Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews

THE INVENTOR'S SECRET by Andrea Cremer
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 22, 2014

"On balance, it's an entertaining romp in a richly imaginative setting. (Steampunk. 12 & up)"
Paranormal-romance queen Cremer (the Nightshade series) tries her hand at writing steampunk with an alternative-history twist. Read full book review >
TALKER 25 by Joshua McCune
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 22, 2014

"Intense but unsatisfying. (Science fiction. 14 & up)"
Americans face a terrifying threat. Read full book review >

VICTORIES by Mercedes Lackey
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 22, 2014

"A smart and snarky finale. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Spirit White and her mage schoolmates prepare for a battle royal in this energetic series ender. Read full book review >
EXPIRATION DAY by William Campbell Powell
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 22, 2014

"An auspicious debut. (Science fiction. 13 & up)"
In this coming-of-age diary, a girl navigates life in a dystopic near-future. Read full book review >
AFTERPARTY by Daryl Gregory
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2014

"A hugely entertaining, surprising and perhaps prophetic package that, without seeming to, raises profound questions about the human mind and the nature of perception."
An eye-popping glimpse of a near future when designer drugs are commonplace, from the author of Raising Stony Mayhall (2011, etc.). Read full book review >

THE FOREVER WATCH by David Ramirez
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 22, 2014

"Intriguing and powerfully disruptive."
Ignorance is bliss, argues Ramirez's debut novel, a dark sci-fi fable set aboard a multigenerational spaceship that holds humanity's only hope for survival. Read full book review >
PROFESSOR WHISKERTON PRESENTS STEAMPUNK ABC by Lisa Falkenstern
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 15, 2014

"Though just a context-void bagatelle for actual children, perhaps teen and adult steampunk enthusiasts will take a look. (Picture book. 12 & up)"
Here's another ABC book that takes an unusual theme and manipulates the device for a very sophisticated audience. Read full book review >
SUNRISE by Mike Mullin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 2014

"A story about how hope is earned, as heart-pounding as it is heart-wrenching. (Speculative fiction. 14 & up)"
Survivors must rebuild society in the conclusion to the Ashfall trilogy. Read full book review >
TRANSHUMAN by Ben Bova
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 2014

"Bova is usually good company, but this unabashed potboiler barely reaches tepid."
Scientific thriller from the author of New Earth (2013). Read full book review >
UNWRAPPED SKY by Rjurik Davidson
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 2014

"A yarn that's easy to admire but hard to warm to, although readers who enjoyed the related stories will certainly wish to investigate."
First novel from the author of the collection The Library of Forgotten Books (2011), which contained several stories in the same setting. Read full book review >
THE FOREVER SONG by Julie Kagawa
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 15, 2014

"A bloody good way to end a trilogy. (discussion questions) (Horror. 14 & up)"
Vampire Allie, one of the genre's toughest heroines, returns with one last chance to save both vampire- and humankind in this conclusion to the Blood of Eden series. Read full book review >
THE VOODOO BREAST by Eve Wallinga
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 2014

"The Big Easy stars in this affecting novel about a couple's unusual route to redemption."
A paranormal novel set in jazz-filled New Orleans. Read full book review >