Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 9)

Dreadlands by Jaimie Engle
Released: April 22, 2016

"A solid, journeyman effort that shows signs of trying to break free of epic-fantasy tropes but never truly flies."
Engle (The Dredge, 2015, etc.) weaves Viking lore, animalistic shape-shifters, and coming-of-age adventure into a fantasy epic. Read full book review >
NETTLE KING by Katherine Harbour
Released: April 19, 2016

"Readers invested in the series will want to follow Finn on her latest adventure, but this book will likely appeal to fans only."
Teenagers face down supernatural dangers in this moody faerie-tale drama. Read full book review >

JOIN by Steve Toutonghi
Released: April 19, 2016

"A promising debut that aims high and doesn't quite get there, this one will appeal most to hard-core sci-fi fans who crave new ideas."
A heady sci-fi thriller about a world-altering technology—and its hidden costs. Read full book review >
FLAMECASTER by Cinda Williams Chima
Released: April 19, 2016

"A welcome return for loyal fans and a splendid jumping-on point for new ones. Both will be panting for the next installment. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Chima revisits the Seven Realms for the next generation of warfare, intrigue, romance, and magic. Read full book review >
THE LIE TREE by Frances Hardinge
Released: April 19, 2016

"Thematically rich, stylistically impressive, absolutely unforgettable. (Historical fantasy/horror. 12 & up)"
Mystery, magic, religion, and feminism swirl together in Hardinge's latest heady concoction, set amid the scientific ferment following the publication of The Origin of Species. Read full book review >

Why I Shouldn't Work With a Werewolf by James Carpenter
Released: April 18, 2016

"Supernatural high jinks abound in this joyfully flippant tale."
Two agents—one a vampire, the other a werewolf—clash when attempting to stop a rampaging vampwolf in this paranormal comedy. Read full book review >
Sir Coffin Graves (Book 2) by Leinad Platz
Released: April 18, 2016

"A highly charged fantasy tale about God-chosen warriors fighting evil forces intent on destruction."
A young man imbued with superpowers must fight to save the world from the man he once thought was his father. Read full book review >
Wyrd, TX by David Shawn
Released: April 15, 2016

"Exuberantly irreverent; demonic beings and witches running amok have rarely been so funny."
A small Texas town is thrown into turmoil when an upcoming Halloween party comes complete with infernal beasts and ceremonial sacrifice in this supernatural thriller. Read full book review >
Blood and Ash by Manuel Perez
Released: April 15, 2016

"A hearty introduction to a world of magic and its equally enchanting inhabitants."
An MIT student with untapped power may play an essential role in a centurieslong war between otherworldly coalitions in this debut supernatural fantasy novel. Read full book review >
Marsco Triumphant by James A. Zarzana
Released: April 14, 2016

"Compulsively readable military sci-fi with a strong humanist side that isn't overwhelmed by bloodshed and doomsday weapons."
Zarzana's (The Marsco Dissident, 2013) bravura second installment in his ongoing saga continues his broad-canvas approach to political power plays, betrayals, and invasions at the end of the 21st century. Read full book review >
The Dark Heart by Emma V. Leech
Released: April 13, 2016

"A satisfying romantic fantasy that should please fans of the first book in the series."
A Fae prince journeys to the human world to secure a bride but gets more than he bargained for in Leech's sequel to The Dark Prince (2015, etc.).Read full book review >
Released: April 12, 2016

"A surprisingly erudite bit of sci-fi that throws in everything but the kitchen sink."
A clash of swords, spells, and wills erupts in an upper Manhattan office building under assault by well-armed mercenaries. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >