Title: Jane, Unlimited Author: Kristin Cashore Genre: Fantasy? Science Fiction? Mystery? ALL THE ABOVE? Also, YA Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books Publication date: September 2017 Paperback: 464 If you could change your story, would you? Jane has lived a mostly ordinary life, raised by her recently deceased aunt Magnolia, whom she counted on to turn life […]
We are over at Kirkus for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn today, with a look at a brand new YA historical fantasy novel Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne. An alternating first person narrative following two protagonists as they secretly plot against the Empire that threatens to consume their people, Rosemarked at first glance seems entirely […]
On November 1st, Serial Box released The Fisher of Bones, written by the awesome Sarah Gailey. This is Serial Box’s first release in collaboration with Fireside Fiction and we have invited Sarah Gailey today to give us a bit of a primer for The Fisher of Bones! 5 Things You Need to Know About Fisher […]
Title: The Stone Sky Author: N.K. Jemisin Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Orbit Publication Date: August 15 2017 Hardcover: 413 Pages THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS… FOR THE LAST TIME. The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women. Essun has inherited the power […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana talks about a lovely Romance Fantasy novel by Silvia Moreno-Garcia:
Title: The Tethered Mage Author: Melissa Caruso Genre: Fantasy, Alternate/Historical, Young Adult Publisher: Orbit Publication date: October 2017 Paperback: 480 Pages In the Raverran Empire, magic is scarce and those born with power are strictly controlled — taken as children and conscripted into the Falcon Army. Zaira has lived her life on the streets to […]
It’s Monday and we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana takes a look at a new collection of three novellas by Ginn Hale The Long Past & Other Stories is lovely. Kinda like a Fantastical Pacific Rim with lots of queer romance. Go over there to check it out.
Title: Leia: Princess of Alderaan Author: Claudia Gray Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press Publication date: September 2017 Hardcover: 409 Pages Sixteen-year-old Princess Leia Organa faces the most challenging task of her life so far: proving herself in the areas of body, mind, and heart to be formally named heir to […]
To celebrate the newest book in the Disney Villains series, we are thrilled to offer a giveaway, in partnership with Disney-Hyperion. About the Book Why does Maleficent curse the innocent princess? What led to her becoming so filled with malice, anger, and hatred? Many tales have tried to explain her motives. Here is one account, […]
Title: Thick as Thieves Author: Megan Whalen Turner Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult (?) Publisher: Greenwillow Books Publication date: May 2017 Hardcover: 337 pages Deep within the palace of the Mede emperor, in an alcove off the main room of his master’s apartments,. Kamet minds his master’s business and his own. Carefully keeping the accounts, and […]
Title: Mask of Shadows Author: Linsey Miller Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Publication date: October 2017 Hardcover: 352 pages I Needed to Win. They Needed to Die. Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as […]
“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. We are delighted to welcome Ginn Hale back to the blog today to talk […]
Hello and a Happy Monday to all! Today, we are happy to be hosting an exclusive excerpt from The Sisters of the Crescent Empress, the second book in Leena Likitalo’s Waning Moon Duology, a historical fantasy duology based on the lives of the Romanov sisters, coming out from Tor.com in November this year. Chapter 1 […]
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 […]
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