8 Rated Books 557
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 […]
Old School Wednesdays presents an epic reread of The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. THIS MONTH ON THE RE-READ: we rediscover young Harry Potter as he finds his way to Hogwarts for the very first time in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Old School Wednesdays is a weekly Book Smuggler feature. We came […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! It’s Thea’s turn today with her review of First Light by Linda Nagata! The first book in the recently re-released The Red trilogy from Linda Nagata, The Light is an unexpected, thought-provoking, and powerful military science fiction novel–and Thea LOVED it. […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Lungdon, the third AND FINAL novel in Edward Carey’s excellent Iremonger Trilogy just came out recently. Ana took this opportunity to talk about the entire trilogy – go HERE to read more.
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 […]
As we continue down the road to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, we read a brand new Princess Leia adventure–and we LOVE it, precious. Title: Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure (Journey to STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS) By: Cecil Castellucci and Jason Fry Genre: Speculative Fiction, Science Fiction, Science Fantasy, Middle Grade/Young Adult Publisher: […]
It’s Friday, and we are over at Kirkus. Today, Ana reviews T. Kingfisher’s The Seventh Bride This was wonderful and now I want to read all of her novels. Go HERE to see why.
An A.I. on a powertrip defines the rules of rulership in the future…and it’s pretty badass. Title: The Scorpion Rules Author: Erin Bow Genre: Speculative Fiction, Dystopia, Post-Apocalypse Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Publication Date: September 2015 Hardcover: 384 Pages The world is at peace, said the Utterances. And really, if the odd princess has […]
Ana’s adventures in reading comics continue with a spotlight on three 2015 trades – one to enjoy, one to keep, one to treasure. Gotham Academy Vol 1 collects issues #1-6 of this DC Comics’ new(ish), ongoing series by writers Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher and artist Karl Kerschl. Taking place in Gotham City’s prestigious Gotham […]
It would not be an exaggeration to say I have been in tenterhooks about Monstress since I first heard about it back in January. Monstress is a new creator-owned title by writer Marjorie Liu and artist Sana Takeda and published by Image Comics. The title was announced by Marjorie Liu in early 2015 with the […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! Today, Thea hogs the column again–this time with a review of YA horror novel The Suffering by Rin Chupeco. A sequel to 2014’s The Girl in the Well, The Suffering is effectively terrifying. This second book is every bit as well […]
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