Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

FROM THE SHADOWS by KB Shaw
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 23, 2015

"A fun, tech-focused YA novel set in a futuristic yet familiar world."
Two teenage friends from different parts of the United States embark on a high-tech adventure in Shaw's (Neworld Papers: The Warriors' Tale, 2016, etc.) YA sci-fi tale.Read full book review >
1% FREE by G.A. Matiasz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 28, 2016

"An astute, socially relevant tale, set in a world that readers will happily get lost in."
In Matiasz's (End Time, 1994) sci-fi novel, a private investigator scours a dystopian San Francisco for a killer.Read full book review >

THE EDGE OF THE ABYSS by Emily Skrutskie
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 18, 2017

"A dazzling, satisfying sequel. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
The sequel to The Abyss Surrounds Us (2016) finds this world's post-apocalyptic future threatened by rogue genetically engineered sea monsters. Read full book review >
BRAVE NEW GIRL by Rachel Vincent
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 9, 2017

"Adds nothing new to a crowded genre. (Dystopian romance. 12 & up)"
After a chance encounter with a boy, a girl discovers secrets about herself and her society. Read full book review >
SHADOW MOUNTAIN by Tess Collins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2017

"A vivid first installment of a saga that will make readers look forward to the next."
An Appalachian woman and her son struggle to protect their mountain home in Collins' (The Hunter of Hertha, 2015, etc.) historical-fantasy series starter.Read full book review >

KINGDOM OF APATHY by Pasquale A. Neri
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 5, 2016

"Though the scale of the book disorients the reader at times, the payoff comes in a decidedly creative mix of sci-fi and magic."
A part sci-fi, part fantasy debut novel examines the convergence of magical worlds. Read full book review >
Trees for the Forest by Denise Siegel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2014

"A violent, emotional story that will resonate with readers who are sensitive to the growing tension among science, religion, and politics today."
This ambitious debut novel unites themes of political and religious zealotry with mysticism in a near-future setting. Read full book review >
BELIEVE by Annaliese Darr
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2014

"An evocative, involving novel about how mystical powers can complicate one's life."
A supernaturally gifted woman comes to terms with her past in Darr's debut novel. Read full book review >
REFUSAL by Randy Hill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"A retro space opera that stars a robust hero, diabolical aliens, and powerful hybrids."
A security pro embarks on the adventure of a lifetime, defending imperiled Earth against an approaching alien fleet, with unearthly allies and traitors on all sides. Read full book review >
BEYOND EVERY MIRROR by Christine Church
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2016

"An intriguing start to a promising new series, although stronger editing might have made it an even more compelling read."
In Church's (The Early Scrolls, 2016, etc.) paranormal romance, a musician's unusual visions lead him to a parallel dimension where he encounters a woman who may hold the key to his fate.Read full book review >
MEMORTALITY by Stephen Provost
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"An adventure that's slow to get started, but its otherworldly aspects help it to race to its conclusion."
Provost (Fresno Growing Up, 2015, etc.) delivers a novel of supernatural suspense about a young woman's ability to shape reality. Read full book review >
THE SPEAKER by Andi O'Connor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2016

"A continually fascinating tale with a protagonist who charms, inspires, and evolves."
In the second of O'Connor's (Silevethiel, 2013, etc.) fantasy series, a princess must overcome her doubts if she's to help fulfill a prophecy to rescue her world from potential destruction. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >