Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

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 HAZEL WOOD by Melissa Albert
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Not everybody lives, and certainly not 'happily ever after'—but within all the grisly darkness, Alice's fierce integrity and hard-won self-knowledge shine unquenched. (Fantasy. 16-adult)"
A ferocious young woman is drawn into her grandmother's sinister fairy-tale realm in this pitch-black fantasy debut. Read full book review >

WRAITH LORDS OF ZEIGLON by Steve Stephenson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 13, 2017

"Offers an enjoyable romp for high fantasy fans, but lacks rounded characters."
Stephenson and Tedrick (War of the Staffs, 2016) deliver a second installment in their saga of swords, sorcery, and the depths of space. Read full book review >
THE FUTURE IS MY PAST by Donna Clovis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2018

"An insightful and earnest collection of stories centered on a sanctuary city."
The third of Clovis' (Six Doors Down, 2017, etc.) Princeton-centric novels uses time travel to examine how discrimination has changed or stayed relatively the same. Read full book review >
THE SUPREMACY by Eric Peter Brown
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 2016

"An action-oriented tale of interplanetary teamwork."
Earthling Marc Hawkins joins a multispecies team of aliens and combats evil forces threatening all sentient life in the galaxy in Brown's debutsci-fi novel.Read full book review >

SUBSTRATE PHANTOMS by Jessica Reisman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 16, 2017

"A deep dive into prose-poetry sci-fi and a mind-stretching mystery."
On a vast, intrigue-ridden space station, an orphan becomes the lone survivor of a cosmic accident that may have left him partially possessed by an alien consciousness. Read full book review >
THE INFINITE NOW by Mindy  Tarquini
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A well-woven tapestry of history, character, and charming mystery."
A young immigrant searches for her place in early-20th-century America in Tarquini's (Hindsight, 2016) historical fantasy novel. Read full book review >
THE CURIOUS CASE OF MARY ANN by Jenn  Thorson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 16, 2017

"An inventive combination of fresh storytelling and an adored classic."
A housemaid—a minor character in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland—investigates the mystery of her father's murder in this fantasy novel. Read full book review >
TOWER OF DAWN by Sarah J. Maas
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A compelling story of hard-fought growth and redemption, with yet more to come in at least one more future volume. (Fantasy. 14-adult)"
Maas chronicles Chaol and Nesryn's activities during Empire of Storms (2016). Read full book review >
EXILES' ESCAPE by W. Clark  Boutwell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY

"A vividly imagined sci-fi epic."
Young warriors fight a repressive government in this dystopian vision of America. Read full book review >
PROTEUS RISING by Peter Dingus
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 5, 2011

"Engagingly rendered, thoughtful hard sci-fi."
In Dingus' (Worlds in Transition, 2017) sci-fi novel, a 24th-century scientist, caught in a Martian revolt, tries to protect his two secret projects: an advanced computer intelligence and a group ofchildren who are a leap forward in human evolution. Read full book review >
MAGEBORN by Stephen Aryan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Solid, if unexceptional."
A conspiracy to eliminate magic threatens all the lands of the west in Part 1 of a sequel series to The Age of Darkness trilogy (Chaosmage, 2016, etc.). 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 >