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 […]
We are super delighted to host an exclusive excerpt of The Jewel and Her Lapidary— a new novella-length “epic in miniature” story from Fran Wilde. The kingdom in the Valley has long sheltered under the protection of its Jewels and Lapidaries, the people bound to singing gemstones with the power to reshape hills, move rivers, […]
“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. Today we are delighted to welcome Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz, co-authors of The […]
SFF in Conversation is a new monthly feature on The Book Smugglers in which we invite guests to talk about a variety of topics important to speculative fiction fans, authors, and readers. Our vision is to create a safe (moderated) space for thoughtful conversation about the genre, with a special focus on inclusivity and diversity […]
A fun if disappointing Fantasy novel with four female protagonists. Title: Daughters of Ruin Written by K.D. Castner Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Publication Date: April 5 2016 Hardcover: 320 pages Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren have lived together since they were children. They are called sisters. They are not. They […]
In which we showcase the cover (with a giveaway) of Zetta Elliott’s The Door at the Crossroads. Today we are thrilled to unveil the cover and synopsis for The Door at the Crossroads, Zetta Elliott’s long awaited sequel to A Wish After Midnight. Without further ado, behold! The smugglerific cover! About the Book: Do you […]
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 […]
Old School Wednesdays presents an epic reread of The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. THIS MONTH ON THE RE-READ: we take a look at book 3, our favorite in the series. WILL IT STAND THE TEST OF TIME. Old School Wednesdays is a weekly Book Smuggler feature. We came up with the idea towards […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! Today, Thea tackles Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse: The debut novel form Peevyhouse, Where Futures End is a collection of five inextricably linked novellas following five different protagonists across almost 100 years in the future. It is ambitious, strange, and […]
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, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! Today Thea FINALLY reviews Updraft by Fran Wilde (just in time for awards season): Given all of the Nebula buzz for this title, Thea decided to FINALLY review the book. Featuring some of the best and most original world-building Thea’s had […]
In which we showcase the UK cover and an exclusive excerpt for VE Schwab’s upcoming new book, This Savage Song. Today we are thrilled to unveil the cover, synopsis and excerpt of This Savage Song, a new novel by VE Schwab Without further ado, behold! The smugglerific cover! About the Book: Kate Harker and August […]
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 […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus for our regular weekly column! Today Thea reviews new novella from Tor.com, Emily Foster’s The Drowning Eyes. From its beautiful cover to its poetic title, The Downing Eyes is Thea’s first foray into Tor.com’s novella program. And you know what? It’s pretty darned good. To quote […]
The Time Travel Project is a new regular feature in which Ana reads Time Travel novels, new and old. More on the feature here. Title: The Girl from Everywhere Author: Heidi Heilig Genre: Speculative Fiction, YA, Time Travel Publisher: Greenwillow Publication Date: February 16 2016 Hardcover: 464 Pages It was the kind of August day […]
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 […]
The Time Travel Project is a new regular feature in which Ana reads Time Travel novels, new and old. More on the feature here. Passenger is the first in a duology by Alexandra Bracken and Ana’s first official read for The Time Travel Project. Title: In the Garden of Iden Author: Kage Baker Genre: Speculative […]
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 […]
Charlie Jane Anders' All the Birds in the Sky is out soon - learn about the Inspirations behind the novel and enter the giveaway for a chance to win a signed copy.
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, is the first review of The Time Travel Project.
Today we are thrilled to host the brand new cover reveal for Sarah Porter’s upcoming new novel, Vassa in the Night. Inspired by the Russian folktale Vassilissa the Beautiful, Vassa in the Night will be published by Tor Teen in September 2016. Without further ado, behold! The beautiful cover! About the book In the enchanted […]
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