Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 9)

INVISIBLE PLANETS by Ken Liu
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A phenomenal anthology of short speculative fiction."
In this anthology, Liu offers an assortment of the short fiction he's translated, along with three short essays about Chinese science fiction. Read full book review >
Infinity by Jus Accardo
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A fun YA sci-fi story with a compelling cast of characters."
A rebellious teenager discovers a family secret that involves hopping between dimensions and confronts a dangerous killer in Accardo's (Embraced, 2015, etc.) latest novel, the first in a series.Read full book review >

Highway Thirteen to Manhattan by Kourtney Heintz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A daring, if occasionally dreary, series installment that shows that love can be an unremitting trial—with or without superpowers."
A telepath has a near-death experience and later struggles with an inner darkness in Heintz's (The Six Train to Wisconsin, 2013) paranormal drama. Read full book review >
Blowback '07 by Brian Meehl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A vibrant time-travel tale that offers inventive storytelling along with sports, romance, and secrets."
A YA adventure finds a high school football star stuck in the past thanks to a mysterious musical instrument. Read full book review >
ABSOLUTE CHOICE by Donielle Ingersoll
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A Christian-leaning, trippy sci-fi tale about multidimensional travel."
When he invents a gateway to metaphysical alternative universes, a scientist discovers romance, cosmic danger, and a chance to rewrite history for truth and justice. Read full book review >

BEYOND EVERY MIRROR by Christine Church
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"An intriguing start to a promising new series, although stronger editing might have made it an even more compelling read."
In Church's (The Early Scrolls, 2016, etc.) paranormal romance, a musician's unusual visions lead him to a parallel dimension where he encounters a woman who may hold the key to his fate.Read full book review >
LILLY NOBLE & THE PHANTOM RUSH by Deborah McTiernan
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"A mostly effective paranormal-YA follow-up, featuring intriguing new characters."
McTiernan (Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, 2016) returns to the mystical world of 14-year-old Lilly Noble as danger follows her home from school.Read full book review >
Prisoners of the Game by Tim Allen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 30, 2016

"An ambitious, enjoyable romp whose briskness makes its few stumbles forgivable."
Gamers must survive a glitch-y virtual-reality realm that's rendering its players comatose in Allen's (Apocalypse Orphan, 2016) sci-fi actioner.Read full book review >
THE FATE OF THE TEARLING by Erika Johansen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2016

"Overall, a satisfying close to a long but worthy yarn."
The Red Queen is off her head—and heads, it seems, will roll in this closing installment of Johansen's Tearling trilogy. Read full book review >
BEYOND THE FOREST by Kay L. Ling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2016

"A bright fantasy for readers who are tired of exaggerated violence and slippery morals."
In this fantasy debut, a gemologist discovers a hidden portal and finds that family secrets are the key to saving more than one world. Read full book review >
THE MASTER OF WHITEHALL by Rick H. Veal
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 27, 2016

"An enticing supernatural plot with an initially frisky pace hampered by excessive exposition."
A college student falls for the mysterious owner of a manor in this first installment of a paranormal romance series. Read full book review >
LOST GODS by Brom
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An oddly schizophrenic yarn—organized above, chaotic below—but fans of Brom's weirdly offbeat imagination will find much to admire."
Underworld fantasy from the artist, games designer, and novelist (Krampus, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >