Smugglers’ Stash & News

Hello everyone, and Happy Sunday! Let’s dive right into the festivities, shall we? We say “festivities” because…

Smugglivus Is HERE


It is that magical time of year once again! SMUGGLIVUS–our month-plus long celebration of our favorite books, bloggers, and authors of the year–starts tomorrow. We will have best of the year lists, favorite tv shows and films, guest contributors, as well as our usual Feats of Strength, Airing of the Grievances, plus our retrospective of 2016 + goals for 2017.

We cannot wait to get the party started–we hope you’ll join us!

This Week on The Book Smugglers:

This is the official release week for Hurricane Heels by Isabel Yap–and as such, we’ll be posting one of the magical girls’ stories each day of the week. Here’s the skinny on the book:

Hurricane Heels

Five ordinary girls discover magical powers in this new series of interconnected short stories from Isabel Yap

When Alex, Ria, Aiko, Natalie and Selena met at summer camp, they never expected the goddess would ask for their help, enlisting them as soldiers to protect the world from the forces of darkness. Gifting them each with a different object of power–a bracelet, a ring, a watch, earrings, a necklace–the goddess’s grace grants the friends the weapons to fight, the ability to heal, and the magic to strike back against the Grey.

Now, over a decade later, the five best friends are still fighting. But the burden of secrecy, the inevitability of pain, and the magnitude of their responsibility to keep saving the world has left them questioning their goddess.

How much longer can they keep saving the world? Can their friendship survive if one of them leaves their fold? And can they keep it together just long enough to get through Selena’s wedding?

We will be publishing each short story in the interconected narrative for free here on the blog next week, starting with:

Monday, we kick off the week with Alex’s Story–plus Thea’s overdue review of Ahsoka over at Kirkus.


Tuesday, we move on to Ria’s story, plus Ana’s review of one of the most highly anticipated books of the year: Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin.

The Obelisk Gate

On Wednesday, it’s Aiko’s turn from Hurricane Heels


And on Thursday, we have Natalie’s story.


On Friday, we close out the week with Selena’s story, concluding the Hurricane Heels series. Plus, Ana has her review over at Kirkus.


And of course, throughout the week, we shall have a ton of Smugglivus guests!

That’s it for now–until tomorrow, we remain…


~ Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers


  • April Books & Wine
    December 5, 2016 at 9:18 am

    I always always love the airing of grievances. Looking forward to this year’s version.

  • jesse
    December 5, 2016 at 10:02 am

    i love the content you constantly put in the interwebs. it’s carefully curated and edited. and the publishing is a wonderful and unique effort on your part, but i’m still kind of missing the the good ‘ol days, where it was just reviews of books (not too much advertising of stuff) i might otherwise never have found, y’know. anyways, still love ‘thebooksmugglers’. keep it up.

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