It’s Friday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today, Thea reviews The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason – a Victorian work of speculative fiction starring Mina Holmes (Sherlock’s niece) and Evangeline Stoker (Bram’s sister). Holmes & Stoker! Egyptology! Time Travel! Go here to get the full scoop.
Title: The Friday Society Author: Adrienne Kress Genre: (Pseudo-)Historical, Adventure, Mystery, Young Adult Publisher: Dial Publication Date: December 2012 Hardcover: 440 Pages An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns –and the heroines who use them all Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented […]
Title: Constable and Toop Author: Gareth P. Jones Genre: Gothic, Mystery, Historical, Middle Grade Publisher: Hot Key Books Publication date: October 4th 2012 Paperback: 372 pages Sam Toop lives in a funeral parlour, blessed (or cursed) with an unusual gift. While his father buries the dead, Sam is haunted by their constant demands for attention. […]
Title: The White Forest Author: Adam McOmber Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy/Speculative Fiction Publisher: Touchstone Publication Date: September 2012 Hardcover: 320 Pages In this hauntingly original debut novel about a young woman whose peculiar abilities help her infiltrate a mysterious secret society, Adam McOmber uses fantastical twists and dark turns to create a fast-paced, unforgettable story. […]
Today we are thrilled to have award-winning author Adam McOmber over to talk about his debut novel, The White Forest. A Victorian era story about three friends torn apart by one’s obsession, one’s secret power, and one’s jealousy, The White Forest is a story of secret societies, unfathomable powers, and higher planes. Ladies and gents, […]
Title: The Traitor in the Tunnel Author: Y.S. Lee Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Young Adult Publisher: Candlewick Press (US) / Walker (UK) Publication Date: February 2012 (US) / August 2011 (UK) Hardcover: 373 pages Get steeped in suspense, romance, and high Victorian intrigue as Mary goes undercover at Buckingham Palace – and learns a startling […]
Today we are proud to be 4th stop on the Victorian Obsessions blog tour, celebrating the release of The Traitor in the Tunnel, author Y.S. Lee’s latest novel in The Agency series. Thea is a huge fan of the series, so when we were asked if we wanted to participate in the tour, we of […]
Title: The Dead of Winter Author: Chris Priestley Genre: Gothic, Horror, Historical, Young Adult Publisher: Bloomsbury (US & UK) Publication Date: January 2012 Hardcover: 218 pages An orphaned boy, a desolate house, and a poltergeist with a terrible itch for revenge… After Michael’s parents die, he is invited to stay with his guardian in a […]
Title: All Men of Genius Author: Lev A.C. Rosen Genre: Comedy, Steampunk, Speculative Fiction Publisher: Tor Publication date: September 2011 Hardcover: 416 pages Inspired by two of the most beloved works by literary masters, All Men of Genius takes place in an alternate Steampunk Victorian London, where science makes the impossible possible. Violet Adams wants […]
Title: The Poisoned House Author: Michael Ford Genre: Horror, Historical, Young Adult Publisher: Albert Whitman & Co (US)/Bloomsbury Plc (UK) Publication date: August 2011/August 2010 Hardcover: 304 pages Life can be cruel for a servant girl in 1850s London. Fifteen-year-old Abi is a scullery maid in Greave Hall, an elegant but troubled household. The widowed […]
Title: The Map of Time Author: Felix J. Palma Genre: Literary Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Historical, Victorian Publisher: Atria (US)/Algaida (Spain) Publication Date: June 2011 (US)/October 2008 (Spain) Hardcover: 611 Pages Set in Victorian London with characters real and imagined, The Map of Time boasts a triple-play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H.G. Wells […]
Title: Haunting Violet Author: Alyxandra Harvey Genre: Historical, Mystery, Supernatural, Young Adult Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (US & UK) Publication date: June 2011 (US)/July 4 (UK) Hardcover: 352 Pages (US) Violet Willoughby doesn’t believe in ghosts. But they believe in her. After spending years participating in her mother’s elaborate ruse as a fraudulent medium, Violet is […]
Title: To Say Nothing of the Dog Author: Connie Willis Genre: Science Fiction (and Comedy; and Historical fiction; and Mystery; and Romance) Publisher: Bantam Publication date: 1997 (First Edition) Hardcover: 493 pages From Connie Willis, winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula Awards, comes a comedic romp through an unpredictable world of mystery, love, and time […]
Title: The Invisible Order – Book One: Rise of the Darklings Author: Paul Crilley Genre: Fantasy / YA (Possibly MG) Publisher: Egmont USA Publication Date: September 28 2010 Hardcover: 352 pages Stand alone or series: Book 1 in the Invisible Order series Emily Snow is twelve years old, supporting herself and her younger brother on […]
Title: The Body at the Tower Author: Y.S. Lee Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Victorian Publisher: Candlewick Press Publication Date: August 2010 Hardcover: 352 Pages Orphan Mary Quinn works for the Agency, a secret spy organization run by and employing entirely woman. Her latest assignment has her disguised as a 12-year-old boy at the […]
Welcome to our fourth guest post of YAAM, the 2010 edition. As part of our celebration of all things YA, we have invited authors from different genres to write articles about the books and the genres they write. Today we are proud to be the tenth and final stop on the Traveling to Teens book […]
Title: Arcadia Snips and the Steamwork Consortium Author: Robert C. Rodgers, illustrated by Todd Wills Genre: Steampunk, Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy, Young Adult Publisher: Steam-Powered Press Publication Date: October 2009 Paperback: 288 pages In an era of bygone anachronisms and steam-powered ambulatory engines, a sharp-witted street-thief with a heart of semi-precious metal finds herself locked in […]
Title: Written On Your Skin Author: Meredith Duran Genre: Historical Romance On the cover: It pains me, it pains me so, that another book that is so beautifully written has to suffer the ignominy of a cover such as this. I am not a fan. Publisher: Pocket Publishing Date: July 28, 2009 Paperback: 368 pages […]
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