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On the Smugglers’ Radar

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we thought we would make the Smugglers’ Radar into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! On Ana’s Radar: I am not super i...
Tags: Amazon, Books, China, New York Times, Camelot, Merlin, Duke, RIN, Amaya, Constance, Ana, Puerto Rico, Phoenix, Olivia, Moira, Arthur


Over at Kirkus: A Game of Queens (Part 2)

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn, with a list of some awesome female-centric and female-authored fantasy, leading up to the final season (!) of Game of Thrones. There are powerful queens and evil sorceresses, regular young women, and unlikely heroes. Head over to Kirkus to get the full scoop. The post Over at Kirkus: A Game of Queens (Part 2) appeared first on The Book Smugglers.
Tags: Books, Fantasy, Lists, Kirkus, Thea


Introducing Hushed Commotion Spring 2019 bridal accessories + $350 shop giveaway

About time for a spring giveaway, dontcha think? Our guide member Thea of Hushed Commotion just sent over their Spring 2019 collection of the most beautiful bridal accessories and jewelry, handmade in NYC. (You remember how stunning the last collection we shared was, yes?) They’re all so dreamy, and the best part is, one lucky 100LC reader will receive a $350 shop credit to snag a few pretties of her own! Be sure to pop over to pop over to Instagram later today to find instructions on how to en...
Tags: Instagram, Tel Aviv, Brooklyn, Wedding, Dc, Ny, Kristin, Thea, Jaffa, Wedding Dress, Wedding Fashion, Bridal Accessories, Instagram Look, Giveaway + Contest, Hadas Peretz, Hushedcommotion


Old School Wednesdays: FARTHING (Small Change #1) by Jo Walton

Old School Wednesdays is a regular 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 into the past? Logo designed by the wonderful KMont Title: Farthing Author: Jo Walton Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Tor books Publication date: First publ...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, UK, England, Scotland, Book Reviews, David, Britain, United Kingdom, Carmichael, Parliament, Hitler, Scotland Yard, World War Two, Lucy, Brexit


On the Smugglers’ Radar

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we thought we would make the Smugglers’ Radar into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! On Ana’s Radar: I only recently ...
Tags: Amazon, Books, London, America, Spain, Chicago, West, New York Times, John, Alberta, Booker, Ana, Odessa, Grey, Darren, Hassan


Joint Review: THE RAVEN TOWER by Ann Leckie

Title: The Raven Tower Author: Ann Leckie Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Orbit Publication Date: February 2019 Hardcover: 416 Pages For centuries, the kingdom of Iraden has been protected by the god known as the Raven. He watches over his territory from atop a tower in the powerful port of Vastai. His will is enacted through the Raven’s Lease, a human ruler chosen by the god himself. His magic is sustained via the blood sacrifice that every Lease must offer. And under the Raven’s...
Tags: Books, Fantasy, Book Reviews, Earth, Ana, Ann Leckie, Don, Hill, Thea, Raven, Leckie, Joint Review, 6 Rated Books, 9 Rated Books, Eolo, Iraden


On the Smugglers’ Radar

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we thought we would make the Smugglers’ Radar into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! On Ana’s Radar: Continuing with ...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Robin Hood, New York Times, Sydney, Manhattan, Barry, Ana, Naboo, Robin, Charlotte, Phoenix, Rosie, Camille, Sana, Rachel


Over at Kirkus: WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE by Tehlor Kay Mejia

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn this time with a review of Tehlor Kay Mejia’s debut YA novel, We Set The Dark On Fire. A dystopian fable that is not too far away from today’s world (at least in terms of politics and wall-building), We Set The Dark On Fire is the story of a young woman named Dani who guards the desperate secret that she is from beyond Medio’s border wall–and how she becomes a spy. Featuring a love story between two young women, ther...
Tags: Books, Fantasy, Book Reviews, Young Adult, Kirkus, Dani, Thea, Mejia, 6 Rated Books, LGBT Romance, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Medio


On the Smugglers’ Radar

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we thought we would make the Smugglers’ Radar into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! On Ana’s Radar: From the Departm...
Tags: Amazon, Books, America, Los Angeles, Earth, Philippines, Malaysia, New York Times, Kuala Lumpur, Consortium, Ada, Jay, Mel, Ana, Devil, Ava


On the Smugglers’ Radar

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we thought we would make the Smugglers’ Radar into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! On Ana’s Radar: A new Greenglass...
Tags: Amazon, Books, New York, Washington, New York City, America, Indiana, Earth, Pennsylvania, United States, Ocean, New Jersey, Harry Potter, Jamaica, Vietnam, Terry


Standardized tests: Finland’s education system vs. the U.S.

