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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 […]
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.
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: The Bone Witch Author: Rin Chupeco Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Publication Date: March 2017 Hardcover: 432 Pages An Amazon Best Book of the Month! A Publishers Weekly Most Anticipated Young Adult Book of Spring 2017! In the captivating start to a new, darkly lyrical fantasy series for readers of Leigh Bardugo […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today it’s Thea’s turn, with a review… She reviews Heartstone by Elle Katharine White–or, as she likes to think of it, Pride and Prejudice and Dragons. Does the book live up to the promise of Eliza Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy’s epic love story? Get the full […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana reads two LGBT YA Fantasy novels: Timekeeper and Princess Princess Ever After are both lovely. Go here to see why.
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today it’s Thea’s turn, and today she catches up with a sequel she missed out on at the end of last year… Thea LOVED the first book in this series (The Empress Game) and finally caught up with Kayla, Isonde, and Malkor in this second book… […]
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 […]
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: […]
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: 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 […]
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, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! It’s Thea’s turn this Friday, and she’s back at one of her favorite ongoing comics series at the moment: Wayward (Vol 3) by Jim Zub with art from Steven Cummings! Thea is a huge fan of the first two trade collections […]
Move over Percy Jackson–Apollo is in the house. Title: The Hidden Oracle Written by Rick Riordan Genre: Contemporary Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult, Greek Mythology Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Publication Date: May 2016 Hardcover: 384 pages How do you punish an immortal? By making him human. After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down […]
Title: Shadow Magic Written by Joshuan Khan Genre: Fantasy, Middle Grade Publisher: Disney Publication Date: April 12 2016 Paperback: 320 pages Thorn, an outlaw’s son, wasn’t supposed to be a slave. He never should have run away from home, leaving his mother and siblings to fend for themselves. Now he’s been sold to Tyburn, an […]
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 […]
An unexpected, soul-searching tale of a doctor who discovers his moral compass, but inadvertently creates a monster. Title: Moster, Vol 1 (The Perfect Edition) Written by Naoki Urasawa Genre: Horror, Thriller, Contemporary Historical Publisher: VIZ Media, LLC Publication Date: July 2014 (this edition), originally published 1994 Paperback: 426 pages Johan is a cold and calculating […]
This month on Food and Horror: Octavia Cade talks about Short Stories and Eating Alien Politics. Octavia Cade is the author of Book Smugglers Publishing’s The Mussel Eater. Food & Horror is a regular monthly column from Octavia, in which she examines the close relationship between the things we eat and the horrific. Short Stories […]
What would happen if the most important, fundamental element for human survival was toxic? In H2O by Virginia Bergin we learn the answer: nothing good. Title: H2O Written by Virginia Bergin Genre: Apocalypse, Dystopia, Young Adult, Science Fiction Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Publication Date: October 2014 Paperback: 327 pages .27 IS A NUMBER RUBY HATES. It’s […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! It’s Thea’s turn this Friday, as she tackles Paper Girls volume 1–the newest ongoing monthly comic from Brian K. Vaughan, with art from Cliff Chiang. The year is 1988, and four newspaper delivery girls go about their routes on the morning […]
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