Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 7)

The Cygnus Virus by Terry Zakreski
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 26, 2016

"A seriocomic novel that explores the possibilities of futuristic technology and the classic tropes of a mismatched duo."
Debut author Zakreski offers a sci-fi novel about a lawyer dealing with an intergalactic computer virus. Read full book review >
War of the Staffs by Steve Stephenson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 23, 2016

"In this intricate tale featuring an intense warrior, worldbuilding takes precedence over character development and a coherent narrative."
A human prince must defeat a powerful vampire warlock in this debut YA fantasy novel with sci-fi and horror elements. Read full book review >

THE MARKED GIRL by Lindsey Klingele
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 21, 2016

"Fast, light, and lacking in substance. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A teen girl's destiny crosses with that of a prince from another world. Read full book review >
WAYPOINT KANGAROO by Curtis C. Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Debut novelist Chen has created an engaging character and a rich, believable world. Sci-fi fans will love this fun, high-tech adventure."
A fast-paced spy thriller set on a cruise ship to Mars. Read full book review >
IN THE SHADOW OF THE GODS by Rachel Dunne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Antiheroes carry the day—and maybe save it—in this dark tale of pragmatism and survival."
Five strangers form a tense alliance to stop the release of two gods bound centuries ago in Dunne's debut novel, a semifinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel (2014). Read full book review >

TITANBORN by Rhett C. Bruno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"This solar-system-spanning mystery will scratch the genre itch."
A futuristic thriller set in a solar system teetering on the brink of revolution. Read full book review >
World Saver by Neal Goldstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"What begins as a YA adventure becomes a stellar rumination on the individual's place in the world."
Goldstein, Neal WORLD SAVER In this YA sci-fi debut, a teen visits his aunt's spiritual retreat to curb his video-gaming only to learn his favorite game is more real than he imagined. Read full book review >
Elliza and Melkio by Mark J. Jannetta
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: June 18, 2016

"A classical, if uneven, fantasy story in which characters embrace their best selves, virtue triumphs, and selfless love overcomes all barriers."
A prince and princess learn the value of love and compassion. Read full book review >
Amanojaku by Damien Lutz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2016

"A multilayered protagonist and stellar setting help guide this sci-fi narrative to an unforgettable coda."
In 2040, a former convict with an implant to stave off violent impulses finds himself in the midst of a plan to take down a corporate empire in Lutz's (Book Hunter, 2015, etc.) sci-fi thriller.Read full book review >
The Conveyance by Brian Matthews
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2016

"An unsettling tale that downplays its sci-fi elements to great effect."
In Matthews' (Revelation, 2015, etc.) sci-fi-tinged thriller, a string of bizarre events leads a psychologist to an alarming secret that he may not live long enough to expose.Read full book review >
Tumble by Bob Triggs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 17, 2016

"A flawed but intriguing thriller with plenty of terrifying weather catastrophes and an admirable commitment to scientific exploration."
A debut novel kicks off a multipart saga about worldwide natural disasters. Read full book review >
Seasons of Heaven by Nicolas Augusto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 2016

"A supernatural tale that falls flat due to confusing plot developments and saccharine characterization."
Augusto's debut novel tells a complex tale of suffering, bravery, and the bonds between the living and the dead. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >