Book Reviews 1890
Title: A Skinful of Shadows Author: Frances Hardinge Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Macmillan / Amulet Publication date: September 2017 / October 2017 Hardcover: 416 pages This is the story of a bear-hearted girl . . . Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide. Some people have space within […]
Old School Wednesdays is a weekly Book Smuggler feature. We came up with the idea towards the end of 2012, when both Ana and Thea were feeling exhausted from the never-ending inundation of New and Shiny (and often over-hyped) books. What better way to snap out of a reading fugue than to take a mini-vacation […]
Title: Buried Heart Author: Kate Elliott Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Little, Brown Publication Date: July 25 2017 Ebook: 448 Pages The explosive finale to World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott’s captivating, New York Times bestselling young adult series In this third book in the epic Court of Fives series, Jessamy is the crux of a revolution […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today Ana reviews a queer YA Fantasy retelling of Snow White. Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust is super great, with a couple of “buts”. Go over to Kirkus to check out the full review.
We are over at Kirkus for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn today, with a look at a recently published science fiction epic in the vein of Arthur C. Clarke and Kim Stanley Robinson: Noumenon by Marina J. Lostetter. It is the near future, and a star has been discovered–one whose observable luminescence suggests technology […]
Title: Warcross Author: Marie Lu Genre: Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers Publication date: September 2017 Hardcover: 416 pages For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base […]
Title: The Incredible Crime Author: Lois Austen-Leigh Genre: Crime Publisher: British Library Crime Classics Publication date: This edition: May 2017. Originally published 1931 Hardcover: 288 pages Prince’s College, Cambridge, is a peaceful and scholarly community, enlivened by Prudence Pinsent, the Master’s daughter. Spirited, beautiful, and thoroughly unconventional, Prudence is a remarkable young woman.One fine morning […]
Title: No Good Deed Author: Kara Connolly Genre: Speculative Fiction, Historical, Young Adult Publisher: Delacorte Press Publication date: July 2017 Hardcover: 352 pages Fans of Dorothy Must Die will love this reimagining of the legend of Robin Hood. Girl power rules supreme when a modern girl finds herself in the middle of a medieval mess […]
It’s Friday so we are over at Kirkus for our regular column! Today it’s Thea’s turn, and she takes a dive into some awesome flintlock fantasy with a review of The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis. Following the first female captain of an Garnian Aerial Special Corp ship, The Guns Above is all exquisitely written […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana reviews the new adventures of Kate Bishop/Hawkeye Go over to Kirkus to check it out.
Title: Wolf by Wolf Author: Ryan Graudin Genre: Alternate History, Speculative Fiction, Young Adult Publisher: Little Brown BFYR Publication date: October 2015 Paperback: 416 pages Her story begins on a train. The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host the […]
Vivian, a young high school girl fed up with the sexism and rank misogyny in her school, creates and distributes an anonymous zine called “Moxie” and unintentionally starts a feminist movement. I recently read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood for the first time and was terrified – it’s not a horror novel (or is […]
It’s Saturday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today, Thea talks about a YA sci-fi novel about teenagers shot into space, but with an interesting twist… Waste of Space by Gina Damico follows a television production company, a space agency, and ten stereotyped teens–the latter are supposedly on their way to the moon and […]
Title: The Boy on the Bridge Author: M.R. Carey Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction Publisher: Orbit Publication date: May 2017 Hardcover: 392 pages Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy. The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent […]
Title: White Tears Author: Hari Kunzru Genre: Speculative Fiction, Horror Publisher: Knopf Publication Date: March 14 2017 Hardcover: 304 Pages Two twenty-something New Yorkers. Seth is awkward and shy. Carter is the glamorous heir to one of America’s great fortunes. They have one thing in common: an obsession with music. Seth is desperate to reach […]
Title: The Collapsing Empire Author: John Scalzi Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tor Publication Date: March 2017 Ebook: 336 Pages The first novel of a new space-opera sequence set in an all-new universe by the Hugo Award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of Redshirts and Old Man’s War. Our universe is ruled by physics and faster than […]
Title: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue Author: Mackenzi Lee Genre: Historical YA, Romance Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Publication Date: June 27 2017 Hardcover: 513 Pages Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana talks about two graphic novels: Go over there to check it out.
Title: Bitch Planet, Vol 2: President Bitch Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Art by Valentine De Landro Genre: Comics, Science Fiction Publisher: Image Comics Publication date: June 2017 Eisner Award-nominated writer KELLY SUE DeCONNICK (PRETTY DEADLY, Captain Marvel) and VALENTINE DE LANDRO (X-Factor) follow up on the success of EXTRAORDINARY MACHINE with the second installment […]
It’s Monday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today, Thea talks about a YA fantasy novel with an intriguing premise… Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts follows a ragtag team of actual bastards–half-noble, half-common–as they accidentally uncover a traitorous rebellion that threatens to tear their world apart. Head over to Kirkus to read the review.
As part of Pride 2017, we are highlighting new and upcoming LGBTQIA books. Today, we are giving the floor over to Charles Payseur, reviewer extraordinaire and a Book Smugglers Author, to talk about the upcoming YA novel The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Publisher: Harper Collins Publication date: July […]
It’s Friday Monday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today, Thea talks about the first volume in Jeff Lemire’s Black Hammer comic book series… This ongoing series from Jeff Lemire is character driven SFF at its best, following the great superheroes of Spiral City after they have disappeared and awakened trapped in a small, […]
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