Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 8)

Released: July 31, 2016

"Rowling's name on the cover will guarantee mad sales, even for an unadventurous spinoff like this. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
The Boy Who Lived may be done with Voldemort, but Voldemort's not done with him. Read full book review >
SILVER SHARD by Betsy Streeter
Released: July 29, 2016

"An entertaining if not entirely transparent sequel. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
In this follow-up to Silverwood (2015), the Silverwood clan must ensure its old enemy doesn't escape its supernatural prison. Read full book review >

Tinder & Flint by Matthew Hinsley
Released: July 29, 2016

"A delightful tale of magic and monsters that subverts genre expectations with characters both familiar and equivocal."
A group on a self-imposed mission to track down abducted villagers winds up battling deadly creatures and an evil of unspeakable power in this series-opening debut fantasy. Read full book review >
The Smallest Angel by Richard Seib
Released: July 28, 2016

"While slow at times, this sentimental book about a mysterious woman nevertheless manages plenty of surprises and an overall uplifting message."
A sci-fi novel explores the importance of faith in a violent world. Read full book review >
SUPERNOVA by C.A. Higgins
Released: July 26, 2016

"Sci-fi fans will love this tense, action-packed, and thought-provoking adventure."
The story of a revolution-turned-civil war waged across the solar system—and within one very unusual spaceship. Read full book review >

The Prouds by Laith Taher
Released: July 22, 2016

"A straightforward, somewhat awkward fantasy epic about a determined monarch and a dangerous knight."
A debut novel sets the stage for a war between two great factions. Read full book review >
Conflicts of the Universe by B. Gomez
Released: July 20, 2016

"An attempt at a classic sci-fi yarn with an unfortunately undistinguished result."
As aliens begin to invade Earth, the fate of the planet may rest in the hands of one man in Gomez's debut sci-fi novel, the first in a series. Read full book review >
Released: July 19, 2016

"A page-turning psychological thriller in which mental illness is tragic. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
In a special school on a small Massachusetts island, a boy struggles to find his place in time. Read full book review >
THE RACE by Nina Allan
Released: July 19, 2016

"One spectacular sci-fi novella dragged down by three tedious ones."
Four semi-intertwined novellas featuring genetically engineered dogs and a troubled family. Read full book review >
SOVEREIGNTY by Anjenique Hughes
Released: July 19, 2016

"A well-crafted thriller that offers both a warning and hope for the future."
A dystopian sci-fi YA novel about a teenager whose unexpected discoveries hold the promise of a revolution against a totalitarian regime. Read full book review >
Cleansed by G.S. Scott
Released: July 18, 2016

"This vivid and gripping supernatural tale about a daring fighter grows more somber and complex as it builds."
A fantasy novel focuses on a young warrior caught up in an epic clash of bloodthirsty ancient gods. Read full book review >
THE SHADOW HOUR by Melissa Grey
Released: July 12, 2016

"Ripe with sarcasm and complicated relationships, an action- and angst-packed installment reminiscent of Buffy and Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. (Urban fantasy. 14 & up)"
Forces of light and darkness clash in this urban-fantasy sequel to The Girl at Midnight (2015). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Maria Goodavage
October 24, 2016

Wherever the president goes, there will be dogs. They’ll be there no matter what the country or state. They’ll be there regardless of the political climate, the danger level, the weather, or the hour. Maria Goodavage’s new book Secret Service Dogs immerses readers in the heart of this elite world of canine teams who protect first families, popes, and presidential candidates: the selection of dogs and handlers, their year-round training, their missions around the world, and, most important, the bond—the glue that holds the teams together and can mean the difference between finding bombs and terrorists or letting them slip by. Secret Service Dogs celebrates the Secret Service’s most unforgettable canine heroes. It is a must-read for fans of Maria Goodavage, anyone who wants a rare inside view of the United States Secret Service, or just loves dogs. “Goodavage’s subjects and their companions are quirky and dedicated enough to engage readers wondering about those dogs on the White House lawn,” our reviewer writes. View video >