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Hello friends! Ana here – if you allow me to take one moment to talk about non-bookish stuff? My sister had her first baby this week – my niece and god-daughter Lara – I can’t begin to express how happy I am but also how sad I was that I wasn’t able to be there with them (since they are both in Brazil). Lara is the cutest thing ever, and both mom and baby are fine and I will see them in three weeks. When I will present Lara with her first book – a Smuggler in training? MAYBE.

Baby stuff done, moving onwards!

This Week on The Book Smugglers:

On Monday, Thea reviews Obsidian Mirror, the first in a new series by Smuggler-favourite writer Catherine Fisher.

The Obsidian Mirror

On Tuesday, Thea reviews The Cup and the Crown by Diane Stanley (the fantasy novel follow up to The Silver Bowl, which Thea read and thoroughly enjoyed last year).

The Cup and the Crown

On Wednesday, Ana posts her review of Tajore Arkle by Jackie French for our Old School Wednesdays feature. PLUS we have the new and shiny cover reveal for Adrienne Kress’ new paranormal YA novel.

Tajore Arkle

On Thursday we post our joint review of historical novel A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn.


And on Friday, we are happy to host Jackie Morse Kessler with an article on Inpirations & Influences for Breath, the last book in her Riders of the Apocalypse series. Over at Kirkus, Ana reviews James Tiptree Jr. Award Honor List novel Firebrand by Ankaret Wells.

Breath Firebrand

And that’s bye for now and as usual, we remain…

Star Trek into Darkness

~ Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers

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  • Mieneke
    April 14, 2013 at 5:36 am

    Congrats on becoming an aunt, Ana!

  • celine
    April 14, 2013 at 6:26 am

    Congratulations, Aunty Ana!

  • Estara Swanberg
    April 14, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Aww, congratulations to your sister and to you on becoming an aunt. My little niece lives in the same country but I don’t see her that often either, and it’s always an interesting experience when I do. :mrgreen:

  • Fiona Pearse
    April 14, 2013 at 10:08 am

    My nieces also live abroad. They read me stories over skype. The distance is hard but the visits are great πŸ™‚

  • shoesforall
    April 14, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I’m looking forward to Monday’s review not to mention Star Trek Into Darkness.

    Congratulations on becoming an aunt!

  • Heidi
    April 14, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Yay! Congrats on being an aunt, Ana! Being an aunt is the best, you get to hav fun with them and give them back when they’re bad. πŸ˜›

  • Eliza
    April 14, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Whoot! Congratulations on becoming an aunt, Ana! Like Heidi said, being an aunt is the best. Now you get to be the eccentric, crazy, book aunt. So much fun. Before (or during) your trip to Brazil, you need to watch Auntie Mame (1958) with Rosalind Russell* for tips.

    So excited to hear about the new Catherine Fisher novel and, when I went to request the book, to find out that my library has lots of other books by her. Why didn’t I know this? I loved Incarceron and its sequel Sappique but never followed up on prior books she may have written. Now I have this wonderful stash of books to explore. Don’t you love when that happens?

    Thea, I’m interested in reading what you thought of The Cup and the Crown. It took a turn that I find potentially disturbing but will wait to see if my fears are played out in the final book. Can’t wait to see if you got the same vibe and, if so, what you thought about it.

    Also looking forward to finding out both your takes on A Spear of Summer Grass. It was on many people’s anticipated reads list for 2013 but lately I’ve been reading disappointed reviews.

    *or read the book it was based on Auntie Mame : an irreverent escapade by Patrick Dennis

  • Linda W
    April 14, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    Aww. Congrats on becoming an aunt and godmother! That’s so cool. I love being an aunt!

  • Patricia Eimer
    April 15, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Congrats on the new baby. I always miss births in my family because I live so far away and I’ve come up with a brightside– by the time I get down to visit the novelty of holding the baby has worn off for everyone else and I get all the cuddling I want. Doesn’t help much but it is a perk.

  • Howard Sherman
    April 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Congratulations and huzzah! And congratulations again on finishing yet another book (Obsidian Mirror) in what must be record time all things considered!

  • Gerd D.
    April 16, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Congrats, and best wishes to mom and baby.

  • P. Sherman ;)
    April 16, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Congrats on being an aunt! Looking forward to reviews!! πŸ™‚

  • Emily
    April 17, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Congrats on being an aunt, Aunty Anna!! Can’t wait for reviewss!!
    Heyy P. Sherman I commented on a diff. post and noticed we have same monster icons. Weird, is that possible on Book Smugglers? Sorry, stupid question: ANYTHING IS. πŸ™‚

  • P. Sherman ;)
    April 17, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    My real name is Sanders, btw, I’m jsut finding Nemo.

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