Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE BLUE WOODS by Nicole Maggi
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"A satisfying finale. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
This final installment of the Twin Willows Trilogy finds the battle between the Benandanti and the Malandanti at a head. Read full book review >
Mordraud, Book One by Fabio Scalini
Released: June 10, 2014

"Peculiar protagonists in a winding, worthwhile story."
From author Scalini (Mordraud Book 2, 2015) comes a fantasy novel—the first of four in a translation from Italian—about three brothers in a time of war. Read full book review >

The Death You Deserve by Jonathan Techlin
Released: Dec. 27, 2014

"An adventurous, deeply moral tale with all the trappings of high fantasy."
A squire tries to overcome his feelings about his father and his religion to accomplish great things in Techlin's (Betrayal, 2013, etc.) fantasy novel.Read full book review >
Zaphram, The Hidden Jewel by Gail Parker
Released: July 24, 2015

"A solid second entry, with more on the way."
A highly intelligent woman with superhuman powers and extensive combat training is kidnapped in order to help a team of terrorists find the world's greatest treasure in the sequel to Hidden 12, Intelligence Required (2014).Read full book review >
WORD WORLD by Vincent H. Ivory

"Loose lips sink ships and worse in this intriguing sci-fi getaway."
Modern science invents a portal to an Earth-like parallel world ready for colonization—but there's a serious complication: in this new world, utterances become real. Read full book review >

The Elderine Stone by Alan Lawson
Released: July 6, 2015

"A bouncy adventure that threatens to darken in later volumes."
This YA fantasy by the author of Captain Silverspoons (2015) features a teenager who's transported to a magical realm where dark forces gather.Read full book review >
The Books of the Kings by Jay Effemm
Released: Aug. 13, 2015

"Slow, highly political fantasy."
In Effemm's debut novel, King Hhalon of Genan is driven to choices that bring danger to his reign. Read full book review >
A Perfect Life by Joel Spring
Released: Aug. 15, 2015

"A vigorous, sometimes-entertaining, but unconvincing tale of future imperfect."
A boy is raised to have a perfect life—as defined by a team of corporate scientists—in this strident satire of a near-future dystopia. Read full book review >
Blood Wizard Chronicles by Jay Erickson
Released: June 29, 2015

"A dense and violent series opener seeded with events of grand consequence."
Erickson's (Blood Wizard Chronicles: Stormwind, 2015) first volume in an epic fantasy series features a vengeful young wizard and the elves hunting him.Read full book review >
The Banished Craft by E.D.E. Bell
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Ambitious but not entirely successful, with entertaining moments and promise for more."
In the latest from Bell (Spireseeker, 2013), a dragon scientistand a human witch try to survive political machinations on two separate but related worlds.Read full book review >
Blue Moon over Madagascar by Cathy A. Corn
Released: July 6, 2015

"A hard-to-believe story about one woman's (and several hundred faeries') mission to save the planet."
When faeries send Lilith Devlin on a mission, she has no idea how life-changing it will be in this fantasy novel. Read full book review >
Code Centaurus by Francis Lentz
Released: March 30, 2012

"A well-told hard-sci-fi yarn of otherworldly jeopardy and ancient aliens that turns uncharacteristically mystical-minded in the end."
In this debut sci-fi thriller, a World Health Organization agent, while investigating a frightening new plague in the South Pacific, discovers an ancient extraterrestrial force that could advance all terrestrial life—or destroy it. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marie Lu
September 29, 2015

In the second installment of Marie Lu’s Young Elites series, The Rose Society, Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. Her goal: to strike down the Inquisition Axis, the white-cloaked soldiers who nearly killed her. But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control. She does not trust her newfound Elite friends. Teren Santoro, leader of the Inquisition, wants her dead. And her former friends, Raffaele and the Dagger Society, want to stop her thirst for vengeance. Adelina struggles to cling to the good within her. But how can someone be good, when her very existence depends on darkness? “The direction of this trilogy's conclusion is left refreshingly difficult to predict,” our reviewer writes. View video >