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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 […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! It’s Thea’s turn this Friday, with a review of one of the most highly anticipated tie-in novels of the year: Bloodline by Claudia Gray. This is the Star Wars book you’ve been looking for. Bloodline is written from Leia’s perspective (sprinked […]
Reminiscent of classic YA fantasy in the vein of Howl’s Moving Castle and old school Robin McKinley, The Keeper of the Mist is utterly, unequivocally awesome. Title: The Keeper of the Mist Written by Rachel Neumeier Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Publication Date: March 2016 Hardcover: 390 pages Keri has […]
Every Heart a Doorway is the story about portal fantasies I never knew I needed. Title: Every Heart a Doorway Written by Seanan McGuire Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Tor.com Publication Date: April 5 2016 Hardcover: 173 pages Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children No Solicitations No Visitors No Quests Children have always disappeared under the right […]
A profound, feminist dystopian novel about friendship, sisterhood and courage, Maresi by Maria Turtschaninoff is exquisite. Title: Maresi Written by Maria Turtschaninoff Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Dystopia, Speculative Fiction Publisher: Pushkin Press (UK) Publication Date: January 2016 Hardcover: 256 pages Maresi came to the Red Abbey when she was thirteen, in the Hunger Winter. Before […]
A surprising parable about technology, nature, and free will, The Wild Robot by Peter Brown is beautiful, at turns heartbreaking, and deeply profound. Title: The Wild Robot Written by Peter Brown Genre: Middle Grade, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Publication Date: April 2016 Hardcover: 288 pages When robot Roz […]
It’s Friday! And we are over at Kirkus… Today, Ana reviews a new Tor.com novella… Go here to read more about Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal
Lila, Kell and Rhy are back in this second book–and, oh dear readers, IT IS GOOD. Title: A Gathering of Shadows Written by V.E. Schwab Genre: Fantasy, Speculative Fiction Publisher: Tor (US) / Titan Books (UK) Publication Date: February 2016 Hardcover: 512 pages Four months have passed since the shadow stone fell into Kell’s possession. […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana reviews The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar Go HERE to hear my thoughts (I LOVED IT).
Old School Wednesdays presents an epic reread of The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. THIS MONTH ON THE RE-READ: we take it up a notch to book 2, wherein Harry Potter comes face to face with the past in the Chamber of Secrets. Old School Wednesdays is a weekly Book Smuggler feature. We came […]
Oh, dear readers, how I loved Serafina and the Black Cloak. Title: Serafina and the Black Cloak Author: Robert Beatty Genre: Dark Fantasy/Horror, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade, Speculative Fiction Publisher: Disney Hyperion Publication Date: July 2015 Hardcover: 293 Pages “Never go into the deep parts of the forest, for there are many dangers there, and […]
It’s Friday! And we are over at Kirkus… Today, Ana takes a look at AC Wise’s collection The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again. It’s…ULTRA FABULOUS (you must have seen that coming!). Go here to get the full scoop.
The scientist, the witch, the AI and the magic tree. Title: All the Birds in the Sky Author: Charlie Jane Anders Genre: Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Fantasy Publisher: Tor Books Publication Date: January 26 2016 Paperback: 320 Pages From the editor-in-chief of io9.com, a stunning novel about the end of the world–and the beginning of […]
A Diana Wynne Jones book is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get – except for a guaranteed good time. 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 […]
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