Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE RAZOR by J. Barton Mitchell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"An R-rated popcorn-munching entertainment in the best B-movie tradition."
A mysterious catastrophe threatens a previously impregnable and dangerously corrupt 22nd-century prison planet. Read full book review >
SPYWARE by Colin Robertson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 2018

"A gleefully intricate computer tale with a satirical bent, swift pace, and modest hero."
A gray-hat hacker may be the world's only hope in stopping a virus that seems to be driving people mad in this sci-fi thriller. Read full book review >

THE CHRONICLES OF THE VIRAGO by Michael Korry  Bialys
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2018

"A fantasy adventure that builds thrillingly on its predecessor."
In this middle-grade fantasy sequel, Bialys' (Chronicles of the Virago: The Novus, 2018) heroic teens continue protecting twin infants who are destined to usher in a golden age. Read full book review >
SPLENDOR AND SPARK by Mary Taranta
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"For those readers (and they are legion) who find emotional depth in a miserable wallow. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Everything goes from horribler to horriblest for Faris Locke in this sequel to Shimmer and Burn (2017). Read full book review >
REALM OF RUINS by Hannah West
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Impressive intrigues and cleverly exploited character flaws make for an exciting read. (map, family tree) (Fantasy. 12-adult)"
Generations after Kingdom of Ash and Briars (2016), a new elicromancer threat jeopardizes Nissera. Read full book review >

STRONGER, FASTER, AND MORE BEAUTIFUL by Arwen Elys Dayton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"Imaginative and incisive, this asks readers to ponder what makes us human and if we'll know when we've crossed the line, becoming something else. (author's note) (Science fiction.14-adult)"
Six interwoven stories, each set farther out in time, envision the human future: fantastic but recognizable—maybe inevitable. Read full book review >
APPARENT POWER by Dacia M. Arnold
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"A commendable sci-fi series launch spearheaded by a remarkable heroine."
In this debut novel, a new world power targets a woman with rare abilities. Read full book review >
THE WICKED KING by Holly Black
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"A rare second volume that surpasses the first, with, happily, more intrigue and passion still to come. (map) (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
A heady blend of courtly double-crossing, Faerie lore, and toxic attraction swirls together in the sequel to The Cruel Prince (2018). Read full book review >
WHITE STAG by Kara Barbieri
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Originally self-published online, this tale reads more as impassioned fanfiction than a fully realized, judiciously edited novel; best for existing fans. (Fantasy. 16-adult)"
A scarred survivor must decide if she will be predator, prey, or something more. Read full book review >
SLAYER by Kiersten White
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Even die-hard fans may lose patience with the story, but the surprises at the end more than adequately reward those who did their homework. (Paranormal adventure. 14-adult)"
Being a geek can be hard work. Read full book review >
THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"An opulent heist adventure that will leave readers voracious for more. (Historical fantasy. 14-adult)"
Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows (2015) and Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code (2003) converge in this dazzling new fantasy. Read full book review >
ECHO NORTH by Joanna Ruth Meyer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A lush, captivating new twist on beloved fairy tales. (author's note) (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
To save her father, a 16-year-old girl makes a difficult bargain with a wolf. 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 >