Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE SHADOW BEHIND THE STARS by Rebecca Hahn
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Shattering and transcendent. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
From the author of the radiant A Creature of Moonlight (2014), a heartbreaking fantasy tackles life's big questions.Read full book review >
THE DRAFTER by Kim Harrison
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Disappointing."
Harrison shifts gears with this near-future techno-thriller. Read full book review >

SMOKED by Mari Mancusi
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Where there's smoke, there's fire. And dragons. And the end of the world. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
No one is immune to sacrifice and revenge, and sometimes even a vegetarian dragon can have a taste for blood. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT DOLLS by Kiki Sullivan
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Fans of The Dolls will be quite satisfied with this installment and eager to see what's next. (Supernatural thriller. 12 & up) "
Sullivan's sequel to The Dolls (2014) finds fledgling voodoo queen Eveny Cheval fighting to save the lives of those she loves. Read full book review >
HUNTER by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Captivating, dynamic, well-paced, and thrilling. (Science fiction/fantasy. 12 & up)"
Joyeaux Charmand is a young Hunter, chosen from her village to join the Hunter corps of Apex, protecting its Cits from the Othersiders—fantastical, menacing creatures—and also protecting the secrets and people of her village back home. Read full book review >

SUPERSYMMETRY by David Walton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Thrills and spills and sheer excitement on full-throttle overdrive. Just pay no attention to the wobbling scenery."
Second part of the science-fiction/thriller duology following Superposition (April 2015). Read full book review >
FIREWALKER by Josephine Angelini
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A sequel of surprising depth and drama. (Paranormal romance. 14 & up)"
Lily faces new trials against the ever enigmatic Lillian, the monstrous Woven, and, to her surprise, her own morality. Read full book review >
SORCERER TO THE CROWN by Zen Cho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A decidedly promising start."
Set in an alternate, magical England during the Napoleonic Wars, Cho's debut novel is at once a comedy of manners and a sharp metacomment concerning racism and misogyny in the fantasy genre. Read full book review >
QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah J. Maas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Impossible to put down. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Having cast off her Celaena identity, Aelin returns to Adarlan to reclaim her crown. Read full book review >
SERPENTINE by Cindy Pon
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A fast-paced and engrossing read for anyone weary of the same old hackneyed storylines. (Fantasy. 14 & up) "
Pon returns to Xia, a realm inspired by Chinese folklore and introduced in Silver Phoenix (2009), for the first in a duology. Read full book review >
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF JAMES T. KIRK by David A. goodman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"An accomplished, stirring tribute to a beloved sci-fi series that will captivate fans and newcomers alike."
A faux memoir of Star Trek's iconic Capt. James T. Kirk that draws on nearly half a century of the franchise's history. Read full book review >
THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A contemporary, magical take on an ever compelling theme. (Urban fantasy. 14 & up)"
The Palomas and the Corbeaus are more than traveling circus performers; the two families have magical bloodlines, and as with all magical acts, they have their secrets. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >