Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

FROGKISSER! by Garth Nix
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"Great fun with heart. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
Princess Anya goes questing to fulfill a promise to her sister. Read full book review >
HUNTED by Meagan Spooner
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 14, 2017

"An elegant, classic, and vivid fairy tale. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A rich, Russian-influenced retelling of "Beauty and the Beast." Read full book review >

DEFY THE STARS by Claudia Gray
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 4, 2017

"Intelligent and thoughtful, a highly relevant far-off speculative adventure. (Science-fiction. 12 & up)"
A teen soldier teams up with an enemy android to end an interplanetary war. Read full book review >
WAKING GODS by Sylvain Neuvel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Pure, unadulterated literary escapism featuring giant killer robots and the looming end of humankind. In a word: unputdownable."
A brazen fusion of science fiction and apocalyptic thriller, the second installment in Neuvel's Themis Files (Sleeping Giants, 2016) is powered by nonstop action and adventure involving alien invaders and an army of seemingly indestructible giant robots—but ultimately it's also a deeply character-driven exploration of what it means to be human. Read full book review >
THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS by Emily Skrutskie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 18, 2017

"A dazzling, satisfying sequel. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
The sequel to The Abyss Surrounds Us (2016) finds this world's post-apocalyptic future threatened by rogue genetically engineered sea monsters. Read full book review >

WALKAWAY by Cory Doctorow
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"A truly visionary techno-thriller that not only depicts how we might live tomorrow, but asks why we don't already."
Doctorow (Information Doesn't Want to Be Free, 2014, etc.) offers a counterintuitive alternate (possible?) future in this gritty yet hopeful sci-fi epic. Read full book review >
WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS by Marie Brennan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2017

"Catch them all. Don't start here."
Fifth and final chapter (In the Labyrinth of Drakes, 2016, etc.) of the memoirs of Isabella, Lady Trent of Scirland, dragon naturalist extraordinaire. Read full book review >
BORNE by Jeff VanderMeer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"Superb: a protagonist and a tale sure to please fans of smart, literate fantasy and science fiction."
"Once upon a time there was a piece of biotech that grew and grew until it had its own apartment": an odd, atmospheric, and decidedly dark fable for our time. Read full book review >
THE BLACK WITCH by Laurie Forest
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 2, 2017

"A massive page-turner that leaves readers longing for more. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Transported from her sheltered village life to join the diverse, magical student body at Verpax University, Elloren Gardner's comfortable sense of history is challenged by living and learning alongside Elves, shape-shifting Lupines, and even feared, demonic Icarals. Read full book review >
A FACE LIKE GLASS by Frances Hardinge
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: May 10, 2017

"Madcap, mysterious, magical, and meaty: like Grandible's cheeses, this may cause visions—or just make your head explode (with delight). Don't miss it. (Fantasy. 10-adult)"
A new-old book from Hardinge (published in the U.K. in 2012 but only now arriving stateside) balancing wit and wonder with a dose of big thoughts. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >