Newcomer Honeywell, McClellan, North, Robinson, Scalzi, Skovron, plus Series Lineup | SF/Fantasy Reviews

THE ELEMENTS, whether a personal power or a force of nature, have been mainstays of sf/fantasy writing from the genre’s beginning. How humanity has dealt with these components can be either a bane or boon, focused on creation or destruction. This month’s titles highlight the strengths of such elements in both natural and magical ways.

Past Intrigue: Historical Mysteries | The Reader’s Shelf

Combining two genres—historical fiction and mystery—these books offer a walk through time and crime, via well-set novels that are abundant in detail, feeling, and clever plots.

LJ Fiction Reviews: April 1, 2017

Another solid offering from best-selling Swedish author Backman; a marvelous debut for all romantics who believe in hope; a new series from the most dependable names in comics Brubaker and Phillips; newcomer Mukherjee delivers a stirring, entertaining mystery that bursts with lively historical details

E-Originals from Donna Grant and Janalyn Voigt | Xpress Reviews

Plenty of action and intrigue as well as a fair degree of top-shelf hanky-panky; for readers who like their romances squeaky-clean and those interested in the historical Western setting

A New Spell of Sexy | Erotica Reviews

An adult perspective on “Beauty and the Beast,” with a very modern erotic twist; this latest from Ashley is an enjoyable title for femdom fans; a twisted thriller à la 50 Shades; an excellent series of Sapphic ­fantasies

E-Originals from de Salle, Halston, and Lovelace | Xpress Reviews

de Salle’s series start is a well-written, enjoyably sexy novel, with fully fleshed-out characters; Halston’s well-thought-out plot has enough tension to keep readers engaged; contemporary romance readers will love Lovelace’s story, its characters, and the town they call home

LJ Fiction Reviews: March 15, 2017

Inspiring in tone, Denton’s delicious debut delivers a must-read; an excellent series of Sapphic fantasies; McClellan’s skillful worldbuilding and nuanced characters will undoubtedly tempt readers to go back to his earlier work; with hints of a YA coming-of-age tale, Trophy Son will draw in sports fiction fans; Ludwig’s triumphant achievement is borne from his own experience as the adoptive parent of a teen with autism

E-Original Historical Romance from Boyce and Cornwall | Xpress Reviews

Boyce crafts a steamy tropical romance far from stuffy English ballrooms—the multicultural romance and generous give and take create a truly enjoyable novel; the beats may be familiar, but the skillful storytelling draws readers in and holds some surprises

Kies’s Debut of the Month, Chapman, Cleeves, Koutsakis, Simpson, plus Series Lineup | Mystery Reviews, March 1, 2017

CHANGE IS IN THE WIND for this month’s column, as the new co-columnists Lesa Holstine and Ann Chambers Theis are combing their expertise and passion for the genre. They hope to build on the accomplishments of previous columnists and will continue to emphasize information useful to collection management and readers’ advisory librarians and readers who love a good mystery.

Fresh Genre Spins | Nebula Nominees 2016

On February 20, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced its nominees for the 51st Annual Nebula Awards and and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book.