6 Rated Books 333
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: Long May She Reign Author: Rhiannon Thomas Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: HarperTeen Publication Date: February 2017 Hardcover: 422 Pages The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power. Freya was never meant be queen. Twenty third in line […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Thea takes a turn this week, and reads the newest novella from John Scalzi, The Dispatcher. Originally published as an audiobook, this noir-ish novella takes an odd premise to the extreme: what happens when the murdered show up alive and well after being dispatched? “>Head over […]
Title: A Season of Daring Greatly Author: Elle Emerson White Genre: Publisher: Greenwillow Books Publication Date: February 2017 Hardcover: 432 Pages Eighteen-year-old Jill Cafferty just made history. Her high school’s star pitcher, she is now the first woman drafted by a major league baseball team. Only days after her high school graduation, she’ll join the […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Old School Wednesdays presents an epic reread of The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. THIS MONTH ON THE RE-READ: we dive into the shenanigans of book 6. There is just one book left before we have finished the entire series. WOE. Old School Wednesdays is a weekly Book Smuggler feature. We came up with […]
Old School Wednesdays presents an epic reread of The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. THIS MONTH ON THE RE-READ: we take a look at book 4. 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 […]
First in a new series starring DC Super Heroes in a Super Hero high school, Wonder Woman at Super Hero High is super delightful. Title: Wonder Woman at Super Hero High Written by Lisa Yee Genre: Middle Grade, Superheroes, Speculative Fiction Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers Publication Date: March 2016 Hardcover: 240 pages […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! Today Thea FINALLY reviews Updraft by Fran Wilde (just in time for awards season): Given all of the Nebula buzz for this title, Thea decided to FINALLY review the book. Featuring some of the best and most original world-building Thea’s had […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! Today Thea reviews new novella from Tor.com, Emily Foster’s The Drowning Eyes. From its beautiful cover to its poetic title, The Downing Eyes is Thea’s first foray into Tor.com’s novella program. And you know what? It’s pretty darned good. To quote […]
Though I applaud Ruta Sepetys’s attention to historical detail and her dedication to shedding light on the important true story of the largest maritime disaster in history, Salt to the Sea somehow falls short of true emotional resonance. Title: Salt to the Sea Author: Ruta Sepetys Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult Publisher: Publication Date: September […]
The Time Travel Project is a new regular feature in which Ana reads Time Travel novels, new and old. More on the feature here. Passenger is the first in a duology by Alexandra Bracken and Ana’s first official read for The Time Travel Project. Title: Time Traveling with a Hamster Author: Ross Welford Genre: Speculative […]
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, is the first review of The Time Travel Project.
It’s Friday Monday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! Today, Thea is taking over with a review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens novelization by Alan Dean Foster… Like many other people, Thea loved the new film for so many reasons–so when the novelization was released, she eagerly scooped […]
A review in which we are…conflicted. Title: The Dark Forest Author: Cixin Liu Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tor Books Publication Date: August 11 2015 Hardcover: 512 Pages This is the second novel in the “Three Body” near-future trilogy. Written by the China’s multiple-award-winning science fiction author, Cixin Liu. In Dark Forest, Earth is reeling from […]
This Thanksgiving weekend, we gear up for Star Wars: The Force Awakens–Thea starts off her long weekend with a review of this fun trade that starts just after the events of The Return of the Jedi… Title: STAR WARS Shattered Empire Written by Greg Rucka Art by Marco Checchetto (#1-4), Angel Unzueta (#2-3), Emilia Laiso […]
Welcome to Halloween Week 2015! Over the course of the week, you will hear from guest authors, bloggers, and your very own Book Smugglers about all things Halloween–including reviews of horror novels and films, essays on the genre, and any number of spooky topics in between. Three YA Horror reads for this Halloween Season: ONE […]
At the end of the day, Zeroes was an ok read – with really great, fun parts but underwhelming on the whole. Given the premise and the authors involved, I am afraid I was expecting a lot more. Title: Zeroes Author: Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Simon Pulse […]
True Grit meets gold speculation in this YA western adventure. Title: Vengeance Road Author: Erin Bowman Genre: YA, Western Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Publication Date: September 1 2015 Hardcover: 336 Pages Revenge is worth its weight in gold. When hers father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! Today Thea looks at graphic novel Hexed: The Harlot and The Thief (Vol 1)by Michael Alan Nelson, Dan Mora & Gabriel Cassaya. It’s Buffy meets art galleries meets hexing/cursing/supernatural awesomeness. For a good time, get the full review here.
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 […]
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