Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

Reconfigure by Epredator
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 23, 2015

"A short but punchy tale of a techie who gets in too deep."
Epredator (Cont3xt, 2016) tells the story of a young coder who's suddenly able to manipulate reality in this sci-fi novel.Read full book review >
MINIATURES by John Scalzi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 31, 2016

"Somewhat repetitive in theme, often verging on the silly, but on the whole, quite amusing."
Scalzi has said that his two writing strengths are his novels (The End of All Things, 2015, etc.) and his very short fiction; this slim offering showcases the latter. Read full book review >

Ashes to Ashes by Carrie F. Shepherd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 12, 2014

"An impassioned fantasy tale but one that's too dense with characters."
In the second installment of Shepherd's (Fall from Grace, 2014) mythical fantasy series, demons wage a mortal war against elves while an exiled goddess makes a bid for a throne.Read full book review >
THE LIBERATION by Ian Tregillis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A frighteningly frank and brutal consideration of slavery, post-slavery, and colonialism in metallic garb."
The thoughtful, blood-soaked conclusion to an alternate-history trilogy (The Rising, 2015, etc.) in which the Dutch rule Europe and the New World thanks to their control of Clakkers, mechanical servants fueled by clockwork and alchemy. Read full book review >
Enevah by Linda A. Ponsonby
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A series sure to spark interest among genre fans, particularly if the spotlight hits a few more characters."
In Ponsonby's debut sci-fi fantasy, a mother, her son, and their pets wind up in another world, joining the fight against an evil overlord threatening entire planets, including Earth. Read full book review >

RAZOR KING by T.W. Moore
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 26, 2015

"A sci-fi novel swarming with detail that genre fans will appreciate and savor."
A security-force captain tries to stop a man leading a resistance against quantum-computer systems that threaten the entire world in Moore's (I Love Today, 2007) sci-fi tale.Read full book review >
The Descent by Brant Wehde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 14, 2015

"Though the pace may prove a little too free-wheeling for some readers, the story explores a mythical world that's both metaphorical and creative."
A debut coming-of-age novel examines a young man's journey through a fantastical afterlife. Read full book review >
ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A rich, atmospheric story that readers will be hard-pressed to put down. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
The Phantom of the Opera is reborn in this supernatural tale of music, passions, and love. Read full book review >
TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY by Cassandra Clare
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Stuffed with cameos from nearly every character of note from the Shadowhunter universe, there's not even enough room here for fan service. (Fantasy. 12-15)"
Ten previously published short stories take Simon from amnesia to Ascension. Read full book review >
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Immersive and engaging, despite some flaws, and destined to capture imaginations. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Magic, mystery, and love intertwine and invite in this newest take on the "enchanted circus" trope. Read full book review >
The Prouds by Laith Taher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 22, 2016

"A straightforward, somewhat awkward fantasy epic about a determined monarch and a dangerous knight."
A debut novel sets the stage for a war between two great factions. Read full book review >
EMPIRE OF STORMS by Sarah J. Maas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Tightly plotted, delightful escapism. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
In the penultimate Throne of Glass book, Aelin meets unexpected obstacles as her enemies move against her and her allies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >