Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

Redfall: Fight for Survival by Jay J. Falconer
Released: Jan. 16, 2016

"Solid action but a dystopia left unexplored—though later series entries are primed to do just that."
An intelligence expert teams up with survivalists when a bizarre weather event prefaces a plan to stir up chaos among American citizens in this techno-thriller. Read full book review >
Freaks of Nature by Wendy Brotherlin
Released: May 5, 2015

"A fun, fast-paced tale about seven young, immensely powerful prisoners."
A YA thriller blends sci-fi, post-apocalyptic fiction, and a coming-of-age story. Read full book review >

Parched by Andrew Branham
Released: April 1, 2016

"A fast-paced post-apocalyptic tale of survival and family."
Branham (Anything for Amelia, 2015) describes a family's struggles in a world running out of water in this dystopian novel.Read full book review >
Ascendant by Rebecca Taylor
Released: March 30, 2015

"An emotionally robust, intellectually vibrant start to a new YA trilogy."
Taylor's new YA trilogy begins when a teen investigates her mother's disappearance while visiting the family's ancestral home in England. Read full book review >
Pandora's Chase by Tyler Wandschneider

"An entertaining, epic sci-fi outing in compact form."
In this sci-fi debut, a teen in the year 3526 races to retrieve an artifact that's taken his little brother and has the capacity to destroy Earth. Read full book review >

The Chronicles of Spartak by Steven A. Coulter
Released: May 2, 2016

"An overripe but still entertaining gay fantasia."
A multitalented, bisexual, teenage slave becomes a symbol of freedom in this debut sci-fi saga. Read full book review >
The Midnight Land by E.P. Clark
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"A bold beginning to a series that explores gender, empathy, and the frozen north."
Clark's (The Midnight Land: Part Two: The Gift, 2015) fantasy novel, the first in a series, takes place in an alternate-history version of Russia where women rule and wood spirits lurk among the fir trees. Read full book review >
INVADERS by Jacob Weisman
Released: July 12, 2016

"By their natures, anthologies are often hit and miss: there are misses aplenty here, but the hits, when they come, are solid and lingering."
A collection of 22 short stories featuring several big names of literary fiction experimenting with science-fiction themes and concepts. Read full book review >
Released: June 7, 2016

"Even those immune to the charms of fantasy and operatic tribal warfare can admire Hearn's skill at juggling so many characters who defy fairy-tale simplicity."
The second installment in Hearn's The Tale of Shikanoko series about a mythical version of feudal Japan. Read full book review >
THE LONG COSMOS by Terry Pratchett
Released: June 14, 2016

"Scientist Baxter's naturally rather pedantic and dispassionate tone needed more of the warmth and wit of the late fantasist Pratchett (who died in 2015)."
Final installment of the series (The Long Utopia, 2015, etc.) wherein Earth is one of an indefinite sequence of worlds occupying the same space but separated by some higher dimension (one can almost hear Pratchett murmur, "Nobody knew for certain, but it was probably quantum"). Read full book review >
AGE OF MYTH by Michael J. Sullivan
Released: June 28, 2016

"Sullivan's world is richly detailed but emotionally threadbare since all the action, bloodshed, magic, and menace lead to a clichéd conclusion: the good ones win, and the evil ones lose."
In Elan's ancient past, men were called Rhunes and were treated as less than animals by the long-lived, magic-wielding Fhrey, whom the Rhunes believe to be immortal gods. Read full book review >
LOTUS AND THORN by Sara Wilson Etienne
Released: June 7, 2016

"An ambitious, action-filled adventure that chronicles one girl's rebellion and the world-shaking revelations that follow. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
An outcast discovers new worlds in the old one's wreckage. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >