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Sep
22

Tom Doyle Guest Post: The Temptation of Immortality

Tom Doyle Guest Post: The Temptation of Immortality The Temptation of Immortality by Tom Doyle In my American Craftsmen trilogy, what could possible tempt a magician-soldier or psychic spy? Readers of my first book discover that these powerful craftspeople come from long family lineages that have accumulated more money than any individual will get to use in their own lifetime. But that is of course the heart of the problem: some craftspeople want more...
Sep
21

Review: Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones

Review: Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones Murder, Magic, and What We Wore Kelly Jones Published: Sept. 19, 2017 (Knopf Books for Young Readers) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Beth Rating (out of 5): 3 stars Annis Whitworth’s father is dead. Her mother has been gone for years, and her father traveled a lot. It is on one of these trips that he dies under...
Sep
20

Win It Wednesday: One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

Win It Wednesday: One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost Do you ever meet another reader only to discover they haven’t read an essential book or series? It happens to me often, but this is because I’m a notorious book rec queen and want to make sure everyone gets to fall in love with every amazing series. (It’s an ambitious task, but I’m dedicated.) This weekend I met someone who had never heard of the Mercy Thompson series, and was...
Sep
19

Release-Day Review: Storm Gathering by Rebecca Zanetti (Scorpius Syndrome #4)

Release-Day Review: Storm Gathering by Rebecca Zanetti (Scorpius Syndrome #4) Storm Gathering (Scorpius Syndrome #4) Rebecca Zanetti Published: Sept. 19, 2017 (RAZ INK LLC) Purchase: Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it will reference previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Mercury Striking. Since...
Sep
18

Review: Call of the Wilde by Jenn Stark (Immortal Vegas #8)

Review: Call of the Wilde by Jenn Stark (Immortal Vegas #8) Call of the Wilde (Immortal Vegas #8) Jenn Stark Published: Sept. 5, 2017 (Elewyn Publishing) Purchase: Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free it will reference previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Getting Wilde. After...
Sep
13

Win It Wednesday: The Veil By Chloe Neill

Win It Wednesday: The Veil By Chloe Neill I’m heading to New Orleans this weekend for NOLA StoryCon, which means urban fantasy goodness all weekend long. While Chloe Neill won’t be at this event, I’m super excited for her next book in the Devil’s Isle series The Hunt, which hits shelves later this month. The VBC team has loved every installment of this series. Southern style meets urban fantasy with the well-crafted casts...
Sep
12

Review: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Review: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody Daughter of the Burning City Amanda Foody Published: July 25, 2017 (Harlequin Teen) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: copy purchased by reviewer  Reviewed by: Beth Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars Gomorrah is a traveling festival perpetually surrounded by black smoke. A city and a circus, all in one—where the “respectable” folks come to see the “sin” that takes place in such a place. The same...
Sep
11

Early Review: Volatile Bonds by Jaye Wells (Prospero’s War #4)

Early Review: Volatile Bonds by Jaye Wells (Prospero’s War #4) Volatile Bonds (Prospero’s War #4) Jaye Wells Published: Sept. 12, 2017 (Jaye Wells) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it may reference previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1,...
Sep
7

Early Review: Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows (Fallen Isles #1)

Early Review: Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows (Fallen Isles #1) Before She Ignites (Fallen Isles Trilogy #1) Jodi Meadows Published: September 12, 2017 (Katherine Tegen) Purchase at: Book Depository or Amazon Review Source: Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 3.5 stars Seventeen years ago, the Mira Treaty was enacted to bring about peace between the seven isles and unite them from the corrupted mainland....
Sep
6

Excerpt: The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire

Excerpt: The Brightest Fell by Seanan McGuire The VBC is legit thrilled for a new October Daye book from Seanan McGuire. Yesterday, The Brightest Fell hit stores, and we really think you should read it. If Amy’s spoiler-free review hasn’t already convinced you, we have an excerpt from the beginning of the novel right here. (For the record: We advise reading the October Daye books in order. The Brightest Fell is book No. 11. Start...

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