Book Reviews 1805
Title: The Scourge Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Horror Publisher: Scholastic Publication Date: September 1 2016 Hardcover: 368 Pages When a plague isn’t all that kills… As a lethal plague sweeps through the land, Ani Mells is shocked when she is unexpectedly captured by the governor’s wardens and forced to submit to […]
Title: A Closed and Common Orbit Author: Becky Chambers Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Publication Date: October 20 2016 Paperback: 512 Pages Lovelace was once merely a ship’s artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body, following a total system shut-down and reboot, she has no memory of what came before. […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! It’s novella bonanza day as Ana takes a look at Runtime by S.B. Divya and Everything Belongs to the Future by Laurie Penny Go over there to check it out!
It’s 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 turns to Halloween themed reading with her review of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Volume 1 by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, with art by Robert Hack. Collecting issues 1-6 of the […]
A fresh take on the inspiration behind Frankenstein emerges in Emma Carroll’s haunting middle grade novel. Title: Strange Star Author: Emma Carroll Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Horror, Historical, Retellings Publisher: Faber & Faber Publication Date: July 2016 Paperback: 320 Pages They were coming tonight to tell ghost stories. ‘A tale to freeze the blood,’ was […]
Hello, this is another episode of “why, book, why” brought to you by feelings. Title: Crosstalk Author: Connie Willis Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Del Rey / Gollancz Publication Date: October 4 2016 Hardcover: 512 Pages Science fiction icon Connie Willis brilliantly mixes a speculative plot, the wit of Nora Ephron, and the comedic flair of […]
It’s Friday Saturday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today it’s Thea’s turn with a long overdue review of Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. Inspired by the recent movie release of the new Blair Witch Project, Thea talks about the horror of Katherine, the Black Rock Witch (antagonist of Hex). Check out the full review […]
Title: Poisoned Blade Author: Kate Elliott Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Little, Brown Publication Date: August 16 2016 Hardcover: 468 Pages Jessamy is moving up the ranks of the Fives—the complex athletic contest favored by the lowliest Commoners and the loftiest Patrons in her embattled kingdom. Pitted against far more formidable adversaries, success is Jes’s […]
So you say you like heist stories? Assembling the team tropes? GOOD. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo is one of the best in the business. Title: Six of Crows Author: Leigh Bardugo Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers Publication Date: September 29, 2015 Hardcover: 465 Pages Ketterdam: a bustling […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana reviews a wonderful novel by Mary Robinette Kowal: Ghost Talkers Ghosts, spies, love and war – go there to check it out.
Title: The Wave Author: Morton Rhue/Todd Strasser Genre: Young Adult Publisher: Penguin Publication Date: 2016 (original publication date 1981) Hardcover: 138 Pages The Wave is based on a true incident that occured in a high school history class in Palo Alto, California, in 1969. The powerful forces of group pressure that pervaded many historic movements […]
Old School Wednesdays presents an epic reread of The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. THIS MONTH ON THE RE-READ: we get to the last book and we say goodbye to the series and the re-read. For now. Old School Wednesdays is a weekly Book Smuggler feature. We came up with the idea towards the […]
It’s all about the framing, you see, how the narrative is centred. Devon is a fifteen-year-old gymnastics prodigy well in her way to become an Olympian. Her parents Katie and Eric have dedicated their lives to make it so. By all accounts Devon is extraordinarily gifted, her single-minded dedication is an inspiration to the other […]
Title: The Star-Touched Queen Author: Roshani Chokshi Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Publication Date: April 26 2016 Hardcover: 342 Pages Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen? Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! This very weekend, hundreds of thousands of fans are flocking to San Diego for one of the greatest nerd-fests of the year: Comic Con. And one of the much-buzzed about properties of this year’s con (and last year’s con, and many SDCCs to come) is Star Wars. […]
Warning: Spoilers! I’ve been thinking a lot about The Girl on the Train and the ways that we write about women. Touted as the new Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train has been everywhere here in the UK for the past year. It’s a major bestseller and as such, it has been featured prominently […]
Ambitious. Confusing. Enthralling. Brilliant. These are the words I will use to describe Yoon Ha Lee’s utterly immersive, utterly memorable novel, Ninefox Gambit. Title: Ninefox Gambit Author: Yoon Ha Lee Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Solaris Books Publication Date: June 2016 Hardcover: 384 Pages The first installment of the trilogy, Ninefox Gambit, centers on disgraced captain […]
All the llamas. Title: The Geek Feminist Revolution Author: Kameron Hurley Genre: Nonfiction, Essays, Reviews, Literary Criticism, Popgeekery Publisher: Tor Publication Date: June 2016 Hardcover: 272 Pages A powerful collection of essays on feminism, geek culture, and a writer’s journey, from one of the most important new voices in genre. The Geek Feminist Revolution is […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana reviews an extraordinary novel: The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan A sneak peek of the review: A painfully beautiful story of the apocalypse, it would be easy to dismiss The Sunlight Pilgrims as a novel where “nothing happens” given its episodic nature. That’s only true […]
Title: Heroine Complex Author: Sarah Kuhn Genre: Fantasy, Superheroes Publisher: Daw Publication Date: July 5 2016 Paperback: 368 Pages Being a superheroine is hard. Working for one is even harder. Evie Tanaka is the put-upon personal assistant to Aveda Jupiter, her childhood best friend and San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine. She’s great at her job—blending […]
In which Thea reviews the second book in Serafina’s ongoing adventures Title: Serafina and the Twisted Staff Written by Robert Beatty Genre: Dark Fantasy/Horror, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade, Speculative Fiction Publisher: Disney Hyperion Publication Date: July 2016 Hardcover: 384 Pages Serafina’s defeat of the Man in the Black Cloak has brought her out of the […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana reviews a new YA novel by V. E. Schwab, This Savage Song, the first in a duology. I had some fun times with Shakespeare while writing this review: Two households, both alike in (in)dignity, in (un)fair Verity City, where the indomitable Victoria “V.E.” Schwab lays […]
The Book Smugglers
1 : a book review blog specializing in speculative fiction and popgeekery for all ages since 2008.
2 : a digital-first publisher of speculative fiction and nonfiction since 2014.
3 : 2014 Hugo Nominee for Best Fanzine
4 : a duo of awesomely badass book nerds