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Hello everyone, and Happy Sunday! Let’s get down to business, shall we?

Giveaway Winner:

The lucky winner of a signed copy of the new Vintage Classics edition of A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper is…

A Brief History of Montmaray

Jasmine Stairs

Congratulations! You know the drill – send us an email (contact AT thebooksmugglers DOT com) with your snail mail address, and we’ll get your winnings out to you as soon as possible!

This Week on The Book Smugglers:

It’s another busy one as we return to our first full week, post-Smugglivus! On Monday, we kick off the week with a cover reveal for new speculative fiction anthology, The Other Half of the Sky. Then, we celebrate the release of YA thriller What We Saw at Night with an Inspirations & Influences guest post from author Jacqueline Mitchard (plus giveaway), followed by our joint review of the book.

What We Saw at Night

On Tuesday, Ana reviews historical YA novel Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool.

Navigating Early

Then, we are thrilled to present our first official Old School Wednesday – a new weekly feature in which we endeavor to review old school titles (published at least five years earlier). To kick things off, Ana reviews historical YA novel Green Glass Sea by Ellen Klages (2006), and Thea tackles the third and concluding novel in the Darkangel trilogy, The Pearl of the Soul of the World by Meredith Ann Pierce (1990).

Green Glass Sea The Pearl of the Soul of the World

On Thursday, Thea reviews middle grade folktale The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint, illustrated by Charles Vess.

The Cats of Tanglewood Forest - Charles De Lint

And on Friday, we close out the week with Ana’s review of fantasy novel The Siren Depths by Martha Wells, meanwhile Thea is over at Kirkus with a review of science fiction thriller The Explorer by James Smythe.

The Siren Depths The Explorer

It’s another busy week! Until tomorrow, we remain…

Batman (Giovanni Costa) Batgirl (Giovanni Costa)

What if Gotham was a Spaghetti Western? (Giovanni Costa via The Mary Sue)

~ Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers

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  • Kathy Martin
    January 13, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I like your idea for Old School Wednesday. It seems like everyone gets caught up in the newest and shiniest. I like the idea of looking back. I haven’t read either of the books you will be talking about. Happy reading!

  • April Books & Wine
    January 13, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I think I might just have to pick up that copy of A Brief History Of Montmaray, it looks so lovely!

  • Megan no h
    January 13, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I’m really excited about Old School Wednesday. I’m always WAY more excited to hear about a cool old book I’d never heard of than a cool new book.

    And can’t wait to see The Pearl of the Soul of the World review. I hardly remember it anymore, but I know it’s very different from the first two books.

  • Teresa
    January 13, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    I’m so excited for Old School Wednesday, and I agree- that cover of A Brief History of Montmaray is very pretty. Looking forward to the reviews!:)

  • mclicious
    January 13, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Ooh, I’m looking forward to the Wednesday series. And just in general, you wow me every week with being able to keep up with your posts. Seriously, do you have day jobs? I don’t even mean to be snarky; I just actually want to know how you can manage to be so productive, because you need to share your secrets!

  • Eliza
    January 13, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    Include me in with the others cheering for Old School Wednesday. There are so many great books out, that it’s a shame for them to get lost or forgotten in the search for the newest book.

    In spite of what I just said, I can’t wait to hear what Ana thinks of Navigating Early, a book I’ve been looking forward to since I found out about it as I really enjoyed Moon Over Manifest. Bad news, my library still hasn’t received its copies of the book. Good news, I’m second on the hold list, so I’ll get it as soon as the books are received and processed.

  • Linda W
    January 14, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Yay for Old School Wednesday! And congrats to the winner of A Brief History of Montmaray.

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