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Ana says goodbye to Sarah McCarry’s girls. Title: About a Girl Written by Sarah McCarry Genre: Fantasy, Contemporary, Young Adult Publisher: St Martin’s Griffin Publication Date: July 14, 2015 Hardcover: 256 pages Eighteen-year-old Tally is absolutely sure of everything: her genius, the love of her adoptive family, the loyalty of her best friend, Shane, and […]
It’s Friday Wednesday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! It’s Thea’s turn today as she reviews thought-provoking science fiction novel Edge of Dark by Brenda Cooper. Oh, guys. Edge of Dark is a beautiful, grave examination of a future version of humanity–and the artificial intelligences it has created, and […]
OK, I am SO in love with Archivist Wasp. It’s a top 10 from me. 2015, you are WONDERFUL so far. Title: Archivist Wasp Written by Nicole Kornher-Stace Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, YA, Adventure, Post-Apocalypse/Dystopia Publisher: Small Beer Press Publication Date: May 5, 2015 Hardcover: 268 pages Wasp’s job is simple. Hunt ghosts. And every […]
A fiery spirit dances from the pages of the Great Book. She brings the aroma of scorched sand and ozone. She has a story to tell…. Title: The Book of Phoenix Written by Nnedi Okorafor Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Daw / Hodder Publication Date: May 2015 Paperback: 240 pages A fiery spirit dances from the […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana reviews the excellent first volume of The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie. Go HERE to read more about it.
The hype is strong with this one. At one point, An Ember in the Ashes was everywhere we looked. From newsletters from big websites and emails from the publisher to (positive) reviews everywhere including on big media places like Mashable, Huffington Post and the New York Times, the book has been touted as the Next […]
Ana’s adventures in Reading Comics continue with Nimona by Noelle Stevenson Title: Nimona Author: Noelle Stevenson Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Comics Publisher: Harper Collins Publication Date: May 2015 Hardcover: 275 pages The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio […]
History, self-awareness, negotiated boundaries and family secrets are at the heart of Gone Crazy in Alabama, the third – and final – book in Rita Williams Garcia’s excellent Gaither Sisters series. Title: Gone Crazy in Alabama Author: Rita Williams-Garcia Genre: Historical, Middle Grade Publisher: Amistad Publication Date: April 2015 Paperback: 304 pages Newbery Honor winner […]
Only four issues into this new comics and my love for it knows no bounds. Bitch Planet is a pulpy dystopian series written by Kelly Sue DeConnick (Of the excellent Pretty Deadly and Captain Marvel) and artist Valentine De Landro. From a storytelling perspective, Bitch Planet takes place in a horrifying dystopian future where white […]
Originally a self-published novel and soon to be published as hardcover by Hodder in the UK, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers has earned acolytes, enthusiastic reviews and a Kitschies nomination. We had to check it out. Title: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet Author: Becky Chambers Genre: […]
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 […]
My experience reading The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne can be boiled down to: this was an amazing novel until it wasn’t anymore. I am deeply conflicted about it. Title: The Girl in the Road Author: Monica Byrne Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Crown Publication Date: January 2014 Hardcover/Paperback: 336 pages Meena, a young […]
The Grace of Kings is excellent in many ways and highly disappointing in one major aspect. There is a lot that that can be said about it but my review will concentrate on structure, narrative, ideas and… women. Title: The Grace of Kings Author: Ken Liu Genre: Epic Fantasy Publisher: Saga Press Publication Date: April […]
Beginning in February 2014, the Ms Marvel series written by G. Willow Wilson, launched a storyline that sees the first Muslim superhero to headline a comic series. Beginning in February 2014, the Ms Marvel series written by G. Willow Wilson, launched a storyline that sees the first Muslim superhero to headline a comic series. Ms […]
“I’m not afraid of dying. But I am afraid of dying here.” She swept her hand over the room, the tavern, the city. “I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.” Title: A Darker Shade of Magic Author: V.E. Schwab Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Tor Books Publication Date: February 24 2015 Hardcover: 400 Pages […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana talks about Mira Grant’s new novella, Rolling in the Deep. It’s a novella of horror about terrifying mermaids and a ship lost at sea. It’s pretty great fun. Go HERE to read why.
Echo is a novel of great ambition, with four historical settings, different characters and stories in a planned symphony that doesn’t quite sound perfect when it all comes together in the end. Title: Echo Author: Pam Muñoz Ryan Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Middle Grade Publisher: Scholastic Press Publication Date: February 24 2015 Hardcover: 592 pages Music, […]
What is this? Another fantastic novel from Genevieve Valentine? Quelle surprise. Not. Title: Persona Author: Genevieve Valentine Genre: Political Thriller Publisher: Saga Press Publication Date: March 10 2015 Hardcover: 307 Pages An acerbic thriller from a Nebula award finalist, set against the backdrop of a near-future world of celebrity ambassadors and assassins who manipulate the […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana reviews a short novel that has been receiving a lot of good buzz in the UK. Despite Ana’s reservations about one aspect of the story, Elysium by Jennifer Marie Brissett is a mind-fuck and an astonishing debut (!). Go HERE to see why.
This novel offers an incredible portrayal of this world and its precarious balance between feminism and misogyny, offering a skilful take on female empowerment and agency with a great pair of main female characters. Title: Razorhurst Author: Justine Larbalestier Genre: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult, Historical Publisher: Soho Teen Publication Date: March 3 2015 Hardcover: 320 […]
Listen! For The Story of Owen has a second – and final – act. Title: Prairie Fire Author: E. K. Johnston Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Carolrhoda Books Publication Date: March 1 2015 Hardcover: 304 pages Every dragon slayer owes the Oil Watch a period of service, and young Owen was no exception. What made […]
Middle Grade Review Bonanza: Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly, Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen, and Arsenic For Tea by Robin Stevens
The Middle Grade Review Bonanza is a feature with 2-3 mini-reviews for short MG books we really wanted to read. It’s a new Regular Thing (and we’d love to hear your thoughts and recommendations for future entries). The city of Bryre suffers under the magic of an evil wizard. Because of his curse, girls sicken […]
“The framing of The Very Best of Kate Elliott is clear: feminist stories featuring a diverse group of female characters presented in a variety of roles and journeys. The most obvious extrapolation here for me given my personal interests is how topical and important this collection is as it fits into an ongoing conversation about […]
It’s Friday, which means we Book Smugglers are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana, having started the frantic reading for awards season, is talking about a novella by Genevieve Valentine (author of one of Ana’s top of 2014: The Girls at the Kingfisher Club. Dream Houses is amazing. Go HERE to see why.
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