Title: Dragon’s Bait Author: Vivian Vande Velde Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Young Adult Publisher: Graphia Publication date: First published in 1992 Hardcover: 196 pages Fifteen-year-old Alys is not a witch. But that doesn’t matter–the villagers think she is and have staked her out on a hillside as a sacrifice to the local dragon. It’s late, it’s […]
Title: Witch Child Author: Celia Rees Genre: Historical, Paranormal, Young Adult, Publisher: Candlewick / Bloomsbury Publication date: First published in 2000 Paperback: 240 pages Welcome to the world of young Mary Newbury, a world where simply being different can cost a person her life. Hidden until now in the pages of her diary, Mary’s startling […]
Title: The Hangman’s Daughter Author: Oliver Pötzsch, Translated by Lee Chadeayne Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Thriller Publisher: Amazon Crossing/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publication date: December 2010 (Amazon)/August 2011 (HMH) Hardcover: 448 pages (HMH) Magdalena, the clever and headstrong daughter of Bavarian hangman Jakob Kuisl, lives with her father outside the village walls and is destined to […]
Title: Hex Hall Author: Rachel Hawkins Genre: YA / Fantasy/ Contemporary Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father–an elusive European warlock–only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention […]
The Book Smugglers
1 : a book review blog specializing in speculative fiction and popgeekery for all ages since 2008.
2 : a digital-first publisher of speculative fiction and nonfiction since 2014.
3 : 2014 Hugo Nominee for Best Fanzine
4 : a duo of awesomely badass book nerds