Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 8)

RAILHEAD by Philip Reeve
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2016

"As he did with the Mortal Engines series, Reeve has crafted something at once weirdly familiar and marvelously original. Thank the stars there's at least one sequel planned already. (Science fiction. 12 & up)"
Starlight Express meets Trainspotting—as run through Reeve's fertile imagination. Read full book review >
Parched by Andrew Branham
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2016

"A fast-paced post-apocalyptic tale of survival and family."
Branham (Anything for Amelia, 2015) describes a family's struggles in a world running out of water in this dystopian novel.Read full book review >

Lone Wolf by Robin Mason
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2016

"A morally-sound hero who earns sympathy and cheers as a champion of the wildlife."
Mason, Robin LONE WOLF: BOOK TWO OF THE OLDENGLEN CHRONICLES A twelve-year-old boy's ability to communicate with animals may come in handy when revenge-minded bullies invade his family's land in Mason's (Oldenglen, 2015) middle-grade fantasy. Read full book review >
What Lies Beyond? by Howard Dimond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2016

"Readers who have followed Michael and Oats' long search will likely enjoy this latest installment, but newcomers to the series should start at the beginning."
Two pals continue their quest for scientific and religious truths while their friends prepare for major life changes in Dimond's sequel to By Accident or Design (2014). Read full book review >
A TANGLE OF GOLD by Jaclyn Moriarty
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 29, 2016

"Colorful and madcap, a veritable 'whirlshine' of sparkle, with a side of tears: deeply satisfying, perfectly ended. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A grand finale to a grand adventure, complete with truly startling revelations. Read full book review >

HALF LOST by Sally Green
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 29, 2016

"An immensely satisfying finale of dazzling magic, hard-earned romance, and the tragic realities of war. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Fueled by a thirst for vengeance and the powers passed on by his infamous father, Nathan fights to end a war without losing himself in this series conclusion. Read full book review >
Curse the Day by Zachary Koala  Hardison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"An ardent tale about a formidable creature that will synchronize cheers and ruminations."
In this supernatural debut, a shadowy figure begins killing humans he marks as truly evil, while apparently trying to ignite a war between the corrupt and the incorruptible. Read full book review >
Healer by Ellyn E. Hugus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"A rewarding, though brief, finale to the Peace Keeper trilogy."
In this final fantasy-series installment, Hugus (Plant Speech, 2011, etc.) brings another of her Children of the Earth into focus as a final battle against their elemental adversary approaches.Read full book review >
In the Shreds of Reality by Christopher Mart
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2016

"While its style falls short of its substance, this globe-trotting sci-fi tale has intrigue to spare."
In this first installment of a projected trilogy, a nameless man risks waking up in the body of a new person every time he falls asleep. Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN TWIN by Adi Rule
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 22, 2016

"Rule delivers a funny, exciting adventure for readers ready to move on from doe-eyed heroines swooning over rugged heroes. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A young woman has been kept hidden for most of her life, but a rare excursion leads to a confrontation with the authorities that are her biggest fear—until she becomes theirs. Read full book review >
TRANSGALACTIC by James Gunn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2016

"Transcendental was a very tough act to follow, and, not altogether unexpectedly, Gunn falters."
Sequel to what was possibly Gunn's best ever, Transcendental (2013)—and second of a projected trilogy.Read full book review >
WORLD'S END by Will Elliott
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 22, 2016

"Fans of the previous volumes won't be disappointed; more skeptical readers can appreciate and admire Elliott's inspired resourcefulness while believing nary a word."
Following Shadow (2015), the final entry in the innovative but opaque Pendulum trilogy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >