Book Reviews 1816
Title: The Obelisk Gate Author: N.K. Jemisin Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Orbit Publication Date: August 18 2016 Hardcover: 448 Pages THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS… FOR THE LAST TIME. The season of endings grows darker as civilization fades into the long cold night. Alabaster Tenring – madman, world-crusher, savior – has returned with a […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Daisy and Hazel are back in their fifth mystery – this time, a mystery in a Cambridge college during the Christmas holidays. Title: Mistletoe and Murder Written by Robin Stevens Genre: Middle Grade, Murder Mysteries Publisher: Puffin Publication Date: October 20 2016 Paperback: 354 pages Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are spending the Christmas hols […]
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 […]
Title: Certain Dark Things Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia Genre: Urban Fantasy Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books Publication Date: October 25 2016 Hardcover: 323 Pages Welcome to Mexico City… An Oasis In A Sea Of Vampires… Domingo, a lonely garbage-collecting street kid, is busy eeking out a living when a jaded vampire on the run swoops into his […]
Three Horror reads for this Halloween Season: TWO TO KEEP, ONE TO SKIP. The Family Plot by Cherie Priest (Tor Books, September 2016) is Southern Gothic meets Haunted Mansion: Dahlia works at a salvage shop contracted by one Augusta Withrow to strip a historic mansion to its bones – they have to take the work: […]
Another spectacular, gut-wrenching beauty of a book. Title: Gemina Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Genre: Science Fiction, Epistolary Novel, Young Adult Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Publication Date: October 2016 Hardcover: 608 Pages The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.” Moving to a […]
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 […]
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