Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

CHILDREN OF EARTH AND SKY by Guy Gavriel Kay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"The historical setting is lush, well-researched, and well-painted, but Kay runs a risk of readers finding the history to be his strongest character."
Kay (River of Stars, 2013, etc.) makes another incursion into a world but a quarter-turn from our own past in a historical fantasy connected by a thin thread of continuity to his Lions of Al-Rassan. Read full book review >
TIME ZERO by Carolyn Cohagan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 16, 2016

"Girl power need not be Islamophobic—but this book is. (Dystopian romance. 14 & up)"
In Cohagan's dystopian theocracy of New York City, women and girls wear face-covering veils and modest clothes and are forbidden to read, and the men wear beards and tunics. Read full book review >

THE GOD WAVE by Patrick Hemstreet
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 17, 2016

"A flat-out astonishing debut."
In this sci-fi debut, a team of neuroscientists exposes new capabilities in the brain that may steer human evolution toward miraculous—and deadly—frontiers. Read full book review >
THE CROWN'S GAME by Evelyn Skye
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 17, 2016

"Wildly romantic, wholly immersive, and gloriously over-the-top. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A star-crossed pair is magically compelled to duel to the death in this sumptuous, Tolstoy-flavored fantasy debut. Read full book review >
MARKED by Jenny Martin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 17, 2016

"Derivative, fast-paced brain candy. (Dystopian adventure. 12 & up)"
Fugitive Phee and the rebellion face off against villainous tyrant King Charlie in this duology closer. Read full book review >

DOMINION by John Connolly
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"A yarn that makes little claim to originality but offers appealing characters and an involving narrative to devotees of easy-reading space operas."
An alien-warfare trilogy (Empire, 2015, etc.) culminates with white-hat aliens, black-hat aliens, young human survivors, and evil brain-sucking parasites battling to a gruesome finish. Read full book review >
COMPANY TOWN by Madeline Ashby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Begins with vivid characters and solid worldbuilding bones but doesn't entirely hang together."
A teenage genius and his bodyguard uncover unpleasant corporate secrets and face a potentially otherworldly threat in this near-future sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >
THE HUNT by Megan  Shepherd
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 24, 2016

"A thrill ride in space with new danger and intrigue around every corner. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
After a failed escape from their enclosure, Cora and her friends fight to find a way out of alien control for good in this sequel to The Cage (2015).Read full book review >
THE CITY OF MIRRORS by Justin Cronin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"Of interest to fans who have followed the story through the first two books, but a bumpy ride without that background."
What are you going to do after vanquishing the virals? Why, properly inoculated, refound civilization, of course. Read full book review >
SMOKE by Dan Vyleta
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"Sequel, anyone?"
A dystopian fantasy novel set sometime in 19th-century England. Read full book review >
ALL FIXED UP by Linda Grimes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"Sure to please series regulars and fans of urban fantasy/mystery/romance."
An addition to the sexy, fun urban fantasy series (The Big Fix, 2015, etc.) featuring Ciel Halligan, "aura adaptor"—which means that, thanks to a genetic mutation, she can assume the appearance and physical characteristics of another person in a sort of 21st-century version of elvish "glamour."Read full book review >
DARK RUN by Mike Brooks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 2016

"Brooks delivers a predictable, formulaic, old-fashioned space Western peopled with likable, flawed characters who gallop across an entertaining page-turner, pausing infrequently for either emotion or depth."
Capt. Ichabod Drift and his ragtag crew on the starship Keiko are hired by the ruthless Nicolas Kelsier, politician-turned-terrorist, to smuggle sensitive contraband onto Old Earth, but they get two-timed in a nuclear double-bluff that leaves them with only one option: deliver vengeance to Kelsier or be killed. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 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 >