Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 9)

THE LAST UP by Jimmy Vee
Released: Dec. 12, 2016

"An engaging, funny tale about salesmanship and much more."
A time-travel fantasy novel about the philosophical core of an auto dealership. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 9, 2016

"An intriguing premise, effective voice, and entertaining writing make for a winning tale about two musicians."
In this YA novel, a paralyzed, mute teenager gets a new roommate, an elderly jazz performer, who can hear his thoughts—and take him back in time. Read full book review >

THE METAL WITHIN by Len Gizinski
Released: Dec. 8, 2016

"A breezy, smart apocalyptic tale that makes sequels look tempting."
In the opening installment of debut novelist Gizinski's sci-fi series, survivors in a dystopian world encounter a covert organization that targets threats to citizens. Read full book review >
THE CREED by Vivi Stutz
Released: Dec. 8, 2016

"A multilayered blend of romance and suspense with the right amount of paranormal intrigue for fans of the genre."
The return of a mysterious man from her past upends a ballerina's life in this paranormal tale. Read full book review >
THE LIBERATION by Ian Tregillis
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A frighteningly frank and brutal consideration of slavery, post-slavery, and colonialism in metallic garb."
The thoughtful, blood-soaked conclusion to an alternate-history trilogy (The Rising, 2015, etc.) in which the Dutch rule Europe and the New World thanks to their control of Clakkers, mechanical servants fueled by clockwork and alchemy. Read full book review >

Biome by Ryan Galloway
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"An indelible red-planet backdrop enhances an already rugged, tenacious story of a colony's cadets learning to rely on one another."
Part of a Mars terraforming settlement, a teenager has six days to figure out why doctors are repeatedly wiping her peers' memories—and why she's retained her own—in this sci-fi debut. Read full book review >
KINGDOM OF APATHY by Pasquale A. Neri
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"Though the scale of the book disorients the reader at times, the payoff comes in a decidedly creative mix of sci-fi and magic."
A part sci-fi, part fantasy debut novel examines the convergence of magical worlds. Read full book review >
THE PAIN SEASON by Libby Doyle
Released: Dec. 2, 2016

"A commendable follow-up with otherworldly action, down-to-earth melodrama, and sensuality in between."
An FBI agent's devastated when she learns her boyfriend's a supernatural warrior—and Lucifer's son—in this second installment of a paranormal romance series. Read full book review >
Lord of the Fallen by John Forrester
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A resilient female protagonist braves the perils of wizardry, ancient cults, and college life."
A teen girl who dabbles in magic finds herself immersed in a war between kingdoms and the gradual rise of a potentially dangerous cult in Forrester's (Death Mage, 2015, etc.) YA fantasy novel.Read full book review >
THE SPEAKER by Andi O'Connor
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A continually fascinating tale with a protagonist who charms, inspires, and evolves."
In the second of O'Connor's (Silevethiel, 2013, etc.) fantasy series, a princess must overcome her doubts if she's to help fulfill a prophecy to rescue her world from potential destruction. Read full book review >
THE DIARY OF AN IMMORTAL (1945-1959) by David J. Castello
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A deft cautionary tale about living forever."
A debut novel examines whether immortality is a boon or a curse. Read full book review >
SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"A thoughtful and thrilling story of life, death, and meaning. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Two teens train to be society-sanctioned killers in an otherwise immortal world. 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 >