Imperial China developed the first standardized tests for bureaucratic hopefuls.Finland has all but done away with standardized tests, and its education system remains one of the best in the world.The United States relies heavily on these tests and scores lower than Finland in academic rigor, yet provides a more balanced educational system for boys and girls, as well as immigrantsImperial China developed the world's first standardized tests. During the country's Tang dynasty, bureaucratic hopefu...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Florida, Texas, Education, California, China, Singapore, New York City, Society, Policy, Teaching, United States, Testing, Innovation, Finland


Book Review: CONTAGION by Erin Bowman

Title: Contagion Author: Erin Bowman Genre: Science Fiction, Young Adult Publisher: Harper TeenPublication date: July 2018Hardcover: 432 pages It got in usAfter receiving an urgent SOS from a work detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission.Most are dead.But when the crew arrives, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies.Don’t set foot here again.As they try to pie...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Horror, Book Reviews, Miscellaneous, Young Adult, Ridley Scott, James Cameron, Don, Dylan, Thea, Bowman, 7 Rated Books, Speculative Fiction, Erin Bowman, Thea Sadik


On the Smugglers’ Radar

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we thought we would make the Smugglers’ Radar into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! On Ana’s Radar: First up, a co...
Tags: Amazon, Books, London, Mac, Time, Alabama, Brooklyn, New York Times, Jane Austen, Warren, Mars, Charles, Anna, Maggie, Eddie, Richard


Over at Kirkus: SLAYER by Kiersten White

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn today with a review of Kiersten White’s newest: YA urban fantasy novel Slayer. Like basically every other SFF nerd of the past 20 years, Thea is a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer–and Kiersten White is one of her favorite authors. Put the two together in a spinoff series, set after the activation of all Potential Slayers and following a girl raised as a Watcher, turned Slayer? SHUT UP AND TAKE ALL OUR MONEY. Head over...
Tags: Books, Book Reviews, Young Adult, Slayer, Buffy, SFF, Kirkus, Thea, 7 Rated Books, Speculative Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Kiersten White


On the Smugglers’ Radar

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we thought we would make the Smugglers’ Radar into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! On Ana’s Radar: The new book b...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Steve Jobs, Boston, Kingdom, William Gibson, Cleveland, Seoul, Black Mirror, Ana, Henry Viii, Henry, Owen, Thea, Vivian, Max Gladstone


On the Smugglers’ Radar

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we thought we would make the Smugglers’ Radar into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! On Ana’s Radar: I really enjoy...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Mexico, India, West, New York Times, Mexico City, Ferguson, Jack, Elise, Ana, Yucatan, Sophie, East, Thea, Remy


Over at Kirkus: DRAGON PEARL by Yoon Ha Lee

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn, this time with a review of Yoon Ha Lee’s much-anticipated middle grade science fiction novel, Dragon Pearl. Thea has been a huge fan of Yoon Ha Lee’s since devouring the epic Ninefox Gambit series. When Rick Riordan’s new imprint announced a middle grade sci-fi adventure, inspired by Korean mythology, in outer space (GIMCHI IN OUTER SPACE), she was hooked. And you know what? Lee doesn’t disappoint. Venture forth to ...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Book Reviews, Kirkus, Lee, Thea, Rick Riordan, 8 Rated Books, Middle Grade, Yoon Ha Lee, Ninefox Gambit, DRAGON PEARL


What She Said: THE BOOK OF M by Peng Shepherd

Today we bring bring back our feature, “What She Said…” in which we both review books that the other has previously read and reviewed. This feature arose because of a very serious dilemma we faced at Casa de Smugglers: what happens when one of us reads and reviews a book that the other desperately wants to read and review? We can’t really post about the same book AGAIN, right? WRONG! Thus, “What She Said…” was born. Last year, Ana read and loved Peng Shepherd’s The Book of M–a post-apocalypti...
Tags: Books, Boston, Virginia, India, Fantasy, Book Reviews, US, United States, Washington Dc, New Orleans, Ursula, Louisiana, Tehran, East Coast, Apocalypse, Ana


On the Smugglers’ Radar

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we thought we would make the Smugglers’ Radar into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! On Ana’s Radar: I am a huge fa...
Tags: Amazon, Books, China, Earth, Chelsea, New York Times, Shanghai, Consortium, Sherlock Holmes, The New York Times, Ada, Iris, Joan, Ana, Devil, Mena


Over at Kirkus: In Defense of the Anti-Hero

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn this time, with an impassioned defense of some favorite anti-heroes–inspired by her reading of Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C Dao. Heroes are great and all, but are a dime a dozen in YA SFF. To me, nuanced, flawed, layered characters like Xifeng (Forest of a Thousand Lanterns) are far more interesting than their heroic counterparts (Sorry, Jade). For more anti-heroes of note in YA SFF, “>check out the li...
Tags: Books, Lists, Young Adult, Phoenix, Kirkus, Thea, Speculative Fiction, Julie C Dao, Anti-heroes, Xifeng Forest


WHAT SHE SAID: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

Today we bring bring back our feature, “What She Said…” in which we both review books that the other has previously read and reviewed. This feature arose because of a very serious dilemma we faced at Casa de Smugglers: what happens when one of us reads and reviews a book that the other desperately wants to read and review? We can’t really post about the same book AGAIN, right? WRONG! Thus, “What She Said…” was born. Thea read The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein last year and has been t...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Book Reviews, Young Adult, Victor, Ana, Elizabeth, Mary, Justine, Frankenstein, Thea, Victor Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, 8 Rated Books, Kiersten White, What She Said


