Posts By: Julia

Cover Art Coverage: 15 New Titles!

Cover Art Coverage: 15 New Titles!

April 4, 2011 Cover Art Coverage, Uncategorized 5

*Cover art may not be final*      Dearly Departed by Lia Habel   (Click to enlarge) Description: A maximalist, post-apocalyptic, neo-Victorian steampunk zombie novel in which a girl, whose blood is impervious to the “Z-virus,” searches for her missing dad, is kidnapped by (good) zombies, falls improbably in love with a rather sweet zombie boy, and sets out to save the world from a zombie plague beyond imagining. As far as romantic pairings go in the year 2195, you don’t get much more unlikely than an upper-class schoolgirl and a poor miner from enemy tribes. Filter in the fact that… Read more »

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Early Five Bat Review: Red Glove by Holly Black

Early Five Bat Review: Red Glove by Holly Black

April 2, 2011 Review 2

My only complaint at the end of RED GLOVE was just that, it had ended. In just two books this series has developed such an intricate world and consistent voice that for both WHITE CAT and RED GLOVE I had no more put down one book when I was ready for the next. I’m in love with the mix of magic and mafia and noir that is the Curse Workers universe, and the characters Holly Black has created within it.

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Cover Art Coverage: 13 New Titles!

Cover Art Coverage: 13 New Titles!

March 23, 2011 Cover Art Coverage 8

*Cover art may not be final*      One Grave At A Time by Jeaniene Frost  (Click to enlarge) Stepback (inside cover) Description: N/A Series: Night Huntress #6 Artist: Tom Egner  Goodreads: Link Publisher: Avon Release Date: August 30th 2011 Source: Jeaniene Frost      “Yes, the model for Cat has changed. I was told by my publisher that the previous model is no longer doing book covers. However, I think the art director found a great replacement, and hey, Cat finally gets to let her hair down. After six books, she’s earned that, right? Considering that Halloween is the… Read more »

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Cover Art Coverage: 12 New Covers!

Cover Art Coverage: 12 New Covers!

March 15, 2011 Cover Art Coverage 7

*Cover art may not be final*      Nightshine: A Novel of the Kyndred by Lynn Viehl Description: N/A Series: Kyndred #4  Artist: N/A Goodreads: Link Publisher: Signet Select Release Date: Nov. 1, 2011 Source: Author’s Blog    “Here’s a first look at the cover art for Nightshine, the fourth and final novel in the Kyndred series, which will be released on November 1, 2011.” – Lynn Viehl Pre-Order From: Julia’s Thoughts: Abigail’s Thoughts: Not yet available for pre-order. Love the turtle tattoo, though I need to catch up on this series so I know how well the model’s appearance… Read more »

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Product Review: Drafting Table (Standing Desk)

Product Review: Drafting Table (Standing Desk)

March 15, 2011 Uncategorized 5

Alvin and Co. Professional Drafting Table   A few weeks ago I was given the opportunity to do a product review from CSN superstore.  This offer could not have come at a better time, as I’m transitioning to working from home.  My job requires a full day of computer time, and sitting passively in front of the computer all day somehow makes me simultaneously lethargic and distractible.  With the transition to home, I was hoping to switch to a standing desk. I wasn’t sure if I could make the switch successfully (I have enough ergonomics experience to know this transition… Read more »

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Review & Giveaway: The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead

Review & Giveaway: The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead

March 9, 2011 Giveaways, Review 33

THE SKIN MAP opens with light humor and mysterious promises. Kit Livingstone embarks on inter-dimensional, inter-generational exploration in the same spirit Arthur Dent grabbed a towel and hitchhiked his way through the galaxy: hapless, unintentional adventure. Whereas Dent remained the star of his series, Kit was soon eclipsed by supporting characters: the villain, Kit’s ex-girlfriend (Wilhelmina), and even the man you know will eventually be skinned for a map.

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Review: Play Dead by John Levitt

Review: Play Dead by John Levitt

March 3, 2011 Uncategorized 6

Title: Play Dead Author: John Levitt Series: Dog Days #4 Cover Art: Don Sipley  Genre: Urban Fantasy Excerpt: Yes Source: Publisher Reviewed by:Julia Paperback: 304 pages Publisher: Ace; January 25, 2011 ISBN-10: 0441019641 ISBN-13: 978-0441019649  Sexual Content: A mildly graphic sex scene. My Rating: Good – A fun read with minor flaws. Maybe read an excerpt before buying. Description I was tempted.  Money’s not usually the overriding thing with me, but my rent had been raised, my van needed a major overhaul, and although gigs had been coming my way, clubs weren’t paying a whole lot these days.   Mason… Read more »

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Early Review: Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire

Early Review: Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire

February 24, 2011 Review 7

From the first book, ROSEMARY AND RUE, it has felt like I jumped into the October Daye series “in media res.” Quickly swept away by action and character development, I had for the most part forgotten Toby’s mysterious past. LATE ECLIPSES not only brings it all back, but also explodes Toby’s own preconceived ideas about herself and her heritage. While not a cliff hanger, this book ends poised at the top of an arc, and I can’t wait to read where all of this forward momentum is going to take the series.

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Review: Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls by Victoria Laurie

Review: Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls by Victoria Laurie

February 23, 2011 Review 2

A grown-up mix of Scooby Doo and Nancy Drew, GHOULS, GHOULS, GHOULS was a light, quick read that blends a realistic present day with a dash of the spirit world. An entertaining ghost story to fill a few hours, the characters of GHOULS, GHOULS, GHOULS didn’t leave enough of an impression for me to hurry out and pick up the rest of the series.

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Review: Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole

Review: Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole

February 17, 2011 Review 13

DREAMS OF A DARK WARRIOR is a fast paced, violent, smoking hot thrill-ride of a book, and I loved every minute of it. From the moment twelve-year-old Reginleit the Radiant walks into a mead hall filled with wenching berserkers (yeah, I did a double take at the number “twelve”, too), this story breaks the humdrum expectations of a “soul mate” driven paranormal romance.

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