Book Reviews 1909
Title: Jane, Unlimited Author: Kristin Cashore Genre: Fantasy? Science Fiction? Mystery? ALL THE ABOVE? Also, YA Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books Publication date: September 2017 Paperback: 464 If you could change your story, would you? Jane has lived a mostly ordinary life, raised by her recently deceased aunt Magnolia, whom she counted on to turn life […]
Title: A Study in Scarlet Women Author: Sherry Thomas Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery Publisher: Berkeley Publication date: October 2016 Paperback: 323 With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, […]
We are over at Kirkus for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn today, with a look at a brand new YA historical fantasy novel Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne. An alternating first person narrative following two protagonists as they secretly plot against the Empire that threatens to consume their people, Rosemarked at first glance seems entirely […]
Title: Terminal Alliance Author: Jim C. Hines Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Daw Books Publication Date: November 7 2017 Hardcover: 352 Pages When the Krakau came to Earth, they planned to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species. This would have worked out better for all involved if they hadn’t arrived after a mutated […]
Title: The Stone Sky Author: N.K. Jemisin Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Orbit Publication Date: August 15 2017 Hardcover: 413 Pages THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS… FOR THE LAST TIME. The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women. Essun has inherited the power […]
Title: Strange Weather Author: Joe Hill Genre: Horror, Speculative Fiction Publisher: William Morrow Publication date: October 2017 Hardcover: 448 Pages A collection of four chilling novels, ingeniously wrought gems of terror from the brilliantly imaginative, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman, Joe Hill “Snapshot” is the disturbing story of a Silicon Valley […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana talks about a lovely Romance Fantasy novel by Silvia Moreno-Garcia:
Title: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe Author: Lauren James Genre: Science Fiction, YA Publisher: Walker Books Publication date: September 2017 Paperback: 290 Pages
We are over at Kirkus for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn today, and this time she looks at 1980s demonic possession piece of awesomeness, My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix. The newest novel from Grady Hendrix, My Best Friend’s Exorcism is a surprisingly poignant, tear-jerking novel about friendship, love, and… well, demonic possession. […]
Title: The Tethered Mage Author: Melissa Caruso Genre: Fantasy, Alternate/Historical, Young Adult Publisher: Orbit Publication date: October 2017 Paperback: 480 Pages In the Raverran Empire, magic is scarce and those born with power are strictly controlled — taken as children and conscripted into the Falcon Army. Zaira has lived her life on the streets to […]
Well, this is the worst book I read in a long, long time. Title: The Mitford Murders Author: Jessica Fellowes Genre: Murder Mystery Publisher: Sphere/Minotaur Publication date: September 2017 (UK) / January 20148 (US) Hardcover: 400 Pages It’s 1919, and Louisa Cannon dreams of escaping her life of poverty in London, and most of all […]
It’s Monday and we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana takes a look at a new collection of three novellas by Ginn Hale The Long Past & Other Stories is lovely. Kinda like a Fantastical Pacific Rim with lots of queer romance. Go over there to check it out.
Title: Leia: Princess of Alderaan Author: Claudia Gray Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press Publication date: September 2017 Hardcover: 409 Pages Sixteen-year-old Princess Leia Organa faces the most challenging task of her life so far: proving herself in the areas of body, mind, and heart to be formally named heir to […]
Title: Thick as Thieves Author: Megan Whalen Turner Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult (?) Publisher: Greenwillow Books Publication date: May 2017 Hardcover: 337 pages Deep within the palace of the Mede emperor, in an alcove off the main room of his master’s apartments,. Kamet minds his master’s business and his own. Carefully keeping the accounts, and […]
Title: Mask of Shadows Author: Linsey Miller Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Publication date: October 2017 Hardcover: 352 pages I Needed to Win. They Needed to Die. Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as […]
It’s Friday! And we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana takes a look at Tade Thompson’s new novella from Tor.com Go over to Kirkus to check out the full review!
Title: Provenance Author: Ann Leckie Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Orbit Publication date: September 2017 Hardcover: 448 pages Following her record-breaking debut trilogy, Ann Leckie, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards, returns with an enthralling new novel of power, theft, privilege and birthright. A power-driven young woman has just one chance […]
We are over at Kirkus for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn again today, taking a look at the latest Star Wars novel: Phasma by Delilah Dawson All Hail Phasma! As far as the Star Wars new canon goes, Phasma is utterly memorable and will make you hungry for more. Go over to Kirkus to […]
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 […]
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