Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE MARKED GIRL by Lindsey Klingele
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 21, 2016

"Fast, light, and lacking in substance. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A teen girl's destiny crosses with that of a prince from another world. Read full book review >
WAYPOINT KANGAROO by Curtis C. Chen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Debut novelist Chen has created an engaging character and a rich, believable world. Sci-fi fans will love this fun, high-tech adventure."
A fast-paced spy thriller set on a cruise ship to Mars. Read full book review >

IN THE SHADOW OF THE GODS by Rachel Dunne
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"Antiheroes carry the day—and maybe save it—in this dark tale of pragmatism and survival."
Five strangers form a tense alliance to stop the release of two gods bound centuries ago in Dunne's debut novel, a semifinalist for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel (2014). Read full book review >
TITANBORN by Rhett C. Bruno
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 21, 2016

"This solar-system-spanning mystery will scratch the genre itch."
A futuristic thriller set in a solar system teetering on the brink of revolution. Read full book review >
STEEPLEJACK by A.J.  Hartley
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 14, 2016

"Smart political intrigue wrapped in all the twists and turns of a good detective story makes for a rip-roaring series opener. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
This latest novel from Hartley (Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 2014, etc.), his debut for teens, is social commentary masquerading as crime fiction masquerading as fantasy.Read full book review >

LEAGUE OF DRAGONS by Naomi Novik
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Not the finest entry in the sequence, being slow to gather momentum and somewhat patchy, but overall a satisfying conclusion to a remarkable series."
Ninth, and last, of the Temeraire historical fantasy series (Blood of Tyrants, 2013, etc.), reimagining the Napoleonic Wars in a world where humans coexist with intelligent dragons. Read full book review >
THE LONG COSMOS by Terry Pratchett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"Scientist Baxter's naturally rather pedantic and dispassionate tone needed more of the warmth and wit of the late fantasist Pratchett (who died in 2015)."
Final installment of the series (The Long Utopia, 2015, etc.) wherein Earth is one of an indefinite sequence of worlds occupying the same space but separated by some higher dimension (one can almost hear Pratchett murmur, "Nobody knew for certain, but it was probably quantum"). Read full book review >
Moonburner by Claire Luana
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2016

"A promising start to a fantasy series that delivers a superb sense of fun and strong female characters who are both heroes and villains."
A debut secondary-world fantasy charts the story of two peoples at war across a backdrop of mysticism, celestial power, and forbidden love. Read full book review >
THE LAST DAYS OF NEW PARIS by China Miéville
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2016

"Despite its clever concept, this novella feels a little too much like listening to someone go on and on about his dreams."
A surrealist collage of a novella: part fantasy, part alternate history, part catalogue raisonné. Read full book review >
The Last Sunset by Clark Hays
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 9, 2016

"The stakes are higher than ever in the latest chapter of this outstandingly entertaining vampire series.
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In this fourth book in The Cowboy and the Vampire Collection, Lizzie, Tucker, and the others will have to put aside their differences when an ancient enemy emerges from the shadows. Read full book review >
THIS SAVAGE SONG by Victoria Schwab
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 7, 2016

"Crackling with energy, just the ticket for an all-night read. (Futuristic fantasy/horror. 15 & up)"
Natural enemies find themselves reluctant allies in a war-torn, monstrous future. Read full book review >
AUTUMN PRINCESS, DRAGON CHILD by Lian Hearn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 7, 2016

"Even those immune to the charms of fantasy and operatic tribal warfare can admire Hearn's skill at juggling so many characters who defy fairy-tale simplicity."
The second installment in Hearn's The Tale of Shikanoko series about a mythical version of feudal Japan. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >