Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Reviews (page 2)

DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS by Laini Taylor
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2014

"Despite being speeded to resolution, an ambitious, gorgeously edgy drama lit up by its coruscating characters and prose. (Fantasy. 13 & up)"
Destiny and love commingle despite, it sometimes seems, the author's best efforts to prevent them in this culmination to the 1,000-year war between angelic beasts and bestial angels. Read full book review >
DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2014

"In the end, it's just another violent dystopian series opener for all its yellow-brick veneer, but it's a whole lot more fun than many of its ilk. (Dystopian fantasy. 14 & up)"
When a cyclone deposits a 21st-century Kansas teen in Oz, she and readers discover there've been some changes made. Read full book review >

THE REVOLUTIONS by Felix Gilman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2014

"Odd, unsettling, inconclusive."
Magicians with murky motives clash in Gilman's (The Rise of Ransom City, 2012, etc.) peculiar spiritualist fantasy, which incorporates a healthy dash of Edgar Rice Burroughs and perhaps a hint of Lovecraft. Read full book review >
THE RING AND THE CROWN by Melissa de la Cruz
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2014

"Readers captivated by the setting may enjoy this novel-length setup; they will hope for more plot in the next installment. (Historical fantasy. 14 & up)"
The lives of five teens intersect in turn-of-the-20th-century London, the capital of the Franco-British Empire. Read full book review >
THE CRACKS IN THE KINGDOM by Jaclyn Moriarty
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2014

"Not for the impatient or new reader, but otherwise even better than the first. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Moriarty's latest draws this world and Cello ever closer. Read full book review >

THE BURNING DARK by Adam Christopher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2014

"We are reminded of Doc Ostrow's dying gasp in the classic movie Forbidden Planet (1956): "Monsters, John. Monsters from the Id.""
Space-horror yarn from Christopher (The Age Atomic, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
LOCKSTEP by Karl Schroeder
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2014

"A disappointing effort that, if shorter and considerably tighter, would have sat happily on the YA shelf."
Far-future family power struggles from the talented Schroeder (Ashes of Candesce, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >
HALF BAD by Sally Green
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2014

"Nathan's harrowing quest to build a father-son relationship will compel readers to the sequel even if the slim romantic subplot and looming threat of the Council do not. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
A teenage witch persecuted from birth must find his father, the most notoriously evil witch alive, or die. Read full book review >
A PHANTOM ENCHANTMENT by Eve Marie Mont
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 25, 2014

"Keep expectations in check, sit back and enjoy Paris (the most memorable character) vicariously. (author's note) (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
Lightweight but amusing, the Unbound Trilogy's conclusion takes on Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel, The Phantom of the Opera, and its myriad variations. Read full book review >
THE WICKED by Douglas Nicholas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 25, 2014

"Nicholas weaves the magic of wizards and sorceresses—buidseach and cailleach phiseogach—so naturally into the medieval milieu that Maeve's tale reads as entertaining historical fiction rather than a fey supernatural tale."
Nicholas' sequel to his historical saga, Something Red (2012), continues the haunting tale of exiled Irish queen Maeve and her cohorts in medieval north England. Read full book review >
THE SLANTED WORLDS by Catherine Fisher
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 18, 2014

"Gorgeous, atmospheric, and addictive but ultimately frustrating; absolutely necessary wherever the first has fans. (Science fiction/fantasy. 12 & up)"
This second in a projected trilogy provides a sumptuous genre-blend of time travel, dark fantasy and post-apocalyptic thriller, along with more complications than answers. Read full book review >
THE PILGRIMS by Will Elliott
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 18, 2014

"Not altogether convincing but it has its charms."
The first entry in the Pendulum fantasy trilogy, from the author of The Pilo Family Circus (2006). Read full book review >