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May
16

Win It Wednesday: Twice Bitten by Lynsay Sands

Win It Wednesday: Twice Bitten by Lynsay Sands Half of the VBC crew is currently sick, but vampire books always cheer us up. Funny, romantic, vampire books are even better. Lynsay Sands brings the laughs and the heart every single time. So for today’s Win It Wednesday, we are going to give away a copy of her latest Argeneau book Twice Bitten. While this is book No. 27 in the series (and wow, right?!), if you aren’t caught up, it’s...
May
15

Release-Day Review: The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (Paper Magician #4)

Release-Day Review: The Plastic Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (Paper Magician #4) The Plastic Magician (The Paper Magician #4) Charlie N. Holmberg Published: May 15, 2018 (47North) 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 stars Alvie Bechenmacher is headed to London to start her apprenticeship as a Polymaker—a magical trade learning how to bespell plastic. With Polymaking being a...
May
14

Early Review: Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett

Early Review: Onyx and Ivory by Mindee Arnett Onyx and Ivory Mindee Arnett Published: May 15, 2018 (Balzer+Bray) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Rating (out of 5): 4 stars No one knows exactly what prompted Kate Brighton’s father to attempt to murder the High King of Rime three years ago. Some suspect a disagreement regarding the Inquisition of the...
May
11

5 Worst Moms in Urban Fantasy

5 Worst Moms in Urban Fantasy Some of our favorite heroines became moms this year. Happy Mother’s Day Merit and Kate! I’m sure lots of people have been giving them parenting advice, but wouldn’t it be more fun to talk about what not to do? Here are some of urban fantasy’s worst moms. Justina Crawfield from the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost Cat Crawfield grew up hating her vampire side, largely based on a lie. Justina...
May
8

Collection Review: Ordinary Magic novellas by Devon Monk

Collection Review: Ordinary Magic novellas by Devon Monk Note from VBC HQ: We don’t typically review novellas on their own, but we love Devon Monk’s Ordinary Magic books so much we had to. Below you’ll find reviews of the three latest novellas: Rock Candy, Paper Stars, and Scissor Kisses. Ordinary Magic Novellas Devon Monk Review Source: Purchased Reviewed by: Amy Note: While this review will be spoiler free it will reference the previous books. If you haven’t...
May
7

Meet Your 2018 Alpha Showdown Contenders!

Meet Your 2018 Alpha Showdown Contenders! Every year VBC’s Alpha Showdown celebrates the Biggest Book Badasses in the supernatural world. But it occurs to me that since last year’s event, we’ve seen a lot of powerful people abusing their positions IRL. And I worry that they may have given “alphas” a bad name. So I want to reclaim that word. When we talk about Alphas here, we’re really talking about heroes—characters who accept the great...
May
1

May 2018 New Releases: Faith Hunter, Jenn Stark, Jay Kristoff, Christine Feehan, Sylvain Neuvel and more

May 2018 New Releases: Faith Hunter, Jenn Stark, Jay Kristoff, Christine Feehan, Sylvain Neuvel and more In an effort to help you keep that to-read list updated, I’ve compiled the hot urban fantasy and paranormal romance releases for May 2018. All dates are U.S. and tentative. Also: Click the title of any book to visit the Amazon page for pre-order or purchase goodness. I’ve included genre classification with each book: UF is urban fantasy, PNR is paranormal romance, F is fantasy, SF is science fiction, YA...
Apr
30

Early Review: Dark Queen by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #12)

Early Review: Dark Queen by Faith Hunter (Jane Yellowrock #12) Dark Queen (Jane Yellowrock #12) Faith Hunter Published: May 1, 2018 (Ace) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Margaret Rating (out of 5): 4 stars  Note: While review will be spoiler free, it does make reference to previous books in the series. If you haven’t started yet, check out VBC’s review of...
Apr
24

Release-Day Review: Midnight Wolf by Jennifer Ashley (Shifters Unbound #11)

Release-Day Review: Midnight Wolf by Jennifer Ashley (Shifters Unbound #11) Midnight Wolf (Shifters Unbound #11) Jennifer Ashley Published: April 24, 2018 (Berkeley) Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by: Amy Average Rating (out of 5): 3.5 Note: While this review will be spoiler free, it may refer to previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Pride...
Apr
23

Review: Wilde Fire by Jenn Stark (Immortal Vegas #10)

Review: Wilde Fire by Jenn Stark (Immortal Vegas #10) Wilde Fire (Immortal Vegas #10) Jenn Stark Published: April 18, 2018 (Elewyn Publishing) Purchase: 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 will reference previous books. If you haven’t started this series yet, check out VBC’s review of book 1, Getting Wilde. The war on...

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