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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 […]
The Bone Street Rumba comes to an end and I cry, cry, cry because I wanted more. Title: Battle Hill Bolero Author: Daniel José Older Genre: Urban Fantasy Publisher: Roc Publication Date: January 3 2017 Hardcover: 336 Pages In the third in the richly detailed and diverse (io9) urban fantasy series, the time has come […]
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 […]
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: 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: […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 looking at a new graphic novel (first in a series) from Image Comics once more. This fine Friday, she dives into horror comic The Beauty written by Jeremy Haun & Jason A. Hurley, with […]
Title: Some Kind of Happiness Written by Claire Legrand Genre: Middle Grade, Contemporary Publisher: Simon and Schuster Publication Date: May 17 2016 Paperback: 374 pages THINGS FINLEY HART DOESN’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT • Her parents, who are having problems. (But they pretend like they’re not.) • Being sent to her grandparents’ house for the […]
Title: Jolly Foul Play Written by Robin Stevens Genre: Middle Grade, Murder Mysteries Publisher: Puffin Publication Date: March 24 2016 Paperback: 336 pages The fantastic new mystery from the author of Murder Most Unladylike. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong have returned to Deepdean for a new school term, but nothing is the same. There’s a […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! It’s Ana’s turn this Friday, with a review of a highly anticipated novel, Roses and Rot by Kat Howard. Spoiler alert: she loved it! A fairy tale-ish story of sisters and heartache, Howard’s reimagining of Tam Lin is pretty awesome. Get […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana takes a look at the new novel by Claire North, The Sudden Appearance of Hope Hope Arden, the protagonist of The Sudden Appearance of Hope is forgettable. Not in an allegorical, character-defining way but literally. It’s a fantastic, interesting novel. Go here to check out […]
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