Today is the official publication date for the new Liaden novel by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller: Fledgling
Lee and Miller have always been able to pull me into the story and keep me there, and Fledgling is no different. The world is rich with nuance and a heaviness of background that makes it real to the reader. The plot, as is usual with Lee and Miller, is multifaceted and complex. There are plots within plots within plots and how they play out and how they all fit together is usually evident by the time you finish the book, but it’s the journey that’s important.
I read the book three time for this review and caught myself starting to read it again as I flipped through to refresh my memory. I reread their books not because I can’t remember them but because I want to taste, feel, and experience the adventure again. If you’re a fan, you’re going to pick up this book and enjoy it–it’s even better than you expect. If you’ve never read their works, give it a try because they write some of the best space adventure/social commentary/SF around.
Gayle Surrette, SFRevu (full review here)
Also available today: All About Us #5: Tidings of Great Boys by Shelley Adina
Finals week is approaching and Mac is still undecided on where to spend the holidays. Normally she’d go home to Scotland, but spending two weeks alone in the castle with her dad isn’t as appealing as it used to be. So she invites Carly, Lissa, Gillian, and Shani to join her for the holidays! Mac is determined to make this the best Christmas ever. She even decides to organize the traditional Hogmany dance for New Year’s Eve. If she can get her mother involved in the dance, maybe her parents will finally get back together. But when Mac and the girls arrive in Scotland, they are faced with bad news: the castle is falling apart and Mac’s parents are struggling financially. Not only that, but Shani is in big trouble with Prince Rashid’s royal family. Can the girls find a way to celebrate the holidays, get Mac’s parents back together, save the castle, and rescue Shani from her relentless pursuers? There’s only one way to find out…
This is a great novel for preteen and teenage girls – 12 to 16 – with lots of fun, special moments and just plain girl stuff. Written with a Christian bent without being stuffy, the values of home, friendship, and family hits its mark. I highly recommend it as a fast, fun read for young girls. —The Review Broads (www.thereviewbroads.com)