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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 […]
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
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