Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 8)

RAVEN'S SPEAR by Dan  Hansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2018

"A great YAfantasy follow-up that ably develops its plot and characters."
In Hansen's (Monster's Children, 2017) second installment of the Tricksters' War series, Jamieand the Chosen set out into the desert, where they engage in spectacular battles as they hunt for a stolen spear. Read full book review >
DIM THE LIGHTS by Sue Duff
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 2018

"An action-packed conclusion to a sci-fi series that mostly satisfies."
A struggle to defeat a power-mad clan leader and his sinister brother reaches the crisis point across three worlds in this final installment of The Weir Chronicles. Read full book review >

REVELATIONS by Bellamy  Westbay
ROMANCE
Released: Feb. 28, 2018

"A triumphant series launch with an appealing couple that's sure to garner return readers."
A college student becomes drawn to an enigmatic man whose startling secret may be putting her in mortal danger in this supernatural-infused debut romance. Read full book review >
THE STRANGE BIRD by Jeff VanderMeer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"VanderMeer fans will treasure this installment in the Borne saga while hoping for something more substantial to follow—and soon."
A lyrical if dark-hearted sidenote to VanderMeer's wonderfully inventive dystopian novel Borne (2017). Read full book review >
THE MEGAROTHKE by Robert Ashcroft
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"A bloody, blistering novel of war and sacrifice set in a time of actual monsters."
An augmented soldier fights against apocalyptic nightmares in a brutal war to save humanity. Read full book review >

TESS OF THE ROAD by Rachel Hartman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Like Tess' journey, surprising, rewarding, and enlightening, both a fantasy adventure and a meta discourse on consent, shame, and female empowerment. (dramatis personae, glossary; not seen) (Fantasy. 13-adult)"
Hartman returns to Goredd with the tale of another young woman who breaks the rules in search of herself. Read full book review >
EMPEROR HON by Raymond  Springer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 2018

"A familiar plot takes a winding, ultimately rewarding path."
Springer (Zachary, 2017, etc.) presents book two in his sci-fi series about genetically enhanced teenagers. Read full book review >
VOICE OF THE ELDERS by Greg  Ripley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 21, 2018

"A journey that's uniquely informative, though hampered at times by overbearing prose."
Debut author Ripley presents a sci-fi thriller about apparently friendly visitors from another planet. Read full book review >
FIRE AND BONE by Rachel A. Marks
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"The Irish-pantheon premise injects originality into otherwise-familiar tropes. (Paranormal romance. 14-adult)"
A homeless, white 18-year-old learns she's a demigoddess and must choose allegiances. Read full book review >
LEGACY OF THE ORDER by T.L.  McDowell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A spirited, ambitious start to a planned series."
In McDowell's fantasy debut, a Virginia college student learns that he's fated to restore peace and balance to four realms—but he may instead lay waste to everything. Read full book review >
SALT OF THE EARTH by Kate  Moschandreas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2018

"Blazingly paced, exciting, and satisfying—an excellent futuristic tale."
A young scientist goes on the run when her work becomes the center of a deadly power struggle in this sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
SHATTER by Aprilynne Pike
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A delicious drama of morally imperfect characters in a fantastical future world with timely, relevant politics. (Romantic thriller/science fiction. 12-adult)"
In this sci-fi duology closer, Queen Danica must embrace her role to find a way to break out of her gilded, 22nd-century cage. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >