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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 […]
Hello everybody and happy Thursday! Today we are delighted to reveal the cover for MariNaomi’s YA debut Losing the Girl , out on May 1 2018 from Lerner Publishing. Without further ado, behold! The smugglerific cover! The Cover: About the book Claudia Jones is missing. Her classmates are thinking the worst . . . or […]
Title: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe Author: Lauren James Genre: Science Fiction, YA Publisher: Walker Books Publication date: September 2017 Paperback: 290 Pages
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Title: Warcross Author: Marie Lu Genre: Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction, Dystopia, Young Adult Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers Publication date: September 2017 Hardcover: 416 pages For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base […]
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 […]
To celebrate the forthcoming publication of Sarah Porter’s new book–YA supernatural thriller When I Cast Your Shadow–we are pleased to host a giveaway, in partnership with Tor Teen. About the Book A teenage girl calls her beloved older brother back from the grave with disastrous consequences. Dashiell Bohnacker was hell on his family while he […]
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 […]
In which we reveal the cover for the sixth – and final – story in our 2017 season of Gods and Monsters: Avi Cantor Has Six Months to Live by Sacha Lamb! Behold the smugglerific cover! About the Story Avi Cantor Has Six Months To Live Avi comes across these foreboding words scrawled on the […]
Title: Wolf by Wolf Author: Ryan Graudin Genre: Alternate History, Speculative Fiction, Young Adult Publisher: Little Brown BFYR Publication date: October 2015 Paperback: 416 pages Her story begins on a train. The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule. To commemorate their Great Victory, they host the […]
Vivian, a young high school girl fed up with the sexism and rank misogyny in her school, creates and distributes an anonymous zine called “Moxie” and unintentionally starts a feminist movement. I recently read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood for the first time and was terrified – it’s not a horror novel (or is […]
It’s Saturday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today, Thea talks about a YA sci-fi novel about teenagers shot into space, but with an interesting twist… Waste of Space by Gina Damico follows a television production company, a space agency, and ten stereotyped teens–the latter are supposedly on their way to the moon and […]
To celebrate the release of Buried Heart, the last book in the Court of Fives trilogy, we have Kate Elliott here today, talking about the decisions she has made as a writer. Decisions, Decisions How does a story get to be the story you and I read? Over my years of writing it has become […]
Title: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue Author: Mackenzi Lee Genre: Historical YA, Romance Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Publication Date: June 27 2017 Hardcover: 513 Pages Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant […]
It’s Monday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Today, Thea talks about a YA fantasy novel with an intriguing premise… Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts follows a ragtag team of actual bastards–half-noble, half-common–as they accidentally uncover a traitorous rebellion that threatens to tear their world apart. Head over to Kirkus to read the review.
As part of Pride 2017, we are highlighting new and upcoming LGBTQIA books. Today, we are giving the floor over to Charles Payseur, reviewer extraordinaire and a Book Smugglers Author, to talk about the upcoming YA novel The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller. Genre: Contemporary Young Adult Publisher: Harper Collins Publication date: July […]
It’s Friday Monday, which means we are over at Kirkus! Like so many other fans this past weekend, Thea went to watch Wonder Woman–and fell in love with the phenomenal portrayal of Diana of Themyscira. To celebrate the awesomeness, Thea makes a list of 8 Wonder Woman books–original graphic novels, arcs on the monthly overall […]
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