Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

MARKED by Laura Williams McCaffrey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"An original, textured page-turner. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Lyla is 16, and her only goal is to keep her seat in the Bright—the section of school for the smartest children—and earn the best grades so that she may go on to university one day and become an inventor. Read full book review >
THE RULE OF MIRRORS by Caragh M. O'Brien
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"A middle volume that's elevated with its explorations of identity. (Science fantasy. 12 & up)"
After The Vault of Dreamers (2014), Rosie's split consciousness struggles to evade her old enemies and unravel the conspiracy.Read full book review >

BEHOLD THE BONES by Natalie C. Parker
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Shines with spooky Southern charm. (Paranormal romance. 13 & up)"
Following Beware the Wild (2014), Candy and the supernatural swamp have unfinished business.Read full book review >
THE FORBIDDEN WISH by Jessica Khoury
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"Dripping in magic, strong women, and forbidden love. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A Middle East-inspired fantasy version of "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp." Read full book review >
The Rampart Guards by Wendy Terrien
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: Feb. 26, 2016

"A delightful novel that delivers a tightly plotted, character-driven story about a hero confronting wondrous creatures."
This first installment of a projected paranormal fantasy series chronicles the adventures of a 14-year-old boy who, after dealing with the disappearance of his mother, moves to another state. Read full book review >

BLOOD PASSAGE by Heather Demetrios
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2016

"Here's hoping the third book arrives faster than a jinni can manifest a glass of spiced Arjinnan wine. (Fantasy. 15 & up)"
After three years of servitude under a greedy half-human/half-jinn master, jinni slave Nalia Aisouri'Taifyeh is free—almost. Read full book review >
BORDERLINE by Mishell Baker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"An enjoyable fantasy mystery that tackles physical disability and mental illness without sacrificing diverting, fast-paced storytelling."
In a debut novel that promises to be the first volume of an engaging urban fantasy series, Baker introduces a hard-edged but appealing heroine and a version of Los Angeles that pairs Hollywood with a magical parallel world. Read full book review >
The War of Words by Amy Neftzger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2016

"Engaging characters and an imaginative plot make for a satisfying read."
Neftzger's fantasy novel refreshes the conventions of the genre while meeting readers' expectations of it. Read full book review >
REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 8, 2016

"Romantic, thrilling, hilarious, and just plain great fun. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A sassy desert sharpshooter swashbuckles through a six-gun Arabian Nights in this fantasy debut.Read full book review >
THE WINGED HISTORIES by Sofia Samatar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"A lyrical immersion into a finely wrought world."
A ruling House faces an internal rebellion that affects the lives of four women. Read full book review >
THE LAST MORTAL BOND by Brian Staveley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"A deeply satisfying but bleak, dark work; its only illumination are flashes of high tragedy and perhaps the glimmers of a realistic but not far-ranging hope."
Humanity teeters toward doom in the concluding Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne (The Providence of Fire, 2015, etc.). Read full book review >
THE HIDDEN TWIN by Adi Rule
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 22, 2016

"Rule delivers a funny, exciting adventure for readers ready to move on from doe-eyed heroines swooning over rugged heroes. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A young woman has been kept hidden for most of her life, but a rare excursion leads to a confrontation with the authorities that are her biggest fear—until she becomes theirs. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >