Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

TESS OF THE ROAD by Rachel Hartman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Like Tess' journey, surprising, rewarding, and enlightening, both a fantasy adventure and a meta discourse on consent, shame, and female empowerment. (dramatis personae, glossary; not seen) (Fantasy. 13-adult)"
Hartman returns to Goredd with the tale of another young woman who breaks the rules in search of herself. Read full book review >
THE STRANGE BIRD by Jeff VanderMeer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"VanderMeer fans will treasure this installment in the Borne saga while hoping for something more substantial to follow—and soon."
A lyrical if dark-hearted sidenote to VanderMeer's wonderfully inventive dystopian novel Borne (2017). Read full book review >

STRANGERS by David A.  Robertson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2018

"A promising first episode of a new series with a striking hero and a coyote spirit."
A YA fantasy tells the story of a teen returning home to seek redemption. Read full book review >
GODS, MONSTERS, AND THE LUCKY PEACH by Kelly Robson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 13, 2018

"The strong worldbuilding will appeal to sci-fi fans, but a slow-burn plot that spends too much time on the logistics of time travel weakens an otherwise appealing story."
A high-concept story of time-traveling scientists trying to fix the future by returning to the past. Read full book review >
TORN by Rowenna Miller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2018

"A well-executed historical fantasy debut whose author has a sharp eye for detail."
In Miller's debut novel, political revolution threatens the livelihood—and the principles—of a seamstress who sews enchanted clothes. Read full book review >

THE QUEENS OF INNIS LEAR by Tessa Gratton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2018

"Gratton achieves the rare feat of a Shakespeare adaptation that earns the right to exist, but it's possible to have too much of a good thing."
Three very different sisters vie for their father's crown in this fantasy inspired by King Lear. Read full book review >
MEET ME IN THE STRANGE by Leander Watts
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 27, 2018

"A bighearted and imaginative tale about a glam god's fans."
Two teenagers find salvation in each other in this music-tinged YA sci-fi novel. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A ZOMBIE by Billy Phillips
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2018

"Imaginative, whimsical, and a fine preamble to a potential sequel."
Phillips and Nissensen's (The Color of Fear, 2015) YA horror series continues as 14-year-old Caitlin Fletcher returns to a transdimensional fairy-tale realm to rescue her kidnapped sister. Read full book review >
EDGER by David  Beem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2018

"Outlandish, hectic, and sometimes illogical but undeniably entertaining."
An average Joe has a chance to be a superhero and face off against a supervillain—using tech that may be deadly to the user—in Beem's (Abyss of Chaos, 2011) offbeat comedy.Read full book review >
AUTONOMOUS by Andy Marino
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 3, 2018

"A high-tech, twisted Breakfast Club for the social media age. (Science-fiction. 15-adult)"
A self-driving car plugged into its teenage passengers' electronic footprints takes them on a road trip based on what it thinks they want. Read full book review >
THE WOLF  by Leo Carew
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"Carew is the real deal—an exciting new voice in fantasy."
A grand-scale historical fantasy set in the frigid wilds of the Black Kingdom, Carew's stellar debut novel—about a young lord forced into a perilously complex situation after his father is killed in battle—is an action-packed and blood-splattered tour de force. Read full book review >
THE BARROW WILL SEND WHAT IT MAY  by Margaret Killjoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2018

"An entertaining book filled with memorable characters who tread glibly through the realms of both the living and the dead."
The sequel to Killjoy's The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion (2017) finds Danielle Cain and her anarcho-punk gang of demon-hunting novice mages on the lam, in the cross hairs, and glistening with undead magic. 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 >