Title: Strange the Dreamer Author: Laini Taylor Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Little, Brown Publication Date: March 2017 Hardcover: 544 Pages The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed […]
Title: Defy the Stars Author: Claudia Gray Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Little, Brown Publication Date: April 2017 Hardcover: 503 Pages Our worlds belong to us. She’s a soldier. Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything—including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, […]
It’s Friday Saturday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today it’s Thea’s turn, with her take on romantic fantasy… She talks about getting into the mood for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast by reading two romantic period piece fantasy novels: The Dark Days books by Alison Goodman and Blood Rose […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today it’s Thea’s turn, with a review… She reviews Heartstone by Elle Katharine White–or, as she likes to think of it, Pride and Prejudice and Dragons. Does the book live up to the promise of Eliza Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy’s epic love story? Get the full […]
Title: Caraval Author: Stephanie Garber Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance Publisher: Flatiron Books Publication Date: January 31, 2017 Hardcover: 416 Pages Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in this world . . . […]
Another spectacular, gut-wrenching beauty of a book. Title: Gemina Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Genre: Science Fiction, Epistolary Novel, Young Adult Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Publication Date: October 2016 Hardcover: 608 Pages The highly anticipated sequel to the instant New York Times bestseller that critics are calling “out-of-this-world awesome.” Moving to a […]
It’s Friday and we are over at Kirkus! Today, Ana reviews a wonderful novel by Mary Robinette Kowal: Ghost Talkers Ghosts, spies, love and war – go there to check it out.
Superior by Jessica Lack Published 08/16/2016 | 16,757 Words A superhero’s intern falls in love with a supervillain’s apprentice in this star-crossed LGBT YA story from The Book Smugglers. Here’s the thing about being a superhero intern: there’s a lot less crime fighting than you think there will be, what with the whole liability issue […]
“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 are delighted to publish the fourth story in our Year of the […]
In which we reveal the cover for Superior by Jessica Lack! Today we are thrilled to share with you the very penultimate cover for Book Smugglers Publishing’s Superhero season of short stories. Without further ado, BEHOLD! The smugglerific cover! About the Story A superhero’s intern falls in love with a supervillain’s apprentice in this star-crossed […]
Title: The Star-Touched Queen Author: Roshani Chokshi Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin Publication Date: April 26 2016 Hardcover: 342 Pages Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen? Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of […]
“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 Sarah Kuhn to the blog to talk about […]
Title: Heroine Complex Author: Sarah Kuhn Genre: Fantasy, Superheroes Publisher: Daw Publication Date: July 5 2016 Paperback: 368 Pages Being a superheroine is hard. Working for one is even harder. Evie Tanaka is the put-upon personal assistant to Aveda Jupiter, her childhood best friend and San Francisco’s most beloved superheroine. She’s great at her job—blending […]
Deceivers and Reclaimers clash in The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman–a tantalizing opening to a brand new trilogy. Title: The Dark Days Club Author: Alison Goodman Genre: Speculative Fiction, Historical Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers Publication Date: January 2016 Hardcover: 496 Pages New York Times bestseller Alison Goodman’s […]
Welcome to Smugglivus 2015! Throughout this month, we will have daily guests – authors and bloggers alike – looking back at their favorite reads of 2015, looking forward to events and upcoming books in 2016, and more. Who: Sunil Patel, a Bay Area fiction writer and playwright who has written about everything from ghostly cows […]
Prunella Gentleman is my patronus and Zen Cho a new favourite author. Title: Sorcerer to the Crown Author: Zen Cho Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Ace / Macmillan Publication Date: September 2015 Paperback: 416 pages In this sparkling debut, magic and mayhem clash with the British elite… The Royal Society of Unnatural Philosophers, one of the most […]
Luminous by A.E. Ash Published 7/21/2015 | 8,878 Words Entry number 3333. Vanguard Station Reckoning. All systems stable. Nothing new to report. It’s been nine years since the war started; nine years since she has received acknowledgement or contact from anyone. Marooned alone on proto-colony planet Hestia, aging xeno-geologist Jyothi Agarwal still continues her routine […]
“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. On July 21, we publish the second short story in our summer 2015 line-up […]
In which we reveal the cover for Luminous by A.E. Ash! Today we are most delighted to unveil the second official cover of Book Smugglers Publishing’s First Contact season of short stories. Without further ado, BEHOLD! The smugglerific cover! About the Story Entry number 3333. Vanguard Station Reckoning. All systems stable. Nothing new to report. […]
It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus! This week, it is Ana’s turn to take over with a review of the last book she read in 2014: Gunpowder Alchemy by Jeannie Lin Adventure! Steampunk! Alternate History China! Romance! Lady Rebels! And more in this superb start to a new series. Go here to […]
Today we are delighted to be a stop on the official blog tour for This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Thea loved These Broken Stars, the first book in this trilogy, so of course we were thrilled to be asked to host a stop on the tour for Smugglivus! Here to talk […]
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 […]
Title: Winterkill Author: Kate A. Boorman Genre: Dystopia, Speculative Fiction, Young Adult Publisher: Amulet Publication Date: September 2014 Hardcover: 319 Pages Emmeline knows she’s not supposed to explore the woods outside her settlement. The enemy that wiped out half her people lurks there, attacking at night and keeping them isolated in an unfamiliar land with […]
Hello from chilly London! It’s Friday, which means we’re over at Kirkus. Today, Thea reviews the newest story in the Kat Incorrigible series, Courting Magic by Stephanie Burgis! It was a blast, and a fitting next adventure in Kat’s ongoing story. Go here to get the full story!
Title: Night Witches Author: L.J. Adlington Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books Publication Date: September 2013 Paperback: 336 Pages A supernatural thriller-romance set in an all-girl teenage bomber-pilot regiment, combining witchcraft and legend. TWO NATIONS AT WAR. ONE GIRL CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE. Rain Aranoza is a teenage bomber-pilot from Rodina, a nation […]
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