On the Smugglers’ Radar

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we thought we would make the Smugglers’ Radar into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! On Ana’s Radar: First up, a bo...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Instagram, Earth, United States, New York Times, Sharp, Ana, Us Virgin Islands, Marlon James, Femi, Gabi, Sal, Gideon, Byatt, Virgin Islands


On the Smugglers’ Radar

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we thought we would make the Smugglers’ Radar into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! On Ana’s Radar: Happy New Year! ...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Earth, David, New York Times, Arthur C Clarke, Leo, Muse, Slayer, Buffy, Ali, Cairo, Poe, Ann Leckie, Marion, Asiana


Over at Kirkus: FURYBORN by Claire Legrand

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn today with a review of Furyborn by Claire Legrand. The first book in a new series from Claire Legrand, Furyborn tells the story of two different women, separated by a thousand years, but united by a single prophecy. Get the full scoop over at Kirkus. The post Over at Kirkus: FURYBORN by Claire Legrand appeared first on The Book Smugglers.
Tags: Books, Fantasy, Book Reviews, Young Adult, Kirkus, Thea, 7 Rated Books, Epic Fantasy, Claire Legrand, Empirium Trilogy, Furyborn, Claire Legrand Furyborn


Old School Wednesdays: A Matter of Oaths by Helen S. Wright

Old School Wednesdays is a regular 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 into the past? Logo designed by the wonderful KMont Title: A Matter of Oaths Author: Helen S. Wright Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Bloomsbury Caravel Publication date: First published...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Book Reviews, Space Opera, Ana, Becky Chambers, Thea, John Scalzi, Rafe, 8 Rated Books, Old School Wednesdays, Helen S Wright, Rallya, Ann Leckie Yoon Ha Lee, Bhattya, Joshin


The Book Smugglers’ Best Books of 2018

In which we Book Smugglers present our top 10 books of 2018 and other assorted goodies… Another year, another top 10 list! 2018 was one of huge developments and change for us Book Smugglers–in 2017 we ran our very first kickstarter, and in 2018 we began the daunting task of fulfilling all of our kickstarter rewards and work. Our reviewing output, naturally, went down as a direct effect–but our reading still continued. Today, on this first day of 2019, we are delighted to present you ...
Tags: Books, China, Queens, Queen, Lists, Mehrotra, Road, RIN, SFF, Victor, Naomi Novik, Elizabeth, Rowan, Courtney Summers, Frankenstein, Tess


Watch a Poster Artist Break Down the Marvel Movie Posters

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Watch a poster artist break down the Marvel movie posters While Marvel Cinematic Universe has proven to be one of the most successful moviemaking experiments of all time, linking together scores of characters across dozens of movies. Now, in a video from Vanity Fair, poster designer James Verdesoto takes a deep dive into Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Age of Ultron and more to understand what makes them so visually appealing. At least, most of the time. Verdesoto himsel...
Tags: Movies, Andy Warhol, Posters, Vanity Fair, Brie Larson, Thea, Tom Holland, Spidey, Ultron, MCU, ComingSoon, Marvel Movies, James Verdesoto, Verdesoto


Over at Kirkus: EMPIRE OF SAND by Tasha Suri

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn today with a review of Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri.   The debut novel from Tasha Suri, Empire of Sand is a historical fantasy novel inspired by the Mughal Empire–and it’s a lot of fun (with some reservations). Get the full scoop over at Kirkus. The post Over at Kirkus: EMPIRE OF SAND by Tasha Suri appeared first on The Book Smugglers.
Tags: Books, Romance, Fantasy, Book Reviews, Historical, Kirkus, Thea, 7 Rated Books, Speculative Fiction, Tasha Suri


Over at Kirkus: NIGHTFLYERS by George R.R. Martin

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn today with a review of Nightflyers by George R.R. Martin. Originally published in 1980 as a novella, and now fodder for a brand new SyFy original series, Nightflyers is GRRM’s take on sci-fi horror, complete with an alien species, a haunted ship, and loads of telekinetic/psionic twists. Get the full scoop over at Kirkus. The post Over at Kirkus: NIGHTFLYERS by George R.R. Martin appeared first on The Book Smugglers.
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Horror, Book Reviews, George R R Martin, Kirkus, Thea, 6 Rated Books


Over at Kirkus: UMBERTOUCHED by Livia Blackburne

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn today with a review of Umbertouched by Livia Blackburne. The second and concluding novel in the Rosemarked duology, Umbertouched is beautifully characterized, self-contained, and full of both action and hope in equal measure. Get the full scoop over at Kirkus. The post Over at Kirkus: UMBERTOUCHED by Livia Blackburne appeared first on The Book Smugglers.
Tags: Books, Fantasy, Book Reviews, Young Adult, Kirkus, Thea, 7 Rated Books, Livia Blackburne, Rosemarked Duology