Title: Gilded Cage Author: Vic James Genre: Dystopia, Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Del Rey Publication Date: February 2017 Hardcover: 368 Pages A darkly fantastical debut set in a modern England where magically gifted aristocrats rule, and commoners are doomed to serve—for readers of Victoria Aveyard and Susanna Clarke NOT ALL ARE FREE. NOT ALL ARE […]
Hello everyone, and Happy Sunday! Let’s get down to business, shall we? This Week on The Book Smugglers: On Monday, Thea kicks off the week with her review of The Gilded Cage by Vic James (for reals). Tuesday, Ana reviews middle grade novel The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis. On Wednesday, we […]
It’s Friday Tuesday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today it’s Thea’s turn, and she looks towards superheroes and middle grade novels… In 2016, an animated show called Super Hero High commenced–and was accompanied by middle grade novels that chronicle the adventures of some of DC’s most beloved female super heroes (and villains). (See […]
Title: Goldie Vance Written by Hope Larson, Illustrated by Brittney Williams Genre: Mystery, Historical, Graphic Novels, Young Adult Publisher: Boom! Box Publication Date: October 2016 Paperback: 112 Pages Move over Nancy, Harriet, & Veronica. There’s a new sleuth on the block! Sixteen-year-old Marigold “Goldie” Vance lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages […]
The Book Smugglers’ Quarterly Almanac Volume III is officially here. A brand new (ad)venture from your friendly neighborhood Book Smugglers, we are delighted to present you the second volume of our quarterly collection of awesome! Without further ado, we introduce… THE BOOK SMUGGLERS’ QUARTERLY ALMANAC Gorgeous cover art by Sparrows; Cover Layout by Kenda Montgomery […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today it’s Thea’s turn, and she dives deep into some mecha-love… Thea is a huge fan of Voltron, the animated series, and this graphic novel collects the first five issues of the tie-in comic book. It’s a lot of fun. Get the full scoop here.
Title: Caraval Author: Stephanie Garber Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance Publisher: Flatiron Books Publication Date: January 31, 2017 Hardcover: 416 Pages Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . . […]
Title: The Bear and the Nightingale Author: Katherine Arden Genre: Fantasy, Retellings Publisher: Del Rey Publication Date: January 10, 2017 Hardcover: 336 Pages At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers […]
In which Thea reveals her list of the best TV, movies, and assorted geek ephemera of 2016. (It’s late. But better late than never, right?) Clearly, both Ana and Thea are bananas, and in addition to reading and reviewing obscene amounts of books, we also obsess over multiple television shows, movies, video games, and all […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today it’s Thea’s turn, and today she catches up with a sequel she missed out on at the end of last year… Thea LOVED the first book in this series (The Empress Game) and finally caught up with Kayla, Isonde, and Malkor in this second book… […]
Title: Death’s End Author: Cixin Liu Genre: Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction Publisher: Tor Publication Date: September 20, 2016 Hardcover: 604 Pages With The Three-Body Problem, English-speaking readers got their first chance to experience the multiple-award-winning and bestselling Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy by China’s most beloved science fiction author, Cixin Liu. The Three-Body Problem was […]
Hello everyone, and Happy Sunday! Smugglivus is officially coming to a close–so it’s time to get back to our regular programming. Let’s dive in, shall we? A Superhero Anthology Did you hear the news? Our superhero season of short stories is now collected in a single (supersized) anthology! You can grab the DRM-free anthology from […]
Hello everyone! To those who celebrate Christmas and Chanukah, Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah! Today, we are delighted to present you with a Smugglivus Giveaway of two limited prints: The Beatriceid by Kate Elliott A stunning new short story, written in verse, set in Kate Elliott’s Spiritwalker Universe Before Andevai, the waking of dreaming dragons, […]
It’s Friday Monday, which means we are over at Kirkus! (Well, you know, usually we’re over there on Fridays, but still.) Today it’s Thea’s turn, and today she catches up with one of her favorite comic book finds of 2016… The second trade paperback collecting Paper Girls issues #6-10 is available now–and it’s the perfect […]
Hello, world! Welcome to the last two weeks before the end of the year (HOW DID THAT HAPPEN)! Let’s dive into the good stuff, shall we? The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist Last week, we unveiled our second-ever limited edition chapbook sale–this year, The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by S.L. Huang. We only have 50 of […]
It’s Friday Monday, which means we are over at Kirkus! (Well, you know, usually we’re over there on Fridays, but still.) Today it’s Thea’s turn, and she gets ready for the upcoming Rogue One film with a dive into the Star Wars canon… She reviews a highly anticipated book following one of her all-time favorite […]
Hello everyone, and Happy Sunday! Let’s dive right into the festivities, shall we? We say “festivities” because… Smugglivus Is HERE It is that magical time of year once again! SMUGGLIVUS–our month-plus long celebration of our favorite books, bloggers, and authors of the year–starts tomorrow. We will have best of the year lists, favorite tv shows […]
In which we reveal the cover for Hurricane Heels by Isabel Yap! Without further ado, BEHOLD! The smugglerific cover! About the Story Five ordinary girls discover magical powers in this new series of interconnected short stories from Isabel Yap When Alex, Ria, Aiko, Natalie and Selena met at summer camp, they never expected the goddess […]
Thanksgiving is a time for food, family, turkey, more family, mashed potatoes, football, and did I mention food? The other thing that is wonderful for Thanksgiving time is television watching. Particularly, Thanksgiving episode television watching. Here are a list of my personal favorite Thanksgiving television episodes, from some favorite TV shows. Friends Season 8, Episode […]
Graphic Novel Double Feature: The Wake by Scott Snyder & Survivors’ Club by Lauren Beukes and Dale Halverson
Buckle up your seatbelts, kiddos. Today Thea reviews two horror standalone comics that are pretty gruesome and a whole lot of meta-fun. Title: The Wake Written by Scott Snyder, Art by Sean Murphy Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Dystopia Publisher: Vertigo Publication date: June 2015 (this edition) Paperback: 256 pages Winner of the 2014 […]
Title: Scythe Author: Neal Shusterman Genre: Horror, Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Publication Date: November 22, 2016 Hardcover: 448 Pages In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (“gleaned”) by professional reapers (“scythes”). Citra and […]
Hello, world! Ana has left NYC back for the UK, and it’s time to get back to our regular programming. So let’s dive right in! This Week on The Book Smugglers On Monday, Thea kicks off the week with her long overdue review of Scythe by Neal Shusterman, a poignant YA novel about post-mortalism and […]
It’s Friday Saturday, which means we are over at Kirkus! (Well, you know, usually we’re over there on Fridays, but still.) Today it’s Thea’s turn, and she tries to make sense of the world by turning to hopeful SFF… Check out the full list of titles over at Kirkus now.
Hello everyone. It’s been a hard week–but it’s time to get back to work. Let’s dive right in, shall we? This Week on The Book Smugglers: We kick off the week on Monday, with Ana’s list of comfort middle grade and young adult reads–because let’s face it, we all need it right now. Tuesday, we […]
Title: A Torch Against the Night Author: Sabaa Tahir Genre: Historical, Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Razorbill Publication Date: August 30, 2016 Hardcover: 452 Pages Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a […]
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