Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

BEYOND THE FOREST by Kay L. Ling
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2016

"A bright fantasy for readers who are tired of exaggerated violence and slippery morals."
In this fantasy debut, a gemologist discovers a hidden portal and finds that family secrets are the key to saving more than one world. Read full book review >
ASCENSION by Hannah Rials
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An entertaining and promising series opener about an appealing human and vampire hybrid."
A teenage girl with special abilities uncovers disturbing family secrets and a possible conspiracy while spending the summer in New Orleans in this debut novel. Read full book review >

PHANTASY—LAND OF THE BEYOND by Just Dave
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2014

"Despite some sluggish portions, this playful book makes for a fun romp through real and imagined worlds."
A teenager explores a magical realm in this novel by Dave (Hell in a Handbasket, 2016, etc.).Read full book review >
THE SABRAEL CONFESSION by Stephen J. Smith
FICTION & LITERATURE

"A vast, Conan-style saga with an inspiring protagonist who battles demons."
In this religious fantasy debut, an angel chronicles his adventures in heaven and on Earth. Read full book review >
THE BONE WITCH by Rin Chupeco
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 7, 2017

"A promising premise, a flawed execution, and a sense that the real story won't develop until Book 2: somehow both exhilarating and disappointing. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Something of a high-fantasy Memoirs of a Geisha, Chupeco's latest excels in originality. Read full book review >

DEFY THE STARS by Claudia Gray
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 4, 2017

"Intelligent and thoughtful, a highly relevant far-off speculative adventure. (Science-fiction. 12 & up)"
A teen soldier teams up with an enemy android to end an interplanetary war. Read full book review >
ORDOWAHL THE HUGE AND UGLY by Joel Hinrichs
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 10, 2015

"A stately opening of an engaging new fantasy series."
Hinrichs' (A Grownup's Garden of Verse, 2009) historical fantasy tale sees a prince banished from his father's kingdom and gaining experiences that he never found in books.Read full book review >
CLING by Jeff Menapace
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 14, 2016

"Elevates the dystopian genre with snappy writing, well-drawn characters, intriguing back story, and bracing battles."
In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a woman with special powers and a small band of underground survivors take on a cruel warlord. Read full book review >
SHIFT by Theresa Henson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2011

"An emotionally nuanced tale for those who crave fresh fantasy storytelling."
In this fantasy debut, widespread change comes to a realm populated by humans, dragons, and ethereal caretakers. Read full book review >
CONNECTED MINDS by C.C. Long
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Some promising elements, bogged down by slow exposition and a failure to launch."
In this YA paranormal urban fantasy, a teenage girl discovers that she has a special destiny involving the world of her dreams. Read full book review >
DARKNESS AND LIGHT by Kyle Hoy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 2016

"A more polished and entertaining second installment covers much of the same ground as the first."
In the second of Hoy's (Darkness and Light: Rise of the Omans, 2015) fantasy series, humans may hold the key to the survival of powerful beings from another world.Read full book review >
THE DEMON by Rick Bonogofsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 5, 2016

"Short on finesse but may appeal to readers looking for something akin to the comics series Preacher."
This first in a grim fantasy series recounts a millennia-spanning grudge between an angel and a demon. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >