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Howdy folks, and happy Sunday!

As the first part of our official Steampunk Week comes to a close, we return to our regularly scheduled programming…but fret not! If you want more dirigible-inspired goodness, we’ve got our second installment of Steampunk Week coming at you next month…


Well, not much today other than – we got a makeover!!!!! Which you’ve probably noticed. If you look above, we’ve installed a brand spankin’ new navigation bar, for your reading pleasure. One of the most frequent comments we got from you good folks in our recent customer satisfaction survey was the need for easier navigation of the site. And we’ve listened! Want to read all about Ana and Thea? Want to search for a specific review? Want to shoot us an email, or peruse our review policy? All is listed and linked above.

We’ve also widened our post area and lightened the background for our sidebars to help readers with different browsers access our material more easily.

We hope you like the changes! And, as always, please let us know if you’re having any technical issues with the site – we’ll try our best to iron things out.

This Week on The Book Smugglers:

On Monday, Ana reviews coming of age YA novel, The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott.

On Tuesday, Thea reviews another of her most highly anticipated books of 2010 with the newest installment in Kim Harrison’s ongoing sweet-ass Urban Fantasy series, The Hollows: Black Magic Sanction.

Wednesday, Thea *FINALLY* gets to read and review The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan – sequel to the Stoker-nominated sensational debut novel The Forest of Hands and Teeth (one of Thea’s Top 10 Books of 2009) by Carrie Ryan! Later in the day, we’ll have Carrie over for a Top 10 List, and to answer five questions about the themes in her harrowing YA novels.

On Thursday, Ana reviews one of her most highly anticipated novels of the year with Maureen Johnson’s Scarlett Fever, sequel to Suite Scarlett.

And finally, we close out the week with a joint review of Seanan McGuire’s second October Daye novel, A Local Habitation!

It’s another busy week, and we hope you enjoy…

And just because this is fun:

~ Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers


  • Cindy
    March 14, 2010 at 3:49 am

    Congratulations for the makeover ! I like your new navigation bar. Good weekly program and I can’t wait for your review of Ryan’s new book ! I am such a fan of the first one.

  • Danielle
    March 14, 2010 at 9:11 am


    ’tis all.

  • Amanda Isabel
    March 14, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I love that poster!
    It evokes childhood cartoons AND my love of everything zombie! Thanks!

    Also – cannot wait for the review on “The Dead Tossed Waves”! Am so excited for that one! 😀


  • Doug Knipe [SciFiGuy]
    March 14, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Looking forward to what you have to say about Black Magic Sanction.

  • Kristen
    March 14, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Can’t wait to see what you think of A Local Habitation! I thought it was better than Rosemary and Rue.

    Looking forward to part 2 of Steampunk Week as well. Thea, have you read Anti-Ice by Stephen Baxter? My husband always mentions that as being a very good steampunk book and I know you really like the author.

  • Marie
    March 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    Love the makeover! Can’t wait for Black Magic Sanction!

  • Estara
    March 14, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Makeover thumb-up, especially that you kept the lovely graphic at the top.

  • kay
    March 14, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    I like your make-over! It’s still the same blog, but better. 😀
    I’m looking forward to The Dead-Tossed waves review.

  • KMont
    March 14, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Ladies, thank you for Steampunk Week! Excited as well to see what you thought of Harrison’s latest. OhmygodSOgood was mine, but you knew that. 😉

  • Angie
    March 14, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Great navbar and widened posting area, guys! I love it. Looking forward to your review of SCARLETT FEVER, Ana.

  • Abigail [All Things Urban Fantasy]
    March 14, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Love the changes to the site. Very helpful!

  • Moonsanity
    March 15, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I’m getting the shakes from missing Steampunk week. 😆 But, I’ll survive ’til the next one. Thank you for such an awesome week!

    I love Kim Harrison and can’t wait to see what you think of the new book. It’s hardcover so I’ll have to wait a little bit for it, or sell one of the kids. 8)

  • alana
    March 15, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    I’m looking forward to your Black Magic Sanction review too.

    Also, this might be my computer but almost all the pictures posted to the left inside the block quotes don’t work for me. It’s been like that ever since the last change and I thought I’d thorw it our there in case it’s the same for anyone else (no biggie though). Love the navigation bar too!

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