Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 9)

Maya Rising by Melissa Roen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 2015

"A vividly imagined but dark dystopian fantasy complete with passionate romance and dangerous alliances."
An intrepid pair has survived the apocalypse, but the worst is yet to come in Roen's sequel to Last Call for Caviar (2013). Read full book review >
DEATH WAVE by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Not the best entry in this long and uneven series, but regulars won't want to give up the habit now."
Sequel to New Earth (2013), in which humans explored a planet orbiting the star Sirius that turned out to be inhabited. By human-aliens.Read full book review >

THE SHARDS OF HEAVEN by Michael Livingston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A satisfyingly supernatural back story for the all-too-real final war of the Roman Republic."
Titans of Roman history grapple for control of an empire with the aid of a mystical weapon in this debut historical fantasy novel from Livingston. Read full book review >
SKYBORN by David Dalglish
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Assertive Bree and uncertain Kael are likable teenagers, but their trials and triumphs are so predictable that it's hard to care about them, the carnage they inflict, or the civilization they protect."
Twins Breanna and Kael Skyborn live in a hierarchical, corrupt civilization, comprised of six holy islands, aloft above the Endless Ocean. Read full book review >
Y NEGATIVE by Kelly Haworth
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2015

"A clunky dystopian novel that tries to tell a story about love defying prejudice but fails to imagine it with any believability."
In her debut novel, Haworth creates a post-apocalyptic America where gender prejudice rules society. Read full book review >

Chaos Theory by Colin Robertson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2015

"Readers will likely be sorry to see this book (and the world) come to a conclusion."
It's the end of the world as we know it in this fine Dr. Strangelove-ian satire about the mad search for a doomsday device.Read full book review >
The Habitant by P. L. Weaver
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2015

"Not a typical ghost story but a young woman learning about love, camaraderie, and self-identity —and possibly a spirit."
A college freshman's job at the campus library comes with new eccentric friends, creepy strangers, and perhaps a ghost in this debut supernatural tale. Read full book review >
Dawn of Modern Man by N.J. Plastino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2015

"An imaginative, though sometimes-overdetailed, sci-fi adventure with its share of futuristic enticements."
From debut author Plastino, a sci-fi novel about life in a virtual world known as the Cloud. Read full book review >
SOUNDLESS by Richelle Mead
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Readers hoping for non-Western fantasy alternatives need to look elsewhere. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Bestselling teen author Mead weaves Chinese folklore, themes of family, courage, and loyalty, plus her signature romance into her first stand-alone fantasy novel. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT CLOCK by Paul Meloy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"This tumultuous romp, which shifts rapidly from one character's viewpoint to another, is anchored by Trevena, whose warmth provides needed emotional continuity in a shocking, roiling, but imitative quest to protect human dreams."
British psychiatric nurse Phil Trevena's patients are dying, a frightening prelude to the potential loss of all reality—unless he and a time traveler named Daniel can rebuild the clock that commands the Dark Time flux. Read full book review >
TRIPLE MOON by Melissa de la Cruz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A stormy beach read that is more soap than opera. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Terrible teen witches seek and sabotage safe haven in this spinoff's spinoff. Read full book review >
UNFORGIVEN by Lauren Kate
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Engaging enough to keep Kate's legions of fans happy. (Paranormal romance. 12-18)"
The long-standing Fallen series continues with bad boy fallen angel Cam trying to win back his lost love from ancient Israel, entering into a deal with the devil to do it. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 3, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >