Title: A Skinful of Shadows Author: Frances Hardinge Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Macmillan / Amulet Publication date: September 2017 / October 2017 Hardcover: 416 pages This is the story of a bear-hearted girl . . . Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide. Some people have space within […]
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 […]
Hello and a Happy Wednesday to all! Today, we are proud to be hosting an exclusive excerpt from Weaver’s Lament, an upcoming Tor.com novella by Emma Newman, sequel to the excellent Brother’s Ruin! Chapter 1 Charlotte was certain she was going to die. She’d thought the threat of Royal Society Enforcers was the most terrifying […]
Title: Buried Heart Author: Kate Elliott Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Little, Brown Publication Date: July 25 2017 Ebook: 448 Pages The explosive finale to World Fantasy Award finalist Kate Elliott’s captivating, New York Times bestselling young adult series In this third book in the epic Court of Fives series, Jessamy is the crux of a revolution […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today Ana reviews a queer YA Fantasy retelling of Snow White. Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust is super great, with a couple of “buts”. Go over to Kirkus to check out the full review.
I’ve had the Lord of the White Hell series by Ginn Hale on my radar for a long time – I’ve heard nothing but praise for it. It’s with pleasure that we host Ginn Hale today to introduce the series to possible new readers! Lord of the White Hell Series Overview The series consists of […]
Hello and a Happy Monday to all! Today, we are delighted to host an exclusive excerpt from Jade City, an upcoming novel by Fonda Lee, coming out in November and which has been described as Godfather meets Crouching Tiger with a huge lot of magic! Without further ado, here is the excerpt! TWO CRIME FAMILIES, […]
Title: No Good Deed Author: Kara Connolly Genre: Speculative Fiction, Historical, Young Adult Publisher: Delacorte Press Publication date: July 2017 Hardcover: 352 pages Fans of Dorothy Must Die will love this reimagining of the legend of Robin Hood. Girl power rules supreme when a modern girl finds herself in the middle of a medieval mess […]
It’s Friday so we are over at Kirkus for our regular column! Today it’s Thea’s turn, and she takes a dive into some awesome flintlock fantasy with a review of The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis. Following the first female captain of an Garnian Aerial Special Corp ship, The Guns Above is all exquisitely written […]
Avi Cantor Has Six Months To Live by Sacha Lamb Published 8/22/2017 Avi Cantor Has Six Months To Live Avi comes across these foreboding words scrawled on the bathroom mirror, but what do they mean? Is this a curse, a prediction, or a threat from Avi’s emboldened bullies? And how to they know his real […]
“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their Inspirations and Influences. In this feature, we invite writers to talk about their new books, older titles, and their writing overall. Tomorrow, we publish the sixth and final short story in our Gods and Monsters […]
In which we reveal the cover for the sixth – and final – story in our 2017 season of Gods and Monsters: Avi Cantor Has Six Months to Live by Sacha Lamb! Behold the smugglerific cover! About the Story Avi Cantor Has Six Months To Live Avi comes across these foreboding words scrawled on the […]
Duck Duck God by José Iriarte Published 8/8/2017 “This boy is of my line, and on this day I recognize him and grant him his inheritance.” For kindergarten teacher Monica Quintana, it seemed like any other day right up until the point when little Nicky Swanson became a god. (It might not sound like a […]
“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their Inspirations and Influences. In this feature, we invite writers to talk about their new books, older titles, and their writing overall. Tomorrow, we publish the fifth and penultimate short story in our Gods and Monsters […]
Title: Wolf by Wolf Author: Ryan Graudin Genre: Alternate History, Speculative Fiction, Young Adult Publisher: Little Brown BFYR Publication date: October 2015 Paperback: 416 pages Her story begins on a train. The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host the […]
In which we reveal the cover for the fifth story in our 2017 season of Gods and Monsters: Duck Duck God by José Iriarte! Behold the smugglerific cover! About the Story “This boy is of my line, and on this day I recognize him and grant him his inheritance.” For kindergarten teacher Monica Quintana, it […]
We are delighted to welcome Angela Slatter here today to celebrate the release of a new Verity Fassbinder novel – Corpselight, the sequel to Vigil – by talking about the new monsters in it. So a new Verity Fassbinder novel – that would be Corpselight – required some new monsters. As is my wont, I […]
To celebrate the release of Buried Heart, the last book in the Court of Fives trilogy, we have Kate Elliott here today, talking about the decisions she has made as a writer. Decisions, Decisions How does a story get to be the story you and I read? Over my years of writing it has become […]
Happy Wednesday and welcome to a brand new monthly feature in partnership with Fran Wilde and Aliette de Bodard’s Cooking the Books Podcast! Today’s guest is Ken Liu, with a special, exclusive to Book Smugglers, Cooking the Books Interview, in time for the author’s second Dandelion Empire book release in paperback! Check out the chat […]
A Question of Faith by Tonya Liburd Published 7/11/2017 “Man, know thyself, and you are going to know the gods” – Inscription from the Luxor Temple In the Temple of Ra, Ceke works on cutting edge research investigating the connection between music, identity, and the realm of the gods. Though devoted to her service at […]
“Inspirations and Influences” is a series of articles in which we invite authors to write guest posts talking about their Inspirations and Influences. In this feature, we invite writers to talk about their new books, older titles, and their writing overall. Tomorrow, we publish the third short story in our Gods and Monsters season: A […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana talks about two graphic novels: Go over there to check it out.
Today we are delighted to host Sarah Kuhn to talk about the experience of writing Heroine Worship, the sequel to the amazingly fun Heroine Complex. When I started writing Heroine Complex—the first book in my series about Asian American superheroines fighting evil, negotiating complicated friendships, and falling in love with various cute nerds—I had no […]
Hello all! Today we are delighted to reveal the cover for Stephanie Burgis’ upcoming novella Snowspelled! Without further ado, behold! The smugglerific cover! The Cover: Cover artist Leesha Hannigan’s website: www.leeshahannigan.com Cover designer Patrick Samphire’s website: www.patricksamphire.com Stephanie Burgis on the cover: When I finished writing my novella Snowspelled, I knew one thing for sure: […]
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