Jan 302018

Cover of Dread Nation by Justina Ireland.Publishers Weekly: First in a duology, Ireland’s gripping novel is teeming with monsters—most of them human. Abundant action, thoughtful worldbuilding, and a brave, smart, and skillfully drawn cast…Ireland illustrates the ignorance and immorality of racial discrimination and examines the relationship between equality and freedom.

Mounting peril creates a pulse-pounding pace, hurtling readers toward a nail-biting conclusion that inspires and will leave them apprehensive about what’s to come.

Jan 192018

Congratulations to the DMLA authors nominated for a 2017 RT Award!

Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding:
Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

SF Novel:
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden
The Will to Battle by Ada Palmer

Fantasy Novel:
Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys

Young Adult Fantasy:
Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

Book of the Year:
The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden

Jan 182018

Cover of I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest.B&N Teen Blog: On a scale of red Chucks to katanas this badass book is a ninja princess.

The story’s plot line is just as jam packed and exciting as Seattle, the Starbucks-powered city in which the book is set. From reading comic books on the playground to scouring the city for clues in order to locate her dead best friend, Libby lives a life as action-filled as Princess X herself. The gorgeous illustrations made me feel like a little kid again reading comics in a couch fort.

I would recommend this book to adventure-seeking princesses, ninja-obsessed coffee drinkers, and murder mystery lovers.

Jan 172018
Cover of Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer.Tor.com: The characters are strong and compelling. The atmosphere breathes life. It has a generosity of spirit, beneath the dark bits. And the presence of queer women is delightful.
Jan 112018

Cover photo of Look For Her by Emily Winslow.Library Journal: What seems at the outset to be a textbook psychological thriller is anything but. The twists and turns make Winslow’s fourth Keene and Frohmann’s mystery (after The Red House) a compelling read.

Verdict: Former games creator Winslow has turned her talents to a very entertaining and readable thriller that can hold its own with the best of the current crop.

Jan 092018

Cover of The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson.School Library Journal: Hutchinson artfully blends the realistic and the surreal (and a bit of the biblical) for an utterly absorbing take on the Rapture.

Beneath the snarky, self-deprecating prose lie thought-provoking questions about morality, the universe, and free will.

The author presents an entirely original take on apocalyptic fiction—no mean feat. Hand this stirring tale to fans of Aaron Starmer’s Spontaneous and those who enjoy A.S. King’s work.

Jan 052018

Cover of The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden.LA Times: Nicky Drayden’s debut novel takes place in a future South Africa where robots have made life easier. The problem is the robots are starting to gain sentience, and it’s only a matter of time before they rebel.

This book has a lot going on; it’s told from multiple individual points of view, seemingly disparate stories that come together as the book progresses… Drayden takes her story in unexpected directions, with unrepentant action and a surprising amount of depth. This book certainly isn’t for everyone; it’s definitely strange and unexpected, with plot twists and turns along the way. If weird is something you enjoy in a read, then you’ll likely appreciate “The Prey of Gods,” one of the most inventive debut novels of 2017.

Jan 042018

Cover of The Listener by Robert McCammon.Booklist: McCammon masterfully combines historical thriller and supernatural horror in a compelling and suspenseful tale of race, class, and family. The intricate crime plot is enhanced by superior character development, a richly detailed historical setting, a tense dread that begins in the opening scene and continues to intensify throughout, and an omniscient narration that lets the reader know exactly how bad things really are.

The Listener will be popular with fans of occult thrillers like those by Dean Koontz or F. Paul Wilson, but also consider suggesting it to readers who enjoy the thought-provoking speculative fiction of Victor LaValle.

Jan 032018

Cover of Witchmark by C.L. Polk.Publishers Weekly: Polk’s stellar debut, set in an alternate early 20th century in an England-like land recovering from a WWI-like war, blends taut mystery, exciting political intrigue, and inventive fantasy.

Polk unfolds her mythology naturally…The final revelations are impossible to see coming.

Polk is a writer to watch for fans of clever, surprising period fantasy.