book review >
Lord of the Fallen by John Forrester
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A resilient female protagonist braves the perils of wizardry, ancient cults, and college life."
A teen girl who dabbles in magic finds herself immersed in a war between kingdoms and the gradual rise of a potentially dangerous cult in Forrester's (Death Mage, 2015, etc.) YA fantasy novel.Read full book review >
THE SPEAKER by Andi O'Connor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A continually fascinating tale with a protagonist who charms, inspires, and evolves."
In the second of O'Connor's (Silevethiel, 2013, etc.) fantasy series, a princess must overcome her doubts if she's to help fulfill a prophecy to rescue her world from potential destruction. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >