Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 9)

THE BLACK WITCH by Laurie Forest
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 2, 2017

"A massive page-turner that leaves readers longing for more. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Transported from her sheltered village life to join the diverse, magical student body at Verpax University, Elloren Gardner's comfortable sense of history is challenged by living and learning alongside Elves, shape-shifting Lupines, and even feared, demonic Icarals. Read full book review >
A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN  by Sarah J. Maas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 2, 2017

"Nifty romantic escapism enhanced by expansion of worldbuilding and development of secondary characters. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Feyre and her friends must stop the evil Hybern king's conquering schemes. Read full book review >

DAUGHTER OF AITHNE by Karin Rita Gastreich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2017

"An enticing and elegant series finale filled with magic and turmoil."
In this conclusion of a fantasy trilogy, treachery and thoughts of retribution may spawn a devastating war between kingdoms. Read full book review >
WE OTHER by Sue Bentley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 28, 2017

"Packed with dense maunderings, this out-of-control tome might appeal to readers of slow-moving fairy stories aimed at adults—but likely won't. (Fantasy. 15-adult)"
Even a fairy princess can have a dreadful childhood. Read full book review >
BL!NK by Mark Lingane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 27, 2017

"Sci-fi readers must brave a steep learning curve to venture down this series that promises black holes and dark matter (in every sense)."
Military madmen, freedom fighters, and superpowered children contend with the fulfillment of an apocalyptic prophecy on an Earth warped by alien attacks. Read full book review >

THE WHITE RAVEN by Carrie D. Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 27, 2017

"A heartfelt fantasy tale with a spirited plot."
Magic and suspense abound in this moving debut fantasy novel about how far a witch will go to help a friend. Read full book review >
AHE'EY by Jamie Le Fay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2017

"A bracing mix of emotionally and intellectually honest fantasy."
In this romantic tale, a champion of women's empowerment stumbles on a hidden—and seemingly perfect—society. Read full book review >
PARADIGM LOST by R. Roderick Rowe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2017

"An inventive tribal tale hampered by problematic racial attitudes and extraneous details."
In this novel, a young man in a future Pacific Northwest finds his purpose in a homoerotic culture that combines Native American-derived spirituality with militarism. Read full book review >
WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"A truly visionary techno-thriller that not only depicts how we might live tomorrow, but asks why we don't already."
Doctorow (Information Doesn't Want to Be Free, 2014, etc.) offers a counterintuitive alternate (possible?) future in this gritty yet hopeful sci-fi epic. Read full book review >
WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS by Marie Brennan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Catch them all. Don't start here."
Fifth and final chapter (In the Labyrinth of Drakes, 2016, etc.) of the memoirs of Isabella, Lady Trent of Scirland, dragon naturalist extraordinaire. Read full book review >
THE SHIP by Antonia Honeywell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"After a harrowing launch, Honeywell's tale sails into the doldrums and sinks under the weight of haphazard plotting, uneven pacing, and subpar character work."
A sheltered teenager has an existential crisis while riding out the apocalypse aboard her father's private ark in this dystopian debut novel. Read full book review >
SKULLSWORN by Brian Staveley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Lacking the grand heft of the trilogy, this is a pleasantly grim and emotionally complex divertissement that will give pleasure to fans and tie up some loose ends—and can also be an accessible entree for new readers, who will undoubtedly go on to consume the rest of the series."
The beautiful, enigmatic assassin Pyrre, a supporting character in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne (The Last Mortal Bond, 2016, etc.), takes center stage in this prequel to the series. 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 >