Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 8)

Lone Wolf by Robin Mason
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 >
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 >
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
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 >
The Passion Season by Libby Doyle
Released: March 19, 2016

"A tale about Lucifer's son that deftly draws in readers with engrossing characters and room for expansion."
An ancient warrior on Earth for centuries falls in love with a human woman, which may make him vulnerable to his evil, demon-controlling father in this debut paranormal romance. Read full book review >
Emergence by Tyler Brand
Released: March 18, 2016

"A work of surprising depth even as it delivers the powerful chills and thrills readers expect from a battle with formidable creatures."
Brand provides a dark tale about a war veteran in this debut sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >